- Actors: Lee Horsley, Kathleen Beller, Simon MacCorkindale, George Maharis, Richard Lynch
- Directors: Albert Pyun
- Format: PAL
- Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.85:1
- Number of discs: 1
- Classification: 18
- Studio: Anchor Bay
- DVD Release Date: 8 April 2002
- Run Time: 98 minutes
- Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
- ASIN: B000060NZF
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 41,690 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)
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The Sword And The Sorcerer [DVD]
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Talon (Lee Horsley) is a master swordsman hired by the beautiful Princess Alana (Kathleen Beller) to save her brother Mikah (Simon MacCorkindale) from the clutches of the evil Cromwell (Richard Lynch). Setting out with his special three-bladed sword, Talon makes ready to fight anyone who stands in his way and get the job done quickly, so that he might return home and enjoy the night of love that Alana has promised him. But Cromwell is a truly diabolical villain and is prepared to use all manner of sorcery to impede the vigorous young chap's progress.
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It's successful in overcoming it's budgetary limitations, with plenty of action, decent sets/costumes etc and inventive visual FX. There's quite a high gore content here with grisly plague victims, heads cleaved in half, and hearts magically torn out! A very good villain too with the demonic, Sorcerer of the title (Great Make Up FX). The fight choreography is reasonable too with an impressive final sword fight ( incl. a three bladed mystical sword that can actually propel the blades, in missile fashion!)
The film has more of an Indiana Jones feel, than the intensity of Conan The Barbarian or Excalibur. It actually reminds me of Paul Verhoeven's Flesh And Blood, but with the Fantasy elements in full effect.
Oh, and there's a fair share of T & A for the lads!
The real dissapointment though is the picture quality - It looks a bit grainy, as if the film was copied direct from VHS onto DVD, instead of properly remastered. :(
It is still worth buying despite this, as still (just) better than VHS and it's a good film!
The invasion is soon complete and Richard slain, although his young son Talon (JAMES JARNIGAN) manages to escape the devastated kingdom along with Richards magical, three bladed sword.
Many years pass and Cromwell spends much of his time putting down revolts to his strict rule with the aid of trusted henchman Machelli (GEORGE MAHARIS), unaware that a revolution is being hatched by the idealistic Mikah (SIMON MACCORKINDALE) and his beautiful sister Alana (KATHLEEN BELLER).
Suddenly from distant shores, Talon (now played by LEE HORSLEY) returns to his homeland on a mission of revenge to kill Cromwell and restore the kingdom to its former glory. Now a mercenary and adventurer, the muscular hero is soon enlisted by Alana to help rescue Mikah, who has been betrayed and captured by Cromwell, and in so doing sets of a chain of events which will change their world forever.
A low budget affair directed by ALBERT PYUN that at times does well with limited resources, THE SWORD AND THE SORCERER is an enjoyable film but certainly not the best of the genre. Occasionally the special effects are horrendous and the sets wobble, but the ideas are good and with a larger budget the film could have been superb.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
First saw this film as a kid back in the late 80's.Violent but great genre for feeding the imagination. Read morePublished 3 months ago by M N
Hugely disappointed - the description clearly says "english" (sic) but the DVD provided was in German. Recommend that you buy from a different seller.Published 6 months ago by Shrike1313
This is a German release disc but does play in English without forced German sub titles.A great "hero" action adventure,who has his own heroes theme in the music score not... Read morePublished 14 months ago by dirk in alty
Classic 80's sword and sorcery film,deserves a blue ray release.Picture quite grainyPublished 15 months ago by Amazon Customer
I remember watching this film many years ago. A good fantasy film. Nice acting. A good few laughs in the film as well.Published 15 months ago by Azrael
Cheap trash: The different genres are incoherent and cheaply directed.Published 16 months ago by Mr. P