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The 13th Warrior [DVD] [1999]

  • SKU: 3821001
  • Release Date: 01/18/2000
  • Rating: R
The 13th Warrior, a rousing adventure tale that uses the "stranger in a strange land" theme by placing a Moor courtesan amongst a pack of Viking raiders in the European Dark Ages, looks and sounds great on DVD, with a widescreen presentation and 5.1 Surround Sound that replicates the big-screen experience. It is disappointing, however, that the DVD contains few extras, just the standard trailer and language subtitles. An epic like this begs for some deleted scenes and production notes, while a commentary by director John McTiernan on a reportedly rocky production that took years to finish would have been a welcome addition. A sleeper, The 13th Warrior provides lots of swashbuckling adventure that is scarce in today's action genre.

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    Overall Customer Rating:
    100% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (15 out of 15)

    Special Features

    • Theatrical trailer
    • French-language track
    • 5.1 Surround
    • Widescreen (2.35:1), enhanced for 16x9 televisions


    The 13th Warrior
    A cultured diplomat joins a band of savage warriors in time to meet an even more fearsome enemy in this historical adventure. In 922 A.D., Ibn Fadlan (Antonio Banderas) is a Muslim emissary from Baghdad en route to meet with the King of Saqaliba when he is captured by a gang of Vikings. While Ibn and his people are intelligent and well-mannered, the Vikings are a rowdy and sometimes unpleasant lot, with an unquenchable appetite for food, alcohol, and women. However, in time he develops an understanding and respect for the Viking warriors and is welcomed into their society by their leader, Buliwyf. However, Ibn must now join them as they return to their homeland once they receive word of an invasion by a huge pack of bloodthirsty invaders who will destroy and eat anything in their path -- including the flesh of the men they have killed. The 13th Warrior was based on the book Eaters of the Dead by Michael Crichton, which was in turn adapted from tales of Viking folklore. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

    Cast & Crew

    • Antonio Banderas
      Antonio Banderas - Ibn Fadlan
    • Diane Venora
      Diane Venora - Queen Weilew
    • Dennis Storhoi
      Dennis Storhoi - Herger the Joyous
    • Vladimir Kulich
      Vladimir Kulich - Buliwyf
    • Omar Sharif
      Omar Sharif - Melchisidek

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    Rating 4.7 out of 5 stars with 15 reviews

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    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      The best Viking movie ever made.


      This movie is based on Michael Crichton's, "Eaters of the Dead", which is an excellent book. This movie brings it to life, with very few deviations. Other than Antonio Banderas (who plays an Arab), the cast is made up of Northern European actors who look and act the part. In the opening 20 minutes of the movie, all of the Vikings are speaking Old Norse, and it really helps set the stage. This movie is very heroic, and very true to historical Viking culture. Very interesting, and one heck of an action movie! This is in my top 5 movies of all time. I have not checked out the DVD extras, so I have not included that in this review.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      He is a man


      Greatness, that's all you can say about this movie is greatness. Best scenes of the movie, the fight with the old viking and the younger warrior and at the end after the battle was over, the king sat down on what could be considered his thrown...greatness

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Excellent Movie

      • Top 1000 ContributorTop 1000 Contributor

      This is a rewatchable movie, and very good story telling. Everytime I wacth it I pick up new things. That is one of the things that makes it rewatachable there is always something new.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Fascinating film

      • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
      • My Best Buy® Elite MemberElite Member

      This movie depicting a collision of the Norse and Muslim cultures reminds us all that we can find a common ground and respect. A true warriors film.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

      Action Packed

      • My Best Buy® Elite Plus MemberElite Plus Member

      Great movie if you're looking for fighting scenes with a lot of action and grand scene. If you're looking for a very strong plot, look somewhere else. Falls short here.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Best Movie Ever


      This is my favorite movie, the acting, the suspense, the story, its all good. I'm allways finding something else that I like in it everytime I watch it.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Classic for collection

      • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
      • My Best Buy® MemberMember

      Bought as a gift for someone else. Wanted to get Blu-ray but could not find it. Great movie!

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Great movie. Based on book.

      • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
      • My Best Buy® MemberMember

      Based on Michael Crichton book, Eaters of the Dead. Sci-Fi Action and adventure.

      I would recommend this to a friend

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