Dragonslayer [DVD]  [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
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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...
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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Excellent film just as good as I remember from seeing it in the cinemaPublished 5 months ago by Paul Marshall
Classic 80's fantasy film and a long time guilty pleasure of mine. Still in my opinion one of the best dragons committed to film, despite the relatively low budget. Read morePublished 6 months ago by David Westrope
The location shots were great and they put lots of effort into the costumes and set dressing. The language used helped to set the scene and the effects weren't half bad. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Steven
Dragonslayer - made long before CGI was invented - is one of the best Dragon-based fantasy films of all time and sets a benchmark for similar films. Read morePublished 19 months ago by M9
The best Dragon film so far, the Dragon is very realistic. good story and good acting, you cant beat Walt Disney.Published 21 months ago by James Payne