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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars getting better
Highlander III slots in well with the storyline from the first film. There is the same wooden acting, too, without the saving grace of Sean Connery. On balance, though, it it is a pleasant way to pass the time with both the scenery (both landscape and Miss Unger's, being very pleasing. maybe in the next film they will get it all right.
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3.0 out of 5 stars GOOD - COULD DO BETTER
I consider this film a missed opportunity to bring the original concept back on track. The villain of the story line - Mario van Peebles - was to similar to Clancy Brown in voice and mannerisms of the first "Highlander" story that after another scene where he does more gymnastics with his tongue while talking (why do they do that????) that after a while you stopped...
Published on 20 Dec 2002 by Bernard Mcclory


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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars GOOD - COULD DO BETTER, 20 Dec 2002
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Bernard Mcclory (EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND Scotland) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Highlander 3 - The Sorcerer [DVD] (DVD)
I consider this film a missed opportunity to bring the original concept back on track. The villain of the story line - Mario van Peebles - was to similar to Clancy Brown in voice and mannerisms of the first "Highlander" story that after another scene where he does more gymnastics with his tongue while talking (why do they do that????) that after a while you stopped believing in him in the character. Another incident in the final sword fight where he is cut in half along the waist and the bottom half walked along to join the top half reminds you of the "Tom and Jerry" cartoons, this scene had no place in this movie. It has been often said - with some justification - that Christopher Lambert walks through his movies without putting to much emotion into the roles, this I'm afraid is another one. Having said that the script was so dire that even Lawrence Olivier would be hard pressed to do anything with the story----that more than anything was the main culprit. On the plus side the film is saved by it's "moments" between Christopher Lambert and Deborah Unger while he prepares to meet Mario van Peebles, the Celtic music running through the movie especially "Bonny Portmore" by Loreena McKennitt which was played through a good part of the movie (it even made me buy the CD "The Visit") and the Scottish scenery which made this an okay film rather than a total washout.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars The Only Sequel to Even Appraoch the Ideas and Themes of the Original, 11 Jun 2007
This review is from: Highlander 3 - The Sorcerer [DVD] (DVD)
Although I still feel that the original Highlander should be considered a stand-alone movie, if you really want more, then Highlander III is worth watching.

Thankfully, this movie ignores the woefully mis-guided Highlander II as though it never existed, and continues 8 years after the events of the original.

While the plot is essentially the same as the original, it does have some highlights, such as revealing more of Connor MacLeod's past after leaving the Scottish highlands and a nice musical score involving celtic themes and the song 'Bonny Portmore' by Loreena McKennitt.

Like the original, the low budget special effects and sometimes poor acting are a downer, but if you can see past that, then it's not all that bad.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Highlander II, too?, 27 Dec 2008
This review is from: Highlander 3 - The Sorcerer [DVD] (DVD)
Well the bizareness continues and bizarely enough, I think I preferred Highlander II!! But oddly enough that was just like another Highlander two as it completely ignored all that had happened in number two (rightly enough as it was pretty random) but was just like the "alternative" sequel, pick which one you like best, but they are both CRAZY! Wasn't so keen on this one in general, the premise being that Highlander had made a mistake in the first one, he wasn't actually THE ONLY ONE and is persued by dodgy hulk guy. He also has a son(adopted) and of course the usual lady. Lots of coarse bits in it which were quite unnecessary and of course the usual head chopping. I am in no way defending Highlander II either, but I found the total laughable disbelief of that easier to bear somehow. Happy viewing and do please let us all know what you think!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Heads will roll.....not in this one they dont., 14 Jun 2012
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Mr. S. Storey "eats beans" (not at work) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Highlander 3 - The Sorcerer [DVD] (DVD)
Where are the heads? There's hardly any fighting in this one! It's ok as a movie and manages to rise above the level of one of the TV episodes, but only just. A curio piece for fans of the francise only.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Highlander 3: Flogging a Dead Horse, 10 May 2011
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Trevor Willsmer (London, England) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Highlander 3 - The Sorcerer [DVD] (DVD)
Highlander was a classic case of a great concept resulting in a poor film made worse by Russell Mulcahy's terrible direction, but despite bombing at the box-office proved lucrative enough on home video to spawn a series that managed to make it look better with each sequel. Mulcahy's sequel, The Quickening, was even worse than the first, but even that towers over the third effort. Highlander 3 - The Sorcerer could just as well have been subtitled Flogging a Dead Horse, going out of its way to prove the law of diminishing returns. On the plus side it returns to the approach of the first film (chronologically it is set between I and II and the TV series, so you can pretend The Quickening never happened), but does nothing to improve on it, setting its sights firmly on the video shelf.

This time Lambert faces up to another psychotic immortal who has been trapped in a Japanese cave for 400 years while an American archaeologist (female, of course) discovers his secret and falls in love with him: you can fill in the gaps en route to the T2-style finale in a steel mill, but you'd be better off finding something else to do. It takes something to make you miss Mulcahy's look-ma-no-hands style of direction, but Andy Morahan obviously got very badly beaten with the lack-of-imagination stick as a child.

The loss of Connery is sorely felt, and, although Lambert still has some charisma and star quality left over, in keeping with tradition, the villain goes wildly over-the-top and then some with Mario Van Peebles giving the kind of performance that belongs in the most amateur of pantos, helped little by embarrassingly anachronistic wisecracking dialogue. Not that the supporting performances are any better: Deborah Unger's female lead seems unable to change her expression even at swordpoint (although she does change her voice in the flashbacks to 18th Century Revolutionary France courtesy of some very obvious dubbing) while Martin Neufeld's Noo Yawk Cawp comes straight from cliche central and should have been decapitated long before the movie even began.

The UK DVD release is particularly poor - a fullframe 4:3 transfer with no extras.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars getting better, 29 Mar 2010
This review is from: Highlander 3 - The Sorcerer [DVD] (DVD)
Highlander III slots in well with the storyline from the first film. There is the same wooden acting, too, without the saving grace of Sean Connery. On balance, though, it it is a pleasant way to pass the time with both the scenery (both landscape and Miss Unger's, being very pleasing. maybe in the next film they will get it all right.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars If you like the first film you may like this as a sequel to it, 7 Nov 2009
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Highlander III. Christopher Lambert returns as the Highlander, an immortal man who has been alive for 400 years and needs to survive. This is by far the better sequel to the original film. When compared to Highlander 2 The Quickening, which had major trouble in spite of the futuristic image it tried to portray, we have a film with a storyline that follows on nicely from the end of the original film, Highlander.
Mario Van Peebles takes the mantle of the foe and is very convincing as someone you just would not want to meet.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars BEST OUT OF ALL THE SEQUELS, AND, CRUCIALLY, IGNORES THE DREADFUL HIGHLANDER 2..., 3 Sep 2008
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Adam Jackson "Symphonic Metal Fan" (Stoke On Trent , England) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Highlander 3 - The Sorcerer [DVD] (DVD)
Whilst this was never in contention for any oscars, it's a better film than is often made out.
For a start, it ignores Highlander 2. It is decently made, with decent action, stunts & visual FX.
Mario Van Peebles makes for an excellent villain as immortal Kane, and there is plenty of sword fighting. The plot is pacey too.
The movie is NOT uncut. I saw this at the cinema in 1994, and was amazed at how explicit a sex scene was! The strongest I had seen in a mainstream movie, alongside 1982's Xtro.
Folks, it is CUT here, sorry, but the rest of the film is solid fantasy action, with the nonsensical sci fi elements of Highlander 2 firmly jettisoned!
Highlander was the definitive classic BUT this is easily the best of all the sequels.
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16 of 20 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars An average film in its own right!, 29 Nov 2001
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This review is from: Highlander 3 - The Sorcerer [DVD] (DVD)
Ignore Highlander 2, it didn't happen (need I say any more). An MVP's character has been trapped in a cave for century's so CL's character has not won 'The Prize' and is therefore not mortal. Roll on a similar story to Highlander 1. If you enjoy Highlander you'll enjoy this movie, which is far better than Highlander 2.
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15 of 20 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars A bad remake, 16 Mar 2002
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ST (Chester-le-Street, Durham United Kingdom) - See all my reviews
This review is from: Highlander 3 - The Sorcerer [DVD] (DVD)
For God's sake, is it too difficult to get the balance right? Highlander was a tremendous film, brilliant, Higlander 2 was pants. Highlander 3 looks like someone has just said 'let's remake the original, eh? that should be profitable'. Mario Van Peebles even tries to sound like Clancy Brown's Kurgan, but is nowehere near as loathsome. There are lots and lots of camera shots, and even some lines (I'm not talking catchphrases here, I'm talking DIALOGUE) which have been lifted directly from the original. My feelings on the series are seriously mixed, but as far as the film series is concerned, scrunch your eyes up tight, bung Highlander (the original) into the DVD player and convince yourself that no other sequels were made. This is the only way to stop the anger and disappointment rising.
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