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Dragonslayer [DVD]

Peter MacNicol , Caitlin Clarke , Matthew Robbins    Parental Guidance   DVD
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Peter MacNicol, Caitlin Clarke, Ralph Richardson, John Hallam, Peter Eyre
  • Directors: Matthew Robbins
  • Writers: Matthew Robbins, Hal Barwood
  • Producers: Eric Rattray, Hal Barwood, Howard W. Koch
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: Walt Disney Studios HE
  • DVD Release Date: 20 July 2004
  • Run Time: 104 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0001KZNME
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 7,477 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Special effects abound in this Disney medieval fantasy adventure starring Peter MacNicol as Galen, an aspiring magician apprenticed to an old wizard, Ulrich (Ralph Richardson). A nearby village asks for their help when, as part of a terrible pact with a vicious dragon that has been marauding around the countryside, their King (Peter Eyre) starts sacrificing young virgins to satisfy the dragon. Galen and Ulrich come to the rescue - but can they slay the monster in time to save the next virgin in line: the Kings own daughter?

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una ragazza affronta un lungo viaggio per incontrare il vecchio mago ulrich, ultimo depositario degli arcani segreti della magia, e lo prega di adoperare le sue conoscenze per liberare il suo paese dall'incubo di un terribile drago. il re cassiodoro infatti, non avendo il coraggio di affrontarlo offre periodicamente in sacrificio al mostro una fanciulla vergine estratta a sorte, per placare la fame di devastazione dellorrenda creatura. ulrich accetta, ma viene ucciso prima di intraprendere il viaggio. il suo giovane apprendista, galen, raccoglie l'eredita' del maestro ed affronta il drago a piu' riprese. non ottiene che insuccessi continui, scatenando anche una devastante rappresaglia da parte del mostro. la figlia del re intanto scopre che il padre, in tutti questi anni, l'aveva esclusa dal sorteggio (assieme a tutte le figlie di nobili e raccomandati di corte) e si offre come prossima vittima del drago. spettera' a galen sconfiggere definitivamente il mostro.


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30 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great fantasy movie. 23 April 2006
Format:DVD
In the early 1980s there was a spate of fantasy movies -- ranging from movies like "Conan the Barbarian" and "Excalibur", to distinctly B-grade productions like "The Sword and the Sorceror", and "Hawk the Slayer". This was probably due to the phenomenal success of "Star Wars", as science fiction and fantasy have always marched pretty closely beside one another as genres. "Dragonslayer" was one of the better films of this type, and the movie's lack of financial success is frankly inexplicable to me. The best guess I can make to account for it is that the movie is not so action packed as "Star Wars" or "Conan the Barbarian", and not quite so fast paced, so perhaps audiences were let down by that. But it's still a great movie. The production values are second to none. The film perfectly captures the look of the Dark Ages -- the early medieval period, no more than a century or two after the fall of the Roman Empire. This was a time when records were scanty, many communities were more isolated than at any time before or since, Christianity was a new religion, and just one faith among many, and a time when people really believed in magic and the supernatural. It is the PERFECT setting for such a movie. The cast is superbly chosen. Peter MacNicol makes a good Galen, who is naive, brash, and possesses the arrogant confidence of youth, but who finally comes to understand he didn't have it all as completely figured out as he thought. Ralph Richardson, in one of his last roles, is superb as the wise old sorceror. Peter Eyre is thoroughly believable as the weak-willed king of Urland (presumably one of the smaller kingdoms of Anglo-Saxon England) who has made what he sincerely believes is the best bargain he can make with an invincible supernatural creature. Read more ›
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26 of 26 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Ground breaking special effects 14 Mar 2004
Format:DVD
If you are a fan of fantasy then you must see this film. I can remember watching this film for the first time and was amazed at how real the dragon looks. The scenes at the end of the film are spectacular.
No talking and goody goody dragons here! This dragon is as evil and twisted as they come. A must see...It rivals any other dragon special effects even to this day. I guarantee that you will not be disappointed.
The special effects team who animated this dragon, as far back as 1981 , deserve every penny they made...
Outstanding!
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
By Lawrance M. Bernabo HALL OF FAME VINE VOICE
Format:DVD
Ultimately, "Dragonslayer" succeeds where the vast majority of monster movies fail, which is the point at which you get to see the creature and it is a big disappointment. Very few movies had really great monsters when I was growing up and you get to the point where you just expect them to be bad. Even when the make up is pretty good, say Boris Karloff in the original version of "The Mummy" or Oliver Reed in "The Curse of the Werewolf," you get shorted on how often the monster actually gets to be on screen. "Dragonslayer" ups the ante because there is a big build up to the point when you finally get to see the dragon. But for my money it is well worth the wait because the folks at Industrial Light & Magic delivery even though we are talking 1981 special effects.
The story in "Dragonslayer" combines a couple of recognizable plot lines from the fantasy genre. First there is the hapless young apprentice, Galen (Peter MacNicol), trying to learn his craft from a great wizard, Ulrich (Ralph Richardson). I am certainly reminded of Mickey Mouse from "The Sorcerer's Apprentice" in "Fantasia," except that Galen is a lot more earnest. Second, there is the fact that Casiodorus Rex (Peter Eyre), the ruler of the land, has been sacrificing virgins to keep the local dragon from leveling the countryside. Young Valerian (Caitlin Clarke) arrives to beseech Ulrich, the last wizard around, to kill the dragon, which is probably the last of its kind as well.
The only problem is that Ulrich has died, which means that young Galen has to become a dragonslayer. Galen wants to do the great deed for the right reasons, but there is also the Princess Elspeth (Chloe Salaman) to consider, along with all the other young virgins forced to participate in the grim lottery.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A great film - a rubbish DVD 7 April 2005
Format:DVD
I've watched bits of Dragonslayer before I bought the DVD, and was struck by the great location and by the performance of the sadly late Caitlin Clarke. I'm sad to say I was disappointed with the extra barren DVD, but at least I got to see the film right through.
Dragonslayer is about a young sorcerers apprentice called Galen (Peter McNicol), who after the demise of his master travels to the land of Urland to rid it of an evil dragon. To appease the dragon, the Urlanders sacrifice a virgin chosen by lot each year, and much of the story involves Gaelin struggling with the authorities that want to keep this system in place.
What first strikes you first about Dragonslayer is the great scenery. The film was shot in North Wales and on the Isle of Skye, and the beautiful scenery helps create a world that feels magical and epic. Yet many shots look bleak, and this runs with the films fatalistic theme - magic is leaving the world to be replaced by religious drudgery.
The plot is one of Dragonslayer's letdowns as although most is feasible, the reactions of some of the characters and some of the events are just unrealistic. For example Valerian (played by Caitlin Clarke) has been disguised as a man since childbirth so that she can avoid the lotteries - Clarke doesn't look like a man for a start, and it seems impossible that she should keep her gender secret for so long. When she finally reveals herself no one seems angry that she cheated the system and she even has the cheek to complain about the princess, who also did not take part in the lottery!!!
The characters on the other hand I think are great.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars DRAGONSLAYER.
The best Dragon film so far, the Dragon is very realistic. good story and good acting, you cant beat Walt Disney.
Published 2 months ago by James Payne
5.0 out of 5 stars I watch it only for Ralph Richardson
Richardson would have made an excellent Gandalf; in Dragonslayer he is both intimidating and hilarious! Read more
Published 4 months ago by S. Carey
1.0 out of 5 stars Of course a blacksmith can forge weapons....
A King has made a pact with a dragon where he sacrifices virgins to it, and the dragon leaves his kingdom alone. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Mr. Corey S. Newcombe
2.0 out of 5 stars Doesn't work
The dvd doesn't work. I put it in and nothing happens. have i bought the wrong one? Please advise me
Published 7 months ago by Mrs G Townend
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved this film.
I grew up on this film. Great to watch. DVD is fine. No issues. What more can I say? It's a DVD of a great movie. Had no issues with transfer or audio. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Mr. MJ Turner
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic
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Published 18 months ago by G R Amos
1.0 out of 5 stars WARNING! non-anamorphic
With so few decent fantasy/adventure films in existence, it is a shame indeed that this disc is not anamorphic. Nothing else to say... worthless edition of a fine film. Read more
Published on 1 July 2011 by Captain Kronos
5.0 out of 5 stars youthful romp
This film seems dated now, but it has a class of it's own. Watch the issues carefully and you see the beginnings of propaganda and how different powers manipulate situations for... Read more
Published on 17 Oct 2010 by R E Heald
5.0 out of 5 stars Monster Number 1- and I do include King Kong
An uncomplicated but well-executed plot; an ensemble cast; a convincing medieval society; and the memorable debut of the late Caitlin Clarke. Read more
Published on 14 July 2010 by Jasper Masqueline
5.0 out of 5 stars Don't be Nasty about the Dragon ...
Looking at the couple of negative reviews on here, it's very hard to work out why anyone would choose to describe this film as 'terrible'. It isn't. It's actually very good. Read more
Published on 14 April 2010 by Green Knight
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