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Highlander [DVD] [1986] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]

Christopher Lambert , Sean Connery , Russell Mulcahy    DVD
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (152 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Christopher Lambert, Sean Connery, Clancy Brown, Roxanne Hart, Beatie Edney
  • Directors: Russell Mulcahy
  • Writers: Gregory Widen, Larry Ferguson, Peter Bellwood
  • Producers: E.C. Monell, Eva Monley, Harold Moskovitz, John H. Starke
  • Format: AC-3, Closed-captioned, Colour, DVD-Video, Letterboxed, NTSC, THX, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: R (Restricted) (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Studio: Republic Pictures
  • DVD Release Date: 16 May 2000
  • Run Time: 116 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (152 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 0782008372
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 149,885 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)



This 1986 fantasy/action thriller has since spawned two sequels, a TV series, numerous comic-book spin-offs, and a loyal (if somewhat oddly obsessive) following of fans. Directed by music-video veteran Russell Mulcahy (which explains the dizzying camera work and soundtrack contributions from Queen), the original theatrical release made a hash of an intriguing story about an "Immortal" from 16th-century Scotland (Christopher Lambert) who time-leaps to modern-day America with his arch-enemy (Clancy Brown) in hot pursuit. It becomes a battle to the death (yes, Immortals can die) and Lambert seeks survival training from an Immortal mentor played by Sean Connery. Highlander is dazzling, energetic and altogether confusing. --Jeff Shannon

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Highlander: Director's Cut 10th

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47 of 49 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Immortal? Nearly but not quite! 7 Feb 2010
Ignore the nay-sayers, Highlander has never looked this good! Having owned VHS and DVD copies previously, I can guarantee that Highlander will never look more polished than this without serious money being spent by the studio (like Bladerunner or Star Wars), and it'll never happen! This is a "warts & all" release, with even the Director of Photography in the "Making Of..." documentary (transferred from a German DVD release) pointing out such things as the Skycam visible in the wrestling scene, or the shadow of the camera crane passing across the Kurgen's face. HD quality has been both a blessing and a curse to this film, making it look stunning in parts, but also highlighting its flaws. Some of the visual effects have clearly not dated well, and the quality of the film stock varies between scenes. However, those who say their DVD quality is better are talking rubbish; the outdoor highland scenes look gorgeous on blu-ray! As for the 1-star reviewer saying how poor the film is...this release is unlikely to win over legions of new fans, but for those of us who've loved it since 1986 this is an essential purchase! However I only give it 4/5 because it is missing the three Queen music videos present on the original Region 1 Immortal Edition DVD, and also the "Deleted Scenes" are nothing of the sort. They are extended/alternate scenes which are also missing the audio track, so a temp music track has been put in place, and not very interesting at all. For years I'd heard rumours of scenes such as the Kurgan slitting a sheep open and tossing it aside when first bursting in upon Ramirez and Heather, and a scene involving Mcleod, Kastagir and a coke dealer on a New York subway...If they ever existed they are not on this disc!
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Great Film - Shame About The Sound 9 Dec 2001
By A Customer
What more can I say. The film is great - One of the best from the 80s. If you have seen it you know what I mean. If you haven't seen it add it to you shopping basket NOW.
Now onto the sound. If you have a DD 5.1 system don't buy this film for the sound. It has been converted from Stereo but not very well. The sub does hardly any work at all. A shame as there are some great opportunities in the film with all of the sword fights and explosions.
Summary - Great film but don't expect any DD 5.1 kind of magic.
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37 of 40 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Unique and underapreciated 6 Oct 2002
By A Customer
I thought that the way in which the director transitions from modern day (well 1985) New York to the Highlands of Scotland in the 16th Centruy was done particularly well.
The flashbacks give you real understanding, at the time you need them so that there are questions to be answered, but so that you are not left in confusion. You gain a real feeling and understanding for Connor Macleod's life. And his character is developed as well as you could hope for a mainstream film of 1985. In fact, better.
Christopher Lambert does amazingly well at pulling off a Scottish accent, especially taking into account that he could not speak English at all before beginning this film.
This is an original and unique film that has unfortunately been destroyed through many a terrible spin off. If you try to ignore and forget that there is anything but Highlander 1, the original, then this film should be remembered. It is one of a kind, covering the genres of action, love, pain and questions if we could truly deal with living forever. It's definately worth watching.
Like I said...just my humble opinion
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Gimme The Prize!! 15 Mar 2001
By A Customer
This movie as I'm sure you'll have read epitomises all the characteristics of a well rounded sci-fi action movie. The believable plot of immortals battling throughout the ages has an intriguing atmosphere about it. Basically the movie's great. A timeless classic. Shame about the sequals.
Now for the DVD. I've watched it twice, and am very impressed by the anamorphic 1:85:1 video, which looks good on a 4:3 but better on a widescreen. Video quality is good considering the degredation that would have occured on the 80's source tape - images appear clear and sharp, compression artifacts are non existant and noise is reduced to the point of insignificance. Pixelation/blocking of the video does not occur noticeably at any point, and although edges have been enhanced and sharpened in places nothing looks contrastingly out of place in any scenes. Fleshtones and colours appear natural but noise reduction combined with source tape degredation has lead to a loss of fine detail in some scenes.
Sound quality is good - the English audio is done in full Dolby Digital 5.1 surround sound, but for some reason the rear speakers seem amplified much more than the others, meaning the "background" music can tend to drown out sound effects in action scenes if the volume is not altered on them before playing the movie. Also, although I appreciate that the movie is old and had to be "converted" into surround sound I feel more could have been done with respect to the directional placements of some sound effects in the movie. That being said, all sound is very clear and sharp and a reasonable attempt at making full use of the surround sound was made in several scenes, but it's not comparible with surround sound from either Gladiator or The Matrix. This is where the DVD lost 1 star.
However the DVD knocks the spots off of the VHS edition so if you are a Highlander fan then buy this DVD!!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars A classic
Great film with lots of extras - considering the film's age.

Clancy Brown is the star of the film for me - Kurgan must be one of the best villains ever!
Published 29 days ago by MISS R L COOPER
5.0 out of 5 stars Good quality
Came on time and was exactly as described. Excellent. Would recommend theses good quality goods for a good price. Highly recommended.
Published 1 month ago by Claire Gail Stewart
5.0 out of 5 stars Oh hell yes
Filmed like a music video, set over hundreds of years, featuring a ludicrous Sean Connery, this should be awful. Read more
Published 1 month ago by tel
5.0 out of 5 stars A classic
This classic movie never disappoints. I f you want to relive 80's dress sense with a fun film from that period - there can be only one :-)
Published 1 month ago by Alan
2.0 out of 5 stars DVD.....
Turned out not to be my cup of tea!
I enjoy historical drama, with factual interwoven research.
A shame for me.
Published 2 months ago by Briony Holyoake
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect!
Another DVD I brought for my Boyfriend without him knowing. He loves this film and it came on time and everything! Thank you!
Published 2 months ago by Karina
5.0 out of 5 stars Queen content!
I thoroughly enjoyed watching and listening to every minute of this film and I am delighted to have added it to my growing collection of Queen memorabilia.
Published 3 months ago by handelstrumpeter
5.0 out of 5 stars Good story
I remember this from when I was young and it is great to have on DVD so I can watch it periodically when there is nothing else on TV
Published 3 months ago by JS
5.0 out of 5 stars Gift
I bought this as a gift for my partner. She was delighted as we both loved the film. The picture quality is excellent. The film is still great almost thirty years on.
Published 4 months ago by Monkey
3.0 out of 5 stars You smell like a dungheap....
Connor Macleod was born in 1518. After facing an evil opponent, he survives a fatal stab wound and is banished from his village, for they believe his survival is the work of the... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Mr. Corey S. Newcombe
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