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Barbarossa - Siege Lord [DVD]

Rutger Hauer , Renzo Martinelli    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
1.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (53 customer reviews)
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Product details

  • Actors: Rutger Hauer
  • Directors: Renzo Martinelli
  • Format: PAL
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: In2Film
  • DVD Release Date: 28 Nov 2011
  • Run Time: 123 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 1.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (53 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 152,257 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


Product Description

Italy. 12th Century. The Northern Lands are ruled by the German Emperor Frederick Hohenstaufen called Barbarossa (Redbeard). His dream is to conquer the lands of Central and Southern Italy to revive the Empire that once belonged to Charles the Great. But in the North there is a young man from Milan named Alberto Da Giussano. His dream is to defeat the Emperor and give freedom back to people from the Northern lands.

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59 of 64 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Siegeless Silliness. 8 April 2011
This interesting story set in medieval Europe follows the German Emperor Barbarossa, played by Rutger Hauer, as he tries to follow in the footsteps of predecessor Charlemagne, by conquering northern Italy and ruling the Holy Roman empire. In his way stands Milan, which is very naughty and refuses to be rolled over. This was of course long before its occupants became more interested in fashion than doing battle. Filmed in much favoured Romania, where production costs compare with a good pair of Milanese socks, it manages to look visually spectacular at times, combined with liberal use of CGI. There are a couple of quite tasty battle scenes, and the costumes used are excellent. Sadly some good production values are let down with far too much silliness.

It is hard to judge if the acting was good or bad simply because it was so appallingly dubbed, although taking a wild guess I would say it was bad. Looking at the credits I am guessing it was filmed in Italian. If there was a special award for one of the worst dubbed films of all time, then this one would be a strong contender. Also for a siege lord, ole Barbarossa doesn't do a great deal of siegeing to be honest. There is one good scene involving some impressive looking siege weapons bunging a few fiery balls into Milan, and that is about it. There was also quite a bit of slow motion gore, that had the effect of making me laugh on one occasion when some bloke got hit on his conk with a spiky club. All I will say is, it wasn't very convincing! The story line somehow manages to get lost along the way, amongst all the gore and procrastinating. Rutger Hauer simply provides a monolithic like presence as Barbarossa, whilst Raz wotsisname is just plain annoying as the Milanese hero Alberto something or other with the very weird girlfriend.
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33 of 37 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Save your money 8 April 2011
By Mark
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
I really can't recommend this movie. It sounds good, Rutger Hauer & F Murry Abraham are in it and with all the good historical films released I thought this could've been another. But it's not. In my opinion it's very poor. At times it's trying too hard to be Braveheart. The effects aren't great at all by today's standards. The final "battle" looks like there were at most 50 or 60 people in it and the CGI army at the end just highlights this even more. All in all it's got that made for TV feel.
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28 of 32 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Appalling b rate movie 13 April 2011
I was frankly shocked by how bad this film is. From the special effects/CGI in it (that are on par with a mid rate TV series, not a film) through to the suprisingly poor fight choreography, amateurish dubbing and flimsy story line. The final battle scene was the coup de grace for any hope i had that this film would redeem itself.

not to mention that the cover to this is entirely misleading. DO NOT EXPECT A MEDIEVAL MASTERPIECE, not sure where that suit of armour comes from but it's nowhere in the film that i saw.

The sort of film you'd see played on cable tv late at night. save yourself the money, unless you pick this film up for 1-2s (or equiv) you've wasted your money.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Greatest Role of Rutger Hauer`s Acting Career 18 April 2013
By Wulf V
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
I thoroughly enjoyed this epic adventure. I do not recall ever seeing a film before about the great Barbarossa and it is clear to me that this was the role that Rutger Hauer was destined to grow into. I can think of no more fitting actor than him for this particular role.
Contrary to what some reviewers are saying there was plenty of sieging going on!
I felt the ending to be a little of an anti-climax as I was hoping to see the end of this great emperor but they skirted over that which spoiled it for me.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars FOR MEDIEVAL WARFARE, I PREFERRED IRONCLAD! 12 April 2012
During the 12th Century, German Emperor Frederick Hohenstaufen (RUTGER HAUER), known as Barbarossa, is campaigning in Italy to expand his vast empire. While out hunting, he is unhorsed by a frenzied wild boar and saved from a savage mauling by a young boy, who shoots the animal with his crossbow. In gratitude the shaken Emperor gives the boy his dagger.

Years later, the war in Italy is not going well for Barbarossa. Although the north has been conquered, the southern countryside is still proving stubborn and one bastion of resistance is the key city of Milan. Spurred on by his new, young bride Beatrice (CECILE CASSEL), the Emperor determines to lay siege to the fortified city whatever the cost.

Within the high walls the desperate inhabitants prepare to fight. One of them is Alberto Da Guissano (RAZ DEGAN), the young boy with the crossbow, who has now grown to manhood. He must also protect his friends including future wife Elenora (the lovely KASIA SMUTNIAK) and her sister, Tessa (FREDRICA MARTINELLI), who are trapped in the city too.

The German forces meet savage resistance, despite bombarding Milan night and day with catapults, but thanks to the treacherous Italian nobleman Siniscalco Barozzi (veteran actor F MURRAY ABRAHAM), Barbarossa finally gains entry and subdues the last of the defences.

Proving to be a merciful conqueror despite owning a vicious cruel streak, Barbarossa razed Milan to the ground but lets the defeated inhabitants go to make new homes elsewhere in Italy. His wish is that Milan will crease to exist and be stricken from history.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A great Epic movie
Well, I enjoyed the movie and it takes a lot to entertain me and this one did. I was gripped right from the beginning and will just say if you enjoy a good epic movie with real... Read more
Published 1 day ago by ROYSTER
3.0 out of 5 stars It is an ok movie
I think the negative comments are unfair. This film may not be like lord of the rings but is acceptable.
Published 25 days ago by hugo556
3.0 out of 5 stars Better than expected
I enjoyed this movie though it was a bit on the long side. Rutger Hauer was the center stage and played Barbarossa to his best. Read more
Published 1 month ago by John Gamesby
1.0 out of 5 stars Very boring film
And again no subtitles save your money.Why are Amazon not clear on if the films have subtitles or not it is very frustrating having waited for the DVD to arrive to find it has no... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Ian D. Jones
5.0 out of 5 stars Barbarossa
Another great offering from Rutger Hauer this one is full of action and very good so well worth a viewing
Published 8 months ago by pegleg
5.0 out of 5 stars Good DVD
Purchased at very good rate. Delivery good. Watched DVD and was very pleased with it. Would recommend this to anyone who enjoys action and battles. GREAT.
Published 9 months ago by robos
4.0 out of 5 stars good film
yes this is anther good film one that can be watched time and time again, good dvd as well and a good storey line
Published 12 months ago by nick
2.0 out of 5 stars "Freedom! Freedom! Let's say freedom a few more times while we're at...
While not the outright stinker its reputation implies, Barbarossa: Siege Lord aka Sword of War is the kind of would-be epic where a potentially vaguely interesting period of... Read more
Published 16 months ago by Trevor Willsmer
3.0 out of 5 stars Spectacular, if oddly paced medieval spaghetti hack-n-slash
**** historical spoilers ****

Barbarossa depicts the final military campaign in Italy of the Holy Roman Emperor Frederick, nicknamed "Redbeard". Read more
Published 17 months ago by Cartimand
1.0 out of 5 stars Painfully bad
I wish more than anything that I'd checked other reviews before I wasted an hour of my life on this. I say an hour as that was as much as I could tolerate. Read more
Published on 4 Jan 2012 by Mr T Wake
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