PATHFINDER Unrated Director's Cut/ Unrated Edition
DVD Review by David Blackwell
DETAILS: 106 minutes, audio commentary, 7 featurettes, 7 deleted scenes, concept trailer, original theatrical trailer,
STUDIO: 20th Century Fox/ Phoenix Pictures/ Dune Entertainment
RELEASE DATE: 7-31-2007
PATHFINDER is a film that I wished did beter at the box office. It was one of those that slipped past almost everyone and
didn't get released wide enough. With DVD, PATHFINDER is being released in two editions: PG-13 and an Unrated Edition aka
Unrated Director's Cut. PATHFINDER follows Ghost (Karl Urban), a Norse boy raised by a Native American tribe. He is very
much the outsider who doesn't belong. Now he must face his destiny 15 years after he was found. His village is destroyed
and he must fight against the Vikings who threaten to cleanse North America of the Indian/ Native American vermin before they
settle the land. Also Ghost finds love with Starfire (Moon Bloodgood) while facing the pack of Vikings lead by Gunnar (Clancy
PATHFINDER has a great setting, costume and set design, and enough action to propel the film to the very end. it also
has a little wisdom. The lesson is that there are two forces: love and hate. It depends on which one you feed the most.
Ghost wants revenge while Starfire and her father (the Pathfinder of a neighboring village) try to teach him another way.
The Native american people only have one hope in surviving. Ghost is their best hope. Clancy Brown is fantastic as Gunnar.
He makes the role breathe even though it isn't as memorable as the Krugan in HIGHLANDER.
VIDEO: 2.40:1 (Anamorphic Widescreen)
AUDIO: English 5.1, French 2.0, Spanish 2.0 Dolby Surround, English 5.1 DTS
Subtitles: English, Spanish (special features aren't subtitled)
SPECIAL FEATURES: The feature audio commentary is with director Marcus Nispel. He also provide optional audio commentary
for the seven deleted scenes which add more to the film (which were cut out or cut down for pacing reasons).
7 featuretets (under 30 minutes in total) flesh out a few details about the production of PATHFINDER):
THE BEGINNING- the developnment of the story of PATHFINDER
THE LOOK- all about the look of the Viking and Native American costumes and the concept art for PATHFINDER (which was
turned into a graphic novel)
THE BUILD- set design and costume design
THE SHOOT- all about the production challanges
THE STUNTS- stuntwork and the injuries people received while filming
WE SHOOT NOW!: MARCUS NISPEL ON THE SET OF PATHFINDER- quick and sometimes quirky look at the director making PATHFINDER
and people praising him
CLANCY BROWN: CULT HERO- praise for the atcing of Clancy Brown. He learned Icelandic for the film.
Also included on the DVD are the 4 minute concept trailer and the original theatrical trailer. Before the main menu are
previews for PERFECT CREATURE, DAYWATCH, and NIGHTWATCH. Also in the special features section are trailers for 28 WEEKS
LATER, WRONG TURN 2, and LAKE PLACID 2.
FINAL ANALYSIS: PATHFINDER is an entertaining action film with a soul. The featurettes skim the surface while the deleted
scenes and audio commentary provide more insight into the film.
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