Navigator DVD

The Navigator still

The Navigator: A Medieval Odyssey - 1988



Arenafilm - 91 min.
EAN/UPC # 759731404525, 9317731062100, 9322225034181, 759731414920

Cast: Bruce Lyons, Chris Haywood, Hamish McFarlane, Marshall Napier, Noel Appleby, Paul Livingstone.
Screenplay: Vincent Ward, Kely Lyons, Geoff Chapple; Photography: Geoffrey Simpson; Editor: John Scott; Music: Davood Tabrizi; Production Designer: Sally Campbell; Producers: Gary Hannam, John Maynard; Director: Vincent Ward.

An mining village in England's Cumbria - 1348 - the year of the Black Death, is the starting point for this medieval fantasy. A boy has a recurring dream about a city far away. If the villagers take copper and cast a cross to be on a cathedral spire of that city, the villagers will be saved from the advancing plague. One night the boy and five men set off to a shaft which leads them through space and time to the other side of the earth (New Zealand), but in the mid-1980's. Vincent Ward was given a five-minute standing ovation at the film's Cannes screening. Definitely Recommended.

Censor rating: PG - Review rating: B+

The Navigator
Official MP4 Trailer


AVAILABILITY OF COPIES

R0 PAL DVDs sell for about $30au or $35nz. In addition to the usual, the R0 DVD includes photo stills, a poster gallery, plus various trailers of Vincent Ward movies. This is 1.85,16:9 enhanced, with 2.0 digital dolby sound and contains trailers for Vigil, What Deams May Come and Rain, plus three non-NZ trailers. The slick and other advertising states that the disc has English subtitles - it does not. If you need a pal version, this is the one to get.

The Australian distributor, Madman Entertainment's website, is offering the R0 pal version for $30au + shipping.

If you reside in New Zealand, you can rent it from Aro Video, who will ship countrywide.

In early 2009 a new "double feature", dual-layer, dvd was released containing The Navigator and Vigil plus Ward's short film 'A State of Siege' plus the trailers for Vigil and The Navigator. This is an R0 PAL disc and usually sells for $25nz from various NZ sellers. Unfortunately it is presented 1.33:1 with 2.0 dolby digital audio and no subtitles.

The first R1 NTSC disc is 1.33:1 dolby mono with no extras nor subtitles.
Henstooth Video released a new R1 DVD starting 30 April 2013. It is presented 1.81:1, 16x9 enhanced, with dolby digital stereo and optional English subtitles plus the original trailer. It is selling for $15 - 20us from various North Amercian resellers. This latest release is the one to have, if you require or can play an ntsc version.

DealOZ New Henstooth Release of North American price comparisons



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REVIEWS

Cinema Aotearoa Reviews

Reviews at Letterboxd.com

Reviews at Flicks.co.nz

Wellington Film Society Review

Dominic Corry Review at NZ Herald

Moria Review

'Wild Things' Review

New Zealand Film Archive Info and Reviews

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Four Word Film Review

"Navigator is essentially about an act of faith - people believing they can change the course of their life. Some historians have likened the 14th century to the 20th century. They were both calamitous ages. The 14th century had plague, war and holocausts, and this century has seen wars on vast scale and the potential for further holocaust. I liked the parallel of the little, isolated village in Cumbria being a pocket skipped over by the plague, and of New Zealand , too, being a little pocket separate from the rest of the world" - (Vincent Ward in, The Navigator Press Book)

"It is here that one finds the value Ward is really intent on pushing, his assertion of the primacy of imagination; he is preaching the importance of the visionary, the storyteller, whose imaginative journey is an offering that can transcend and even replace the need for real experience. At its core The Navigator has nothing to do with plague or nuclear submarines. It simply represents a supreme act of faith, the kind of blind belief that God listens to. It's a film that echoes the spirit, if not the substance, of religious behaviour the world over" - (Costa Botes, "Ward sets test of faith in celestial navigation", from unknown source)

OFFLINE REVIEW SOURCES

North & South Review by Brian McDonnell - March 1989 - For details or copies contact Kakapo Books



TRAILERS - MISC

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NZ On Screen Videos & Comments

Three video clips at Australian Screen Archive

Information at the New Zealand Film Commission Website

New Zealand Film Archive Info

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Internet Movie Poster Awards

Official Vincent Ward Website

Soundtrack Composer Information



AWARDS

1988 - Catalonian International Film Festival - Best Film
1988 - Fantafestival - Best Film
1988 - Australian Film Institute - Best Film, Best Director, Best Production Design, Best Editing, Best Costume Design, best cinematography.
1989 - Fantasporto - Best Cinematography and Audience Jury Award
1989 - New Zealand Film Awards - Best Film; Director; Actor: Hamish McFarlane; Supporting Actor: Noel Appleby; Supporting Actress: Sarah Peirse; Cinematopgraphy; Soundtrack; Editing; Film Score; Production Design; Original Screenplay.





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