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Westender (2005)

Blake Stadel , Rob Simonsen , Brock Morse  |  PG-13 |  DVD
2.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Blake Stadel, Rob Simonsen, John Rankin, Darlene Dadras, Rod James
  • Directors: Brock Morse
  • Writers: Brock Morse, Jefferson O.S. Brassfield
  • Producers: Hans Hlawaty, Brock Morse, Ryan Honey
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.66:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Lightyear Video
  • DVD Release Date: December 14, 2004
  • Run Time: 105 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S. and to APO/FPO addresses. For APO/FPO shipments, please check with the manufacturer regarding warranty and support issues.
  • ASIN: B00068S42M
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #356,159 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Westender" on IMDb

Special Features

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Editorial Reviews

Set in a fictitious medieval world, this Odyssey of one man's personal redemption is an entertaining and thought-provoking tale rife with swordplay, humor, intrigue, and fantasy. Blake Stadel stars as a legendary knight who has mysteriously fallen from grace.

DVD Features:
Deleted Scenes
Featurette:The Creation of Westender featurette
Theatrical Trailer


Customer Reviews

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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars WHERE HEROS ONCE STOOD, LONG SHADOWS HAVE FALLEN... August 2, 2005
Format:DVD
...WHERE HEROS ONCE STOOD, LONG SHADOWS HAVE FALLEN... That is on the cover of this DVD case and of the hundreds of DVD's that I own, this is now a personal favorite. I never heard of the film until I saw it in Sam Goody's and read the jacket. I took a chance on it and was very pleased. This is more inspiring than entertaining, more of a thinking man's film than a neatly spoon-fed plot where no mystery is left unexplained.

A hero, as highly regarded as any knight could hope to be, looses everything with the death of his love and sinks into the lowest of states in his depression. Nothing has any meaning anymore except the last symbol of his lost love in a material object, a ring lost in a drunken gamble. It is the thinest of straws for a drowning man to grasp but he sets out to recover it and along the way, recovers much more, his humanity, honor, and self respect.

I have always enjoyed this genre of film (medieval warrior films) and have many in my collection and have never been moved to write a review on any before but am complelled to do so by the narrow views taken by others here. Only a low budget film 'could' have focused on an inner struggle and not been overshadowed by special effects. The natural landscape and music more than make up for this. I even appreciated the ending with 'honor restored and life continues' without needed everything wrapped neatly into an ending. It has no end. It is a beginning with hope for all that is good to be set on the path once again.

My only main criticism was the mystical dog. Man does have a symbiotic relationship with that animal but this was either completely overdone (magical and appears when needed and does what is needed) or underdone (the relationship is not developed enough).
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful Independent Film December 16, 2004
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I was reluctant to view this at first, as this is not generally the genre of film I like. However, after deciding to give it a try, I found myself mesmerized by the beautiful cinematography and memorable musical score. Although this is not a dialogue-driven film, it actually held my interest with the scenery of Oregon (could this beauty truly be in one state?) The lead actor, Blake Stadel, gives a good performance, truly making me feel his pain at times.

I gave this a good review as I feel there is a need for a true "art film" in the independent category. Although not a strong plot, it was beautifully directed and scored and I can't wait to see what these talented young film artists do for an encore.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars If you can accept a few trouble spots..it's way worth it December 19, 2004
Format:DVD
I saw this movie on the suggestion of a friend and was amazed at the quality. Yeah, the script isn't stellar, but i don't think it needed to be. the movie is extremely powerful and moving in the way that it is shot and in the performance of the lead actor, who i belive to be the next big thing along with the director, Brock Morse, who i had the pleasure to meet. I think this is an excellent jumping off point for them both and one not to miss as i believe that we will be seeing much much more from both of these talented men
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars One of the most promising directing debuts I've ever seen December 18, 2004
Format:DVD
As a wanna-be filmmaker myself I am always keeping tabs on low-budget (or "NO budget" as the case may be) independent films. When a new director comes onto the scene, I think it is always worth checking out their first film to see if they have potential to be a great filmmaker (the Coen brothers' "Blood Simple" and Robert Rodriguez's "El Mariachi" denotes just that). Thus, when the movie "Westender" played at a local arthouse theatre, I was interested to see it (my interest piqued even more by the fact that it was shot almost entirely in the beautiful state of Oregon, where I live, and the writer/director Brock Morse is from my resident town of Corvallis). Of course, having seen so many poor independent films in my time, I wasn't expecting very much. I was pleasantly surprised when the film turned out to be really quite good.

The movie takes place in a fantasy medieval time and chronicles the journey of a down-on-his-luck knight named Asbrey who goes in search of a precious ring he gambled away while in a drunken stupor. Along the way he meets a variety of characters including an eccentric old man who lives alone and imparts wisdom to the weary knight and a comical sidekick named Glim who starts out as a foe but becomes a friend. Since the dialogue is minimal, the story is told primarily through the images (which are stunning) and the spelndid music score (composed by Rob Simonsen who also plays Glim). The performances (particulary by lead actor Blake Stadel) are quite good as well.

Of course, the film is not perfect. Though it is only 103 minutes, it feels longer. I think another 10-12 minutes could have been trimmed off its running length without affecting the narrative.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting, quirky sort of film. January 2, 2005
Format:DVD
Just finished watching this flicker with my 2 children (under the age of 10.) Son is an avid LOTR fan -- he thought it was "totally weird." Dotter generally doesn't like fantasy; she thought it was "interesting." Me? Loved the film score -- lush, beautiful 85-minutes of strings and splendid orchestration. Lead actor was convincing albeit in a self-absorbed role as knight errant. Scenery was splendid, particularly in forest element. I won't rehash all that others have said here, except to add I enjoyed the spartan dialogue and this indie film's idiosyncrasies. It's a different, quirky view -- not brain surgery or world peace -- but capable fodder for an evening before the TV with a video.
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1.0 out of 5 stars This is the worst movie I've ever seen
This is the worst movie I've ever seen. It was just bad. The fight scenes could have been choreographed by a blind mongoloid. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Jared Lehmann
5.0 out of 5 stars One of my Favorite Movies
I love this movie.

That said, this isn't a typical movie and tends to get expectations it doesn't fill.

This is a low-action medieval movie. Read more
Published on December 5, 2011 by Pax Miles
2.0 out of 5 stars Westender
The service in receiving this movie was exemplary. I wanted a copy so I could point myself out to friends and family. Read more
Published on October 8, 2009 by N. Brakefield
5.0 out of 5 stars Westender
I can't review this item because I haven't received it. I contacted the seller by e-mail and he has not responded. Very bad business.
Published on September 23, 2008 by Theresa del Pomar
2.0 out of 5 stars 103 MINUTES OF UNFULFILLED POTENTIAL
Buried somewhere deep within WESTENDER'S meandering script there's a good story waiting to break out. And so for over an hour-and-a-half I watched and waited for that to happen. Read more
Published on July 21, 2008 by K. Jump
1.0 out of 5 stars Like being bored? Buy this movie!
Wow. I watch a LOT of film...and manage to enjoy most of it just for production's sake, or for my own edification. Read more
Published on February 16, 2008 by Production Veteran
3.0 out of 5 stars neither as good nor as bad as reviewed here ...
I picked this movie up secondhand. I'm not quite sure I agree with any of the reviewers who gave it 1 or 5 stars. Read more
Published on September 1, 2007 by John B. Gardner
3.0 out of 5 stars A good idea
The concept was great it was the movie itself. It felt like a d- listed Gladiator.
Published on February 2, 2007 by Ronald R. Jernigan
3.0 out of 5 stars Worth a chance
This is a mediocre film, and whilst not being an epic is certainly thought provoking. Considering this movie is not made by a huge film studio it is a worthy attempt at making a... Read more
Published on September 25, 2006 by Mr. A. Taylor
4.0 out of 5 stars Decent English knight movie not as bad as reviewed here
Okay this is not 'Excalibur' but it's a decent movie, and not as bad as the reviews here imply. I have watched Westender twice now and enjoyed it more on the second viewing. Read more
Published on September 16, 2006 by S. Bruce
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