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Arn: The Knight Templar (2007/E1 DVD)

 

Picture: B-     Sound: B-     Extras: C     Film: A

 

 

Arn was raise by priests, but trained to become a skilled swordsman.  After breaking the vow of chastity he is exiled for 20 years to the Holy Lands to serve as his penance.  In the Holy Lands he defends Jerusalem and became a Templar Knight to fight the armies of Saladin, but even after many battles, victories and becoming a war hero there, he was finally release to go home.  When he finally returns home he find a civil war is brewing and he takes up arms once more.  This time, to defend his homeland and the people he loves in Peter Flinth’s Arn: The Knight Templar (2007).

This is a great film, filled with epic combat, tragedy, chivalry and even a bit of romance.  Based on the books written by Jan Guillo (Crusades Trilogy), the movie spins a tale of one man and his quest to return home with honor.  Unlike most Templar Knights, the main character Arn fights in the Crusades not for glory, but to return home.  He has no wish to fight, but duty and righteousness compels him as he leads the Templar Knights into battle.  He becomes a shining example among the knights; he is resented by his own peers but gains the respect of his enemies.
 
If you like knights and stories from this period, then this film is for you.  Filled with beautiful costumes, scenery and wonderful actors including Joakim Natterqvist in the title role, Stellan Skarsgard (Mamma Mia!, Hunt For Red October, Good Will Hunting, the original Insomnia), Michael Nyqvist (original Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, Mission: Impossible IV), Nicholas Boulton (Topsy Turvy), Vincent Perez (Indochine), Simon Callow (Amadeus, Maurice), Gustaf Skarsgard and the legendary Bibi Andersson, they are all great.  As you watch, you sympathize with the main character, torn from his lover, sent thousands of miles away to fight a war that isn't his.  He loses everything.  One man own dedication, sense of justice and mercy, earned him the respect of his enemies and made him a leader of the country that exile him.  A warrior, but with a heart of monk, the very meaning of chivalry.  This is very well made.

 

The anamorphically enhanced 2.35 X 1 image was shot in the Super 35mm film format by Director of Photography Eric Kress (the original Girl With The Dragon Tattoo) and creates a good looking film that is very enjoyable to watch, with a transfer that is very impressive for DVD.  The Dolby Digital 5.1 mix is also engaging and offers consistent surrounds.  Extras include behind the scenes footage and trailers.

 

-   Ricky Chiang


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