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Conan The Barbarian [Blu-ray] [1982]

Arnold Schwarzenegger , James Earl Jones , John Milius    Suitable for 15 years and over   Blu-ray
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (101 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Arnold Schwarzenegger, James Earl Jones, Max von Sydow, Sandahl Bergman, Ben Davidson
  • Directors: John Milius
  • Language: English
  • Dubbed: Castilian, French, Portuguese, Italian, Russian, Czech, Hungarian, Thai, Turkish
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region B/2 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 11 July 2011
  • Run Time: 121 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (101 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004UPZRTA
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,266 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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The film that launched Arnold Schwarzenegger's international career, Conan the Barbarian is still regarded by many as his finest hour. Limited to a mere handful of lines and expertly directed by John Milius to play up the Nietzschean strength of the character, the Austrian Oak has never looked more suited to a role, his muscle flexing and sword twirling apparently effortless. The extraordinarily finely detailed production design ensures that the barren Spanish countryside perfectly suits the Hyborean-era backdrop envisioned by author Robert E Howard. Whether dressed in rags or riches, Schwarzenegger and companions Subotai (Gerry Lopez) and Valeria (Sandahl Bergman) look believably born to their surroundings. Backing their own very fine performances are brilliant supporting roles from James Earl Jones as serpentine baddie Thulsa Doom and Max Von Sydow as doomed King Osric. Plot-wise the film is simply the transformation of a wild barbarian into a worldly-wise king who, via a quest for revenge, finally learns the riddle of steel. The script is highly regarded for its dazzling set-pieces (the opening village raid, the orgy of body parts) and quotable dialogue ("They shall all drown in lakes of blood"), and it comes complete with an anti-peace movement reactionary subtext for anyone who cares to look closely enough. One other element deserving mention is the extraordinary score by Basil Poledouris, which inspires the film with a sense of operatic grandeur. --Paul Tonks

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Arnold Schwarzenegger stars as the legendary warrior and hero, Conan the Barbarian. When his parents are killed by a band of brutal marauders and the gang's cold-blooded cult leader (James Earl Jones), the orphaned Conan endures a childhood of merciless slavery only to become a gladiator for the amusement of his captors. Eventually set free, Conan begins a dangerous, full-blooded quest to avenge his parents' massacre. Now, the sword-wielding warrior must vanquish his bloodthirsty enemies in this death-defying action-adventure about courage, strength, character and the triumph of good over evil.

Special Features:
• Commentary by director John Milius and actor Arnold Schwarzenegger
Art of Steel: Sword Makers and Masters
Conan: From the Vault
• Deleted scenes sequence
Conan Unchained: The Making of Conan
Conan: The Rise of a Fantasy Legend
• Special effects split-screen video
• The Conan archives
• Theatrical trailers


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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The definitive Conan.. 18 April 2005
Format:DVD
This new edition of Conan the Barbarian serves up the best quality yet, the picture is slightly better due to the special features being on a seperate disc, but the main improvement is the sound.
The legendary soundtrack is now rendered (at last!)in pure DTS sound providing 5.1 channel perfection and it sounds incredible!
The special features from the 2003 'Special Edition' are reproduced here, with the only new feature (not history of fantasy films as advertised)being a short history of Conan with interviews with various fantasy writers, including those who worked on Marvels comic book adaption, Artists and the great James Earl Jones.
'Conan the Barbarian: Collectors Edition' delivers the goods, and if it were not for the daft censorship of BBFC butchering parts of this glorious film, then I would be quite comfortable in labeling this as Cinematic perfection.
This DVD is a must for your collection and I insist you order now!
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Riddle of Edge Enhancement 22 July 2011
By TJ Doc
Format:Blu-ray
At long last, 'Conan the Barbarian' comes to Blu-ray. I'm sure most of you reading this will already be familiar with the film, so I'll be brief. It's magnificent. The land of Hyboria is brought to vivid life, the action is brutal and exciting, Basil Poledouris' score is simply breathtaking, James Earl Jones is evil incarnate, Arnold punches a camel... Sure, it's also clunky and dated in that charmingly 80s way, and there's some unintentional comedy on offer (not least from Arnie's "UARGHAAAARGHNYUARGH" moments). But it's such a spectacle that almost all of its shortcomings are forgiven.

As for the new hi-def transfer, it's sort of a good news/bad news situation. The good news is that, for the most part, this presents a very pleasing and filmic viewing experience. There are no DNR issues to report (at least none that I could detect), and film grain has been rightfully preserved. This is quite a soft-looking film by nature - the same goes for most 80s movies - but there is still a decent amount of fine detail to be spotted.

BUT, the bad news: edge enhancement. It sticks out like a sore thumb, I'm afraid, and can be very distracting in certain scenes. Just watch the early sequence where Thulsa Doom lops off Conan's mother's head. When the young Barbarian looks unbelievably at his now motherless hand, his fingers are surrounded by jarring, thick white bars.

So a little disappointing, but certainly not a deal breaker. As previously stated, it generally looks fine, and is the best the film has looked since its orginal release. I have no complaints about the revamped HD sound, however. This is Poledouris at his most thunderous/tender/epic/enchanting, I could go on.

I guess the extras do deserve a mention.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars CONAN THE BARBARIAN 15 Jan 2009
Format:DVD
HAVING PURCHASDED THIS SO CALLED SPECIAL EDITION, I WAS RATHER LET DOWN, AS ONCE AGAIN IT WAS ANOTHER RELEASE WHICH WAS CENSORED. CONAN FANS DO YOURSELVES A FAVOUR AND TRY TO OBTAIN THE FRENCH 'EDITION PRESTIGE' VERSION, THIS IS UNCUT AND CAN BE VIEWED IN ENGLISH Dts 5.1.
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57 of 62 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Definitive Editon ? Afraid not... :( 26 Nov 2007
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
Conan The Barbarian is probably my fave film. Since 2002, this film has been released on DVD 4 times, 2 of which were Special Editions, and now this Definitive Edition. All my life I had been waiting for a uncut version, but once again its the same old, same old - I'm not sure what the previous reviewer was on about concerning some cuts 'restored' but the fact is that like the previous DVD releases, some of the 'horse fall' scenes have been cut, mostly in the final battle sequence. Its particularly poxy because, like before, if you watch the Conan Unchained documentary on Disc 2, you will see one of the cut scenes shown ! (its the scene where Conan, and Rexor on a horse, charge each other, and Conan cuts at the legs of the horse - in the film, the actual fall sequence of the horse is cut, but its in the Documentary - ludicrous). As before, the film features the extended 'directors cut' ending with the Princess reinstated (on the old VHS Pan & Scan copies, the final scene did not have the Princess and is much shorter, but all the DVD releases have the extended ending - the old VHS ending would have been an interesting extra) and also has the short Subotai and Conan remeniscing scene (between the Funeral Pyre and Battle Of The Mounds) which was in the previous version and is similar to the scene early on when Conan and Subotai talk about the gods. I'll give this release one star cos the metal tin case is beautiful ! - but if you want an uncut version, the best route is to buy the US version (Region 1) from Amazon.com or the French "Edition Prestige" from Amazon.fr, which is Region 2 and has the English 5.1 soundtrack.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Crom would be proud! 9 July 2011
Format:Blu-ray
First and foremost the picture and sound quality of thie blu ray restoration is simply superb!
I like a lot of fans have previously owned Conan the Barbarian on VHS (way back when...) and again on DVD. Upon watching this version I have seen details that I have never seen before. The scene where Conan is crucified on the tree of woe, for example, you can see the individual grains of sand on his chest as he is dying. The sound too is great, the metalic clash of swords and those meaty 'thunks' as bodies are cleaved are very clear.

I've just began watching the bonus features but it looks like all of the features from the DVD Se edition are included plus some new content as well.

I just hope the new version of Conan due out soon lives up to its predecesor.
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5.0 out of 5 stars slave to man
a boy conan sees his parents murdered at the hands of a war chief,his village burned he is first forced to push a granary stone,then to fight to the death in competitions to the... Read more
Published 29 days ago by davidhattermann
5.0 out of 5 stars Conan
The best film Arnold is in.
all the Americans usa action film is to mutch
thos ill like. and since 1982 ill like it.when it was new
Published 29 days ago by Uffe
5.0 out of 5 stars Crom!!
Conan, what is best in life?

This blu ray! I can't be bothered reviewing the actual film but the disc itself is a nice transfer. Read more
Published 1 month ago by McGoose
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic!
Best adventure fantasy movie ever made!
Arnie at his best!
Robert E. Howard would be proud of it.
Steelbook looks solid.
Published 2 months ago by Igor
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
good product. on-time delivery. seamlessly trade, thank you.
Published 2 months ago by laguna
5.0 out of 5 stars A Classic!
Just go for it! It's a great movie, if you are a fan of Conan and his stories you won't be disappointed.
Published 3 months ago by Mauro Bex
3.0 out of 5 stars Close but no cigar.
This is a review for the steelbook blu-ray edition.
As a long fan and admirer of this film,(I first saw this in the cinema in September 1982,and have owned every version both... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Howard Watson
4.0 out of 5 stars Arnie Unleashes The Barbarian
Dvd Info.
Running time 121 minutes, Trailer,Commentary with John Milius & Arnold Schwarzenegger, Making of Conan, Deleted scenes & mini featurettes.

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Published 4 months ago by Timelord007
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful steelbox
Must have for every die hard fan of Conan. Classic. Probably one of the best movie soundtracks.
I'm really happy with the original artwork on the steelbox,instead of Arni's... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Tarzan
5.0 out of 5 stars A must-have classic!
I remember seeing this on TV a lot and always wanted to buy it but I could never find the right moment. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Chris Roberts
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