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Arn: The Knight Templar (2007)

Joakim Nätterqvist , Sofia Helin , Peter Flinth  |  R |  DVD
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (97 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Joakim Nätterqvist, Sofia Helin, Stellan Skarsgård, Michael Nyqvist, Mirja Turestedt
  • Directors: Peter Flinth
  • Writers: Hans Gunnarsson, Jan Guillou
  • Producers: Alistair MacLean-Clark, Anthony Nutley, Bo Persson, Colin Nutley, Ditte Christiansen
  • Format: Color, Dolby, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Dubbed: Swedish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Entertainment One
  • DVD Release Date: October 12, 2010
  • Run Time: 133 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (97 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B003VE9WOC
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #129,343 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Arn: The Knight Templar" on IMDb

Special Features

Over 40 minutes of behind-the-scenes featurettes.

Editorial Reviews

Arn Magnusson (Joakim Nätterqvist) is trained from birth to become a skilled swordsman. After being double-crossed by a devious nobleman, he is made a Knight Templar and sent off to the Crusades as penance for his sins. Fighting to regain his freedom, Arn battles fierce enemy armies and becomes a hero.

Two Making-of Featurettes.

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174 of 186 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars worthy, but truncated October 12, 2010
A good film in its own right, but still, not the original. I contacted the Swedish producers and they said that there were no plans to release the film in its original shape. The film began life as a TV miniseries, of several hours in length (I think about 6). It was released theatrically in Scandanavia as two films, each about two and a half hours long; and released in this, much shorter, so-called International version, i.e., a dumber, action-oriented version supposedly to appeal to us poorly educated North Americans. Sigh. Since this is likely the only version that will ever be released in Region A, you'd be better off getting it rather than waiting for a (so far purely hypothtetical) longer version. If you have a multi-region blu-ray player, it might be possible to order the two, Scandinavian discs, if you can find them at all, that is.
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69 of 71 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Way They Used to Make Them October 17, 2010
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Reading the Amazon reviews within this release, I was taken aback by the fact that this was a Swedish miniseries and that this dvd release by E1 entertainment is a truncated version. Well, truncated is better than nothing. It is magnificent and harkens back to the old tried and true epics we fondly remember. The director ,Peter Flinth, has given us a grand epic of honor and treachery all focused on the love story between Arn and Cecilia with religion, once again, separating true love. It contains so much passion with some great performances within its structure. You will recognize of course Bibi Anderson as the mother superior and Sven Bertil Taube ( the only other movie I know of his is a guilty pleasure- 'PUPPET ON A CHAIN') as the Bishop also Steven Waddington from 'THE LAST OF THE MOHICANS' as the Grand Master of the Templar Knights. Sorry, I'm a sucker for these type of epics and this one reinforces my belief that other countries are making incredible product. If you want an uplifting, soaring piece of filmmaking with breathtaking photography and a rousing music score by Toomas Kantelinen, click the add to cart button. I just can't figure out why nobody has signed the actor who played Saladin-Milind Soman- to other projects over here. He really steals the show. The release has two great featurettes on the making of the film which brings you up to speed on the production. Highly recommended.
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69 of 80 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars What a Great Surprise October 14, 2010
I knew nothing of this film until I started seeing advances on the video release. It's definitely my kind of flick so I thought I'd give it a shot and I'm glad I did.

This is a really good story in the historical epic category. It propounds to be based in fact and, though I don't know how much they had to tweek it for script purposes, it contains certain things that feel true.

Arn is a Swede who falls in love with a woman who is betrothed to another family. He knocks her up so she has to do 20 years in a convent while he has to do twenty years in the Crusades as a Knight Templar. As he himself was raised by the church he's a very serious dude. He was also schooled well in combat by a monk who did time in the Crusades so he can fight with the best of them. He heads off to the Holy Land where he becomes key in winning some battles. His time is up so he heads home to be with his woman but ends up facing a whole new challenge. It seems Sweden isn't all that united and there is a new grab for power he needs to thwart.

This is an Historical Epic in the best sense. Great locations, costumes and lots of extras. You like Arn. He's a cool guy because he's good and devout, but can kick booty if he needs to. You like Cecelia his girlfriend. She's pretty and has a good spirit. It's acted well, shot well, edited well. The music score is good, though maybe a bit too similar to the "Lord of the Rings" score but that's a minor quibble. I also could have used a bit more in the building of the relationship between the two Cecelias, but again, it's a minor quibble. Surprisingly, they spent little effort on the major battle scenes. Were this Ridley Scott or Antoine Fuqua we'd have been dazzled by meticulous staging and swordplay. But here the director just didn't seem that interested.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars the full length version is available, but... August 7, 2011
This fabulous production IS available, all ca.258 minutes of it, almost 5 hours, from AmazonGermany, in a 4 disc set, 3 discs for the movie and 1 disc for extras. It's a tad expensive...and it's only subtitled in German. With shipping, I ended up paying about $40...the shipping cost more than the boxed set! The box is handsome and well designed and the video and audio quality excellent.

As the dialogue is minimal, the subtitling was not all that challenging for my 3 years of college German (35 years ago). The story tells itself quite well visually, and the few times the dialogue became somewhat complex, it was easy enough to freeze the picture and work on the subtitles. If anyone is game, it's worth the effort. Keep a dictionary handy. AmazonGermany works just like AmazonUSA and AmazonUK. It's easy enough to click your way through to checkout.

The movie is spectacular. I have to agree with the reviewer who said "Arn" is in the great epic filmaking style of the past. I enjoyed every moment of it. The sets and costumes were impressive and made the time and places recreated very convincing. The battles were well done. Though not full blood-and-guts as a larger budget may have allowed, there was tremendous tension in the battle preparations and the initial assault. Some brief battle scenes and then the aftermath, showing the carnage and slaughter. Very effective. The audio helped tremendously in building the drama.

Beside the many actors reviewers have pointed out, I should mention Michael Nyquist ("The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo," etc.) as Arn's father. It was a pleasure seeing him again as I enjoyed the Millenium film trilogy greatly. All the actors were fine and did their work well.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very Good !!!!!!
Big fan of these times in history , love anything that will show great warriors of history espically base on a true story .
Published 1 hour ago by Anthony C. Atilano Jr
5.0 out of 5 stars Review of ARN: THE KNIGHT TEMPLAR. By Hilda Principe
My daughter-in-law is from Norway and I viewed this movie with excitement because I knew she would love it. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Hilda Principe
5.0 out of 5 stars Swedish movie
I have watched it over and over. It is a very good movie from a different aspect of a Swedish version of the Crusades. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Cherri Lunn
5.0 out of 5 stars Great
This was a great movie, lots of action, drama, suspense, I will recommend to friends. Will search for more like this
Published 4 months ago by RonJ
5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Film on a Smallish Scale - See it!
Apparently there were originally two movies but they have been edited together herein, and some viewers are pretty upset. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Handsome-Jeff Friedberg, an Author and Media-Critic, THE PARANORMALIST (R)
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
Very good movie. If you liked Orlando Blooms version of Kingdom of Heavn, you'll enjoy this too. Same time period and some of the same characters in the Holyland. Read more
Published 6 months ago by David Belfry
5.0 out of 5 stars A True Templar
Often times a Templar is taken only for their fighting prowess and when the morale convictions are challenged the producer of the show drops them for a 'more interesting' story. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Slack
3.0 out of 5 stars okay drama with insights
a okay drama that was targeted for a northern european movie-goer but lacking the hollywood impact that this yankee has grown accustomed to in other films of this genre. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Bill Chase
4.0 out of 5 stars ARN
The rating is good; though the book series is much better than the movie; If you know the book, you can enjoy the movie probably more. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Felice Tirone
5.0 out of 5 stars Arn ; The knight templar
I know this movie was made some time ago but i just foud out about it last week when i was watching another movie and I saw the
previews and it looked like it was a good... Read more
Published 9 months ago by Michael Lowe
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