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A Knight's Tale [Special Edition] [DVD] [2001]

Brian Helgeland rocked the medieval world with this knightly tale that combined jousting and romance with a modern music score. Presented in Anamorphic widescreen and Dolby Digital 5.1 audio, this DVD captures the snap, crackle, and pop of each lancing blow. The story of a squire "changing his stars" by impersonating a nobleman so he could compete in tournaments was one that brewed in Helgeland's head for a number of years before he finally put it to paper in one month's time. His years of research then allowed him to do the unlikely -- give tiny, enhancing details to a big-scale film. These facts and more can be found on the DVD, a disc that not only provides great insight into Helgeland's method and process, but allows fans to take a closer look at one of the things that made this such an entertaining film: the action and jousting sequences. (Who imagined there was pasta inside those lances to make them splinter especially well?) Features include commentary by Helgeland and his good friend, the oft-naked Paul Bettany, as well as 11 behind-the-scenes featurettes, six deleted scenes with the filmmaker's introduction (check out the one with Chaucer's wife), an HBO "making of" special, Queen and Robbie Williams' "We Are the Champions" video, filmographies, and theatrical trailers for A Knight's Tale and Final Fantasy.

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    Overall Customer Rating:
    96% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (159 out of 167)

    Special Features

    • Digitally mastered audio & anamorphic video
    • Widescreen presentation
    • Audio: English 5.1 (Dolby Digital), French
    • Subtitles: English, French
    • Brian Helgeland and Paul Bettany commentary
    • HBO making-of special
    • 11 behind-the-scenes featurettes
    • Deleted scenes with filmmaker's intros
    • Music video
    • Website link
    • Theatrical trailers
    • Filmographies
    • Animated menus
    • Production notes
    • Scene selections
    • DVD-ROM includes exclusive "Knight's Tale" 3-D screensaver


    A Knight's Tale
    This crowd-pleasing medieval adventure tale is very loosely inspired by Geoffrey Chaucer's The Canterbury Tales and mixes the anachronistic elements of modern-day rock music and colloquialisms with a period setting and characters. Heath Ledger stars as William Thatcher, a low-born 14th century squire who, in a fit of inspired spontaneity, replaces his deceased employer as the competitor at a jousting competition. Jousting is a pastime only permitted to knights, who are of noble birth, but Thatcher wins and decides to continue his new pursuits. With the help of his two fellow squire friends Wat and Roland (Alan Tudyk and Mark Addy) and none other than the gambling-addicted Geoffrey Chaucer (Paul Bettany), Thatcher has soon adopted a false identity and is winning one joust after another on his way to a championship in London. His victories inspire the affection of a female fan, Jocelyn (Shannyn Sossamon), and the ire of a competitor, Count Adehmar (Rufus Sewell), but Thatcher's ruse is threatened with exposure. A Knight's Tale is the sophomore directorial effort of acclaimed screenwriter Brian Helgeland, who won an Oscar for his work on L.A. Confidential (1997) and debuted behind the camera with the troubled production of Payback (1999). ~ Karl Williams, Rovi

    Cast & Crew

    • Heath Ledger
      Heath Ledger - William Thatcher
    • Mark Addy
      Mark Addy - Roland
    • Rufus Sewell
      Rufus Sewell - Count Adhemar
    • Paul Bettany
      Paul Bettany - Chaucer
    • Shannyn Sossamon
      Shannyn Sossamon - Jocelyn

    Customer rating

    Rating 4.5 out of 5 stars with 167 reviews

    would recommend to a friend
    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      A great fun-filled little film

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      • My Best Buy® Elite MemberElite Member

      I first saw this movie in the theatre and have watched it many times since. It is just a trip to watch and Paul Bethany steals the show, as does the opening jousting scene, The transfer is good and the audio rocks (literally!) The plot isn't too complicated and some of it is a little cheesy. But at this price and in this format, it is still a fun film to watch from start to finish. Way to go William!

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

      Good Movie, Disappointed at Extras


      Overall, this is a very good movie. However, I was very disappointed that the BluRay version does not include the extended cut like the DVD. Chaucer's soliloquy near the end is not included in the BluRay version. I have to say, that it adds a completely different perspective on the scene where William (Heath Ledger) is knighted by Prince Edward. If the extended cut were included, I would give it 5 stars.

      No, I would not recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Historically inaccurate and yet still awesome

      • My Best Buy® Elite Plus MemberElite Plus Member

      Yes, this movie is historically inaccurate (sometimes comically so), and yet it's still an amazingly entertaining film. If you're the type of person who gets bothered by historically inaccurate armor, music, or people, then you may want to skip this movie, but if you can turn off that critical part of your brain, you can enjoy this movie quite a bit. It remains to this day one of those movies which I stop on if I come across it while channel surfing.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Grand Adventure with Great Music.

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      • My Best Buy® Elite MemberElite Member

      The Blu-ray provides a good picture and sound. A squire decides to take his masters' place as a Knight in a Jousting Tournament and the adventure begins. This is an interesting take on the time of Knights, Castles, and Fair Damsels and the music is a big part of the story. This movie is definitely worth watching and at a good price.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Great movie, odd soundtrack

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      Early Heath Ledger. Good acting with great supporting cast. Solid plot. A man seeks to rise above his humble beginnings and achieve his dream of becoming a knight.. Some violence (not overly graphic) and adult situations. Soundtrack is in direct contrast to the time period of the setting. sometimes distractingly so.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      very funny


      this is another great movie with heath ledger. the movie is strictly for fun and isn't at all accurate so if thats what you want then don't even bother to read the rest of the review. The movie also has a lot of really good rock music, which set in medieval times is quite funny. If you like heath ledger, or just want to watch a good funny movie then do yourself a favor and watch this movie.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

      Fun anachronistic medieval adventure with Heath!

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      • My Best Buy® Elite MemberElite Member

      I saw this in theaters when it was first released, and it's been a family favorite every since. The transfer of the blu ray is very average (where is a collector's edition when you need one!?), but the movie itself is so much fun that the low price is completely worth it. A great addition to any collection.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Classicly Entertaining

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      • My Best Buy® Elite MemberElite Member

      This is one of the most fun movies made during this time period. Heath Ledger's performance is great but alot of the fun lies in the supporting cast, especially Paul Bettany. You'll love it. It's hard to get past the soundtrack being classic rock with a rennaisance story line, but if you can, it is genuinely entertaining.

      I would recommend this to a friend

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