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50 of 52 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Immortal? Nearly but not quite!
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...
Published on 7 Feb 2010 by Daniel Howe

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3.0 out of 5 stars Great Film - Shame About The Sound
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...
Published on 9 Dec 2001


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50 of 52 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Immortal? Nearly but not quite!, 7 Feb 2010
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Daniel Howe "Kingsize Dan" (London) - See all my reviews
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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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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Cheesy Eighties Classic, 6 Nov 2011
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I am of an age to have seen Highlander when it first came out on VHS (I wasnt quite old enough for the cinema haha) and it was a film, along with The Terminator, which I watched again and again at the time. Something about this 80s' slice of swashbuckling cheese just really appealed to the 11 year old me.

Its basically just the age old story of good versus bad but.......its got Christopher Lambert channeling his best Scottish accent, Clancy Brown doing a superb baddie in the Kurgan, Sean Connery as......um Sean Connery, its set, partly, in an amazingly sunny SCOTLAND :D (Ive been past the castle used for filming many times and never seen such an amazingly blue sky seen here!!) and its got possibly the best soundtrack for a movie EVER!

I havent owned a copy of Highlander since my video copy burned out and faded away long ago so its nice to have it now on blu. The picture quality is nice, though obviously nothing spectacular. I dont know if a remaster would help with some of the issues but seeing the film warts and all, or should that be strings, is just part of the magic for me. The commentary is low key, with only the director Mulcahy participating, so there are occasional silences but its still an enjoyable listen. Would be nice to have a cast commentary. The documentaries and featurettes are perfectly perfunctory and its nice to see some of the people involved talking some years later about the films eventual success.

All in all, a great blu ray of a cheesy classic movie. And cheap as chips.
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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
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This review is from: Highlander [DVD] (DVD)
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
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This review is from: Highlander [DVD] (DVD)
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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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 80's Gold, 17 Jun 2002
This review is from: Highlander [VHS] [1986] (VHS Tape)
This a fantastic film, filled with the best sword fight scenes ever! The music rocks out as only Queen can do! The acting is some of the best as only Sean Connery and Christopher Lambert can! Wonderful fun! Great special effects (for the 80's!) and a great though somewhat complicated story! If you love action mixed with romance and fantasy compleated by fantastic music and great acting, then you will love this 80's classic! Whatever you do, don't watch the sequels or you will be very disappointed! Seriously!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars BIZARRE BUT EXCELLENT FANTASTY FILM, 28 Mar 2000
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This review is from: Highlander [VHS] [1986] (VHS Tape)
Highlander is a classic film full of great ideas. On paper the film's concept of ancient immortals battling each in mid-eighties New York with a highlander being played by a french man may seem a little strange. But strangely its blend of humour, action and a great supporting cast featuring Sean Connery and Clancy Brown(Shawshank Redemption) and Queen's superb soundtrack makes this film a must see for anyone who is a fan of action or fantasty films.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Intrigue, romance, bravery and sadness, 26 Jun 2002
This review is from: Highlander [VHS] [1986] (VHS Tape)
Although this film came out in 1985, it wasn't until 1995 that I stumbled across it. I began watching it on TV and found the film to be strangely intriguing. The film has an excellent array of actors with stunning performances from Christopher Lambert, Clancy Brown and Sean Connery.
The film is clever and unique in the way that it flicks between 20thC New York and 16thC Scotland. It contains love, despair, action and bravery. This film is definately worth watching as it will captivate your mind and fill it with intrigue about immortality.
Connor MacLeod is the main character and the film follows his life from when he 'became' immortal in 16thC Scotland, right through to the time of the gathering in 20th C New York. It portrays Connor as a lonely man, a man who never really wanted to be immortal, who just wanted to live, have children, grow old and die.
Several scenes in the film are perfectly captured by the awesome soundtrack produced by Queen.
This film is definatley worth a look even if you are not (yet) a highlander fan.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The First and Best Highlander production., 20 Nov 2003
This review is from: Highlander [DVD] (DVD)
Its one of those films that divides even diehard sci-fi fantasy freaks. Macho posturing, homo-erotic subtext, unwarranted violence are all there, but what a melting pot of action the film becomes. Highlander's nascent coolness was out in the filmworld long before the dry-as-bone gravitas of the matrix films. It is the Jedi film that Lucas should have made by now and no doubt - with the quasi-force-senses the immortals possess when in each other's presence - was inspired by that collection of Padawans and Masters.
Clancy Brown should have rocketed to stardom with his performance here - the best superhero villain in movies, only slightly outranking Gene Hackman's Lex Luthor. Brown is, however, an intelligent character actor and perhaps wisely refused the possible stereotyped roles that came his way.
Christopher Lambert's odd acting style and accent from "lots of different places" is exploited so appropriately you would think he had been deliberately voice-coached for the part. Sean Connery gives a relaxed camera-winking performance that positively brims with swash and buckle. Given that Ewan McGregor, his fellow Edinburgian, now plays Obi Wan, one could easily see Connery giving an edge and grit to that character where Alec Guinness was staid and resigned.
The fight scenes are gloriously choreographed and, as we follow our heroes and villains in their 500-year-old immortal quest, there is a real sense of history.
Mulcahy went into artistic decline after this film - hacking out a bizarre and awful sequel - but here he is the non-digital equivalent of Wachowski and Jackson. Camera sweeps and dissolves are so slickly produced that you begin to wonder if someone sent ILM technology back to the filmmakers in 1985.
This basic DVD presentation is handsomely mounted. It has a photo gallery and interview with Lambert unadvertised on the packaging or in most reviews. The animated menus lend a dignified air of mystery that frames the film well. The Region one 'Immortal Edition' is the one to try and purchase if you are an extras freak, but, as a relatively cheap and endlessly fascinating addition to your DVD collection, the region two edition will satisfy the most fussy collector.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The original and best, 14 Feb 2004
This review is from: Highlander [DVD] (DVD)
Highlander, where do you start? I only got into these movies about two years ago and I'm now what you'd call a dedicated (albeit slightly obsessive) fan.
Everything about this movie is perfect, from beginning to end it's a perfectly rounded fairytale masterpiece that has it all, action, romance, comedy, tragedy and a great soundtrack, all in all the perfect mix, on these levels it's up there with Star Wars for pure unadulterated perfect storytelling.
The sequels and series are all great in their own way (even Highlander 2 is good after a bit of perseverance, if you can overlook the fact that it doesn't make a blind bit of sense it's actually really good fun) but none come close to this, a true modern classic.
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27 of 30 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars DISSAPOINTING RE-RELEASE OF A CLASSIC., 7 July 2004
This review is from: Highlander [DVD] (DVD)
Being a Historian and a film buff i have quite a soft spot for this film.
Highlander is indeed a great picture and fits in quite comfortably with the likes of Bladerunner, The Terminator, and Alien as a retro classic.
Whoever oversaw the DVD release of Highlander did not however, share these sentiments.
What we have here is essentially the VHS edition pressed onto disk.
There is no discernable improvement with the picture and sound quality, no commentary, no worthwhile extra's save an interveiw with Christopher Lambert....in French!, and worst of all, the 15 minutes of film that were brutally hacked off in the editing process are still missing.
That said, Highlander is still a good purchace, and if by some miracle the film gets the attention it deserves and is blessed with a ' directors cut ' , add two stars.
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