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Outlander [Blu-ray]  [US Import]
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What follows is well-filmed with a good sense for editing and sound mixture, lovingly outfitted , mostly superior acting by the cast including John Hurt and Ron Perlman in lesser, but memorable roles, more than just one-dimensional villains and as a nice bonus a fittingly epic soundtrack. Not to forget some dry wit by the local vikings, even if it does not dominate the movie, and an understated romance with the not-so-meek female lead, feisty Sophia Myles.
Yes, some factual liberties are being taken - such as oddly capable blacksmith shops and volcanic caves in Norway amongst the more noticable ones, not to mention the Sci-Fi elements - though mostly to facilliate the flow of the story, BUT..... show me one recent movie or even documentary that doesn't...
Even if the CGI is not quite cutting edge "Outlander" ends up being a far superior historical adventure flick than its obvious direct competitors "the 13th Warrior", the overly violent "Pathfinder" and the cheesy "Beowulf" of 2007 (or the even worse 90ies one...*shudder*)... or basically any historical/fantasy movie with a heroic theme made in the last decade except the hard-to-eclipse "LotR"-saga. IMHO, of course...Read more ›
The first thing I must say is about the Blu-Ray itself. The picture transfer is very sharp and clear even during the (many) dark scenes. Sound is also superb, although only listed as Dolby Digital it nearly blew our speakers away - as good as if not better than some DTS soundtracks. If the UK BD release manages this quality, viewers are in for a treat.
Turning to the story, essentially it is a re-telling of Beowulf vs Grendel only in this case Beowulf is the humanoid alien Kainan stranded on Earth when his spacecraft crash lands, as a result of the creature - a Moorwen, representing Grendel - that had stowed away on board. However unlike Predator, AvP etc. the action all takes place in 9th century Norway not modern day America.
The film combines elements of the Beowulf movies, 13th Warrior, Pathfinder and more contemporary monster movies. My only slight complaint is that in actual fact very little play is made of the fact that here we have a person from an advanced civilisation who, despite having retrieved some of his tech from the crashed ship, effectively goes native straight away. This is helped by a convenient "Matrix" style mind probe that implants the Norse language in about 45 seconds! Maybe his race has a none interference policy but given revelations about why they are fighting the Moorwens later in the movie, seems unlikely. While not expecting Army of Darkness, "Now listen up you primates..." style interaction more could definitely have been made of this.
After overcoming the initial suspicions of the Viking tribe Kainan is fairly readily integrated as a warrior and only just in time as first a rival tribe, then the Moorwen attack.Read more ›
It is daft to the point of being preposterous, and I'm afraid Wulfric's accent is annoying. This aside, all the cast are either good or simply entertaining. Jim Caviezel is someone I always enjoy watching, and in this, while his natural dourness sometimes goes a little far, he does a good job. John Hurt is always good for me, and Ron Perlman, well, another favourite. The scenery is lovely, too.
The story, well, it's Beowulf with an alien Grendel. As such, it is by a country mile the best version of that wonderful tale I've seen filmed. The monster is good value, even if illogical. It could have stood a longer running time for me, with some of the deleted/ extended scenes that are in the Extras.
Oh yes, it's a it cheesy, but nonetheless great fun and good entertainment. Definitely four stars, equally definitely not five for me.
The concept of Outlander is one that requires your suspension of disbelief, to enjoy it's Sci-Fi/Medieval fusion. The forefront of the movie is this life & death game of cat & mouse with an alien monster, around a beautifully recreated Viking village & surrounding rural area , that offers up some great action sequences & top notch visual effects. Away from the action, in times of calm, is a story of understanding the motives behind each character, romance & overcoming the boundaries of being a stranger to work as one to defeat a common enemy. The latter does result in the pace of the film dropping a little in places, but as a whole it was a good mix. In fact the cut content appears to be mostly this background content, so that's worth watching for those who like a bit more depth.
Jim Caviezel's (Person of Interest) huge screen presence as Kainan is very good, ably managing the contrast from wounded soul to level headed & experienced warrior. John Hurt's (Alien) gravitas makes him easy to believe as the ageing Viking King , Hrothgar. Jack Huston (...Read more ›
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I was pleasantly surprised. I thought it wasn't going to be very good but as I like science fiction movies I thought I would give it a try. It was very watchable. Read morePublished 9 days ago by M.B.
Space age meets Vikings. Escaped creature from space attacks Viking villages, luckily for the Vikings a survivor from the space transport that was carrying the creature also ends... Read morePublished 4 months ago by B. C. Webb
I have seen this dvd quite a while ago and I really enjoyed it. I thought the price was excellent and also blu-ray which gives good definition. A good price too!Published 5 months ago by Jude Love