Krull 1983

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Special-effects-laden sword and sorcery epic. The imminent wedding of Prince Colwyn (Kenneth Marshall) and Princess Lyssa (Lysette Anthony) seems to have secured peace between their two communities - until they are attacked by the Slayers and their leader, the hideous Beast.

Starring:
Francesca Annis,Ken Marshall
Runtime:
2 hours, 0 minutes

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Product Details

Genres Fantasy, Thriller, Science Fiction, Action & Adventure
Director Peter Yates
Starring Francesca Annis, Ken Marshall
Supporting actors Lysette Anthony, Freddie Jones
Studio Sony Pictures International
BBFC rating Parental Guidance
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Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

Customer Reviews

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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 28 Dec. 2000
Format: DVD
I first saw this film as a wee, ankle-biting nipper, hot as it was on the heels of such sci-fi epics as Star Wars and Battlestar Galactica. This tale delved very much more into the territory of sword and sorcery, immersing you in the story of Colwyn as he seeks to save his girl from the "Beast", an interstellar-travelling, Stalinesque villain. The special effects may look dated when compared to the more modern day oeuvre, but you'll marvel at the bad 80s hair, Lysette Anthony's overdub, the early performances of pre-Qui-Gon Liam Nesson and EastEnders' Mark Fowler, and the fact that Bernard Bresslaw can play anything other than Sid James's sidekick. Freddie Jones also turns in a fantastic performance as Colwyn's Obi-Wan Kenobi style advisor, so you'd be mad to miss it! It also takes a much darker tone than many other space-based dramas, so watch out for a few surprises at the end.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Darth Maciek TOP 500 REVIEWER on 9 Oct. 2007
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
KRULL of course can not be compared to LOTR, EXCALIBUR or CONAN THE BARBARIAN, but it is a very watchable and quite honest fantasy movie (and there is not a lot of good quality productions in this field).

The story is about the planet Krull where humans reached Middle Age level of development, with some magic involved here and there. Suddenly, one day, an alien spaceship arrives and its one and only crew member, known simply as The Beast, sends his offsprings/soldiers/slaves, half-intelligent Slayers to conquer the planet. Faced with certain destruction two rival kings, rulers of the main powers on Krull, decide to unite their forces by marrying their children and then abdicating. By creating one united empire they hope to be able to face the army of Slayers and other monsters the Beast creates. Unfortunately, The Beast has other plans - and the wedding will be a very tragic one. All of this is just the very beginning of the film...

KRULL is well paced, full of adventures, quite spectacular visually and is reasonably well interpreted. Ken Marshall, whose promising career somehow stopped in the middle of the 80s gives here a very honest performance as Crown Prince Colwyn. Alun Armstrong plays here Torquil the Bandit Leader, who helps Colwyn in his quest - and he really finds here a role right for him and especially for his face... Liam Neeson, who in this time was in the early stages of career, plays another bandit, knife playing Kegan who is Torquil's right hand.

There are many interesting ideas in this movie, which nobody found before and which were not used since.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By C. Gould on 3 Dec. 2014
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
This 1980s fantasy feature might be the poor relation to films such as Star Wars, but it is surprisingly entertaining nonetheless and a firm childhood favourite of mine. I'd been longing for a Blu-ray for years, but as Sony didn't appear to have any intention of releasing one I was very happy when they licensed the title to Mill Creek.

Now Mill Creek isn't necessarily known for the quality of its Blu-ray output, but its Deep Rising/Pupper Masters release was decent enough so I held out some hope that Krull would at least be passable. Thankfully it's actually much better than that. Mill Creek has simply used the unmolested transfer supplied by Sony, which is no bad thing as Sony produces some of the best catalogue masters around. The film looks great; detailed, natural and with few (if any) artefacts. It's a really solid visual presentation that puts a good few modern features in the shade. The audio is similarly impressive, at least given the limitations of the source, with some decent surround activity, balanced dialogue and powerful bass. However, the aural highlight is James Horner's score, which should be unmistakable to anyone familiar with his other work and incredibly well-represented in the mix. There is no bonus material, which could be seen as a negative by some, but to be honest I'm just happy to have the film (and I have the old DVD for the extras).

Although the disc purports to be region A locked - and indeed, a warning message is displayed when you try to play it in a region B player - it is extremely easy to circumvent this restriction. Simply pressing the 'top menu' button on the player's remote when region restriction message is displayed will take you the disc's (rudimentary) main menu, from which you can play the film.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Trevor Willsmer HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWER on 7 Dec. 2012
Format: DVD
At one point called The Dragons of Krull until someone noticed that they'd written the dragons out in one of the early draft screenplays, this 1983 underachiever was the end result of Columbia's desire for a big fantasy film - any fantasy film - to compete in the Star Wars stakes: the story came later, and came made to measure.

The result is a pic'n'mix of several genres, from swashbuckler to sci-fi as Ken Marshall's Prince must rescue his Princess (Lysette Anthony, dubbed, although on past form this is no great hardship) from the alien Slayers who have invaded his world. The notion of a medieval society literally fighting an enemy armed with scientific weapons with swords and sorcery is intriguing, but nothing here does it justice - where Lucas established an entire credible universe for Star Wars, we know nothing about this world: it exists purely for the purposes of the story.

This is more of a Christmas panto than anything else, with dialogue to match, although at least the latter improves when Marshall teams up with Alun Armstrong's outlaw band that includes Liam Neeson, a cockney Robbie Coltrane (looking all cloned up for a night in a gaybar) and even Eastenders Todd Carty.

Stephen Grimes' production design comes into its own with the organically designed Black Fortress, although his sets always look like sets (everything is peachy clean - even the swamps), leaving the paradox of an obviously very expensive film that still manages to look a bit cheap, for which Peter Suschitzky's photography must take much of the blame. Perfect on the exteriors, he consistently proves unable to match them with the interiors.
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