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  • Actors: Jason Momoa, Ron Perlman, Rose McGowan
  • Directors: Marcus Nispel
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Lions Gate Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 12 Dec. 2011
  • Run Time: 112 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (172 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00505QA5Y
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 8,106 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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The legendary Conan The Barbarian stars ‘Game of Thrones’s Jason Momoa and Avatar’s Stephen Lang. From the producers of The Expendables comes a visual spectacular that brings the fabled action hero Conan to life like never before!

Based on the character created by Robert E. Howard, Conan was born on the battlefield.  From those bloodsoaked beginnings, Conan is destined to venture into an unforgiving world after his father is brutally murdered and his village destroyed.  As Conan battles his way through a treacherous world of monsters, sorceresses’ and bloodthirsty enemies, he chances upon Khalar Zym - the warlord responsible for his tribe's destruction.  And so Conan’s quest for true revenge begins... Also starring Ron Perlman and Rose McGowan.

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Conan the Barbarian provides a simple but effective movie of violence, gore, and scenery-chewing acting that will amuse you if you like that sort of thing, but annoy you if you prefer films with a bit of ambition.

The storyline is unashamedly straight-forward: we meet a young boy with a talent for violence living in a simple village, before an evil bad guy turns up looking for a magical item, and has his henchmen slaughter everyone. The rest of the movie sees the grown-up Conan finding his enemy again, meeting a girl, slaughtering his way through the henchmen, ending with the climatic showdown with the bad guy.
There's nothing wrong with a simple plot, provided the movie plays it well, and overall it works. Jason Momoa looks the part as Conan and chews out his gruff lines reasonably well, and the rest of the cast are fine. Ron Perlman is the standout cast member as the father of young Conan.

It's hard to discuss this movie without referencing either the original books of Robert E. Howard, or the 1982 movie starring Arnold Swartzenegger. This version claims to be closer to the books, and I think they've succeeded. However, many watchers won't have read the books, and I think the opening narration of the history of Cimmeria will leave some scratched heads, while Conan leading a band of pirates will get some bemused looks. The movie does a good job of distancing itself from the Arnie version, but I don't think Momoa can go down as the definitive Conan, not least because the script doesn't give him any really standout lines.

The bad guy and his henchmen deserve a special mention. There's a thin line between being distinctive and menacing, and being downright silly, or even camp.
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I have deliberately not read any of the other reviews of this film, to avoid being influenced one way or the other - so apologies if I do end up merely repeating what others have to say.

First of all, Jason Momoa was an excellent Conan. One of the things that the writers of this movie did well was to create a Conan closer to R.E.Howard's character than Schwarzenegger ever was in the 1982 film. Momoa was not a grunting neanderthal, and there was even some dialogue that reminded us what a Hyborian "barbarian" was supposed to be. Momoa also scored as far as his physique was concerned. It isn't really fair to make comparisons with the Schwarzenegger film, but Arnold was, to be honest, far too bulky. Conan is tall, muscled and immensely strong, of course, but he is also lithe and quick - he spent time as a thief, for goodness' sake! Momoa's physique was impressive without making his quick reflexes and fancy footwork unbelievable. I felt that he hit the right note in terms of expressiveness, as well - yes, he did broody and laconic well; but at the same time he was able to smile and laugh, just as Conan should be able to do.

The production design was superb, and I felt it (mostly) imagined the Hyborian world well. I only had two grumbles: first, that when Conan returned to Cimmeria at the end of the film it was clearly far too warm(!); and second, that we never saw enough of the Hyborian cities - too much time spent in the countryside or amongst ruins, and not enough time in the teeming cities that characterise many of the original stories.

Ron Perlman was excellent as Conan's father; the villains were pretty good (although Rose McGowan was a bit limp and the heroine, Tamara, was a bit character-less).
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I confess I've come to see this movie with mixed feelings and knowing about some other review (not so kind with it), but in the end it's been a real feast for the eyes & highly enjoyable, I definitely recommend it. Especially from a female point of view, even if when like action, I also look for a good balance of other things too, and this new Conan has them as a good sword & sorcery kind of story-telling. What I've also appreciated has been its making a good use of the special effects, without them being overwhelming, letting the mood to seem gritty realistic (not at all as in worse example, like Transformers franchise for inst.).

Jason Mamoa was a perfect choice for the main role, but also round of applause for the kid, Leo Howard (the young Conan), truly a revelation; I know that many are too fond of the old version with uber famous Arnold Swarzy to even consider it, but just give it a try since this version with these actors have better captured the spirit of its original creator & the old pulp fictions, obviously it's more updated.
Also the choice of making it an adult adventure and not the usual family oriented 1 is a plus for my taste...even if clearly influenced by the style of 300, Spartacus etc, I've appreciated that they've also found a way to bring in the old traditional sort of action plot.
For those saying the plot could have been "deeper" more focused & so on, I guess it was deliberatly a simple story to begin the saga & set the tone, because they had in mind to continue it with the next installement (just see the kind of open ending to it), therefore mostly "presenting" the character(s) with this 1st film...unfortunately most likely it won't be the case but this attempt wasn't so that bad regardless.
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