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Definitive Editon ? Afraid not... :(,
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Conan The Barbarian is probably my fave film. Since 2002, this film has been released on DVD 4 times, 2 of which were Special Editions, and now this Definitive Edition. All my life I had been waiting for a uncut version, but once again its the same old, same old - I'm not sure what the previous reviewer was on about concerning some cuts 'restored' but the fact is that like the previous DVD releases, some of the 'horse fall' scenes have been cut, mostly in the final battle sequence. Its particularly poxy because, like before, if you watch the Conan Unchained documentary on Disc 2, you will see one of the cut scenes shown ! (its the scene where Conan, and Rexor on a horse, charge each other, and Conan cuts at the legs of the horse - in the film, the actual fall sequence of the horse is cut, but its in the Documentary - ludicrous). As before, the film features the extended 'directors cut' ending with the Princess reinstated (on the old VHS Pan & Scan copies, the final scene did not have the Princess and is much shorter, but all the DVD releases have the extended ending - the old VHS ending would have been an interesting extra) and also has the short Subotai and Conan remeniscing scene (between the Funeral Pyre and Battle Of The Mounds) which was in the previous version and is similar to the scene early on when Conan and Subotai talk about the gods. I'll give this release one star cos the metal tin case is beautiful ! - but if you want an uncut version, the best route is to buy the US version (Region 1) from Amazon.com or the French "Edition Prestige" from Amazon.fr, which is Region 2 and has the English 5.1 soundtrack.
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Initial post: 27 Jun 2009 10:55:18 BDT
R. G. Burrows says:
I have been trying to find an uncut version of this film, because I love it too and hate the fact that my UK DVD is cut. The information you gave on the French Prestige edition was extremely helpful. Thank you very much! This is just the kind of information that is needed in a review.
I might add that the Japanese Ultimate Edition is also uncut and has the DTS soundtrack. It is very rare and expensive now, but, if people have the money and love the film, they should consider importing that.
Posted on 7 Nov 2011 20:30:34 GMT
LRJ Burne says:
I'll look into getting the French version. Do you own it yourself? Do you think you could tell me what language the menus are in? I've bought some films from Europe before to get around BBFC censorship. Some of them have English menus, some of them are in the country's native language. Any pointers you could give me would be great.
In reply to an earlier post on 15 Nov 2011 18:34:26 GMT
Mr. P. G. Taylor says:
Yeah, i own the French Prestige Edition - quickly putting it into my computer just now, the movie disc (1) has english menu's. As an aside, if you have a blu-ray player, i would get the UK blu-ray version - the image quality is fantastic, and with a bit of menu language fiddling on your blu-ray player you can watch it uncut - you can read more about this in the reviews for the blu-ray edition.
In reply to an earlier post on 25 Nov 2011 18:13:37 GMT
LRJ Burne says:
Thanks, unfortunately I watch all my DVDs/Blu-rays on a PS3 so I'm pretty sure the language trick won't work (I've read about it online before).
I'm probably going to get the French DVD though. Thanks for checking the menu language for me.
In reply to an earlier post on 27 Mar 2013 11:21:19 GMT
C. Sanalan says:
The UK Blu Ray of Conan is UNCUT you just have to access it in a unusual way.
When you play with a standard UK BD setup the disk takes you to the UK BBFC cut version (2:10:10 runtime). There are compulsory edits to remove horse trips and I believe the sex scene between Conan and the village woman is cut.
However as Fox mastered the disk as a pan European version the uncut International edit is also on the disk
To access the uncut version (2:10:31 runtime) you need to switch your BD player menu language to any language except English. I went for French. You get up the menu in French but is straightforward to navigate, and you can freely switch the film language to any you like include English, same with subtitles where you can have none or English nothing is locked.
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