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First Knight (Special Edition) [Blu-ray] (1995)

Susan Breslau , Sean Connery , Jerry Zucker  |  PG-13 |  Blu-ray
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (237 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Susan Breslau, Sean Connery, Susannah Corbett, Ben Cross, Richard Gere
  • Directors: Jerry Zucker
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Blu-ray, Anamorphic, Color, Dolby, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: Portuguese (Dolby Digital 5.1), English (Dolby Digital 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 5.1), Japanese (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround), Spanish (Dolby Digital 5.1), Thai (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, Spanish
  • Dubbed: French, Japanese, Portuguese, Spanish
  • Subtitles for the Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Columbia Pictures
  • DVD Release Date: April 29, 2008
  • Run Time: 134 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (237 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0013FSXSC
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #27,401 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "First Knight (Special Edition) [Blu-ray]" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Audio Commentary with Director Jerry Zucker and Producer Hunt Lowry
  • Arthurian Legend commentary
  • Making of First Knight
  • In Shining Armor: Knights in Training
  • Deleted Scenes

Editorial Reviews

Together, Sean Connery, Richard Gere, Julia Ormond (Legends of the Fall, Sabrina) and Jerry Zucker,the director of Ghost, bring you a new vision of King Arthur's Camelot. A vision of breathtaking battles, of heart-pounding courage, of the undeniable love that brought an entire kingdom to its knees... and of the undying passion that made it live forever.

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38 of 41 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A marvelous interpretation of the Arthurian Legand! February 13, 1999
By A Customer
Format:VHS Tape
I am 15 years old, and I just love this movie. "First Knight" ranks up on the list with the musical "Camelot" and Disney's "The Sword and the Stone" as a magnificent telling of the Camelot legend, and may in fact surpass these other two movies in excellance. Creative license was taken so that the "accurate" legend is not portrayed, but the charcters stay true to the story and the affect is nothing short of amazing. Lady Guinevere of Leonesse (sic?) is on her way to marry King Arthur of Camelot when she inadvertantly meets Lancelot, a very cocky mersonary whose arrogant ways hide a dark childhood. Although attempting to stay loyal to her King, Guinevere is twice saved by Lancelot (although she did a good deal of the work to escape herself) and finds herself falling in love with him. To complicate the problem, the evil Prince Malagant is determined to take over both Leonesse and Camelot. Tension builds to a stunning climax, a shocking ending, and a glorious conclusion. ----- This movie is filled with both heart-pounding action cues of suspense and heart-rending conversations of real people. Richard Gere portrays Lancelot beautifully, giving him a self-assured pride and arrogance that later reveal to be merely a cover-up to the pain he experienced as a child. Although I have heard complaints that Gere is too American for the part, he added a dimension to Lancelot's personality that few others could top. There is a chiling reason for his cockiness, and it makes him seem more human. Julia Ormond gives Guinevere beauty, but also independance. She is quite able to handle herself, and is one of the few "damsels-in-distress" that haven't gotten on my nerves by their helplessness. Because this Guinevere is anything but helpless! Read more ›
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35 of 38 people found the following review helpful
Format:DVD
The '95 film `First Knight' is a romantic and adventurous reinventing of the timeless tale of King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table. As already mentioned in several previous reviews, the script takes a very different approach to the subject matter than one would expect. There are no personal appearances nor mention of Merlin, Morgan le Fay, or Mordred. Even more unexpected is the manner in which the identities of the 'Knights of the Round Table' remain anonymous.

As if that wasn't enough to send the Arthurian purist screaming into the night there are more surprises ahead. You will find no Holy Grail, no pagan deities or prophetic utterances and no mention whatsoever of the sword Excalibur in this film. When all is said and done the movie resembles the '38 classic `The Adventures of Robin Hood" more than anything else.

Oddly enough, in eliminating the usual esoteric elements long associated with Gnostic Christianity and Celtic paganism the developers of the film saw fit to replace the time honored storyline and symbols with a strong, more traditional Christian allegorical subtext. Relying heavily on the vivid, literary themes and imagery found in John Milton's 'Paradise Lost' and Dante Aligheri's 'Divine Comedy' the film centers on the ages old battle waged between good and evil, the war between God and the rebellious Lucifer, once the greatest of all the heavenly host.

Ben Cross does a superb job of exploring the persona of Lucifer in the role of Malagant, the "first knight" (hence the title of the film). Now banished from the hallowed walls of Arthur's realm, Malagant (i.e.: malignant, maligned) is definitely the embodiment of the "Great Adversary" bent on overthrowing the ideals of Camelot (Heaven) and its fatherly ruler King Arthur (God).
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
By D. Mok
Format:DVD
As I watched First Knight, I couldn't help but think that if this film had been freed of the constraints of the original Arthurian tales, it would have been a complete success.

But for the original Arthurian tales, the casting of Richard Gere probably wouldn't be as problematic. But for the original tales, the final siege of Camelot would be more believable.

Instead, we do feel a tinge of oddness at Gere's attempt to play Lancelot du Lac, who in Arthurian legend is very much a French aristocrat trained in all the chivalric ways, not the ranger-like, orphaned free spirit he is here. It's too bad we do get distracted by the mismatch between character and actor, because he has some truly great moments with Julia Ormond (strong and pleasingly complex as Guinevere), hot looks, internal torment and emotional cat-and-mouse in that classic Hollywood tradition. No need for Keira Knightley-style bared stomachs and bow and arrows here. The conspicuous absence of important Arthurian characters like Gawain, Gareth and Mordred, of course, also distances this film from Arthurian legend so much that the Camelot setting becomes pretty much cosmetic, with only the Arthur-Guinevere-Lancelot love triangle being the intact element. And even then, the film treats this relationship far differently from the original tales (the complete opposite of what happens in the legends, in fact).

If you're a purist for Arthurian legends, you will definitely be distracted by these elements.
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Published 1 day ago by darlene higgins
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
A fanciful depiction of a storied time in early English history.
Published 9 days ago by Norman M. Bissett
5.0 out of 5 stars "Brother to Brother...yours in life, and death."
This movie I recommend if you are into Arthurian legend and medeival flicks. It's a story of honor, love, betrayal, and battle. Prince Malagant is an awesome vilian in this. Read more
Published 14 days ago by Andrew
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
love it; one of my favorite
Published 21 days ago by Patricia Moore
5.0 out of 5 stars An awesome version of the Arthurian legend
Nice clean and intriguing entertainment. We enjoyed the film very much and it engaged us and inspired our imagination further into the Arthurian legend! Read more
Published 29 days ago by jay milam
3.0 out of 5 stars Lot of violence
I though the movie could have been much more about the relationships instead it had a lot of violence. It also had Spanish sub titles which I did not like at all.
Published 1 month ago by Linda Granger
5.0 out of 5 stars Second Knight !
One of my favorite movies :) also collect swords, can watch over and over again, Always fantasized about knights and have a collection of swords, helmets and movies.
Published 1 month ago by GEORGE VAZQUEZ
5.0 out of 5 stars Honor
Love the actors in this movie, amazing! One of the good movies from the past, it will bring you back to old times, love and honor.
Published 1 month ago by Adriana Ploesser
5.0 out of 5 stars Exceptionally Nice...
Sean Connery (sigh) and Richard Gere...need I say more? Well, since I do I'll add Knights of the Round Table and dashing men on horses rescuing damsels in dire distress. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Novel Lady
3.0 out of 5 stars Not sub-captioned in English
This is the second movie that I have received that is not captioned in English even though the information from Amazon states that it is. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Barbara J. Stewart
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