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Erik the Viking (1989)

Tim Robbins , Mickey Rooney , Terry Jones  |  NR |  DVD
3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (104 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Tim Robbins, Mickey Rooney, Eartha Kitt, Terry Jones, Imogen Stubbs
  • Directors: Terry Jones
  • Format: AC-3, Color, Director's Cut, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Surround)
  • Subtitles: English, French, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: MGM (Video & DVD)
  • DVD Release Date: December 4, 2007
  • Run Time: 107 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (104 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000WC39V8
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #37,607 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Erik the Viking" on IMDb

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Years before his Oscar win, Tim Robbins top-lined this spoof of The Vikings and other ancient adventures. Writer/director Terry Jones (Life of Brian) paints his titular marauder as a wide-eyed pacifist born at the wrong time (with his wig and headband, Robbins looks like a refugee from Hair). During the age of Ragnarok, barbarians can only enter Valhalla through battle. So, Erik consults a sage (Eartha Kitt) who advises him to cross the Rainbow Bridge. He convinces his fellow villagers they can live amongst the Gods without all that raping and pillaging, but marauding is a lucrative business, so Halfdan the Black (John Cleese) tries to cut Erik's journey short. The nice Norseman also faces a sea dragon, a princess of easy leisure (Imogen Stubbs), and the delicately-positioned island of Hy-Brasil. Erik the Viking may be a minor entry in the parade of post-Python product, but this DVD is a long time in coming. "The Director's Son's Cut," however, is 21 minutes shorter than the 100-minute theatrical version. In his commentary, Jones explains, "I was never quite happy with the final edit." His son, Bill, punches up the pace through cuts and restructuring, but some fans will surely miss the more expansive movie of their memories (Plus, there's a moment when Robbins moves his lips to a deleted line). Other extras include featurettes (both old and new) and a photo gallery. One thing that hasn't changed: though a last-minute replacement for Tom Hulce, Tim Robbins plays Erik with irresistible innocence. --Kathleen C. Fennessy

Product Description

Tim Robbins, Mickey Rooney, John Cleese, Eartha Kitt. Terry Jones of Monty Python fame directs this killer comedy-satire about a Viking that begins to question the ethics of his pillaging ways, setting out on a dangerous journey of enlightenment. Can he persuade the gods of Valhalla to end the Age of Ragnor+Ýk and allow his people to see sunlight again? 1989/color/104 min/NR.

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108 of 109 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars completely butchered version of a great movie November 21, 2007
Format:DVD
It's a complete shame that they choose to release Erik the Viking here in the U.S. in this butchered down version of the movie (25% of it has ben removed in this "Director's Cut"). This wouldn't be so bad if they also included the Theatrical version as they are doing with the UK release. As it is there is no way I'm paying any money for this hacked up piece of a once great film. ***FYI, www.Amazon.de carries this title on Blu Ray and it plays in Region A players as well, contains the 103 minute Internationl version.
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81 of 82 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Drastically edited version November 20, 2007
Format:DVD
It's worth noting that this is a *drastically edited* version of the original. The original was ~100 minutes, this one is ~75 - 25% of the movie has been removed and the remaining sections reordered/edited. So think carefully if you are going to purchase this expecting it to be the movie you remember.
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48 of 48 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars DON'T BUY IF YOU LOVE THIS FILM!!!!! December 6, 2007
Format:DVD
This "Director's Son's" cut has been edited down significantly. Why? I have no idea.
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28 of 28 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars This is a travesty November 16, 2007
Format:DVD
This new release is NOT the movie my wife and I love. It is 25 minutes too short, and God knows what's been done to it. It was fine as it was. Those who purchase this abomination will be subjected to Bill Jones' "vision" of this movie. Forget it. We have the original on videotape, and will just have to be satisfied with that. Better that than encourage this sort of vandalism.
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars director's son's hack job December 25, 2007
Format:DVD
the 100 minute original US release deserves 5 stars, this one gets 0 (but amazon made me give at least one star). here's why: **SPOILER ALERT**

the rearranging of the first few scenes in the film kinda bothered me, but not that much. i guess i just wasn't used to it playing out that way. i gave it the benefit of the doubt at first, then....

the first thing that REALLY stood out as being a bad edit was the chunk of scene that was removed after the ship started sinking. he cut out when they hit the sea floor and noticed it was peculiarly shallow. in doing this, one of my favorite bits was removed "how deep IS the ocean?" "very deep....usually". that scene was essential. if you were in a panic about your ship sinking into the ocean, and all of a sudden it wasn't, you would comment on it, right?! it only got worse from there...

this was the worst part: he cut dialogue and left the scenes in! the second half of the edge of the world scene looked like helen keller edited it. the dialogue track was removed and you SEE the yelling back and forth of lines between tim and imogen, but only hear background noise. then the middle of one of her lines was crappily tacked on at the end. it was painfully obvious that it wasn't what she was actually saying. no effort was made to match it up. unacceptable. they really should have just re-released the original. i did appreciate the sharper picture and widescreen format on the dvd, but other than that, it should have been left as it was. in trying to make the story more concise, he hacked it to nonsensical peices.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Gods cannot make men love one another... January 13, 2008
Format:DVD
...but they damn well ought to have prevented Terry Jones from hacking a fine film to pieces and repackaging it as a "director's cut".

The original 104-minute 'Erik' featured an impressive cast of solid actors and a surprisingly weighty story with plenty of laughs to keep things moving. Together with his son Bill, Jones has shortened scenes, limited our access to those fine performances, altered the running order of the film, botched the soundtrack (in several sections entire conversations have been removed, leaving characters' mouths moving with no sound at all coming from them), removed some of the better jokes, and on the whole pared down the film to 79 minutes.

You read me right - fully 25% of the film was chucked to the cutting-room floor for no good reason whatsoever.

The real catastrophe of this cut - aside of the shameless rape of one of my favorite childhood movies - is that there was no raw footage from which to assemble a new version. The Joneses had only a print of the original theatrical release to work with, thus they were only able to take parts out and shuffle them around rather than adding anything new. The result is that the entire first act is a chaotic muddle, the second act in Hy-Brasil feels overlong, and the Asgard sequence is a horribly rushed anticlimax with none of the impact of the original scene.

I'm completely mystified as to why this cut was made in the first place (let alone a cut by such an incredibly untalented editor as Jones), but I could accept it if they'd packaged the original version of the film with it. Inexplicably, they didn't - and it's not like they were hurting for space on this DVD. Don't buy it, don't buy it, don't buy it.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars What a worthless Dog turd December 16, 2007
By B. Dell
Format:DVD
Do not bother buying this movie it has scenes out of order, errors in the audio and 25% of the movie is gone leaving you wondering what the hell is going on.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars erik the viking December 15, 2007
Format:DVD
I love this movie so i bought it for my daughter to watch on dvd,so she could retire her video,but instead i wasted my money on this movie because it is chopped up and no worth watching.The best thing is to keep watching the video if you own a copy or if not just buy the video.Really to rate this dvd is a zero not a one.I think MGM needs to start leaving the movies the they was made unstead of chopping it to pieces and they would not get bad remarks from people who love movies like this
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars DVD travesty, VHS to the rescue!!! ;-)
had to buy the vhs and have it passed on to DVD because the DVD reléase is absolute crap, so this vhs tape from 1989 gets five stars while the DVD gets no stars at all... Read more
Published 24 days ago by Roberto Garzona
1.0 out of 5 stars Utter garbage; the original was an amazing movie
Utter garbage; the original was an amazing movie, but this is a re-cut version that loses lots of the best bits.

Do not buy.
Published 1 month ago by Kate F.
5.0 out of 5 stars Whacky Fun.
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Erik the Viking and his men travel across the sea to find Valhalla to ask the gods to end the Age of Ragnarok.
Published 2 months ago by Monty
1.0 out of 5 stars The not same length as in description.
I should have read through the reviews but my surprise that they were offering it finally in English overcame my common sense. Read more
Published 2 months ago by The True Skinny
2.0 out of 5 stars Watch if you have nothing else to do.
It appears that the director was shooting for a Vikings version of the Holy Grail but fell well short of its target. The movie was just not well made.
Published 2 months ago by Wilburt
1.0 out of 5 stars pitiful
Why would they cut the movie? I really liked this movie and was happy when I found it on Amazon to purchase.When I discovered I was an edited version I was discussed. Read more
Published 4 months ago by feagle_r
5.0 out of 5 stars FUNNY VIKINGS. WHAT MORE COULD YOU WANT?
One of my all-time favorites, we watched this after a couple of episodes of the serious "Vikings" series. It was exactly the lift we needed!
Published 5 months ago by Booknut
1.0 out of 5 stars The director's son must not like humor
The director's son destroyed this fine movie. I really do like Erik the Viking. A lot. The problem is, when the director's son got ahold of this movie, he hacked it to pieces... Read more
Published 5 months ago by RobStoddard
4.0 out of 5 stars Stupid Funny
Not quite the same, as Life of Brian or Holy Grail but still funny. Love Tim Robbins in this film!
The "invisible man"? Hysterical. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Starshine
5.0 out of 5 stars NOT HAPPY
this dvd wasn't compatible with my player - keeps coming up " not compatible with this area!" Not happy. WHY WOULD THIS HAPPEN. ALL OTHERS ARE OK. Can't play this one
Published 10 months ago by laurel collier
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