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UK Readers!! Would You Like To Win An OUTLANDER Blu-Ray??

Merrick here...
...with a mini-contest for our UK readers.
Howard McCain's vastly underappreciated OUTLANDER hits Blu-Rays in UK next week, and we have 1 (ONE) copy we'd like to give to a UK reader. All you have to do is:
** E-mail me VIA THE ADDRESS LINKED BELOW with your name and address. ** Your name/address are being used to expedite shipment only - no mailing lists, spams, etc. Your name/address will be summarily deleted once the contest concludes. ** You have between now and 10am CST USA on Friday August 28th 2009 to e-mail me. ** I've pre-selected 1 (ONE) time of day between now and 10am CST USA on Friday August 28th 2009. Whoever e-mails me at, or closest to, said pre-selected time will receive 1 (ONE) copy of the OUTLANDER Blu-Ray. ** You may enter up to ten times per day, each day of the contest. ** Be sure to write from an e-mail address that you're currently using/checking frequently. If we can't reach you, we may end up awarding your Blu-Ray to the next reachable contestant. ** Let us know if it is NOT OK to print your name/hometown on AICN should you win. Otherwise, we will assume it's OK to print your first and last name here, as well as hometown, in a contest closure announcement. ** CONTEST OPEN TO UK RESIDENTS ONLY
The film's pretty damn cool. You can find some "Making of..." reels HERE, and previous coverage of the title (with images) HERE. The Blu-Ray's product details:
Running Time: 110 minutes approximately Price: Blu-ray: £24.99 / DVD: £17.99 RRP Catalogue No: Blu-ray: MP755BR / DVD: MP755D Special Features: Making of Outlander featurette Audio Commentary Deleted Scenes Visual Effects Tests Animatics Artwork Galleries Trailer
You can find more details about the product HERE. Good luck! Have fun!


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  • Aug. 26, 2009, 11:28 a.m. CST

    Outlander rules!!

    by SkinJob69

  • Aug. 26, 2009, 11:33 a.m. CST


    by Trannyformers_Apologist

    Will reinvent the way movies are experienced <P>Epic masterpiece<P> mind-blowing<P> Photo-real<P>Jaw-dropping<P>CGI unlike anything you have seen before<P> Like dreaming with your eyes open<P> Revolutionary<P> Cameron's Lawrence of Arabia<P>Game-changer<P>This generation's Stars Wars<P> Unlike anything you have seen before<P> Truly amazing<P> Prepare to be blown away<P> Breathtaking <P>Like a highly addictive drug that had left my mind yearning for more<P> Can't stop dreaming about it<P> This movie had activated parts of my brain that were previously untouched by conventional, two-dimensional films<P>

  • Aug. 26, 2009, 11:35 a.m. CST

    Bloody decent movie,

    by CharyouTree

    great beast, reminded me of 80's classics like Split Second.

  • Aug. 26, 2009, 11:36 a.m. CST

    Watched it the other day

    by Pigdog

    Good fucking film. Would love to see more from the Outlander universe. What are the chances Headgeek? Can you make it happen?? Go on you know you can!

  • Aug. 26, 2009, 11:39 a.m. CST

    Just rented it - silly, but very fun and enjoyable.

    by JuanSanchez

    Should have been released in theaters. Nice going, Bob and Harvey - you fat morons.

  • Aug. 26, 2009, 11:47 a.m. CST

    Wanted to like it...

    by MattmanReturns

    The scenes where the kid and him stare at each other for five minutes are disturbingly creepy. The vikings look like they strolled out of Orange County. Action scenes, which a movie like this hinges on, are sparse.

  • Aug. 26, 2009, 11:54 a.m. CST

    Rented from Blockbuster (the Weinstein refuge)

    by skimn

    Sat on the table for a week. Returned it.<p>So I guess I missed something? It just looked sooo Sci-Fi network cheesy. And after Mutant Chronicles, I learned my lesson.

  • Aug. 26, 2009, 11:55 a.m. CST

    I thought the action delievered once the Moorwen showed up.

    by JuanSanchez

    It was slow before then, but once it shows up after the skirmish with Gunnar the action kicks into high gear.

  • Aug. 26, 2009, 11:56 a.m. CST

    A huge missed opportunity. Sadly mediocre.

    by YackBacker

    It's a movie you could watch on a Sunday afternoon and not pay much attention to it as you do laundry, etc. It had a great premise, and the potential for an excellent genre crossover, but it ended up being a very bland tale. 13TH WARRIOR is a more rousing "Beowulf" version than this one.

  • Aug. 26, 2009, 11:57 a.m. CST

    I rented it HD through Apple TV and I thought it looked good.

    by JuanSanchez

    They did more with $50 million than most movies could do with $80 million.

  • Aug. 26, 2009, 11:59 a.m. CST

    It's no 13th Warrior, that's for sure.

    by JuanSanchez

    The 13th Warrior is one of my all-time favorite films - Outlander is just a fun flick - a well-made B movie.

  • Aug. 26, 2009, 12:01 p.m. CST

    Juan, I love 13th Warrior

    by MattmanReturns

    Aside from the dumb language learning scene, Warrior is so wonderfully atmospheric and gritty. The vikings look like vikings and the environments feel very real.

  • Aug. 26, 2009, 12:05 p.m. CST

    Quinton Rampage Jackson just confirmed to play Baracus in the A-

    by peopleintrees

  • Aug. 26, 2009, 12:06 p.m. CST

    A-Team Movie. Rampage is Baracus

    by peopleintrees

  • Aug. 26, 2009, 12:06 p.m. CST

    Dark, brooding, gritty and action packed. What not to like?

    by JuanSanchez

  • Aug. 26, 2009, 12:06 p.m. CST

    13th Warrior is simply Awesome

    by just pillow talk

    It never gets old. <p> "It's made of honey!"

  • Aug. 26, 2009, 12:07 p.m. CST

    And Vladimir Kulich as Buliwyf - just awesome.

    by JuanSanchez

  • Aug. 26, 2009, 12:08 p.m. CST


    by Series7

    The director said that he had an ending that made it obvious that there was never going to be a sequel that this was a stand alone film. But the Harvy W, made him change the ending so a sequel could be possible.

  • Aug. 26, 2009, 12:08 p.m. CST

    it's a man...

    by just pillow talk

    Love that scene when Antonio realizes they can die and just starts hacking away at them, chasing after them like some crazy man.<p.Fucking great.

  • Aug. 26, 2009, 12:10 p.m. CST

    13th Warrior also had an awesome Goldsmith score

    by MattmanReturns

    Miss that dude.

  • Aug. 26, 2009, 12:11 p.m. CST

    13th Warrior was underwhelming at the time

    by kwisatzhaderach

    but looks like a masterpiece nowadays. AWESOME Goldsmith score too.

  • Aug. 26, 2009, 12:12 p.m. CST


    by kwisatzhaderach

    Great minds think alike.

  • Aug. 26, 2009, 12:15 p.m. CST

    Can we just win a 13th Warrior blu-ray instead?

    by MattmanReturns

  • Aug. 26, 2009, 12:18 p.m. CST

    I haven't seen Outlander yet...but I certainly want to

    by just pillow talk

  • Aug. 26, 2009, 12:22 p.m. CST

    I love listening to Goldsmith's score on an overcast day.

    by JuanSanchez

  • Aug. 26, 2009, 12:22 p.m. CST

    OK, I find you gents all an encouraging bunch of geeks

    by YackBacker

    The 13th WARRIOR love is strong. Amen, brothers. And RIP Jerry Goldsmith, we all miss him.

  • Aug. 26, 2009, 12:23 p.m. CST

    I think Goldsmith scored THE EDGE around the same time

    by YackBacker

    as he did 13TH WARRIOR. Those two scores back to back are a great combo.

  • Aug. 26, 2009, 12:26 p.m. CST

    Definitely some similarities with his score for The Edge

    by JuanSanchez

  • Aug. 26, 2009, 12:26 p.m. CST

    13th warrior was the first dvd I ever bought

    by Kizeesh

    I still watch it regularly as it's a fun movie.<p> I'd still love to see McTiernan's original cut, I'm sure it's absolutely brilliant, and considering the longer more paced epics we have since Gladiator I'm sure it would have been released had it been made now.

  • Aug. 26, 2009, 12:29 p.m. CST

    Yeah that McTiernan original cut is long sought-after

    by YackBacker

    I doubt we'll ever see it, but I too wish we had the opportunity.

  • Aug. 26, 2009, 12:33 p.m. CST

    "When you die, can I give that to my daughter?"

    by MattmanReturns

  • Aug. 26, 2009, 12:48 p.m. CST

    not really


    its a bit pish good FX work though but i don't need to see it again thnx.

  • Aug. 26, 2009, 1:16 p.m. CST

    The 13th Warrior

    by Merrick

    A tip of the hat to the film, and to the McTiernan of old...

  • Aug. 26, 2009, 1:36 p.m. CST

    I just watched it. I was very surprised by . . .

    by Royston Lodge

    . . . how few glaring plot holes there were! Usually it's the glaring plot holes that ruin this sort of movie for me, but Outlander had none!<p> A couple of my buddies disagree, saying that the way they forged new weapons from the hull of the ship was silly. My rebuttal is that they don't say it's metal from the exterior of the ship (which would have to be VERY strong to survive the crash, and therefore should be too strong for the vikings to work with). If it's merely steel from the interior of the ship then there's no reason the vikings' forge wouldn't be hot enough to work with it.

  • Aug. 26, 2009, 2:03 p.m. CST

    So being Irish excludes me then I suppose?

    by vadakinX

    It's out here at the same time.

  • Aug. 26, 2009, 2:08 p.m. CST

    Oh yeah, I forgot that it does have a couple of ...

    by Royston Lodge

    ... annoying cliches.<p> Like the way the hero loses his gun in the stream, and abandons his cool armour right at the beginning.<p> That little plot device is a little too well-worn. Hello, Planet of the Apes calling?<p> I would have been much happier if he'd been allowed to keep his gun longer.<p> A scene featuring a Viking accidentally vaporizing himself would have been most welcome.

  • Aug. 26, 2009, 3:24 p.m. CST

    Thanks, Merrick

    by YackBacker

    Good taste suits a good man such as yourself.

  • Aug. 26, 2009, 3:32 p.m. CST

    I wouldn't mind winning that

    by Pop_aristocrat

    As the Blu Rays of Outlander aren't region locked. My friend's mom has a French copy. Where's the US Blu?

  • Aug. 26, 2009, 4:05 p.m. CST

    A very decent B movie

    by thot

    Started off a tad slow but really picked up in the last 1/3 or so. The creature effects were surprisingly good. I thought that casting was good overall but JC appeared to be phoning in his performance. I also thought that the whole idea of JC's character being an alien was sorta tossed off. Coulda been used to much greater effect. How about his character ending up being the inspiration for one of the Norse gods? He did, after all, come from the "heavens" and then could have ascended to the heavens. Would have been a nice twist. I didn't buy that he wouldn't have returned to his home planet either. Despite those things, I enjoyed it. Better than I was expecting. Worth a rent!

  • Aug. 26, 2009, 4:11 p.m. CST

    I always loved that Crichton wrote that on a dare

    by Geomancer21

    "Eaters of the dead" Aka "The 13th Warrior" I mean. How often does a college bet end up making you millions?

  • Aug. 26, 2009, 4:13 p.m. CST

    Geomancer21, the answer depends on your being a genius

    by YackBacker

    Michael Crichton was a fucking genius storyteller. The man was a modern-day Rod Serling. And I loved the book tremendously, one of his best works.

  • Aug. 26, 2009, 4:15 p.m. CST

    Thot - agree with most points

    by JuanSanchez

    Would have given a spoiler warning, though. I do think JC phoned a bit of his performance in, but once the action picked up, so did he. I liked that he never tried to convince anyone he was an alien from another planet.

  • Aug. 26, 2009, 4:28 p.m. CST

    wow, a UK competition!!!!

    by billyhitchcock

    well done guys, i feel special at last. can we have a BNAT now please? :-)

  • Aug. 26, 2009, 5:25 p.m. CST

    What if you're part of the Commonwealth?

    by OutlawsDelejos

    Technically Australia is a colony of the British empire, thus we are included. Feel free to swing my copy over whenever you please, because this big fucking goofy movie put a big fucking goofy grin on my face the whole way through.

  • Aug. 26, 2009, 5:45 p.m. CST

    Thot - It was hinted at...

    by Royston Lodge

    Kanen's computer referred to Earth as an "abandoned seed colony". I read that to mean that his people had "seeded" their DNA on Earth.<p> Personally, I liked that the movie only hinted at this sort of thing, instead of getting bogged down by having to explain every detail.<p> There are no midichlorians in this dojo.<p> I also thought the acting was a lot of fun. I liked Caviezel's portrayal, wooden as it was. I think that character would go out of his way to be wooden, since he couldn't be certain how the natives might misinterpret any emotional cues.<p> Now, if John Hurt had phoned it in, he could have been forgiven. After all, he's friggin' John Hurt. And yet he threw himself into the role like a consummate professional. Loved him in that flick.<p> A part of me sort of wishes they'd named Caviezel's character "Beowulf", and the monster "Grendel". But I can see how that would have been a bit too cheesy.<p> How about calling the little kid "Beowulf" instead of "Erik"?

  • Aug. 26, 2009, 5:51 p.m. CST

    OutlawsDelejos: Australia is not a colony.

    by Royston Lodge

    Like Canada and New Zealand, Australia is a dominion, officially defined in the Balfour Declaration (1926) and in the Statute of Westminster (1931) as autonomous Communities within the British Empire, established as equal to the United Kingdom, and independent members of the commonwealth of nations. (thank you wikipedia)

  • Aug. 26, 2009, 5:55 p.m. CST

    Royston - I totally missed that.

    by JuanSanchez

    That's a cool idea and makes a lot more sense.

  • Aug. 26, 2009, 5:55 p.m. CST

    BTW - I loved seeing Hurt playing a guy who's still in shape

    by JuanSanchez

    and not some decrepit weekling.

  • Aug. 26, 2009, 6:36 p.m. CST


    by The_Genteel_Gentile

    Crighton was a very fine writer, but he had no buisness taking McTiernan's film away and cutting it apart and reshooting stuff. Just as I'm sure no one would claim McTiernan has a snowballs chance in hell of being a better novelist, Crighton can't hold a candle to Mctiernan as a filmmaker. <p> Regardless as to if McTiernan's version is ultimately a lesser film, it would be incredibly interesting to see his version. Watching Crichton's cut, it is obvious that much character developement and relationships were lost. Graeme Revell's score was not bad at all, I have it and it is quite fine and perfectly serviceable. In a new reworked McTiernan cut however, I would like McTiernan to try to salvage as much of Goldsmith's score as possible, because it is a great work from one of the absolute masters that just can't help but be superior to Revell. <p> I'm convinced there's a GREAT reworked McTeirnan cut of 13th Warrior just waiting to be let lose. McTeirnan has such an awesome and distinct style of filmmaking (fluid steadycam, whip pans, rack focus, anamorphic shallow depth of field long lensed photography, lense flares, with minimum edits), always done with purpose and for maximum effect. It's always exiciting to see such beatifully conceived and crafted filmmaking. <p> If a revised McTiernan supervised cut does ever surface, I hope it is accompanied with plenty of bells and whistles, including an expansive documentary exploring all the termoil behind the forging of the picture. Purely as a film enthusiast and student, I find the behind the scenes journey to the screen of the 13th Warrior to be an incredibly compelling story.

  • Aug. 26, 2009, 6:49 p.m. CST

    I wonder if new McTiernan could do himself justic these days.

    by JuanSanchez

  • Aug. 26, 2009, 7:09 p.m. CST

    Royston - Interesting point..

    by thot

    That had slipped right past me. I like your Beowulf/Grendel idea. Would also have been a clever twist. Or how about discovering the kid's name is Thor, and having him display bravery and courage uncommon in a child? So many ways they could have sexed the whole thing up.

  • Aug. 26, 2009, 7:15 p.m. CST

    McTiernan's all that time in prison to get his mind right.

    by The_Genteel_Gentile

    Priorities in check, McTiernan's now poised for a huge comeback. Truely, the guy has got the goods. I mean really only Rollerball was horrid, and I get the sense that he almost did that deliberately out of spite or something. Just because I refuse to believe McTiernan could make such garbage. Basic was technically executed very well, it's just that McTiernan can't write to save his life apparently, which resulted in a very confusing anti-climactic film. But Basic looked pretty great, and had all the visual hallmarks of classic McTiernan.

  • Aug. 26, 2009, 7:17 p.m. CST

    Erik could have been a nod to Erick the Red

    by JuanSanchez

    one of the more famous vikings.

  • Aug. 26, 2009, 7:23 p.m. CST

    1 Blu-Ray? Is it signed by god?

    by Womb2dooM

    Made from gold? Does it come with a T-Rex skull?<P>No but seriously, awesome comp. I have a similar giveaway of my own. For your chance to win 1(ONE)empty VHS case of OUTLANDER, please email me with your name, address, fluffiest pets name and tooth DNA type between August 31st and Septmeber 14th. I have predesignated a time span of 1 minute in that period and if you email within that 60 seconds, your name will be put into a hat, flung into the sun and the VHS case sent to your worst enemy.<P>Please supply the details of your worst enemy.

  • Aug. 26, 2009, 7:24 p.m. CST

    John Hurt v. Malcolm McDowell in a fistfight

    by YackBacker

    Who wins? My money is on Hurt. McDowell has girlie arms. Shatner roughed him up good on Veridien III too.

  • Aug. 26, 2009, 7:34 p.m. CST

    Hurt is too nice to fight. McDowell wins.

    by JuanSanchez

  • Aug. 26, 2009, 7:43 p.m. CST

    What's going on with Solomon Kane?

    by Sulla

    I feel SK is doomed to the same distribution problems as Outlander.

  • Aug. 26, 2009, 8:26 p.m. CST

    Erik as Erik the Red...

    by Royston Lodge

    I really shouldn't read too much into a movie like Outlander, buuuut...<p> The movie takes place in the 700s, and Erik the Red wasn't born until around 950. Also, he wasn't an orphan.<p> Again, thank you wikipedia. Hehe.

  • Aug. 26, 2009, 9:21 p.m. CST

    Saw Solomon Kane footage at Comic-Con

    by MattmanReturns

    It looks amazing. It's total old school 80s low-fantasy.

  • Aug. 26, 2009, 9:23 p.m. CST

    Genteel_Gentile... Crichton went kinda crazy near the end

    by MattmanReturns

    Unfortunate really. It seemed to start with 13th Warrior, and then all that "global warming isn't real!" nonsense. Loved some of his books though. Jurassic Park, Eaters of the Dead, Sphere (thank God I read that before I saw the movie).

  • Aug. 26, 2009, 10:35 p.m. CST

    Hey Royston Lodge

    by OutlawsDelejos

    I'm touched you'd go all wiki to prove a point, but I really couldn't give a shit. (I checked wikipedia, it definitely mentions me not giving a shit.)

  • Aug. 27, 2009, 11:48 a.m. CST

    We should turn all human education over to wikipedia.

    by Royston Lodge

    Then we would have a perfect society.<p> Ohmmmmmm...

  • Aug. 27, 2009, 1:18 p.m. CST

    Merrick is like Bill "the Butcher" Cutting...

    by Sho_Nuff

    ...from Gangs of New York. No Irish Allowed. Nuff Said.

  • Aug. 27, 2009, 5:02 p.m. CST

    finally a uk comp!

    by Castiel

    but i havent got a blu-ray player. so im fucked

  • Aug. 28, 2009, 12:52 a.m. CST


    by Dingbatty

    John Hurt should know better not to go up against an alien.

  • Aug. 28, 2009, 12:59 a.m. CST

    The woman -- Doctor Who's ex...

    by Dingbatty

    By Odin's Beard, she is yummy.

  • Sept. 1, 2009, 3:04 p.m. CST

    Dingbatty: Oh no you didn't!

    by Royston Lodge


  • Sept. 8, 2009, 10:31 a.m. CST


    by Lost Jarv

    by you useless cocksuckers. We appreciated it plenty. This message is approved by the CoC