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    Unique ID Code: 0000027972
    Added by: DVD Reviewer
    Added on: 16/12/2001 10:23
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    Knight`s Tale, A (UK)

    8 / 10
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    He Will Rock You
    Certificate: PG
    Running Time: 127 mins
    Retail Price: £19.99
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    The 14th century takes a rocking new twist in A Knight`s Tale, a stylish, exciting, action-packed adventure starring Heath Ledger (The Patriot, 10 Things I Hate About You) from acclaimed director Brian Helgeland (Payback). With heroic performances from Mark Addy (The Full Monty, Down To Earth), Rufus Sewell (Dangerous Beauty, Dark City) and Alan Tudyk (28 Days, Wonder Boys) and introducing sensational newcomer Shannyn Sossamon.

    Heath Ledger is William Thatcher, a peasant squire who breaks all the rules when he passes himself off as a nobleman and takes the jousting world by storm. The only thing that stands between William and his dream of becoming the world champion of the extremest of sports is the bad boy of the sport Count Adhemar. And when the two rivals go lance to head at the world finals to determine who will be named the ultimate champion, you better arm yourself and hang on tight for the thrill ride of your life!

    Special Features:
    Interactive Menus
    Scene Access
    Commentary by Brian Helgeland and Paul Bettany
    Making of Featurette
    Behind the Scenes Featurette
    Deleted Scenes
    Robbie Williams and Queen Music Video
    Theatrical Trailer

    Video Tracks:
    Widescreen Anamorphic 2.35:1

    Audio Tracks:
    Dolby Digital 5.1 English

    Subtitle Tracks:
    CC: English

    Directed By:
    Brian Helgeland

    Written By:

    Mark Addy
    Laura Fraser
    Paul Bettany
    Shannyn Sossamon
    Rufus Sewell
    Heath Ledger

    Casting By:
    Francine Maisler

    Soundtrack By:
    Malcolm Young
    Angus Young
    Cliff Williams
    Roger Taylor
    Phil Rudd
    Freddie Mercury
    Brian May
    Brian Johnson
    John Deacon
    Eric Clapton
    Carter Burwell

    Director of Photography:
    Richard Greatrex

    Kevin Stitt

    Costume Designer:
    Caroline Harris

    Production Designer:
    Tony Burrough

    Tim Van Rellim
    Brian Helgeland
    Todd Black

    Columbia / Tristar

    Your Opinions and Comments

    8 / 10

    The story follows William Thatcher on his quest to become a great jouster. One problem. He is not of noble birth, so gets some fake papers and changes his name to Sir Ulrich Von Lichtenstein of Gelderland. This film is hilarious and I never stopped laughing. The acting is superb and storyline is great.


    Presented in 2.35:1. The picture is very good and crisp.


    The film uses the 5.1 very well although there are instances where they are not used for a longish period of time.

    Making Of
    Behind The Scenes
    Deleted Scenes
    Music Video

    Although not the most features ever put on DVD, these are all quality and well worth watching.
    posted by samscott on 24/8/2002 23:42
    8 / 10
    Commentary- The commentary features Brian Helgeland (the director) and Paul Bettany (Chaucer) and is fantastic. This has to be one of, if not, the best commentary track I`ve had the pleasure of listening to. Funny, informative and downright wacky, I wish all commentaries were this entertaining.
    Making Of Featurettes- There are 11 short featurettes about different aspects on the making of the film. Rather informative and interesting to watch.
    Behind The Scenes Featurette- This is a 15 minute HBO special (surprise surprise) and isn`t bad. A bit boring though.
    Deleted Scenes- A good mix of deleted scenes, some funny and quite good, some crap.
    Robbie Williams Featuring Queen Music Video- A We Are The Champions music video. Excellent song, great vid.
    Trailer- Not bad, just the usual.
    Final Fantasy Trailer- Not bad, just the usual also.
    Screensaver- What you expect.
    Weblink- A link to the average official film website.
    Filmographies- A list of the films the stars have been involved in before. Could have done with some brief biographies aswell.

    William Thatcher (Heath Ledger) becomes a fake knight with fake scrolls to prove he is of noble birth. This film follows the newly invented Sir Ulrich Von Lichtenstein of Gelderland through his new career as a knight taking part in jousting.

    As you sit down to watch this film, don`t expect to find yourself watching a serious medievil type film as I did, as when you start hearing the crowd chanting we will rock you at the opening jousting event, you know you`re dreadfully wrong. It then turns into an hilariously funny film with some great acting (especially by Paul Bettany and Mark Addy).Rufus Sewell plays the obligatory `baddie` Count Adhemar who is the knight that Ulrich wants to beat the most. The story will keep you glued to your screen and can be quite emotional at times (when Ulrich meets his Dad again). I`d recommend this film to anyone who is a fan of the comedy or action adventure genres. Great.

    Shown in the original 2.35:1 aspect, the picture is great although with very slight grain in a couple of places. You can`t really tell unless you`re really looking to be honest. All in all a good print.

    The sound is 5.1 DD with great use of the speakers. Sometimes a bit quiet for a few moments but all in all a good track.

    A great no brainer film, with great picture and sound and quality extras. Pleasently surprising.
    posted by DVDSam on 28/2/2003 11:26