ARN The Knight Templar - The Complete Series [Blu-ray]
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Note:A good portion of the film is in Swedish (the scenes taking place in Sweden are in Swedish), but since this is a series about the Crusades, the filmmakers wanted characters to speak in their native tongues as well. So there are scenes in English, French and Arabic as well.There will be no individual language tracks on the disc, but rather one audio track that includes dialog in several different languages depending on the scene.
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Having now had the opportunity to view the,region free,Blu-Ray 2 disc set,I have to say it has been well worth the wait.
The picture quality,despite the Aspect Ratio being altered from the original 2.35:1 to 1.78:1,and sound quality are excellent.
I don't propose to go into the plot details,as these will be well known from reviews on the earlier released disc.
The 265 minute series is divided into 6 episodes which are used to excellent effect to not only detail the logical progression of the lives of Arn,and Cecilia,but also provide depth to other strands of the storyline.
The extra run time provides greater depth to ancilliary characters,and to their portrayal by the uniformly excellent supporting cast.
Cecilia is played by Sofia Helin who is so superb as Saga Noren in the thoroughly recommended series 'Broen'('The Bridge').
Joakim Natterqvist is excellent as Arn.
The director,Peter Flinth is to be commended for this full length version which sustains the viewer's attention throughout.
All credit to the Cinematogapher,Eric Kress,to Tuomas Kantilinen for his original music score,and last,but not least,to Hans Gunnarsson for a really intelligent screenplay which does justice to the novels of Jan Guillou.
This full length version is definitely the one to buy,and is thoroughly recommended.
The author obviously did his research with regard to arms, armor, accoutrements, tactics as well as the complicated political arena of the day- a lot of people will draw parallels between this film and Ridley Scott's Kingdom of Heaven although I must say, the attention to detail is what makes this the better movie. As is usually the case with a film adaptation of a series of books, you can't include everything- but the producers were savvy enough to not take out anything that would ruin the cohesive nature of the story. Keep in mind that I am writing about the Complete Series, not the chopped and formed version that came to the U.S. some years back- as with Kingdom of Heaven, the theatrical version was cut to conform to running time specs and as such, suffered greatly from the pieces that were lacking.Read more ›
This little Scandanavian gem blew me away with its storyline, acting and cinematography. I love it when a movie is both entertaining and educational. After watching it I had to hit wikipedia and learn more about the subject matter because it was so interesting. Arn of course is a fictional character used to tell the story while actual history unfolds around him.
Anyway, the story begins in 12th century Sweden with our hero Arn as a boy. We see dynastic feuding between his clan (the Folkung) and the evil Sverkers amid the snowy Swedish landscape. We follow him as he learns both the spiritual and martial arts. He finds love, then has it taken from him. As penance he travels to the Holy Land where he becomes a respected and feared Knight Templar. He protects the pilgrims and fights the Arabs. Then he comes back home to fight injustice and reclaim his love.
This is obviously just a short summary that does no justice to the story. Its got everything: battles, love, loss, redemption and Swedish! Its such a fun language to listen to. Subtitles are provided for those of us who don't speak it. This was a big budget undertaking for the Swedish film industry, and I think it outdoes anything Hollywood has made for a long time in this genre. If you enjoy crusader/medieval films you will love this one, and will learn many things about this period of Swedish history(I know I did).
It was certainly a worthwhile addition to my movie library and would be to yours as well.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A rousing story, with great production values, excellent acting, and intriguing plot, but if you fact check the history you will be disappointed. Read morePublished 8 hours ago by Hal Everett
A totally enjoyable movie. Even with the captioning all through, it was an amazing through out. It captured the feelings, and the power of love. Read morePublished 10 days ago by Amazon Customer
Enjoyed this series immensely. Very well done. I didn't even mind that the conversations were in spoken Swedish.Published 18 days ago by Chuck C.
This series has English subtitles because it is not the primary language spoken. (There are parts of it in English tho. Read morePublished 24 days ago by B W Parker
Great mini series and better then the edited short movie.Published 1 month ago by Some dude or his wife
I just finished watching this series. It was fabulous. The war scenes were incredible with the number of extras and there is a beautiful love theme throughout between Arn and... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Patrick Nicosia