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The War Lord [Blu-ray] [1965]
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 2 May 2013
This film has historical accuracy wonderful atmosphere is superbly acted also contains a sensitive love story and enough action to please any history buff I love it
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
While by no means wishing to take anything away from the splendor of the film or its exciting sequences and performances, this review is simply intended to clarify that the film is based on a play, and as such, though perpetuating a number of *supposedly* historical themes, is NOT history. To cite two obvious examples: there is no credible evidence that entire towns and cities continued to practice Druidism after the forced Christianisation imposed by the Roman Empire several centuries earlier. That such a place *could* have existed is one thing; yet there is no evidence of such a thing happening. Secondly,scholars have since widely dismissed "Droigt de Seigneur" as one of those myths that takes on a life of its own, beginning sometime in the 17th century as a way of providing a supposed example of medieval barbarity. That an individual instance of such *could* have occurred in isolated cases, as one of those all-too-common examples of abuses of extraordinary power, is not disputed. That it was some kind of institutionalised or widely known or consented practice in medieval society, there is absolutely no credible evidence for. The interested are directed to the excellent and thorough work by Alain Boureau, "The Lord's First Night: the Myth of the Droit de Cuissage", translated from French by Lydia Cochrane. Like Braveheart, widely credited by historians as being the most historically *inaccurate* film of all time, the plot here derives much of its energy from the incredible outrage of what such a practice might represent. But that is fiction, film fans, not historical reality. Which should not stand in the way of enjoying a great movie, which this certainly is!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on 12 May 2014
Beautifully filmed,with rich,but muted colour, "The War Lord" stands out as an intelligent,thought provoking film. By 1965 the fashion for epic films was dwindling,the studios could no longer afford huge budgets,so this production was shot in California, not as Charlton Heston had wanted in Britain,with a British cast and crew. Never the less, the results are impressive,it looks authentic,it has an 11th century "feel". The Dark Ages are not often the back-drop to dramas on the big screen,but this works well,adapted from a stage play by Leslie Stevens,about a clash of cultures,pagan and Christian,Norman law and ancient traditions. Studio executives insisted on more battles to be added, infuriating Heston who felt the drama and emotions stood for themselves,the result is a striking,unusual film,visually stunning with a strong cast, particularly Rosemary Forsyth and Richard Boone as Hestons grizzled manservant. Plenty of action.plenty of emotions. A stand out film.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Mmm im torn over this film and the blu ray release.
As much as i love Heston this film made in 1965 does not sit comfortably amongst his great canon of work.He was to fair much better a couple of years later with Planet of the Apes.While this is an epic,the genre of which no one bettered Heston in,make no mistake this is no Ben Hur,El Cid or Ten Commandments in either scope or production,which shows in the scenery and backdrops.
This release seems to be a cobbling together of surviving elements,as some scenes look very very poor while others look stunning.If your a Heston fan like me,you will want this in your collection,but be warned its not fantastic,good,even very good but not a 5 star film.The theme tune was a minor hit instrumental for The Shadows.
The blu ray is the best you will see,the booklet is nice,but a documentary on the disc itself would have been nice also.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 8 May 2012
another great piece of historical fiction.good film with plenty of action.charlton heston performs his part well.some romancefor those with a soft heart.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 8 September 2014
I saw this film at an impressionable age, and it still haunts me...from the tinkling glade of the Gods of tree and stone, to the turncoat dwarf, to Guy Stockwell's seething jealousy. Director Franklin Shaffner and star Charlton Heston...the team that brought us the first and still the best Planet of the Apes film, no less! I am amazed that THE WARLORD isn't that well known or ever much discussed by cinephiles.

Like the very best in entertainment, this film's fine storyline and hefty acting even taught me a few valuable character-building lessons about the essence of manhood. I'm thinking primarily of Heston's stoicism, sense of duty/obligation and essential nobility (however compromised and rightly plagued by conscience). He's no clear cut square jawed hero but a complex man tortured by the excesses of his pride and passions, and Chuck has rarely played better.

The orchestral love theme is also swoonsome.

Be a man! (even if you're a lady). See it!
I cannot recommend it more highly...
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 31 May 2014
A superb quality blu-ray of one of the most underrated historical dramas from the 1960's. The sound track also greatly benefits from this excellent transfer, with Jerome Moross's score providing a beautiful and moving musical backdrop to the drama of a man forged by battle, but undone by love. Charlton Heston once again displays his skill in inhabiting the skin and character of a man from a bygone age, ably supported by the brusque and abrasive solidity of Richard Boone as his loyal and faithful squire. A film that continues to grow in stature since its original release in 1965. It builds to a tremendous climax as the siege of the Norman tower blazes with brutal savagery and furious swordplay. Thoroughly recommended if you like your heroes tall, strong, and clad in chain mail, as they fend of a ferocious enemy, while clutching both shield and broadsword!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 9 April 2014
This isn't a bad film by any means: Charlton Heston gives a good enough performance, Niall McGinnis and Maurice Evans are better, the direction is good and the script is better than I imagined.
The problem with "the war lord" for me, is that the narrative is rather a muddle and the budget could have been greatly improved. There are a few scenes that contain needless back projection and a rather obvious set that supposedly represents a location in a forest. The whole production should have been made on the scale of "El Cid" or "Ben Hur," then it would have made for a more satisfying viewing experience.
The picture and sound quality are excellent for the most part but there could have been some special features included for this dvd.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 15 April 2014
This review refers to the recently issued blu ray transfer of the movie released on Eureka Blu Ray. The image quality is very disappointing, the transfer appears to have been taken from different sources and some are very, poor quality and unsuitable. It's a pity as the re-release is well presented with an informative booklet included. Audio is 2 track only which doesn't help. In comparison to the other two recent blu ray transfers of Charlton Heston movies, 55 Days at Peking and The Agony and the Ecstasy, both of which are first class, War Lord offers little. I am very disappointed with this purchase.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on 28 April 2014
Now this film only has a trailer as extras that's all right you get a little booklet with in a few shoots Charlton Histon fan like me it doesn't matter the picture and sound is top-quality so I suggest you buy
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