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A Knight's Tale (Special Edition)

3.8 out of 5 stars 274 customer reviews

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  • Actors: Heath Ledger, Mark Addy, Rufus Sewell, Shannyn Sossamon, Paul Bettany
  • Directors: Brian Helgeland
  • Writers: Brian Helgeland
  • Producers: Brian Helgeland, Tim Van Rellim, Todd Black
  • Format: AC-3, Anamorphic, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, DTS Surround Sound, Dubbed, DVD-Video, Special Edition, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English, French
  • Subtitles: English, French
  • Dubbed: Portuguese, Spanish
  • Subtitles for the Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada This DVD will probably NOT be viewable in other countries. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Canadian Home Video Rating : Parental Guidance (PG)
  • MPAA Rating: UNRATED
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • Release Date: Sept. 25 2001
  • Run Time: 132 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars 274 customer reviews
  • ASIN: B00000F4ZY
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #11,772 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)
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Okay, like some others here let me stress...THIS IS NOT MEANT TO BE A HISTORICALLY ACCURATE MOVIE.
After reading the first 80 reviews I feel compelled to add my own 2 cents. We rented this and I have to agree that in the first few minutes I was revolted by the rock music, being a big fan of historical pieces set in the middle ages. Despite my initial feelings, I stuck it out. Too soon I found myself again annoyed by the styles worn by the Lady Jocelyn. Yuck! "What is going on", I wondered. But already I was finding myself involved in the story line and enjoying the humor, especially the interactions among the main characters. By the end I was willing to admit I'd been entertained and I was in love with all the characters with the possible exception of Jocelyn.
Then we watched all the extra bonus material and I was amazed at the thought and work that went into this movie. I just had to watch it again, having gained a new perspective on WHY things were done the way they were. What I discovered was an extremely entertaining romp.
For those of you who only saw the theatre version or are concerned about the rock and roll references in these reviews, try to see the director's point of view. Throughout history parents have strived to understand their youngsters. Or do we assume that the generations have always perfectly understood one another until it came to the 20th century? Language, music, clothes...isn't it likely that different generations differed as much in opinions then as now? If not then how did the culture ever evolve into something completely different? Notice that I have avoided the term "teens". Well, face it, back then the teens WERE adults. But there must still have been generational gaps. Did they say "wow" in historical times?
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A Knight's Tale is what you get when you cross underdog sports drama, comedy, medieval knights, and a healthy dose of Gen X attitude. William Thatcher is a nobody, son of a peasant, fascinated with knights. When the knight he's serving dies before the final round of a joust, William takes a chance and assumes his identity.
The show wastes no time whatsoever getting straight to the fun stuff. The above paragraph is the very first thing you'll see in the movie, and the very next is the movie's first joust set to Queen's We Will Rock You. The twist here isn't just a cheap soundtrack, but the fact that it's interwoven into the movie itself. The jousting audience is more of a football crowd, clapping along to the legendary beat and having fun. The herald trumpet players are even shown to belt a few notes, while the guards step along.
The best example I can think of this previously is Robin Hood: Men in Tights. A Knight's Tale takes it one step farther however by taking it all very seriously. By the end of the show you could almost believe it. Heralds that sound more like boxing announcers, armor with famous looking logos, ultra modern hair and outfits, and even an amazing dance sequence that blends classical with modern set to David Bowie. It's a highlight of the movie and worth watching just for that scene alone.
The best thing I can say about A Knight's Tale is how real it all is, despite it's theme. The modern aspects are blended into the events with real tact, the comedy is honestly funny, and the drama is in no way cheapened by the lightheartedness. It's not exactly Oscar material, but the show has a few honestly dramatic and heart touching moments that are go over extremely well to anyone but scoffing critics.
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This is one strange movie. It's set in the 14th century, yet when they put modern songs to certain scenes, it just doesn't seem right! I mean, they start dancing to David Bowie? The dancing's cool though! And what really freaked me out, is somehow I don't think that people in the 14th century (did history at school teach me nothing? I still want to say the 1400s, when it's the 1300s!) would not be doing the claps to "We Will Rock You"!
But this is turning into a "non-sense-making" review as some people would say.
The movie itself is OK. Not the best. But not the worst either. It's confusing when they're jousting, as you can never tell who is who. And normally you're rooting for the wrong one! I seemed to be spend a lot of my time thinking I was cheering for Heath, when it was his opponent. Oopsy!
There are some fantastic actors in this. Mark Addy is once again. He seems to light up the screen as soon as he appears, and always makes me smile! And in the comedic role once again is Alan Tudyk. It's so good to see him in a movie again, as he was terrific as the highly camp Gerhardt in 28 Days! And of course, the main attaction, Heath Ledger.
Included in the extras are: a theatrical trailer; Brian Helgeland and Paul Bettany (obviously Heath Ledger couldn't be bothered) commentary; deleted scenes; Making Of special; Robbie Williams & Queen "We Are The Champions" music video, and a couple of other bits and pieces. Not a lot to write home about really. The music video's quite cool though!
To be honest, I found this to be an average film. Heaven forbid you look away, cos you'll end up missing the dirty looks the opponents gave each other during jousting, or sometimes something important.
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