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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 (197 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 (197 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0002ZUHD8
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 11,799 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)



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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King Arthur

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable, but a little bland. 5 April 2005
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
I had never seen the movie in the cinema so I opted for the full Director's Cut on DVD. The movie itself is a little has all the elements that SHOULD have made a good movie, but somehow it all got a bit bogged down and the acting wasn't that convincing.
The actual DVD isn't that inspiring either. The extra scenes, and length of battle scenes didn't really give any "awe" factor to the movie and if I didn't know it was the Director's Cut I wouldn't know it from watching it. The extended battle scenes are still a little tame for this genre.
The DVD extras are OK, such as the "Alternate Ending", but the behind the scenes footage is not exactly groundbreaking and appears a little starchy!
It's an enjoyable movie but there seems to be that certain something missing. Some funny outtakes would have been a nice addition to the DVD set too.
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6 of 7 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 100 REVIEWER
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars TOTALLY changed my mind about this! 29 April 2007
The first time I saw this film, I didn't like it and I wrote a bad review of it on amazon. Looking back, I think that the reason I didn't like it was because I had been expecting the more typical fantasy-version, and got something completely different instead. For the first time in years, I have re-watched this with fresh eyes and no pre-concieved notions of how it should be, and I really enjoyed it! It's now one of my favourite films. Makes me wish that I lived in the sixth-century!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars fantastic 6 Jun 2014
By debs
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don't have a bad thing to say about it. the quality of the film is beyond amazing. Delivery was good as well.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars A boring film 27 Feb 2013
By Anna M
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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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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Nice picture + sound 1 Mar 2013
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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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13 of 17 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
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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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3.0 out of 5 stars In accurate history.
A good film, not actuate to history and more effort should of been made to recreate the facts. some great actors in this movie but not sure it's a good role for Kiera Knightly. Read more
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