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  • Actors: Christian Bale
  • Directors: Gabriel Axel
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: 101 Films
  • DVD Release Date: 10 Jan. 2012
  • Run Time: 97 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (48 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B007PCLRCQ
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 22,767 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

Reviews

Fenge (Gabriel Byrne The Usual Suspects) steals The Throne of Jutland by killing his brother, King Hardvanael, and marrying his widow (Helen Mirren The Queen).

Hardvanael s son, Amled (Christian Bale The Dark Knight Rises) feigns insanity, to avoid his own execution, but Fenge doubts his condition and sends him to a Duke (Brian Cox X-Men 2) in England to be murdered.

Instead, the prince becomes a hero, marries an English Rose (Kate Beckinsale Underworld Awakening) and returns to exact his revenge on Fenge,in a ferocious battle for The Empire that is rightly his.

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52 of 56 people found the following review helpful By Paul on 2 Oct. 2012
Format: DVD
I made the grievous error of choosing this dvd in Tescos, what was I thinking. I looked at the artwork on the sleeve and read about the "epic action" that was waiting for me and I thought, "Great stuff, Brian Cox, Helen Mirren, Christian Bale and Kate Beckinsale, what more could I want?" Well a film that wasn't 18 years old for a start, and a film that wasn't being sold as a 2012 issue/release. This film is truly bad, you get some sort of idea when the really jovial tedious music by some Danish guy starts. Take a sack of spanners and beat a brick wall with it and you get the same sort of noise. I thought the tv was acting up and then the sense of dread started to sink in, you know the kind of noise you get when you play an old video tape and the sound is sort of out of time - well that's how the film sounds all the way through - we ain't talking dolby quality here. Anyway, I sat back and considered the 8 quid I'd just thrown away on this and decided to see it through. My wife woke me minutes later to kindly inform me that a young Helen Mirren was infact walking round topless. Even that did not give me the resolve to give this film any sort of credence and my wife said she would look this "movie" up on the IMBD site. It gets better. This film isn't even Thrones and Empires, it's a hashed up attempt at Hamlet and went under the name of Prince of Jutland amongst others, there's 3 or 4 going for this. She said it was because the stars were probably embarrased by the film that Thrones and Empires doesn't show up on their CVs.
Do yourself a favor and give this a miss, if you want to do me one buy mine on ebay for 2 quid, have a look, it's on there now.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By H.Mason on 4 Dec. 2012
Format: DVD
Hilariously bad acting and a woefully low budget make this one of the most cringe inducing films I've had the misfortune to see.
Imagine Christian Bale at 15, trotting around on a shorter that average Shetland pony with a hairspray addiction, cut with toe-curling attempts at feigning insanity and 20 person 'armies' (no irony here) fumbling around in the realm of a polystyrene castle, then and cap it off with disjointed and frankly baffling musical farce and you may get some idea of how bad this is.
Oh and there are no Thrones, no Empires and no apparent Vikings (bewildered villagers in amusing tunics would better describe them). The only thing that kept us watching were mildly lesbionic steam room scenes (???) and plenty of haphazard nudity.

Rubbish, and not in a good way.
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24 of 26 people found the following review helpful By S. Thompson on 20 Oct. 2012
Format: DVD
Recently and quite separately within the space of a week I purchased this DVD from a leading Supermarket and another DVD called "Lionheart". Well if you check out the reviews on "Lionheart" on Amazon and other sites you will realise the packaging on that title is very deceptive and the same goes for this film. The back of the box of "Thrones..." suggests a 2012 release as its the only date printed and when you see quotes such as " Helen Mirren - The Queen" and "Christian Bale - The Dark Knight" you would make the reasonable assumption this film has been made after those two excellent films. Not so - this is a re-release in new packaging of a 20 year old film when Mirren, Bale and others were only just starting their film careers. Kate Beckinsale looks about 18 years old. As for the description on the case "ferocious battle for the crown" its a literary reference only to the attempt by Hamlet to regain his crown and not a description of any battle scenes - don't expect to see one unless I dozed off at that part! Some good knife stabs in the back though using rubber weapons - I did need to practice that for my next amateur play! And the closest to a battle is a mass rubber knife throw followed by one army (about 20 men) running away.Even Brian Glover dies of a rubber knife stab. Hamlet even kills his uncle in the end with a rubber knife. Maybe I could arrange the re-release of this film in a few years and re-title it "Hamlet and the Rubber Knives". The box says approx viewing time 85 mins - my player tells me it dragged on for 100 mins, another misprint on the box I suppose!
These purchases have made me realise you can no longer browse in the supermarket for a DVD that you haven't researched already on the web.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Neil Lucock on 1 Dec. 2012
Format: DVD
The cover art is probably the best part of this movie. It was made in 1993, it's set in a remarkably clean early medieval village- no chickens, pigs, geese or other livestock wandering about, but we did spot 3 children in one shot. The king has about 30 adult subjects, they are all clean and well dressed, they don't look like people who work for a living unless rolling wool into a ball counts as hard work. The queen wanders round checking on what people are doing like a head chef tasting the food. The enemy army, when they arrive, are a joke. Some carry a shield, but no weapons, others carry a spear, but no shield, but the invading army is only 30 strong and you never see more than 30 people in any one shot (the probably double up as the friendly army in different clothes). The enemy don't look, or behave, like warriors. Most fights are resolved by thrown daggers, there are no battle scenes as such, and people who get stabbed don't seem to have blood inside them. People go to great lengths to do things that are not a good use of their time. For example, the hero asks his mother to make sure that there are tapestries in the hall. He waits for the guards to get drunk, rolls them up in the tapestries and pins them so they can't get out. He then sets fire to the hall and lets them burn to death while wrapped up. Why didn't he tie them up? Why not stab them with a knife? He sets fire to the hall to make a dramatic background for his encounter with the antagonist, but the fire plays no part, doesn't add excitement or danger and in reality, he's just burned his own inheritance. Even the gratuitous nakedness doesn't make this film worth watching. If I was being really charitable, I'd say the film could serve as a good example of how not to make an exciting, convincing movie.
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