Olive Film's Blu-ray: Erik the Viking (1989)

Erik the Viking (1989)

Company: Olive Films

Starring: Terry Jones, Tim Robbins, Tsutomu Sekine, Antony Sher, Imogen Stubbs, John Cleese, Mickey Rooney, Eartha Kitt, Charles McKeown

Plot: Product Description: Norse mythology meets Monty Python-esque humor in the Terry Jones written & directed comedy, Erik The Viking. Erik, the Viking of the title, in an effort to petition the gods to save the planet for the impending Ragnarok — “the end of the world” — must travel to Asgard with a less-than-stellar crew at his side.

My Review and Thoughts:

Here is a wonderful forgotten and silly comical movie, lovingly brought out on Blu-ray for the first time by the wonderful company Olive Films. This is in my viewpoint a must own Blu-ray for any lover of wonderful comedy. This is jam packed with an all star cast of actors and actresses. 

Comedy, adventure and most of all fantasy come together in full force upon the viewer as one gut busting comical banter after another, showcases itself. 

This is written by Terry Jones who also directed it, and starred in it. Jones is most famous for Monty Python fame. This movie is basically on that same type of humor. Fans of Monty Python will love this film and take to it. And it also has many other Python members throughout this film such as the wonderful, laugh out funny, hysterical John Cleese. Terry Jones also directed the comical Python masterpieces of silly humor, Monty Python and the Holy Grail and Life of Brian, and The Meaning of Life. So you can understand the humor that Erik the Viking will have.

Erik your main character is suppose to be a Viking. During one of the Viking groups, Rape and Pillage ordeals, he ends up accidentally killing a woman who made him start to question just what life is all about, what’s the point of the, Rape and Pillage. Soon Erik starts to question everything, seeking answers and more out of his so called Viking life. So beings his adventure to find the Gods. He convinces the other Vikings on a journey to the mythical plain of Asgard. This brings forth Giant Sea creatures, legend and folklore around the pacing of silly comedy.   

The British comedy lingers with you long after it’s over and you find yourself giggling hours later at moments in the film that stick with you. Now this film has had many versions. There are three different versions of this film. This Blu-ray is the full 107 minute version. The VHS release was 89 minutes. Also Terry Jones son edited it to a 75 minute version for the DVD. This Olive Films Blu-ray version is the full length, unedited version, which I think is solid. This film is not for everyone, it’s geared to fans that enjoy silly comical over the top ridiculous humor. As I have stated, fans of Monty Python will find this humorous. Those who love cinema of the comedy, or weird comedy reality will love this film. Cinema lovers will absolutely love the Blu-ray. The audio and video are good. Vibrant in color, crisp in sound. A wonderful example of a new outlet for this older film.

This is also being released on DVD. So you have the option of DVD or Blu-ray. I am reviewing the Blu-ray.

As I have stated there are many actors in small parts throughout the film. Icon acting legend Mickey Rooney which is an utter treat to cinema lovers. The absolutely beautiful and stunning Eartha Kit, who always will be the perfect Catwoman. Also always the amazing underrated Tim Robbins as your main player, and character Erik in this film. I think that is what makes this film so amazing is the cast of so many different style of performers, all in one film together. It’s a collective of mastery in every style of film, from comical legends, to Hollywood legends, simply put this is a fun, wonderful exploration into the world of comedy.

Olive Films did an amazing job in bringing this little forgotten gem to a new generation on a lovely blu-ray of excellence.


Screen: 1.85:1, Color
Languages: English

Audio is perfection. The video is clean.


A must own blu-ray for comedy fans, Python fans and cinema lovers period. Funny, dorky, silly, over the top comical bliss. 


It will be released on May 26th 2015.

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