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Pathfinder [DVD] [2007]

Karl Urban , Russell Means , Burkely Dugffield    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (63 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Karl Urban, Russell Means, Moon Bloodgood, Jay Tavare, Clancy Brown
  • Directors: Burkely Dugffield
  • Producers: Daniel C. Pearl, Mike Medavoy, Arnold Messer
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Audio Description: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Twentieth Century Fox
  • DVD Release Date: 24 Sep 2007
  • Average Customer Review: 3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (63 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000S6UZDS
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 17,835 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)



Pathfinder is a curious, cross-genre movie with elements of horror, sword-clanging fantasy, historical fiction, and Native American mysticism. A classic story of an outsider-hero, Pathfinder is set approximately five centuries before the arrival of Columbus in the New World, a time when Vikings were claiming real estate in Greenland and eastern North America. A young Norse boy is abandoned by his disapproving, conqueror-father and adopted by an aboriginal tribe. He grows up to become Ghost (Karl Urban), almost-but-not-entirely accepted by natives, yet a fierce swordsman and defender of Indians after a terrible assault on those whom he loves best. Clancy Brown (The Shawshank Redemption) plays the fiercest of the invaders, a merciless leader who tangles with Ghost’s inherent prowess as a fighter, and engages in a psychological as well as physical struggle with him in the film’s final third, which involves a harrowing journey through an avalanche-prone mountain path. Russell Means (The Last of the Mohicans) is a typically comforting presence as the all-wise Pathfinder, leader of a tribal nation and Ghost’s supporter, while Moon Bloodgood (Eight Below) is outstanding as a love interest with nerves of steel. Marcus Nispel (who directed the 2003 remake of The Texas Chainsaw Massacre) guides the brutal if often exhilarating action as if it were amplified history. He makes the point for a contemporary audience that Vikings were as terrifying a danger to those whom they conquered as, say, Klingons are in Star Trek--precisely by making his Vikings seem so reminiscent of Klingons. --Tom Keogh

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38 of 43 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bloody and beautiful 30 Sep 2007
Pathfinder is a bloody yet beautiful movie with Karl Urban's character Ghost as a strong central character. Since you can read a synopsis of the film above, I won't go into details with the storyline, but just say that it brought tears to my eyes at times and it lingers. As a Dane I was quite curious to see how my ancestors were portraied - movies do tend to go a bit overboards with the Vikings;-)but some anachronisms apart, they remind me of the local hockey supporters so I'm okay with the way they come across on screen. And the fact that they speak Icelandic, which is the closest you get to the language we Scandinavians spoke at the time, is a nice touch. I have been eagerly awaiting this movie since I first heard about it, and I haven't been disappointed. The movie was featured at the Copenhagen International Film Festival in the shorter (cinema-)version, but I like this version better.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
You can rely on mad Norsemen to do mad things - but make a belter of a movie may not be one of them...

"Pathfinder" divides lovers of sword and pillage lore. I thought it was good rather than great...and as some have said - just a little bit too silly in places...

If however you're a fan - note that the American 'Unrated' BLU RAY of this looker is REGION A LOCKED - so it won't play on our machines unless they're chipped to 'all regions' (which few are).

The 'Extended Version' is available in the UK (Region B). Stick with that one instead - and all that stupid Region Coding crap won't restrict your viewing pleasure...
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4.0 out of 5 stars Brain nectar for action junkies. 18 April 2013
By Mr. S. Storey TOP 500 REVIEWER
Vikings arrive in North America but as they're too early for visitor attractions they go berserk amongst the local population instead. The bloodlust makes them forgetful and they manage to leave behind a small boy who is subsequently adopted by the natives, presumably to fill out the rapidly thinning population. The boy grows into manhood but despite talk of his destiny by the elders he is largely shunned and considered an outsider. He spends his time alone practicing with his sword. The Vikings return; their massive helmets on display for all to see. They do as Vikings do, you know the pillaging, the violence, capturing the slaves etc. Anyway the young fellow "Ghost" as the natives call him isn't having any of it, besides he's sweet on a wide eyed honey from the tribe so he wants to keep her safe. He dispatches the gang of malevolent bad guys amidst majestic scenery, and a first class musical score. Karl Urban is particularly good a portraying the innocent hero who must open up a can of slice and dice, Moon Bloodgood is effective as the love interest - she also has a particularly suspenseful action sequence and Clancy Brown can do head chopping Viking in his sleep. All in all this is a fun romp.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Viking borefare 18 Jun 2009
By Trevor Willsmer HALL OF FAME TOP 100 REVIEWER
Some pitches are completely foolproof that you couldn't screw them up if you tried. Vikings versus Native Americans is one of them, so credit where credit's due to director Marcus Nispel for turning Pathfinder into such a yawn. An incredibly loose remake of Nils Gaup's acclaimed 1987 Norwegian film relocated to America centuries before Columbus, it sees Karl Urban as the sole survivor of a previous Viking expedition who was adopted by a local tribe and now has to find out where he really belongs if he is to save them from a new group of unwanted Norse immigrants. The opening discovery of the Vikings wrecked ship is encouragingly atmospheric, but the film doesn't take long to disappoint. The script offers everything you need for a decent action film, but doesn't deliver characters you care about, and unfortunately the film is denied even a charismatic lead to fill the gaps with old-fashioned star power. Karl Urban makes for a particularly bland void at the film's center, playing his entire part like a very shy kid on his first day a school who doesn't really want to be noticed. He's matched by the anonymous villain of the piece. Clancy Brown's Viking is more a costume and a hairstyle with no room for anything else, his subtitled dialogue not adding authenticity (hardly in a priority in a film whose look is inspired by old pulp novel covers and Hells Angels movies) but making him a distant, underdeveloped adversary.

So, everything hinges on the action scenes, but here Nispel offers lots of style but little panache.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars History in the making in Canada circa 980 11 Oct 2007
The film is about Vikings making excursions to the North American peninsula. The Norsemen raid and plunder the Native villages for slave trade, booty and loot. The difference between levels of technology regarding the two sides are huge. While the Vikings are at their height of their power, the Nativemen (called skrælings-meaning barbarians in Norse language) are armed with rock spears and arrows.

In the film the Vikings are shown as Barbarians who mercilessly kill and plunder, not diferentiating older people or children. The Skrælings live in relatively peacful environment. Generally at that time all the known nations including the Arabs, the Franks, the Gauls and all the nomadic tribes of the Middle East are more or less on the same civilization level. So the showing of Vikings as barbarians is not an objective way to tell a story. The whole future European nations are more or less the same "barbarians".

The film is shot in English but the Norsemen use their own language throughout the film. This detail is well thought and gives a different atmosphere. The inner social life of the Vikings is not shown in the film. They are shown as a bunch of vandals, killing among them meaninglessly and uselessly also, disregarding frienship or comradeship. This view is not objective.

The importance of the Viking raids is of unique importance for me. The unexpected meetings of different tribes are very interesting points in history. The discovery of Viking writings on stones found deep in North America strongly tells an interesting story lost long ago.

The film after some time becomes a modern Rambo movie with meanigless bloody scenes. I liked the film due to the historical atmosphere but the film does no good to interest people about those ancient times. If you are not interested in those periods then-and only then-it will be a waste of time to watch this movie.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Good movie
I loved the plot and crazy about the indigenous people of america and iceland. I think it is a very well done movie.
Published 2 months ago by Phoenix
1.0 out of 5 stars nice looking tosh
What drew me to rent this movie were the stylish, atmospherically visual exerpts. I subconsciously filled in the gap and assumed the movie would be at least entertaining. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Pete H
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent quality
I won't review the movie here, the synopsis can do that for you.

The Blu-ray quality is fantastic both in picture and sound. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Mr. Mark R. Woodhall
2.0 out of 5 stars Fantasy dressed up as reality
This is a remake of a little known Norweigen/Lappland film also named 'Pathfinder' but there the similarity between them ends. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Huscarl
1.0 out of 5 stars Oh dear ...
This is a painful film to watch.

I was prepared to overlook the ridiculousness of Norsemen crossing the Atlantic with massive warhorses and silly horns stuck to their... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Prof TBun
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant
Just my type of film, I love it and it is even better on blue ray with the extra quality that brings. My opinion only, what you make well!!
Published 7 months ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Movie
Action packed movie to suit most people.
Entertaining and good quality recording.
Must have DVD.
If you haven't seen it do so.
Published 7 months ago by guzare sunar
3.0 out of 5 stars "I'm not your kind!!"
In a fictional dark age, where Vikings raid Native American villages to exterminate them. A young boy, the son of a great Viking warrior, is captured by these Natives & raised as... Read more
Published 8 months ago by Jules
5.0 out of 5 stars Pathfinder
Excellent movie. Enjoyed the clarity and sharpness of the HD blu-ray. Karl Urban really rocks! A must buy if you are looking at movie about early Viking exploration to North... Read more
Published 9 months ago by G. C. Jacobs
5.0 out of 5 stars Pathfinder
Not long ago on aHistory programme ,it was proven the foreigners to land in the Americas was the Norseman or Vikings,this film was made prior to the History programme being aired,... Read more
Published 10 months ago by James Kilmartin
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