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Valhalla Rising [Blu-ray]

Mads Mikkelsen , Jamie Sives , Rony Bridges    Suitable for 18 years and over   Blu-ray
2.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (152 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Mads Mikkelsen, Jamie Sives, Gary Lewis, Ewan Stewart, Alexander Morton
  • Directors: Rony Bridges
  • Producers: Peter Kyed, Johnny Andersen, Henrik Danstrup
  • Format: DVD-Video
  • Language: English
  • Audio Description: English
  • Region: Region B/2 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 18
  • Studio: Momentum Pictures
  • DVD Release Date: 17 May 2010
  • Run Time: 100 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (152 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 9,874 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


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Director Nicolas Winding Refn ('Pusher', 'Bronson') helms this Viking adventure. Mads Mikkelsen stars as One-Eye, a mute warrior with supernatural strength who has been held prisoner for years by the chieftain Barde (Alexander Morton). Along with a boy, Are (Maarten Stevenson), he manages to kill his captor and escape on a Viking longship. The vessel becomes engulfed by an impenetrable fog that eventually disperses to reveal the shores of a strange and unknown land. As the new land reveals its terrible secrets, One-Eye is brought face to face with his true self.

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Please note this is a region B Blu-ray and will require a region B or region free Blu-ray player in order to play. 

They say he came from hell... Now they will find out...

One-Eye, a great warrior of supernatural strength is captured and held prisoner by the Viking Cheif Barde. One-Eye, aided by a mysterious boy kills his captors and with the boy Ayre, the two escape and begin a journey into the heart of darkness.

One-Eye and Ayre board a Viking vessel but once into the open ocean the ship is engulfed by an endless fog that refuses to lift until the vessel comes to a new world.

As dawn breaks on his brave new world the Vikings face a ghastly fate while One-Eye revels in the violence and bloodshed he was born to rule.

Valhalla Rising is a brutal medieval epic from the producers of The Football Factory and the director of Bronson.

Actors Mads Mikkelsen, Gary Lewis, Jamie Sives, Ewan Stewart, Alexander Morton, Callum Mitchell, Andrew Flanagan, Gary McCormack, Douglas Russell, Robert Harrison, Maarten Stevenson, Stewart Porter & Gordon Brown
Director Nicolas Winding Refn
Certificate 18 years and over
Year 2009
Screen Widescreen 2.35:1
Languages English
Subtitles English
Duration 1 hour and 40 minutes (approx)

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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Misrepresented but oddly interesting. 11 Jun 2011
By Tommy Dooley TOP 100 REVIEWER
As others have commented this has been mis-sold by the promoters. It has Viking hordes on the front cover, but not in the US version, as they are not allowed to get away with such blatant false hoods.

It is an unusual film a sort of Ingmar Bergman meets Derek Jarman only with a better camera. It is supposed to be a fantasy and as such it is hard to work out what the actual plot is. Starring Mads Mikkelsen as a one eyed sort of prize fighter, he is treated like an animal; only being let out of his cage for fights to the death. He apparently is owned by Barde(I got that from the cover), who is a wealthy Scotsman who obtained him for his fighting skills. If he is such a lethal fighting machine, how was he ever caught?

Any way he escapes; killing everyone except a young lad who comes along and appears to be able to understand the mute `One Eye'. I thought it was going to be a Christian versus Pagan type thing as Christianity is a thread throughout the film. The old sort of Christianity mind, crusading and killing; not the modern sort of caring and turning the other cheek etc. They meet up with some would be crusaders and then go off on a strange voyage to either the Holy Land or to establish a New Jerusalem.

This is a slow, often claustrophobic, stylish and atmospheric film. Writer and director Nicholas Winding Refn clearly knew what he wanted to create; the studio I think had different ideas. He uses music and imagery to drive the narrative forward and whilst it works, the swift and violent changes in pace -there are snippets of violent flash backs and/or premonitions- actually break your concentration. It is like being hooked and somehow getting off the line.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Aguirre the wrath of God - with Vikings 18 Sep 2013
By Trevor Willsmer HALL OF FAME TOP 100 REVIEWER
There's always less than meets the eye to Nicolas Winding Refn's films, and Valhalla Rising is no exception, but unlike his more self-indulgent recent films he manages to create enough of a foreboding and oppressive atmosphere in his tale of a handful of Vikings lost in a pitiless land to convince you that there's something unknowable at the heart of all the darkness. A sort of Nordic Aguirre The Wrath of God, his desire to shock and penchant for long brooding takes of his cast staring silently are very much to the fore, but it helps that unlike his recent films with Ryan Gosling doing his dopey blank slate routine that just feels like empty posing, in Mads Mikklesen he has a lead with a genuinely unnerving screen presence who convinces you that there really is something going on inside his head, but quite what you'll never know and, if you've any sense, never want to know. Not that he could tell you even if he wanted to, his mute visionary bloodily escaping from his captors and falling in with a group of Christians on their way to the Holy Land who get lost in an unnatural mist and emerge in a savage continent where they are picked off one by one by the elements, the unseen primitive inhabitants and each other as they go mad and turn on each other.

The plot is thin, the budget low and the oppressive atmosphere is everything, but where this could easily have turned into a whole lot of walking around doing nothing fiasco of Robbie Moffat/The Winter Warrior proportions, whatever his weaknesses are, Refn does have a vision for his film, knows how to use his Scottish locations as part of the nightmarish psychological texture of his film and doesn't on this occasion overindulge his very decent cast's worst instincts.
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars For Herzog and Tarkovsky fans, not lads' night 17 Jun 2013
By hjd
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This film has suffered dreadfully from the fact that the cover designer for the DVD appears not to have seen it. This is not a splatterfest for a takeaway after the pub, nor a lusty historical romp. It has entirely other purposes and it is for those who will sit through three hours of Tarkovsky mesmerised and talk about the meaning for days afterwards. As other reviewers have pointed out, if you love Aguirre, Wrath of God and Stalker then this is your kind of film - if you have never heard of either film, then this is absolutely not for you. If you are looking for strict historical accuracy (although there were Scottish Viking Christians and Vikings did get involved in Crusades, though rather more in Northern Europe; the view of Viking slavery is as unrealistic as the central premiss of Gladiator; does anyone need literal calculations whether the boat could actually sail to an actual destination through the fog?) then this is not for you but you have again missed the point and misunderstood the nature of metaphor.
The story is set in a version of the Viking period in order to show the darker possibilities of life in hard times (and most of us should surely know by now that viking is a verb but most so-called Vikings were actually traders and farmers, it was just very, very bad luck to meet the scary ones that were out on the lookout for territory and booty).
In order to create the existential exploration of the film, the characters have to be on the edge of life, comfort, possibility, hope. As One-Eye/Odin walks through them leading to a version of Gotterdamerung (or Aguirre on his raft), we and they take time to stop and experience the bleakness that may lie at the heart of man, against a backdrop of astonishing beauty.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
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Published 7 days ago by mary
4.0 out of 5 stars how can something so violent be so serene
I brought this because I liked drive , so I took a risk , this movie is awesome , a juxtaposition of beautiful peaceful landscapes and intense graphic violence, a voyage of doom... Read more
Published 10 days ago by luke
2.0 out of 5 stars Mads as a boxes of frogs
Having really enjoyed Nicolas Winding Refn’s ‘Only God Forgives’, and the seminal ‘Drive’, I was prepared to give this bloody Viking-themed historical effort a go, but to be honest... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Scaroth, Last of the Jagaroth
2.0 out of 5 stars It never manages to rise above its one trick.
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Published 4 months ago by Huscarl
4.0 out of 5 stars The ghost of Wotan is lost
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Published 5 months ago by Ken Raus
4.0 out of 5 stars Hypnotic
A lot is cribbed from other sources (notably Herzog's Aguirre - The Wrath of God) but this mix of beautiful cinematography, stoic performances and sudden violence is incredibly... Read more
Published 6 months ago by T. Prankerd
1.0 out of 5 stars valhalla rising
Im so far number 67 with a 1 out of 5 rating what a bag of ***** wasnt even worth the 2 quid I paid
disapointment of a film. dont ever judge a book by its cover
Published 7 months ago by Rob Fisher
3.0 out of 5 stars Slow, meandering and uneventful. A failed oddball movie
An unusual movie that is clearly aiming for the oddball, midnight cult movie genre as exemplified by El Topo, Rocky Horror Picture Show, Eraserhead and more recently A Field In... Read more
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1.0 out of 5 stars Should be a 0 star rating for this one
This film is pure garbage. There should be a 0 star rating for films like this. I do not understand how it is possible to fund, produce, and make available for purchasing junk like... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Raymond Neville Gordon
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