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Outlander (2009)

Jim Caviezel , Sophia Myles , Howard McCain  |  Unrated |  DVD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (465 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Jim Caviezel, Sophia Myles, Ron Perlman, Jack Huston, John Hurt
  • Directors: Howard McCain
  • Writers: Howard McCain, Dirk Blackman
  • Producers: Andreas Grosch, Barrie M. Osborne, Chris Roberts, Colin Davies, Dirk Blackman
  • Format: Color, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.66:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Weinstein Company
  • DVD Release Date: May 19, 2009
  • Run Time: 115 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (465 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #16,366 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Outlander" on IMDb

Special Features

Deleted Scenes
Visual Effects Tests
Production Design Galleries
Feature Commentary by Writer/Director Howard McCain, Writer Dirk Blackman, and Producers Chris Roberts and John Schimmel

Editorial Reviews

In the year’s most action-packed sci-fi adventure, Jim Caviezel (The Passion of the Christ) stars as a futuristic soldier who crash lands on Earth with a hellish, fire-breathing monster in a time of warring Viking tribes. Fusing advanced technology with Iron Age weaponry, he must unite the fierce Vikings and hunt the bloodthirsty beast before it kills them all. Featuring Ron Perlman (Hellboy films), Sophia Myles (Underworld films), and John Hurt (Indiana Jones and the Crystal Skull), Outlander is “visually spectacular” (Michael Wilmington, Chicago Daily Herald), combining stunning special effects, fast-paced action, and a fantastic story to explosive effect.

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109 of 117 people found the following review helpful
I got a chance to see this in the theatres thanks to a friend of mine with a sharp eye. It was only released in a VERY limited engagement - in my area, only one theatre ran it for a week. What a shame!
This movie is a must-see for fans of sci-fi movies like the first Terminator, movies like Ice Pirates, or Pitch Black. It has its own wonderful mythology, and the casting is great. Could've seen more of Ron Pearlman, though.
Yes, there are a couple of cheesy moments, but the good stuff far outweighs the bad. Very very enjoyable film. Looking forward to a disc release, and hopefully an extended edition - rumor has it that Weinstein and Co trimmed 15 min off the end to make the movie fit on one less reel, saving money.
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101 of 111 people found the following review helpful
Like Antonio Banderas in "The 13th Warrior" and Director Robert Zemeckis in his 2008 CGI film, "Outlander" takes on the classic tale of Beowulf, but unlike those films it does it with a sci-fi twist. The "Grendel" monster in this film has celestial origins much like the titular Outlander played by Jim Caviezal. The monster design was one of the most pleasantly surprising aspects of the film; its look was unique and had the right mix of cool and creepy.

Some drawbacks to this film include a few flashback scenes with weak CGI, relatively uncharismatic male leads, and a few odd casting choices--John Hurt as a Viking king? In contrast the wonderful Ron Perlman was cast perfectly yet sorely underused. Those complaints aside, "Outlander" is overall a tightly paced, action packed, and entertaining take on the English language's oldest adventure tale.
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55 of 59 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Worth your time, a solid DVD May 15, 2009
Plenty to read about how the W brothers buried yet another fine film, but those two are a case study in having great films distributed incorrectly. Aside from them - what a great sci-fi film.

We have inter-planetary travel, love, loss, awesome looking dragon creatures with firefly (glowing) capabilities, all intertwined within the Norse time period of our history. Caviezel has just the right look to be the believable yet fearless fighter that hunts these creatures across the universe.

The effects looked adequate, and excelled during any of the ship sequences off planet. I have read most of the criticisms about pacing, time period gaffs and such, but overall I think they made a solid film. The DVD has over 32 minutes of deleted scenes that help answer some of the questions raised while watching the theatrical cut (which runs 115 minutes itself). The alternate opening would have helped with the end - but watching a space ship spiral towards Earth works better. The scenes with his Captain would have been nice to see in the main cut, as would most of the others but oh well. Some nice informative supplements for the special effects also.

Customers have been asking for this since last year, and playing it alone has generated quite a buzz. A worthwhile owner for fans of the film that would of course look beautiful on Blu.
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31 of 32 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A visual feast! November 5, 2011
By Rannoch
Format:Amazon Instant Video
Rarely have I seen such attention to detail in a movie of this type. Rarely do I watch a movie without working on some craft project while it's on. Usually I love to pick movies apart for whatever ridiculous scenes, lines, and implausible situations are offered. Not this one!
Within the first ten minutes I'd set down the needlework to give my full attention to watching the story. Within an hour I knew I would need to own this DVD (not a common impulse for me). Vikings - in a believable setting - and not a horned helmet in sight. Architecture, clothing, homes, everyday items, all done with much care and it makes such a difference! The Outlander's past history works in giving him his new fate. A few events in the story might have been stretching things a bit, but the creature was beautifully done, the scenery was gorgeous, and the people suited their roles. It's a work of art and I totally enjoyed it from start to finish!! This is a movie I know I would enjoy watching more than once - an all too rare occurrence these days.
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43 of 52 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars awesome February 17, 2009
Vikings and aliens together would generally be a bad movie on the sci fi channel. but this was actually very good. of course there is a little cheesiness, but the special effects and decent acting make up for it. this movie was the most entertaining movie i have seen in a long time. it reminded me of predator alot.
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22 of 26 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars WHERE THE HELL DID THIS MOVIE COME FROM?!?!?! May 21, 2009
The first I ever heard of Outlander was in an ad page in last month's Fangoria. It looked and sounded like typical straight to video B movie fair. This is sometimes a very good and fun thing, and other times absolutely dreadful. From sifting through some other Amazon reviews regarding this film I found that it had a very, VERY, limited theatrical run and apparently was bashed by critics. Well, I still haven't read any 'professional' reviews for Outlander and I'm here to tell you that it's totally worth two hours of your life, especially if you're a creature feature fan and, even better, a sword and sandels epic fan.

Basically, the premise of this movie is if Army Of Darkness was taken seriously. We have a space man(from another dimension? The future? Antoher planet?) who crashes his space ship onto earth in the year 709 and brings a big monster with him, that of course escapes and starts problems for the local Viking villages and tribes. That's it. That's the story. Nothing monumental or groundbreaking but totally fun. Hell, this movie has the type of story I would have written myself when I was ten and wanted even more to see it in the multiplex.

Don't get mislead by the Sci-Fi sounding premise, this is nothing close to true Science Fiction. It's a big action/horror/ monster movie on the most base levels. There's no science or hypothesis of the future or past of man to be found. Sorry, it just doesn't reach that high above it's B movie roots, and that is not always a bad thing if it's done well. It's obviously one of those films that has many different producers, most of which are not from the states, but the budget and level of polish on the production could be matched to any of the big summer films coming out now.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Nice sience fiction movie
Simple Science Fiction movies. Low budget, with action and good special effect. The story is very original. The acting is also pretty good.
Published 2 days ago by Giovanni Begossi
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Sci-FI Viking Drama
If you like your science fiction with a side of ancient Viking history, then this movie is for you! Great script, fantastic cast, and AWSOME monster! Have fun!
Published 3 days ago by Giddy
The similarities with the Thirteenth Warrior are unmistakable. That was, however,a good movie so the similarity is a good thing. Read more
Published 6 days ago by rocketfuel
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Movie :)
I caught the end of Outlander on the ScyFy channel and spent a week looking in stores only to give up and order it online. Well worth the effort! Read more
Published 6 days ago by Mari Margaret Marlowe
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Movie
This is an amazing take on the Beowulf story. I really enjoyed the action and the story. I would recommend it to anyone who likes vikings, science fiction, or good action movies.
Published 6 days ago by R. Hartley
5.0 out of 5 stars A True Warrior
Love the main actor, a lot of style to his performance. The story line is interesting, who knows, could have some basis in truth.
Published 9 days ago by Duggaboy
5.0 out of 5 stars So cool
I wasn't sure about this movie at first but then someone recommended it to me and I'm so glad I watched it. It puts a new spin on how Dragons might have come to the earth.
Published 9 days ago by Pamela
5.0 out of 5 stars Great movie! i still watch it when it's on TV even tho I have the...
Somehow, this movie just clicks. it has a great plot, good actors and the special effects are well done. I've watched plenty of SF done on bigger budgets that fell flat.
Published 10 days ago by Jdp
5.0 out of 5 stars outlander
One of my favorite movies .Love the effects of the dragon. Liked the way the friendships developed and the fact that the main character decided not to leave.
Published 11 days ago by Terri Pangburn
4.0 out of 5 stars An interesting Sci-Fi Film
It has a unique and entertaining story-line with some surprises that kept me interested in it to the end! Finis
Published 13 days ago by crosscountryman
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Is this Blu-ray going to have the right aspect ratio?
Yes, I can confirm that this Blu-ray release presents the film in the correct 2.35:1 aspect ratio.
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