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The Navigator
The Navigator
Actors: Bruce Lyons, Chris Haywood, Hamish McFarlane, Marshall Napier, Noel Appleby
Director: Vincent Ward
Genres: Action & Adventure, Drama
PG     2001     1hr 30min

Vincent Ward's mystical tale of a tiny 14th-century English hamlet during the devastation of the Black Plague mixes faith and fantasy in a compelling adventure. Ward creates a stark look with his high contrast black-and-w...  more »


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Actors: Bruce Lyons, Chris Haywood, Hamish McFarlane, Marshall Napier, Noel Appleby
Director: Vincent Ward
Creators: Geoffrey Simpson, Vincent Ward, John Scott, Gary Hannam, John Maynard, Geoff Chapple, Kely Lyons
Genres: Action & Adventure, Drama
Sub-Genres: Action & Adventure, Drama
Studio: Henstooth Video
Format: DVD - Black and White,Color
DVD Release Date: 02/27/2001
Release Year: 2001
Run Time: 1hr 30min
Screens: Black and White,Color
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 14
MPAA Rating: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
Languages: English

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Movie Reviews

Shoot the production company
Geoffrey P. Smith | ATLANTA, GA USA | 03/23/2001
(2 out of 5 stars)

"I have reviewed this film previously, and have waited for the DVD...alas, it is a big disappointment. No widescreen and no otherwords, a waste of time and money. Small, but important films such as this are poorly served by production companies who serve up a barely adequate product. This is a very good film, but the DVD is a dud. Buy the VHS in protest!"
An amazing, thought-provoking experience
Jennifer A. Brewer | Toronto, Ontario, Canada | 12/05/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)

"As a PhD student in medieval history, I usually approach films set in the Middle Ages with no small sense of trepidation. The Navigator: A Mediaeval Odyssey is the exception. It is a visually stunning, well-written well-acted little film that manages to be both thought-provoking and entertaining. What I found particularly worthy of note is Vincent Ward's use of imagery. His choice to film the medieval scenes in mid-winter and in black and white conveys the bleakness of medieval peasant life and the muted colours of the modern scenes have a mystical feel to them. The film actually feels medieval, and since it does not refer to an historical event more specific than the Black Death, there's no opportunity to get annoyed with historical inaccuracy (a curse of all we would-be professional historians!) I recommend it highly to anyone who likes fantasy and adventure."
Intelligent sci-fi not for the shallow of heart
Elicia Donze | USA | 06/12/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Deep, resonating messages and stunning, haunting visuals contribute to the power of this film which is so completely independent of any genre that calling it a sci-fi or a fantasy does not seem to do it justice; rather, such stereotyping is more of an insult. The best eye-candy in this film is its shoestring-budget special effects (read: no REAL special effects) and its cinematography (it was directed by the same guy who did "What Dreams May Come," which is a poor modern cousin full of hypocrisy). At any rate, The Navigator is real and raw. And a classic. It reminds me of the Dutch film version of MEDEA. It's fascinating the same way AKIRA might be fascinating: you simply cannot believe that such a fantastic story can work in such a simple narrative. The filmmakers of Navigator trust their audience to be receptive of that which is truly bizarre.Not for the shallow of heart! I've read other reviews of this film and must agree with one in particular: if you feel intellectually stimulated by Independence Day or Armageddon or other such mindless fluff (even the Matrix), you will get nothing from this film.... Other films that remind me of the Navigator: The original Highlander movie (especially the low-res, poor-quality version on Beta Hi-Fi), Ladyhawke, Eraserhead, In the Name of the Rose (that weird monk movie with Sean Connery and Christian Slater), Medea (the scratchy Dutch version), and even Monty Python and the Holy Grail (not so much for the humor, but the general film presence).Enjoy! But not too much."
NOT thrilled
'Space Captain' | Victoria, B. C. Canada | 02/16/2005
(3 out of 5 stars)

"I purchased this disc in May 2004.
I has a VHS copy -taken from pay TV. While the DVD was a bit cleare/less grainy ,the video was 1.33:1 ,not 1.85:1 as advertised;also the sound was MONO ,not Dolby Surround as advertised. A good film but a technically inferior disc.