Erik The Viking  [DVD]
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Written by ex-Monty Python member Terry Jones and starring Tim Robbins as Erik, a viking who tires of the daily grind of sacking and looting. Gathering together a rag-tag band of squabbling warriors, Erik sets out on a journey to Valhalla where he intends to ask the gods to end the violence which consumes their age and usher in an era of peace. Not everyone shares Erik's dream and he encounters many obstacles along the way - most notably in the form of Halfdan the Black (John Cleese), a local warlord who enjoys all the fighting and wants things to carry on the same.
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This is the story of a Viking Warrior who thought there must be more \ to life than rape and pillage.
Erik's doubts about his lifestyle begin when h\ e inadvertantly falls in love with a rather pretty girl he has just killed. Nt\ that he meant to kill her you understand, but this being the legendary Age of \ Ragnarok, killing people is rather in fashion and mishaps are bound to occur.In fact, any Viking warrior who hasn't killed at least one innocent person by \ the lunch break is generally reckoned to be a bit of a rotten apple.
So Erik \ sets off for Asgaard - the fabled City of the Gods - along with his unruly band\ of followers:Thorfinn the Skull, Sven the Beserk, Ulf the Maddeningly Calm (Sv\ en the Beserk's father), Harald the Missionary (17 years without a single conve\ rt), Lief the Lucky (who is unfortunately drowned on his first day at sea), Iva\ r the boneless, Odd the Coal-Biter (there really was a Viking named that) and th\ e rest of them.
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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.
1. The single-disc release from Arrow, which contains the shortened 90-minute fullframe version released on video.
2. The 2-disc set released by Arrow containing the shortened 90-minute version released on video and an EVEN shorter 'Son of the Director's Cut.'
3. The Australian PAL DVD release, which contains the widescreen 103-minute international version of the film (which runs 99 minutes when adjusted to the faster running time on PAL) that's longer than the other two editions but still shorter than the original 107-minute theatrical version (which has never been available on DVD).
After a run of box-office successes culminating in A Fish Called Wanda, the Monty Python alumni hit the rocks in a big way in the late 80s, first with Terry Gilliam's hugely expensive box-office disaster The adventures of Baron Munchausen and Terry Jones' rather less expensive but even less successful comedy Erik the Viking. Munchausen became a cult success that's still spoken of admiringly today. Erik doesn't get talked about much...
It's a shame, because the script is pretty good - good enough to survive some dodgy casting (Mickey Rooney in a role that cries out for Ernest Borgnine) and appalling direction (Terry Jones must have been bitten by a long shot when he was a child, because he won't have more than a handful of 'em in the picture, and he constantly puts the visual set-up after delivering the punch line).Read more ›
Often films have weeknesses in casting but these can be overlooked as the pace allows the viewer to overlook them. This film has none; from Freddy Jones as the burnt out missionary to Tsutomu Sekine as the sardonic slavemaster, there is not a week link. Even Mickey Rooney is perfect. Each actor brings something to the mix.
The humour is very British but with so many international cast members, it will translate very well. It is subtle but not unreadable. The action is both absurd and brilliant throughout. So many scenes stick in the memory; the Slavemaster ripping into western culture in Japanese, the gods being children, the scene sequence that ends up with Erik realising that he was only invisable to King Arnulf and so many more.
I welcomed the new cut added to the DVD but still preferred the old Theatre release. The DVD does come with a host of extras. However, they are of little consequence - put on the film and watch.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The original cut is far better than the directors edition, but thankfully it is included also...Published 13 months ago by Mr. Alan W. J. Clark
Erik The Viking is a gloriously madcap socio-political commentary regarding Belief systems and their followers. Read morePublished on 16 Jun. 2014 by P.A.Owens
very good condition but every time I put it on I've to go through the procedure to put it on englishPublished on 14 Mar. 2014 by shay
Arrived in good time, however when opened the packet there was no wrapper around the DVD box, being sold as brand new/unused I was a bit surprised. Read morePublished on 19 Dec. 2013 by helen sparks
Received in Excellent condition and just what was required to keep the grown ups entertained an excellent film with good entertainment all aroundPublished on 13 Aug. 2013 by Les
It is a little disappointing revisiting this movie after so many years..
This is a pretty lavish set, if you are a fan of the movie.. Read more