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King Arthur [DVD] [2004]

Clive Owen , Stephen Dillane , Antoine Fuqua    Suitable for 12 years and over   DVD
3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (191 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Clive Owen, Stephen Dillane, Keira Knightley, Ioan Gruffudd, Mads Mikkelsen
  • Directors: Antoine Fuqua
  • Writers: David Franzoni
  • Producers: Bruce Moriarty, Chad Oman, James Flynn, Jerry Bruckheimer, Mike Stenson
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English, Latin
  • Subtitles: English
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 12
  • Studio: Walt Disney Studios HE
  • DVD Release Date: 29 Nov 2004
  • Run Time: 126 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (191 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0002ZUHD8
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 30,614 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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It's got a round table, some knights, and a noble warrior who rises to become King Arthur, but everything else about this revisionist legend is pure Hollywood. That's not such a bad thing if you enjoyed Rob Roy, Braveheart, Gladiator and Troy, and there's some intriguing potential in presenting the "real" Arthur (played by Clive Owen) as a 5th-century soldier of Rome, assigned to defend Roman-imperial England against a hoard of invading Saxons (led by Stellan Skarsgard in hairy villain mode). As revamped history and "archaeological findings" would have us believe, Guinevere (Keira Knightley) is a warrior babe in face-paint and Lancelot (Ioan Gruffudd) is a nonentity who fades into the woodwork. Never mind. Best to enjoy the harsh, gloomy atmosphere of Irish locations, the ruggedness of Owen and his hearty supporting cast, and the entertaining nonsense of a Jerry Bruckheimer production that strips battle-ready Guinevere down to leather-strap S&M gear while all the men sport full-body armor. Hail to the queen, indeed! --Jeff Shannon

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Nice picture + sound 1 Mar 2013
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
Full version much more blood and violence, as it was in those far off days, story is better explained than the standard version, good sword and sandal film.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
By Mark Barry HALL OF FAME TOP 50 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Blu-ray
Fans of "King Arthur" should note that the 'US Disney' BLU RAY of it is REGION-A LOCKED - so it WILL NOT PLAY on most UK Blu Ray players unless they're chipped to play 'all' regions (which the vast majority aren't). Don't confuse BLU RAY players that have multi-region capability on the 'DVD' front - that won't help.

Buy the standard UK issue instead - it's cheap - a looker on BLU RAY and the most fun you can legally have with a leather bra and a bow and arrow...
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Was a pressie !! 29 Jun 2013
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
I purchased this for my husband as he saw only some of this on tv once. He was absolutely thrilled with it he says its the best version of this film he has ever seen. So a great big thumbs up from my hubby !! :-)))
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A fine epic despite terrible lead performances 22 July 2006
By Trevor Willsmer HALL OF FAME TOP 50 REVIEWER
Format:DVD
The King Arthur Director's Cut is no better or worse than the theatrical version, having the same strengths - some good character writing, action scenes where you can actually tell what is going on, an interesting background - and weaknesses - plot holes you could drive a Mack truck through, laughable historical errors, idiotic battle strategies and some hideously bad performances. The latter are definitely the biggest problem, with Antoine Fuqua proving more often than not truly hopeless at directing actors. Indeed, KA boasts some of, if not THE worst performances ever seen in a major studio picture. Clive Owen may look the part, but he delivers the lines like a dyslexic reading off idiot boards while fighting a hangover while Keira Knightley's Guinevere is just as pitiful: she's supposed to be a Celtic warrior queen but despite the fact that her people seem to speak Sioux for some reason she sounds like she's been to a rather expensive English finishing school where they teach you to mispronounce words like `cuhnntwee' (country) and `Roahm' (Rome). That wouldn't be so bad if she had even the remotest shred of talent, but none is to be found. Not since Helen of Troy have their been two leads so desperately in need of dubbing by more talented artists. Throw in Ken Stott doing an outta-ray-juss Ay-Taly-Eano accent, Ray Winstone overdosing on the bish-bash-bosh routine he does instead of acting these days and a couple of frighteningly inept child actors and it's a miracle that the film manages to be as much fun as it is. When the characters aren't trying to talk (something only Ioan Gufford seems to be able to do with success), the action is well handled (particularly the battle on the ice) and the film surprisingly good - but with better casting, it could have been so much more. Read more ›
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12 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Imaging a new story for the "real" King Arthur 15 Feb 2005
By Lawrance M. Bernabo HALL OF FAME VINE VOICE
Format:VHS Tape
I am open to reinterpreting classic myths and legends in different settings. For example, it their "Elseworld" stories DC comics has retold the familiar origins of Superman and Batman in different time periods: e.g., Superman arrives in the England of the Dark Ages or Batman in the London of Victorian England. For that matter, "Camelot 3000" has Arthur and the knights of his roundtable reincarnated in the year 3000 in time to save England from an alien invasion. So when "King Arthur" wants to locate the "true story" of Arthur in the last days of the Roman occupation of Brittania I find that to be an intriguing idea.

The Romans had always found this last outpost of the Empire a problematic area: Hadrian's Wall essentially separates the north (Scotland) from the south (England), trying to keep the Woads (Huh? We would get the wrong idea if you called these people the Celts?) on the other side of the barrier. Adding to the incentive to abandon the land is the arrival of the Saxons on the scene who are set on killing everyone and pillaging everything. In such a land, a man who could become a rallying point against the onslaught of barbarism would be worth remembering.
In David Franzoni's script Arthur (Clive Owen) is the son of a Roman officer and a Briton woman. Sent to Rome to be educated he returned as Arturius, commander of a garrison on Hadrian's well. His knights, in a subplot that does come across as a bit forced, are from the land of Sarmatia, far to the west. When their land was defeated the Romans spared their lives, but bound the knights and their male descendants to 15 years of military service.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars A boring film 27 Feb 2013
By Anna M
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
This film is about as subtle as a brick in delivering its message. Poor Keira Knightley - she wasn't given lines, she was handed a manifesto and told to read it out. We get it, people want to be free! Free will is great! But please, Antoine Fuqua and David Franzoni, do feel free to tell us the same things ten times over.

Everyone in this is a total bore. Even Bors (heh heh) who I think is supposed to bring in some levity or lightheartedness. None of the actors bring their A-game, as far as I can see, except Ray Stevenson, who is underused as Dagonet. But then again, I imagine it's hard to bring your A-game when the material you're working with is this dull. And Clive Owen is never the most expressive actor anyway.

Finally, there is ONE WOMAN in this movie. One woman. And she must be freezing her tits off for the entire thing. Tip to filmmakers: if people live in snowy places, they'll wear suitable clothes, not flowy dresses and leather-thong bikinis. That bikini, oh my god. Making a female character wear a bikini to battle is the stupidest thing ever. It's one thing in Spartacus where everyone wears miniskirts, but in this movie it's downright insulting.

I know this review is 8 years too late, but sometimes a movie is so dull you've got to get it off your chest. (Your photoshop-enhanced chest, if you're Keira Knightley.)
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars excellant
A great product excellent clarity and a bargain would buy again in the future does what it says on the box
Published 6 days ago by John Whitmore
3.0 out of 5 stars Item did not register on my UK player
While I am convinced that this movie is a masterpiece, which is the reason why I bought it, I wasn't able to look at it. Read more
Published 14 days ago by Antonio Maglione
4.0 out of 5 stars GOOD BATTLES
FROM THE DAYS OF THE KNIGHTS AND THE ROUND TABLE ,GOOD STORY FACTUAL AND GOOD SCENES OF BATTLES OF THE ERA
Published 1 month ago by markus
1.0 out of 5 stars I rate it zero, IT'S BAD
I rate it zero

first the disc was all scratched up.

second the quality is so bad, the worst I've seen on DVD. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Mohammed87
4.0 out of 5 stars One of the Earliest BDs
I really like the UK version of this uniquely British legend, especially on Blu-Ray. The film has a slight green filter to it, I think it was intentionally added to mirror & honour... Read more
Published 2 months ago by ToughCustomer86
1.0 out of 5 stars don't buy this bluray version
There are no subtitles for the native Woads. You're left wondering what it is they're saying. Unbelievable but true, they are just not there
Published 2 months ago by filmfan
4.0 out of 5 stars GOOS HISTORICAL MOVE (if not strictly accurate)
Enjoyed Clive Owen in this well constructed movie. REALISM NOT CLICHES IS NICE FOR A CHANGE. KEIRA AND iOFAN have their moments
Published 2 months ago by B. M. Walker
5.0 out of 5 stars King Arthur
Love anything to do with the Arthurian legends me. Whilst almost nothing is really known about the Dark ages when 'King Arthur' is supposed to have lived, the stories made up are... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Blue and white
1.0 out of 5 stars wheres the entertainment or battle scenes
Well of cause its got fighting but its that dull its not even there , all it is is god about god and even story is the same as any other fighting for nothing so because its all... Read more
Published 4 months ago by juliedilworth
3.0 out of 5 stars Unmemorable
This film has some highs and lows. But like I've said above, its unmemorable. It is a good film and some will enjoy it but as for being a classic, that it is not. Read more
Published 5 months ago by E. C. Powell
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