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Krull 1983

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Special-effects-laden sword and sorcery epic. The imminent wedding of Prince Colwyn (Kenneth Marshall) and Princess Lyssa (Lysette Anthony) seems to have secured peace between their two communities - until they are attacked by the Slayers and their leader, the hideous Beast.

Starring:
Ken Marshall, Lysette Anthony
Runtime:
2 hours, 0 minutes

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Genres Fantasy, Thriller, Science Fiction, Action & Adventure
Director Peter Yates
Starring Ken Marshall, Lysette Anthony
Supporting actors Freddie Jones, Francesca Annis, Alun Armstrong, David Battley, Bernard Bresslaw, Liam Neeson, John Welsh, Graham McGrath, Tony Church, Bernard Archard, Belinda Mayne, Dicken Ashworth, Todd Carty, Robbie Coltrane, Clare McIntyre, Bronco McLoughlin, Andy Bradford, Gerard Naprous
Studio Sony Pictures International
BBFC rating Parental Guidance
Captions and subtitles English Details
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Format: DVD
I first saw this film as a wee, ankle-biting nipper, hot as it was on the heels of such sci-fi epics as Star Wars and Battlestar Galactica. This tale delved very much more into the territory of sword and sorcery, immersing you in the story of Colwyn as he seeks to save his girl from the "Beast", an interstellar-travelling, Stalinesque villain. The special effects may look dated when compared to the more modern day oeuvre, but you'll marvel at the bad 80s hair, Lysette Anthony's overdub, the early performances of pre-Qui-Gon Liam Nesson and EastEnders' Mark Fowler, and the fact that Bernard Bresslaw can play anything other than Sid James's sidekick. Freddie Jones also turns in a fantastic performance as Colwyn's Obi-Wan Kenobi style advisor, so you'd be mad to miss it! It also takes a much darker tone than many other space-based dramas, so watch out for a few surprises at the end.
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KRULL of course can not be compared to LOTR, EXCALIBUR or CONAN THE BARBARIAN, but it is a very watchable and quite honest fantasy movie (and there is not a lot of good quality productions in this field).

The story is about the planet Krull where humans reached Middle Age level of development, with some magic involved here and there. Suddenly, one day, an alien spaceship arrives and its one and only crew member, known simply as The Beast, sends his offsprings/soldiers/slaves, half-intelligent Slayers to conquer the planet. Faced with certain destruction two rival kings, rulers of the main powers on Krull, decide to unite their forces by marrying their children and then abdicating. By creating one united empire they hope to be able to face the army of Slayers and other monsters the Beast creates. Unfortunately, The Beast has other plans - and the wedding will be a very tragic one. All of this is just the very beginning of the film...

KRULL is well paced, full of adventures, quite spectacular visually and is reasonably well interpreted. Ken Marshall, whose promising career somehow stopped in the middle of the 80s gives here a very honest performance as Crown Prince Colwyn. Alun Armstrong plays here Torquil the Bandit Leader, who helps Colwyn in his quest - and he really finds here a role right for him and especially for his face... Liam Neeson, who in this time was in the early stages of career, plays another bandit, knife playing Kegan who is Torquil's right hand.

There are many interesting ideas in this movie, which nobody found before and which were not used since.
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Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
Old and dated fantasy classic!Like other reviewers state this will play on uk bluray players if you have a top menu or title menu on your remote.Just hit title menu after it tells you its not region compatible and play from main menu.As for the film yes its cheesy and dated but still holds a charm if you like fantasy and magic films.
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Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
Just inform any potential fans of Krull that this newly released Blu ray from US label Mill Creek is indeed locked to region A meaning that it will only play on multi region players. However i have found a way to get around this lock and if your UK Blu ray machine has a Top Menu button on the remote so could you. The trick is when the wrong region message appears on your screen simply press the Top Menu button and like magic the Blu ray jumps straight to the menu where you can proceed to watch the film. I'm not saying it will work on all players but was fine with my region B only Panasonic BD80. If your a fan of krull the Blu ray is worth a look considering how cheap it is here on Amazon. The Blu ray is a no frills release in terms of extras and packaging but the transfer is suprisingly strong. The image is presented in full HD 1080p in its correct aspect ratio (2.40:1) and features a nicely defined hi-def experience with good detail, black levels and contrast. The sound too gets the HD upgrade and is presented here in DTS-HD Master 5.1 and as with the visuals is a good upgrade. Action and music sound very robust given the age of the movie and the cheapness of this Blu ray. Battle scenes pack a punch and while these will never sound like a modern movie its certainly the best I have ever heard Krull sound.
Recommend to fans
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By A Customer on 31 Jan. 2002
Format: VHS Tape
This is a movie from the good old days when effects weren't considered to be the be-all and end-all of a good action film.
The film is good fun, and the heroes are likeable. This is one where you'll be supporting the good guys throughout.
The various challenges that the protagonists face throughout also add to the fact that this is more than just a no-brainer action movie.
A fair few good guys get wasted along the way which is nice to see every now and then as it brings a bit of darkness to the film and provokes different emotions depending on who goes.
Although when the Prince fights the 'end-boss' it ends up a little cheesy (you'll know when you watch), you'll still be satisfied as to the outcome at the movie's conclusion.
The plot, acting and even the dated effects are all good and set this film in the right frame as one of the best fantasy films so far alongside Willow (although it can't touch The Lord Of The Rings, which no other fantasy film can do anyway.) .
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