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Erik the Viking
DVD disk
01.15.2008 By: Sturdy
Erik the Viking order
Director:
Terry Jones

Actors:
Tim Robbins
Mickey Rooney
Jim Broadbent

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WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
Erik the Viking sets out to wake the Gods and bring light to the dark ages. Along the way he has to face a dragon, an evil warlord and a group of overly cheerful islanders.
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
ERIK THE VIKING is a cross between a really bad Mel Brooks movie and a really bad Monty Python skit. Itís one of those movies that you can just picture the actors and crewmembers cracking up behind the scenes, but as an audience member, it just doesnít work. For a movie thatís supposed to be funny, I didnít laugh once, not even a chuckle. It was very dry and all of the jokes have been used before.

Tim Robbins was a strange choice for a lead since heís not a slapstick comedy guy. Heís more of a subtle, goofy funny like he was in BULL DURHAM. He seems a little out of place and a little uncomfortable with the responsibility of carrying this kind of film. He doesnít have a whole lot to work with, but he does make the most of it.

Mel Brooks had nothing to do with this film, but I liken it to his movies because there were a lot of scenes that had one single joke, but went on far too long. Even if you found the joke funny, chances are good you stopped laughing long after the joke was finished. The film was only 79 minutes, but it could have easily been cut down to 30, without cutting out any jokes.

Iím not going to eliminate the possibility that others could find this funny. I wouldnít normally find myself playing the role of comedy Grinch. I liked HOLY GRAIL and other Python skits so I felt this was going to be right up my alley. Unfortunately, this film just didnít work. Again, maybe it was just me.
THE EXTRAS
Commentary with Terry Jones and Josh Wiseman: Terry Jones is an interesting guy thatís had an interesting life, but his commentary is a little boring. There are a few too many pauses and he doesnít really talk about the making of the film, he just comments as things happen on screen.

Terry and Bill behind the Directorís Sonís Cut Featurette (10:15): I understand that the original story was written for Terryís son, but Iím not sure why he was involved with the re-cut of the film. Terry and his son talk about the film and give a little bit of background information, but this was too short to amount to anything.

Original 1989 Making of Featurette (30:02): For a 30 minute featurette, there were a lot of movie scenes. It includes a lot of interviews from the cast and crew, but itís really just a typical fluff piece.

There are also some Previews and a Photo Gallery
FINAL DIAGNOSIS
I know this film has some fans out there and this release will be a nice upgrade for them. If you havenít seen it, I wouldnít rush out to buy it. Itís not funny and will start to bore you almost immediately.
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