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That which does not kill us makes us stronger.
on 11 August 2017
This is a review for Conan Le Barbare - Édition Prestige (2 Disc) [DVD].
Thanks to the Amazon reviewer who stated that this version lacks the BBFC cuts that are so obviously present in the special edition DVD I now, finally, have a decent copy of this film.
The main reason I noticed the cuts in the first place is the music in those particular scenes had obvious notes missing.
Now, I became aware of Robert E. Howard's Conan The Cimmerian as a child through Marvel Comics "The Savage Sword Of Conan" and then went on to collect all the Sphere novels - even those not written by REH. I was definitely hooked on the characters and world Howard had created. So, as you can imagine, I was thrilled when it was announced that a film was going to be made. I never did see it at the cinema, but I did own a copy of the trailer on Super 8. When I did get to see the movie in its entirety (thanks to VHS) I had certain reservations concerning its interpretation (which I will not go into here).
Anyway, this film is still far and away superior to the recent Jason Momoa remake/reboot/reimagining/ which felt more like a cheap television movie. The John Milius/Arnold Schwarzenegger film has a more epic quality. Expansive locations, huge sets and a cast of, possibly, thousands (the followers of Thulsa Doom)!
Film ratio is 2.35:1. Audio is DD 5.1. Picture quality is a little grainy in places. Sound quality is very good.
The late Basil Poledouris (he left us far too soon) wrote the memorable score which is one of the best film scores ever written. Buy the soundtrack (I did).
There is a commentary track on the main feature disc with the director, John Milius and star, Arnold Schwarzenegger.
The extras disc has documentaries, photo gallery, trailers, etc.
Conan really needs to be made into an adults only tv series by Showtime or Starz and shot the way 300 or Spartacus: Blood & Sand was to give it that otherworldly look. Also, use Howard's stories!