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The War Lord [Blu-ray] 
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One of the finest historical adventure films ever made, The War Lord dramatises with uncommon intelligence and integrity the brutality, difficulties and injustices of the Middle Ages.
Charlton Heston stars as Chrysagon, an honoured knight who takes over a castle tower in the swampland of Normandy to strengthen his duke's authority. But his struggles to maintain power in the face of Pagan villagers, barbarian attackers and his brother's jealous counsel are shaken by his growing weariness with bloodshed in a cruel world.
Never before released in high definition anywhere in the world, this collaboration between director Franklin Schaffner ( Patton) and the legendary Charlton Heston, three years before their iconic reunion on Planet of the Apes, is a gripping saga of ferocious battles, heartfelt emotion and powerful storytelling.
- Brand new 1080p high-definition transfer of the film, presented in it's original aspect ratio
- Optional English SDH
- Isolated music & effects track
- Original theatrical trailer
- 28-page booklet featuring a new essay by Critic Michael Brooke; the words of Charlton Heston; and rare archival imagery
One of [Schaffner's] best films, along with Planet of the Apes and Patton --Time Out Film Guide
A fascinating, literate and rather disturbing excursion into the past. Four Stars --Radio Times
Heston delivers a hard-hitting performance --Variety
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twenty years, as a reward for his sevice has awarded his Knight
lands and a part-built 'Norman'-Keep' a Tower.
'Crysagon' along with brother 'Draco' and loyal companion 'Bors'
along with a small force are immediately thrown into action as they
enter the domain, the raiders from the north are led by an old adversary
The new defenders drive the attackers back to their boats, however
the young son of the Frisian King has been left behind.
The lands awarded to 'Lord Crysagon' is in essence swamp-land, the
peasants seemingly have pagan customs and beliefs, though a priest
lives among them.
On a hunting expedition 'Lord Crysagon' comes across the village-elder
'Odin's' daughter 'Bronwyn'
Her beauty has captivated 'Crysagon' so much so that when 'Bronwyn'
marries the man she'd been promised too, 'Crysagon' claims the ancient
rights, taking the virgin-bride on the wedding night.
The Lord has promised to return 'Bronwyn' at first light, however when the
hour comes ne cannot let her go.
He has broken his Vow, 'Bronwyn's' husband travels north to tell the 'Frisian'
King that his son lives and is held in the Tower, hoping of course to reclaim
The defenders of the Tower hugely outnumbered by the 'Frisian' hoards and
the peasants, need help, 'Draco' leaves the sieged Tower to seek the help
of the Dukes forces.
The siege scenes are well staged, a film of love and valour and betrayal,
'Charlton Heston' star of many great epics, does not quite live up to the giant
shadow his role in the magnificent 'El-Cid'
An acceptable HD upgrade for this 1965 'Historical-style drama.
The package comes with a 28-page booklet which contains a new essay by
critic 'Michael Brooke' a vintage review.- the words of 'Charlton Heston'
Anyway, if you like the heroic type movies as they used to do them in Hollywood during the fifties and sixties, then this one is for you, with all the usual ingredients.
First, do not bother with historical accuracy too much. So never mind is Chrysagon is not at all a Norman name, or if Drogo (which is a Norman name), his brother, wears a helmet that belongs to the late twelfth century although the action is supposed to take place a century before. You will be glad to hear, however, that Charlton Heston's helmet is all right. Never mind either about geography, with the noble brother knights' overlord being one "Guillaume of Ghent" (and Ghent, of course, is in Flanders, not in Normandy...). Do not bother too much with the costumes of the Frisian pirates, who almost seem to be wearing uniforms. Just sit back, suspend belief, and enjoy this "knights in shining armour" film (well, mail coats, rather, ahem) ...
Second, the story itself is a rather original one, with Chrysagon, his brother and a troop of soldiers being sent to take possession of a tower dominating a swampy coast and defend it against Frisian pirates. It is a very "moral" one, as they also used to do at the time. However, do not necessarily expect a "happy ending".
Third, the best scenes are those about the siege of the tower, but I will say no more to avoid spoilers.
So, if you like this kind of film (as I do and have since I was a kid), and if you are not overly fussy about historical accuracy, you will like this one. Perhaps not Charlton's best, but just about all of the usual ingredients are there, including a doomed romance and a villain.
The Eureka DVD sports a handsome anamorphic wide screen (2.35) transfer.
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