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Minotaur [DVD] [2005] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]

Tom Hardy , Michelle Van Der Water , Jonathan English    DVD
3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Tom Hardy, Michelle Van Der Water, Tony Todd, Lex Shrapnel, Jonathan Readwin
  • Directors: Jonathan English
  • Writers: Nick Green, Stephen McDool
  • Producers: Andrew J. Curtis, Andrew Warren, Antonio Guadalupi, Bjorg Veland, Bobby Sheng
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Colour, Dolby, DVD-Video, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: R (Restricted) (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Studio: Lions Gate
  • DVD Release Date: 20 Jun 2006
  • Run Time: 93 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000F7CDY4
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 256,483 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


In an Iron Age village, eight youths must be sacrificed every five years to a bloodthirsty monster, the Minotaur, who is seen as a god. The offerings are lowered into the Minotaur's vast labyrinth beneath the palace to face the beast...and their death. When his love is lost to the sacrifice, Theo believes she is still alive and sets off to the palace intent on killing the evil bull-god.

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
Although low budget and only one big name actor in it (Rutger Hauer - in a small part), I was rather impressed by this blend of horror and fantasy.

This is based (unsurprisingly) on Theseus and the Minotaur legend, however most legends have some basis in fact and this film attempts to portray iron-age settlements being conquered and submitting to the whims of the long-lost Minoan sea-based empire which seemed to be ruled from modern-day Crete.

The script and story is simplistic but because of imaginative direction and some nice sets and good location-filming this comes across as a fast-paced historical horror-fantasy.

(Compared to the big budget film Troy, this film was filled with nice visual ideas about a lost culture with some interesting statues, costumes, e.t.c. Troy on the other hand seemed clueless)

Moments in the catacomb scenes with the pursuing beast reminded me of `The Descent' and it had some interesting ideas about the lost Minoan empire, such as the rulers getting high on drugs and using the same methods to sedate the victims of "the beast".
The baddie was Tony Todd , perhaps best known for his role as 'The Candyman' and he seemed to be enjoying the part of the Minoan King and using his voice to good menacing effect.
The only slight gripe is that the Minoans would have been Greek or Greek-looking rather than African-looking, as Herodotus clearly tells us that the last survivors of their race relocated to northern Greece and shared some of their technological innovations with the locals (arguably helping with their sudden advancement).

But for a bit of low-budget escapisim its not bad!

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Tom Hardy at his very best! 27 Mar 2012
By fil,
This is a must see for any fan of Tom Hardy. He give one of his best perfomances and show s what a truly gifted actor he is. The monster beast is terrifying, the fight scenes are some of the best I've ever seen and the twist in the tail left me flabbergasted. I heartily recommend this for anyone who loves excellent fantasy. A keeper!Deserter [DVD]Bronson DVDRocknrolla [DVD] [2008]Inception [DVD] [2010]
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Bizarre Budget Remake of the Minotaur Myth 8 Jun 2011
By Dr Mike
Dont get your hopes up with this film. Rutger Hauer appears in the first 10 minutes of the film as the aged father of Theo (Theseus is the hero from mythology). The story follows a group of young youths and maidens sent to be sacrificed to King Minos Minotaur - (A punishment for killing a prince of Minos' kingdom). I always thought the minotaur was from Crete, a large island south of modern day Turkey. But the boat seems to have travelled to Nubia, with Tony Todd doing an admirable job as the lunatic king obsessed by his beautiful sister who he wants to marry. He repeatedly takes 'hits' from a shell filled with a mind-altering gas. The CGI is laughable - the Minotaur looks like a huge defleshed bull with a bull's skull head. The creature stalks the young maidens and youths goring them to death one by one - as they scream and shout at each other To be quiet! Its mindless entertainment - on par with Xena or Hercules but with a bit of gore added
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I watched this because its got Tom Hardy in it, its cheesy but passable it you are a Tom fan.
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1.0 out of 5 stars money wasted 17 Mar 2013
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stupid story poor creature robotics i can't imagine why tom hardy got involved with such rubbish he is much better than that
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3.0 out of 5 stars Minotaur review 3 Feb 2013
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Tom Hardy is a great character actor but the plot and supporting cast for this film is poor. Not much action or interest in the film. One to add to the Tom hardy collection though.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not the minotaur I know 2 July 2009
I have been waiting for years to see a movie based around the Greek legend,THESEUS and THE MINOTAUR.Set in Crete and featuring the added bonus of Daedalus and Icarus who flew too close to the sun,it seems like a dream for someone like Harryhausen to film.
However this is NOT that film.Set in an iron age with Scandinavians[I think]and an over the top Tony Todd,this SciFi Channel movie fails miserably which is a huge let down for me.
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7 of 11 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Utter bull... 9 April 2008
By Mr. D. Woods VINE VOICE
Whether intentional or not, 'Minotaur' fails to re-tell the Greek legend with any conviction or accuracy. As it will inevitably be compared to the mythology, it seems strange that the filmmakers made such an cheap and exploitative film and it deserves every criticism it gets.

OK, that's taking things a bit too seriously but this is an utterly crap film that fails to entertain in any possible way. How anyone can have sat through this immense guff and enjoyed it, I do not know and, if this is one of the better Sci-Fi Channel productions, I DREAD to think what the worst are like! The script is abysmal, guiding us leadenly through a far-too-familiar scenario of a monster chasing dumb people around in a confined location. This isn't bad per se but it is badly done and the characters are hugely annoying and generate no sympathy whatsoever. Worst of all, the Minotaur itself looks awful, a messy kind of mesh between prosthetics and CGI, and doesn't capture any of the legend's mystique or terror. It just looks clumsy and this spoils the film entirely, though it was getting there quite nicely without the help.

This film was so bad I fell asleep after an hour. I actually had to skip a couple of scenes because I was so bored: something I have never done before while watching a film. An undoubted waste of time.
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