The Vikings

The Vikings

Director: Richard Fleischer Cast: Kirk Douglas, Tony Curtis, Ernest Borgnine
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The Vikings

This epic adventure tale still manages to entertain in all of the best Saturday matinee ways: it's action-packed, deadly serious (in the best way), and it feels like a comic book come to life, albeit one written by Wagner. Oh, and most importantly of all, it contains Vikings, those mad pillaging Odin-worshipping death-slayers. In other words, it's fun. The film was also shot on-location in the beautiful fjords of Norway, adding just enough realism into this adolescent fantasy (again, in all the best ways). MGM Home Entertainment brings director Richard Fleischer's film to DVD in a great widescreen presentation (2.35:1 enhanced), which is really the only way to see it if you can't see it in the theater. Colors are bold, the picture is sharp, and the film's breathtaking location shots really stand out even more. The disc also contains a fine English language mono soundtrack, as well as French and Spanish mono tracks. Multiple subtitle options are also available. But the disc also contains a very informative and entertaining featurette with Fleischer, giving one a pretty thorough overview of the film's historical origins, the fabulous Norwegian locations, working with star Kirk Douglas, and much more. Fans of the film should love it. Also included on the disc is the original theatrical trailer.

Product Details

Release Date: 05/07/2002
UPC: 0027616875822
Original Release: 1958
Rating: NR
Source: Mgm (Video & Dvd)
Region Code: 1
Presentation: [Wide Screen]
Sound: [Dolby Digital Mono]
Time: 1:56:00

Special Features

Featurette with director Richard Fleischer; Original theatrical trailer; English: Mono; French: Mono; Spanish: Mono; English, French & Spanish subtitles

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Kirk Douglas Einar
Tony Curtis Eric
Ernest Borgnine King Ragnar
Janet Leigh Princess Morgana
James Donald Lord Egbert
Alexander Knox Father Godwin
Frank Thring King Aella
Maxine Audley Enid
Eileen Way Kitala
Edric Connor Sandpiper
Dandy Nichols Bridget
Almut Berg Pigtails
Per Buchhij Bjorn
Orson Welles Narrator (uncredited)

Technical Credits
Richard Fleischer Director
Jerry Bresler Producer
Jack Cardiff Cinematographer
Jean DeBretagne Sound/Sound Designer
Julien Derode Production Manager
Kirk Douglas Producer
Franco Ferrara Musical Direction/Supervision
Harper Goff Production Designer
Mario Nascimbene Score Composer
John O'Gorman Makeup
Andre Smagghe Asst. Director
Neville Smallwood Makeup
Dale Wasserman Screenwriter
Elmo Williams Editor
Calder Willingham Screenwriter

Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Main Title/Bad Omen [7:09]
2. Bride, Tyrant, Traitor [4:05]
3. No Finer Son [9:23]
4. Viking Justice [8:51]
5. Odin's Daughters Answer [10:03]
6. Stealing a Princess [5:09]
7. Einar's Homecoming [5:17]
8. Like Father, Like Son [4:37]
9. The Escape [3:14]
10. Flesh and Souls [7:30]
11. Honor Among Vikings [4:06]
12. Avenging Ragnar [6:58]
13. The Vikings Are Coming! [1:51]
14. The Battle [5:41]
15. Brothers in Arms [9:14]
16. End Credits [9:56]

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For some reason 'The Vikings' is fondly remembered as one of the bloodiest films in cinema history - certainly from the 1950s. That's odd, because aside from Kirk Douglas getting his eye pecked out by a hawk (which is rather violently depicted) there are no other moments of extreme bloodshed in this film. Yes, there are epic battles, but these are all shot through the glamour and gauze of pre-Braveheart euphoria void of guts and gruesome carnage. Douglas stars as Einar, an 'I'm too sexy for my breast-plate' pin-up of a Viking. Einar¿s way with the ladies is forever shattered when his face is deliberately disfigured by Eric's (Tony Curtis) pet hawk. This attack stirs up a life-long hatred that is strengthened by both men's love for the British Princess (Janet Leigh). You would think with Vikings and kidnapped royalty the plot would be rather vibrant but actually it¿s dull and uninspiring from this point forward with the ultimate showdown between Einar and Eric a foregone conclusion. MGM gives us a handsome looking transfer. Colors are rich and vibrant. The travelogue footage of the Fiords is surrealistic and gorgeous. Black levels are solid. Contrast levels are bang on. Only occasionally does the original negative betray the vintage of the film. Age related artifacts are kept to a bare minimum. There is no edge enhancement, pixelization or shimmering of fine details in this presentation. The audio is MONO. I thought all Cinemascope films were stereophonic?!? The audio is generally balanced though there are occasions where it seems muffled and lacking in clarity. Extras include a featurette with the director, Richard Fleischer that is remarkably useful and engaging - if all too short. It's not a great film but it is a fairly wonderful looking transfer. And hey, any film with Kirk Douglas is never all bad!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Marking both the last great films of the Old Hollywood of the World Wars, and one of the first great epics of modern filmmaking, ''The Vikings'' is a treat for any viewer. Kirk Douglas offers one of the most exuberant performances of his career (seeming relatively reserved in other works like ''Spartacus''), the stunts are real, performed by the actors themselves; the action is heroic, fun, and engaging; and the plot of vengeance and jealousy leaves you wandering just who's really supposed to be the good guy. Nobody can forget the decisive moment Einar (Douglas), in a drunken stupor, finds out he can have the kidnapped princess for himself. ''I'll make her scream til they can hear her in Wales!'' This is the way movies were meant to be made! (Warning: Popcorn required.)
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