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5.0 out of 5 stars Sword and the Sorcerer
As the title suggests this is another Sword slashing film dotted with half naked women. Well produced and a fun film
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3.0 out of 5 stars NEAT FILM, SHOULD BE BETTER PICTURE QUALITY THOUGH!
Good Sword & Sorcery action film, set in Dark Age/Medieval times (as opposed to Conan/Lord Of The Rings pre-history) with an overt fantasy edge.
It's successful in overcoming it's budgetary limitations, with plenty of action, decent sets/costumes etc and inventive visual FX. There's quite a high gore content here with grisly plague victims, heads cleaved in half, and...
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3.0 out of 5 stars NEAT FILM, SHOULD BE BETTER PICTURE QUALITY THOUGH!, 4 July 2008
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Adam Jackson "Symphonic Metal Fan" (Stoke On Trent , England) - See all my reviews
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Good Sword & Sorcery action film, set in Dark Age/Medieval times (as opposed to Conan/Lord Of The Rings pre-history) with an overt fantasy edge.
It's successful in overcoming it's budgetary limitations, with plenty of action, decent sets/costumes etc and inventive visual FX. There's quite a high gore content here with grisly plague victims, heads cleaved in half, and hearts magically torn out! A very good villain too with the demonic, Sorcerer of the title (Great Make Up FX). The fight choreography is reasonable too with an impressive final sword fight ( incl. a three bladed mystical sword that can actually propel the blades, in missile fashion!)
The film has more of an Indiana Jones feel, than the intensity of Conan The Barbarian or Excalibur. It actually reminds me of Paul Verhoeven's Flesh And Blood, but with the Fantasy elements in full effect.
Oh, and there's a fair share of T & A for the lads!
The real dissapointment though is the picture quality - It looks a bit grainy, as if the film was copied direct from VHS onto DVD, instead of properly remastered. :(
It is still worth buying despite this, as still (just) better than VHS and it's a good film!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Sword and the Sorcerer, 20 Mar 2014
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As the title suggests this is another Sword slashing film dotted with half naked women. Well produced and a fun film
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3.0 out of 5 stars 80's style sword and slashery!, 26 Feb 2013
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Brandishing the mullet of an eighties pop star, our square jawed hero chews up the scenery with his strong Texan drawl. If the bad guys aren't scared by his enormous moustache he also has a three bladed sword to see them off! Two of the blades even fly. Yes, Lee Horsley is Talon; he's a pirate, a warrior, a legend; but more than that, he's the son of a murdered king, come back from years of exile to reclaim his birthright etc etc.

This brilliant fantasy swashbuckler had a budget of around ten pounds which could just about handle the creative leanings of its director Albert Pyun. There's a bucket load of action on offer which takes place amidst the misty swamps, ale houses and castles of a B-Movie universe. Most of the cast have a fair punt at the roles they've been given but Richard Lynch excels as the evil King Cromwell who seems to believe every word he's been given to say. You must understand that this romp is no Conan, but it is lots of fun.
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3.0 out of 5 stars A BIG SLICE OF 1980'S FANTASY CHEESE!, 5 Nov 2012
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In a mystical world long ago, greedy and warlike King Cromwell (RICHARD LYNCH) decides to try once again, after several unsuccessful attempts, to conquer the land of his bitter enemy King Richard (CHRISTOPHER CARY). To ensure victory in this new campaign, Cromwell travels to the mysterious fog shrouded Tomb Island and invokes the long dead Demonic sorcerer, Xusia (RICHARD MOLL).

The invasion is soon complete and Richard slain, although his young son Talon (JAMES JARNIGAN) manages to escape the devastated kingdom along with Richards magical, three bladed sword.

Many years pass and Cromwell spends much of his time putting down revolts to his strict rule with the aid of trusted henchman Machelli (GEORGE MAHARIS), unaware that a revolution is being hatched by the idealistic Mikah (SIMON MACCORKINDALE) and his beautiful sister Alana (KATHLEEN BELLER).

Suddenly from distant shores, Talon (now played by LEE HORSLEY) returns to his homeland on a mission of revenge to kill Cromwell and restore the kingdom to its former glory. Now a mercenary and adventurer, the muscular hero is soon enlisted by Alana to help rescue Mikah, who has been betrayed and captured by Cromwell, and in so doing sets of a chain of events which will change their world forever.

A low budget affair directed by ALBERT PYUN that at times does well with limited resources, THE SWORD AND THE SORCERER is an enjoyable film but certainly not the best of the genre. Occasionally the special effects are horrendous and the sets wobble, but the ideas are good and with a larger budget the film could have been superb. The acting is a very mixed bag and sometimes the comedy seems a little forced, while several fight scenes feature Talon merely thumping and throwing around hordes of opponents even though he has a perfectly good sword handy!

There are comparisons with CONAN THE BARBARIAN, naturally, and I much preferred the SCHWARZENEGGER film. Both heroes are crucified yet while Conan needs magic and rest to heal, Talon is wielding his sword within minutes as though nothing has happened! SANDAHL BERGMAN was a firm favourite of mine in CONAN and the Talon film boasts its fair share of beautiful women, such as the lovely ANNA BJORN, who sadly has very little screen time.

Special Features include a couple of Trailers and a TV Spot as well as a Photo Gallery of 15 shots. Sadly there are no subtitles provided.

THE SWORD AND THE SORCERER will not set the world alight and does not always succeed in its wild swings from dark moments to light comedy, but at only 101 minutes in length will not outstay its welcome either.

A nice piece of 1980s cheese!
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3.0 out of 5 stars Ac lassic (cheesy but classic), 23 Dec 2011
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I bought this in the spur of the moment, as I couldn't find what I was looking for, well worth it if you like the cheesy fantasy films... ;o)
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4.0 out of 5 stars Just read the title, 13 Nov 2007
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THE SWORD AND THE SORCERER came out the year after the brilliant CONAN THE BARBARIAN, and is defintly one of the best sword and sorcery flicks to have followed in Conan's wake. It tells the story of the young Prince Talon, who's parents are murdered by the evil king Cromwell (an excellent Richard Lynch) who is supported by the wizard Xusia. The film follows Talon into manhood and his quest for vengence. The film has plenty of action(its more blood thirsty than Conan) and features some great make ups and special effects. Lee Horsley is no Marc Singer or Schwarzenegger, but that is one of the film's only let downs. The character's names was my main problem, why is the bad guy's name Cromwell? I think it sounds too recent. Like Conan I think this is a film for looking at rather than listening. If you want pure entertainment this one is for you!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Better than Conan., 27 April 2010
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In the Same way that 'Robocop' was a much better Judge Dredd film than 'Judge Dredd', this is a much better Conan film than any of the Conan films. Lacking the pretention (and inteminable length) of the 1st Conan film, this is closer in feel to 'Jason and the Argonauts', or 'The 7th Voyage of Sinbad'. Only with more violence and nudity.

The low budget is obvious, but the FX are good, especially the opening scene (stolen wholesale from Robert E Howard) and can anyone say they thought the (very expensive) giant mechanical snake from the Conan film looked even slightly convincing? The lead actor may not be as impressively muscled as Arnie, but he can act, and is much more athletic, rather than muscle bound, so the fight scenes are fast and entertaining.

There's an element of humour here, which is just about at the right level - it reminds me of 'Big Trouble in Little China' in that respect. Good (cheap) fun. It's not great art, but that's no bad thing.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great buy!, 15 May 2011
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I was pleasantly surprised to find a freebie DVD, with this one! Don't you just love it when that happens. Quick delivery too!
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars not very classic fantasy film, 27 July 2009
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I saw this film many years ago, but I bought this the other week from Amazon and I enjoyed it but it no classic movie, but good fun.
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13 of 24 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars fantastic fantacy film, 17 Feb 2002
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A must for fantasy fans.Plenty of action,humor and good effects, along with a little romance and plenty of surprises.Lee Horsley plays the ever persistant hero against the evil king who killed his parents.With a gruesome sorcerer thrown in this all action film is a well earned hit.
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