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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 9 December 2013
I've come around a bit - A BIT - to this film over the years, but it's still ultimately a weak sequel to one of the best films in it's genre. John Milius's Conan the Barbarian is still an excellent film that's aged well and holds up to many, many repeat viewings. Conan the Destroyer is extremely lightweight and thrill-free. However, as has been said before, if Milius's film was Robert E. Howard's Conan, this one is more in line with the Marvel Comics version, and that's not necessarily a bad thing. Don't think of it as a continuation of the first movie, but another take, and you'll enjoy what fun is there.

The UK blu-ray has a number of problems, chiefly the picture is not as good as this, the audio is (lossless) stereo ONLY, the camel punch is cut out in a particularly clumsy way, and none of the extras from the wonderful Conan The Destroyer (Collector's Edition) [DVD] are carried over. This disc has little to no extras (a trailer, if I recall correctly) but the presentation is top notch, with flawless picture and sound.

This is the one to get if you want this movie.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on 15 September 2013
I've been searching for a better release of Conan The Destroyer, i bought the UK release but it had both mediocre picture and sound quality and a rather cheap menu. This one is a major improvement, the DTS-HD Master 5.1 soundtrack is well worth the switch, and i even think the picture quality is better than the UK release (High Fliers) and it has a better menu.
If you're a fan of this movie, go for the US release (Universal) It's regionfree and uncut.
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful
on 27 June 2007
If you like myself were hoping for a definitive collector's edition,then think again!

While the packaging is all very lovely and you do get a very nice detailed booklet and some nice postcards,the actual disc is a dreadful release.For a start the opening fight scene is cut to ribbons,the scene where Conan knocks out the camel is again cut and really for a collector's edition,you would expect these scenes to be re-instated.

The extra features on this disc are particularly lame.There is a really poor quiz,but the crowning glory of bad is the commentary.Sarah Douglas does little more than ramble on and on about how wonderful she is and very little that she mentions has anything to do with the movie at all.

Kim Newman chimes in every so often in a really cynical manner,and overall,this is easily the worst commentary ever added to a dvd.

In conclusion,if you want a copy of this film,then hunt out the vastly superior region 4 Australian version or make do with the ordinary region one version from America.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Conan the Destroyer is a painless but brainless and bland sequel to Milius' not-that-good-in-the-first-place pagan epic. The violence has gone, along with the ambition and pretension, leaving something that might as well have been shot in Italy in the early 60s with Victor Mature. Tracey Walter's comic relief is especially painful and it's a shame that Basil Poledouris, whose score was the real star of the first film, has to struggle with an audibly smaller orchestra this time, but there's some genuine fascination in Ahnoldt's drunk scene, at once inept and frighteningly convincing. And this man now has power of life and death in California...

Despite the 'Collectors' Edition' tag, there's not much to get excited by in the original UK DVD release from Castle: none of the deleted scenes (the film was trimmed down substantially to get a PG) and only a trailer and none-too-exciting commentary, though at least the film is in 2.35:1 widescreen. The second issue by Sanctuary included a audio commentary featuring Sarah Douglas and trailer, though the UK Blu-ray fared best of all: despite no extras being listed on the packaging, it includes two featurette - one on Basil Poledouris' score and the other with the writers of the original screenplay, though none of their more critical comments about the end product from previous interviews are included - and trailer, restores the UK censor cuts of Arnie hitting the horse and the camel and has a generally decent 2.35:1 widescreen transfer that's marred by a few shots where digital noise id noticeable in darker shots.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on 25 June 2007
I wonder why there was so many small cuts in fight sequence which distort the movie? I have the first DVD edition and i noticed it is not exactly the same version in 1983, so i didnt like it. The orignal version there was Conan hit his enemy horse during fight battle and a camel also, which was cut here.

I did purchased this edition because they mentioned it is a COLLECTOR EDITION and i thought it should be full without any delet or cut shots. But unfortuantly it is the same as first DVD release, except in better picture and sound quality. For this im rating this edition only 3 stars.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 4 April 2013
This review is for the US release of Conan the Destroyer blu ray.

The disc is not region locked and plays fine on my region B Sony player.
The horse falls at the beginning are left in as is the camel punching long shot.

The whole package is an improvement on my aging dvd version and I'm happy I upgraded.
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From the outset this is more fantastical, more comedic and more straightforward than ‘Conan The Barbarian’. Gone with character development, we are thrust into a quest with established characters and one in which Schwarzenegger has far more delivery than his first outing, providing more chances to see his developing acting status and action material.

It’s an enjoyable adventure and doesn’t let up until the very end, something missed from the first film in sacrifice for character development and laying down foundations for future instalments. Here we get the narrative direction from the off, we know who the good and bad guys are and that’s it. Cue lots of fantasy and bloody battles as the textbook heroes of a warrior, a princess, a thief, a wizard, a tribeswoman and a bodyguard take on a host of evil in their way.

There are lots of decent action sequences here, some may be a little ruined by the injected “comedy” from the bumbling sidekick in the guise of Tracey Walter who adds to the “family” appeal to this outing, but Arnie seems to be on finer form than before and is a far more enjoyable hero to watch this time around.

A decent supporting cast help populate the fantasy world with the perfectly added Grace Jones, Mako and Olivia d’Abo. Lots of ingenious sets and a rousing soundtrack make this very enjoyable indeed, although it does seem a little disjointed as it plays out like the finale takes place not even half-way in the film, and so there seems to be a little lag in the second half, but it picks up again for the flimsy finale features Arnie taking on a villain from what looks like the Power Rangers – but the intention is there, so it’s not THAT bad.

If elements from the first film could be blended with elements from this film in a future and rumoured 3rd instalment entitled ‘King Conan’ with Schwarzenegger returning, it could still be a very satisfying entry. But are audiences ready for more swords and sorcery fantasy films with an older hero after the likes of ‘The Lord Of The Rings’ and ‘The Hobbit’ trilogies? Time will tell.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 5 August 2014
Conan The Destroyer - A classic. Have always been into this genre of film. Plus loads of extras in the bonus or specials section.
This is a must for anyone who is really into this type of film, regardless of whether Arnie is in it. Already had dvd, so am merely upgrading. But, is plenty worth it 'cause of all the extra bits and info that comes with it. Well worth it
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 30 December 2013
A decent 80's adventure film but not all the scenes are present on this copy. A certain channel beginning with 'N' is currently showing this film and its the uncut version! Annoying!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 9 November 2013
Before I purchased this dvd I checked with the BBFC website and it stated that the 2012 release was not cut. Well it was. I contacted the BBFC to see why they said it was passed with no cuts when clearly it was. The reply I got was the copy they reiceved was passed with no cuts. I believed them.
THE RSPCA made recommendations to the BBFC that the animal scenes were cruel. They were eliminated in the uk release. Am I the only one who remembers the camel scene from the cinema viewing. The cuts in this film were obviously done retrospectively and were done before the video release. Yet to my knowledge the film was unedited in america as The AMERICAN HUMANE ASSOCIATION had no input into the making of the film.
So as the film was made in mexico there could be an original version somewhere. If one does exist would somebody kindly tell me where I can get a copy. Thanks
P.S. and an unedited version of COMMANDO on dvd I know one exists on blu-ray.
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