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EL CID a real epic hero,
This review is from: Cid [DVD]  [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC] (DVD)
After making do with the dreadful panned and scanned version of this quintessential epic film, (the only option on region 2) I finally tried the region 1 version which is wide screen and has a full disc of extras. Superb!
Charlton Heston, who knew a thing or two about epic films, said that with William Wyler directing this could have been the finest epic of all time. Nevertheless it's a pretty fine film. Beautiful to look at, it benefits from real battle scenes in which the protagonists are flesh and blood and look it.
I was lucky enough to visit Peniscola in Spain last year (it doubles for Valencia in the movie) and it is just gorgeous and of course reminded me of the film's unforgettable ending.