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  • Actors: Janet Leigh, Robert Wagner, Debra Paget, Sterling Hayden
  • Directors: Henry Hathaway
  • Format: Anamorphic, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region B/2 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.55:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: U
  • Studio: Eureka Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 26 April 2010
  • Run Time: 100 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B003B2H3MC
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 13,355 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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The Saturday matinee adventure classic is back! Young Prince Valiant travels to Camelot to become a squire for Sir Gawain, one of King Arthur's legendary knights, unaware that the traitor that sold his father King Aguar to the pagan rival King Sligon is already seated at the Round Table! With thrilling action, romance, courtly intrigue, Franz Waxman's rousing score, and a magnificent cast of Hollywood greats including James Mason, Janet Leigh, Robert Wagner, Debra Paget, Sterling Hayden, Victor McLaglen, Donald Crisp and Tom Conway, Prince Valiant is released for home viewing for the first time in the UK.

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3.8 out of 5 stars

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31 of 34 people found the following review helpful By Gary Vidmar on 4 May 2010
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
Before the blu-ray of this mid-century matinee classic gets any more badmouthing from the cellphone generation, let's just say that it's doubtful that anyone would undertake an expensive restoration on a new negative or interpositive of a picture like this just for a blu-ray transfer. That said, it's great to have classic wide-gauge film prints transferred to 1080 line progressive, no matter what condition they survive in, and this early Fox Cinemascope print has seen better days - not to mention the fact that some of the coverage shots were poorly matched even during initial release. Movies like this still deserve high-definition treatment, even if it's from "best available" elements, so I'm frankly quite glad to have it. This picture is a fairly quaint swashbuckler, reminiscent of the kind of grand-scale costume pieces that the Hollywood studios put out to compete with TV in the 50's. The casting is superb and the production design remarkably favors the famous Harold Foster comic strip. The only element that has really stood the test of time is Franz Waxman's stunning score, presented here in a compromised stereo (for pro-logic matrixing), instead of the original discrete 4-track magnetic masters originally used for CinemaScope films. The sound on this Blu-ray does include the original panned dialogue, which is often unfavorably centered on later prints.
This presentation is far more blemished than the nearly perfect print of Universal's THE BLACK SHIELD OF FALWORTH that EUREKA released prior, but I would request that they continue releasing what early, first-year (1953-54) CinemaScope prints they can license. Some good examples would be: THE EGYPTIAN, KING OF THE KHYBER RIFLES, BENEATH THE FIVE MILE REEF, DESIREE, GARDEN OF EVIL, RIVER OF NO RETURN, JOURNEY TO THE CENTER OF THE EARTH, etc., etc.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Trevor Willsmer HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on 10 Mar. 2012
Format: Blu-ray
Prince Valiant is hokum pure and simple, but it's superior hokum thanks to lavish production values, sterling smooth villainy from James Mason and the odd moment of directorial panache from the undervalued Henry Hathaway. Infamous for Robert Wagner's tragic hairstyle - though if you think his Louis Brooks wig is bad, wait until you see Victor McLaglen's pigtails - the star's athleticism is more impressive than his acting as the exiled Viking prince trying to win his spurs in Camelot, the hand of Janet Leigh's Princess and win back his father's kingdom while he's at it. Sterling Hayden's Sir Gawain may be even more miscast than Wagner but he's clearly enjoying himself far too much for that ever to be a problem, which is pretty much the order of the day here. It may tread a familiar path but it ends up being great fun and exactly what it sets out to be - a colourful comic strip movie in glorious CinemaScope, with all he broad strokes and colourful silliness that implies (the Vikings must have used Texas Longhorns brought back by Leif Ericson for their helmets!), mounted with a big enough budget to enable Hathaway to stage a few big action scenes and throw in a few simple but impressive stunts inbetween while Franz Waxman's vividly exuberant score lifts the picture to another level.

Eureka's UK Masters of Cinema Blu-ray is wildly inconsistent: some shots are wonderfully vivid and pin-sharp, others short on detail and subject to colour fluctuation and pulsing, with the grading inconsistently moving from overcast to clear from shot-to-shot in some scenes (most notably the exteriors).
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By vistavision on 28 Jun. 2013
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Brilliant and thrilling action romance for all the family.A great Blue-ray picture and sound transfer in its original Cinemascope aspect
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By wolfers TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 10 April 2014
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I grew up watching these kind of films.I lapped them up then and still do now.
A nice blu ray, while not up there with the likes of Ben Hur, Cleopatra and Ten Commandments by any standard either in hi def quality or film scope this is a great addition to the collection and a nice slice of naff .
Robert Wagner with THAT hair really is dodgy acting at its cheesy best, but never the less this really is fun entertainment, and James Mason ofcourse always delivers a great performance.And the actor who played Gawain should have been called John Gawain(as in Wayne),get it?
And at this price despite being a bare bones disc is worthwhile adding to your blu ray collection.
Its fun, its naff, its cheesy its great!!!!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By "filmfogey" on 24 Nov. 2010
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
Distant is right, you need binoculars to get close to some of the action in this early 'Scope extravaganza, particularly in its latter half. Derived from a somewhat scholarly comic-strip it promises fun and thrills but is hampered by plodding direction and a general lack of pizzazz though Franz Waxman's score does its damnedest,trumpets to the fore,to suggest flourish, bounce and sparkle. Robert Wagner makes a stolid protagonist as the Viking prince seeking asylum with King Arthur after his father's Christian kingdom is taken over by pagan rebels. Valiant finds friends, romance and secret foes at court - Sir Gawain (Sterling Hayden) begins mentoring him for possible knighthood, Princess Aleta (Janet Leigh) captures his heart but not fully his confidence and the silky-smooth Sir Brack (James Mason), Arthur's illegitimate cousin, schemes to seize the throne with the aid of said pagan rebels. Brack succeeds in delivering Valiant into the hands of his enemies who imprison him with his parents in their castle on the coast. Spearheading a fightback Val slays the pagan leader and returns to Camelot to denounce and challenge Brack in personal combat..

With its all-American guys and gals and polished Brit support it plays like a cross between IVANHOE and one of those high-school football movies where the young hothead and the veteran jock or coach bruise and banter, fall in love with the same girl and sub for each other on the day of the big game though the tournament-scene here with its last-minute replacements is so draggingly handled you feel like impaling someone yourself.
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