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4.0 out of 5 stars Almost, but not quite., 20 Nov. 2006
This review is from: Erik The Viking (Director's Son's Cut) [DVD] (DVD)
It's not quite true to say that Disc 2 features 'the original UK theatrical release'. At least one scene is still missing, so if you're the kind of person who remembers that Leif the Lucky had a bigger part in the cinema than he does on the VHS release, you'll be sad to hear that he isn't any luckier in this version. It is more or less the same as the VHS release, however. But that's not the primary reason for buying this set.

The Director's Son's Cut is shorter than the original - 25% shorter, in fact - and the difference is probably only noticeable to people who know the film well. A line here, a tiny scene there, a bit of running around before he reaches Freya's cave, that kind of thing - it all adds up but isn't horribly jarring in the scheme of things. The film is tighter, and snappier for it. New opening credits are a little distracting, and the impact of the original title screen (and music) is lost somewhat, but it moves the film on a little quicker so isn't a disaster.

The additional features aren't completely inspiring - edited interviews from the time of shooting, rather than new material - but the commentary is interesting, and the packaging is nice. Overall it's a much better product than the previous DVD release of this film, and it's a good fun romp through Norse mythology and post-Python humour, with some lovely visuals.
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Initial post: 18 Jun 2009 22:31:54 BDT
Last edited by the author on 14 Nov 2009 07:25:18 GMT
"Who was that?" "Leif the Lucky!" Yes, I remember poor old Leif...;))

I was hoping this set would have the original theatrical cut rather than the video version, but, like the cinema I saw it in, that seems to be lost to the mists of time as the film just keeps on getting shorter. I assume that one disc is just Arrow's earlier release of the video version with the same extras while the second disc is the new cut.

The Australian PAL DVD is at least the 103-minute international version in widescreen (which runs 99 minutes on PAL).
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