Blu-ray Review – The Navigator: A Medieval Odyssey (1988)

The Navigator: A Medieval Odyssey, 1988.

Directed by Vincent Ward.

Starring Bruce Lyons, Chris Haywood, Hamish Gough, Sarah Peirse, and Marshall Napier.


Villagers in 14th century England attempt to escape the Black Death by digging a hole to the other side of the Earth, emerging in 20th century New Zealand.

In a decade that gave the world some of the greatest and most celebrated fantasy movies, Vincent Ward’s follow-up to his 1984 feature debut Vigil is certainly a memorable one, and for various reasons, although as with Vigil, The Navigator: A Medieval Odyssey is something of an arthouse oddity full of symbolism, metaphor and a director’s vision which does limit its appeal somewhat.

The film begins in 14th century Cumbria and immediately wraps you up in a cloak of melancholy by being shot in black-and-white as Griffin (Hamish Gough), a young boy awaiting the return of his older brother
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