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A Knight's Tale (Special Edition) (2001)

Heath Ledger , Mark Addy , Brian Helgeland  |  Unrated |  DVD
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (666 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Heath Ledger, Mark Addy, Rufus Sewell, Shannyn Sossamon, Paul Bettany
  • Directors: Brian Helgeland
  • Writers: Brian Helgeland
  • Producers: Brian Helgeland, Tim Van Rellim, Todd Black
  • Format: AC-3, Anamorphic, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, DTS Surround Sound, Dubbed, NTSC, Special Edition, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English, French
  • Dubbed: French
  • Subtitles for the Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 1 encoding (US and Canada only)
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    Some Region 1 DVDs may contain Regional Coding Enhancement (RCE). Some, but not all, of our international customers have had problems playing these enhanced discs on what are called "region-free" DVD players. For more information on RCE, click .
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: September 25, 2001
  • Run Time: 132 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (666 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00000F4ZY
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,833 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "A Knight's Tale (Special Edition)" on IMDb

Special Features

  • HBO Making Of Special
  • 11 Behind-The-Scenes Featurettes
  • Deleted Scenes with Filmmaker's Intros
  • Music Video
  • DVD ROM: Website Link, Exclusive Knight's Tale #D Screener

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There's no rule against rock anthems from the 1970s in the soundtrack for a movie about a medieval jousting champion, but if you're going to attempt such jarring anachronisms, you'd better establish acceptable ground rules. Writer-director Brian Helgeland does precisely that in A Knight's Tale and pulls off this trick with such giddy aplomb that you can't help but play along. (Upon witnessing a crowd of peasants at a jousting match, singing and clapping to the beat of Queen's "We Will Rock You," you're either going to love this movie or dismiss it altogether.) Other vintage rock hits will follow, but Helgeland--the Oscar®-winning cowriter of L.A. Confidential--handles this ploy with judicious goodwill, in what is an otherwise honest period piece about a peasant named William (Heath Ledger) who rises by grit and determination to the hallowed status of knighthood.

As if the soundtrack weren't audacious enough, Helgeland (recovering from the sour experience of his directorial debut, Payback) casts none other than Geoffrey Chaucer (wonderfully played by Paul Bettany) as William's cohort and match announcer, along with William's pals Roland (Mark Addy) and Wat (Alan Tudyk), and feisty blacksmith Kate (Laura Fraser). Of course there must be a fair maiden, and she is Jocelyn (newcomer Shannyn Sossamon), with whom William falls in love while battling the nefarious Count Adhemar (Rufus Sewell) on the European jousting circuit. Add to this an inspiring father-son reunion, Ledger's undeniable charisma, a perfect supporting cast, and enough joyful energy to rejuvenate the film's formulaic plot, and A Knight's Tale becomes that most pleasant of movie surprises--an unlikely winner that rises up, like its hero, to exceed all expectations. --Jeff Shannon

Product Description

After serving a number of years as a squire, an earnest young commoner poses as a knight and establishes himself in the jousting tournaments of Europe. He and a princess fall in love, but she is unaware of his deceit and common roots. The false knight is estranged from the princess once his true roots are revealed. He struggles to amend their relationship.

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207 of 217 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Don't buy the "Extended" Edition! October 5, 2005
Format:DVD
If you're a fan of Brian Helgeland, Paul Bettany (Chaucer), or just commentary tracks in general, don't buy the extended edition. The regular DVD has every feature the "extended" edition does - it just doesn't insert the deleted scenes into the movie. They're included as bonus features. This extended edition does not include the hilarious and insightful commentary track by Helgeland and Bettany, which is really the best thing about the DVD. You get more features for less money by buying the regular DVD release.
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90 of 96 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars IT WILL ROCK YOU December 31, 2001
Format:DVD
Apparently audiences couldn't quite figure out A Knight's Tale when it had its theatrical release last year. This was in all likelihood due to the combination of rock music in ancient times clashing with our knowledge of history and our delicate sensibilities. However, having both seen this at the cinema and owning it on DVD, I would like to hope that this movie will be given a second chance to win new viewers as it really is a good film and great fun!
Heath Ledger (The Patriot) displaying great charm and a winning smile throughout, plays William Thatcher, squire to a washed up champion jouster, who dies during a competition, leaving William to masquerade as his master in order to collect their winnings. Aided by his initially less than enthusiatic pals Roland (Mark Addy from Full Monty) and Wat (Alan Tudyk, 28 Days) William fakes nobility to illegally enter competitions. On their travels they encounter a naked wanderer, the future famed author, Geoffrey Chaucer (Paul Bettany) who joins their `crusade' and helps to forge William's ancestral lineage, so that he can take part in the noblemen only games. Whilst competing (according to my wife who seems to like every Australian film star) the very handsome William catches the eye of a lady, Jocelyn (the very beautiful Shannyn Sossamon), and sets out to win her heart. However, standing between William and his two goals of winning the World Championships and winning the hand of Lady Jocelyn stands the dastardly Count Adhemar (brilliantly played by Rufus Sewell, Dark City).
This is a surprising change of direction for writer/Director Brian Helgelend (LA Confidential).
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84 of 90 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Changing their stars February 7, 2004
Format:DVD
I can't tell you how surprised I was when I absolutely loved this movie! I didn't expect to like it at all. I figured it would be a two-dimensional MTV take on Medieval sport. Instead the producers did something dangerous -- they found a script!
Sure it's predictable and there are plenty of cliched lines, but the film absolutely succeeds in what it set out to do. It plays very well by its own rules. And it is surprisingly moving at times. When the film could have sunk to schmaltz, it holds its own with good acting and sturdy writing.
What could have been another stupid teen movie actually has legs and a soul.
I'm amazed the number of people who fault it for its inventive style in incorporating contemporary music with the medieval milieu, when these same people loved Shrek for doing exactly the same thing.
I applaud the risks the film takes and how well it succeeds when it takes them. In the end, isn't Pro Wrestling or boxing the modern day equivalent of the joust? In spirit and appeal, at least, if not in grace or sophistication.
Call it a guilty pleasure, but the film is a fun and successful and worth watching again.
Don't skip the deleted scenes -- wonderful stuff there, especially the extended stockade scene.
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great family entertainment! October 28, 2003
Format:DVD
Okay, like some others here let me stress...THIS IS NOT MEANT TO BE A HISTORICALLY ACCURATE MOVIE.
After reading the first 80 reviews I feel compelled to add my own 2 cents. We rented this and I have to agree that in the first few minutes I was revolted by the rock music, being a big fan of historical pieces set in the middle ages. Despite my initial feelings, I stuck it out. Too soon I found myself again annoyed by the styles worn by the Lady Jocelyn. Yuck! "What is going on", I wondered. But already I was finding myself involved in the story line and enjoying the humor, especially the interactions among the main characters. By the end I was willing to admit I'd been entertained and I was in love with all the characters with the possible exception of Jocelyn.
Then we watched all the extra bonus material and I was amazed at the thought and work that went into this movie. I just had to watch it again, having gained a new perspective on WHY things were done the way they were. What I discovered was an extremely entertaining romp.
For those of you who only saw the theatre version or are concerned about the rock and roll references in these reviews, try to see the director's point of view. Throughout history parents have strived to understand their youngsters. Or do we assume that the generations have always perfectly understood one another until it came to the 20th century? Language, music, clothes...isn't it likely that different generations differed as much in opinions then as now? If not then how did the culture ever evolve into something completely different? Notice that I have avoided the term "teens". Well, face it, back then the teens WERE adults. But there must still have been generational gaps. Did they say "wow" in historical times?
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great movie!
Loved it!
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3.0 out of 5 stars ouch
for some reason I was billed over $20 for this
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fun. Great jousting action
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5.0 out of 5 stars Jousting good fun
This movie is a good representation of Heath Ledger's work as well as a fun tale of defeating the enemy at his own game. Well done.
Published 27 days ago by Thom Ritzema
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic
This movie is so great and on blu ray its even better. i loved this movie when I was a kid and its even better now with newer viewing technology. Buy it.
Published 28 days ago by Heelaary
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable movie with excellent acting
Well-acted, engaging. Themes of people making critical, life-changing decisions under pressure. Great modern music used well to engage and make it fun.
Published 28 days ago by D.H.
1.0 out of 5 stars I can't stand this film.
I'm one of those historical jerks who likes authenticity, and hearing gen-X rock musical homages in this film because some corporate marketer said it was a good idea to sell more... Read more
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