Conan the Barbarian

Conan the Barbarian

DVD (Wide Screen / Mono)

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Overview

One of actor Arnold Schwarzenegger's first forays into Hollywood cinema, Conan the Barbarian is the story of one man's quest for vengeance among a dangerous and barbaric land. This is the second release of this film on DVD by Universal, and the image quality on this 2.35:1 anamorphic widescreen transfer looks miles above the previous release. Colors are very vibrant and full while the black levels are deep and dark. Only a slight amount of grain shows up in a few spots, and edge enhancement/digital artifacting is never present. The audio is presented in Dolby Digital 1.0 Mono and sounds passable. Of course, this being a Mono soundtrack, the depth and fidelity are missing, though overall, the bulk of the dialogue, effects, and music are free of any excessive distortion or hiss. Also included on this disc are French subtitles. This edition of Conan the Barbarian is a "collector's edition" and sports some fine new extra features. The first is a commentary track by director John Milius and Arnold Schwarzenegger. This is a very enlightening commentary track with both participants sounding very chatty and friendly. A brand new 53-minute documentary, "Conan Unchained," written, directed, and produced by Laurent Bouzereau, is a great retrospective on the film which includes interviews with many of the actors and filmmakers. Featuring lots of behind-the-scenes information and interviews, this is a great retrospective piece for fans. About six minutes of deleted scenes are included that don't add much to the proceedings. A special effects clip shows a shot with and without the inserted special effects. Finally there is an archive gallery with images and artwork from the film, two theatrical trailers, production notes, cast and filmmaker bios, and a DVD-ROM section with additional production materials and web links. Like mad dogs to rare beef, fans of the film should drool over this DVD for years to come.

Product Details

Release Date: 05/30/2000
UPC: 0025192056420
Original Release: 1982
Rating: R
Source: Universal Studios
Region Code: 1
Presentation: [Wide Screen]
Sound: [monaural]
Time: 2:09:00
Sales rank: 8,841

Special Features

Extended version with bonus footage; "Conan Unchained, the Making of Conan"; Feature commentary with director John Milius and actor Arnold Schwarzenegger; Deleted scenes; Special effects; The Conan archives; Theatrical trailers

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Arnold Schwarzenegger Conan
James Earl Jones Thulsa Doom
Max von Sydow King Osric
Sandahl Bergman Valeria
Ben Davidson Rexor
Cassandra Gaviola The Witch
Gerry Lopez Subotai
Mako The Wizard
Valerie Quennessen The Princess
William Smith Conan's Father
Luis Barboo Red Hair
Franco Columbu Pictish Scout
Leslie Foldvary Snake Girl
Gary Herman Guard
Erick Holmey Officer
Akio Mitamura Mongol General
Nadiuska Conan's Mother
Jorge Sanz Young Conan
Jack Taylor Priest
Sven Ole Thorsen Thorgrim
Kiyoshi Yamazaki Sword Master

Technical Credits
John Milius Director,Screenwriter
Nick Allder Special Effects
Colin Arthur Makeup
Bub Asman Sound/Sound Designer
Pier Luigi Basile Art Director
John Bloomfield Costumes/Costume Designer
Duke Callaghan Cinematographer
Ron Cobb Production Designer
D. Constantine Conte Executive Producer
Dino de Laurentiis Producer
Raffaella de Laurentiis Producer
Carlo DeMarchis Makeup
Buzz Feitshans Producer
Benjamin Fernandez Art Director
C. Timothy O'Meara Editor
Oliver Stone Screenwriter
Basil Poledouris Score Composer
Giorgio Postiglione Set Decoration/Design
Edward R. Pressman Executive Producer
Fred Stafford Editor
Edward Summer Associate Producer

Scene Index

Chapter List
0. Chapter List
1. The Days Of High Adventure (Main Titles) [5:32]
2. The Barbarian Raid [11:21]
3. The Pit Fighter [3:58]
4. A Warrior's Education [4:12]
5. The Tomb Of Crom [4:53]
6. The Witch [10:22]
7. The Temple Of The Serpent [11:23]
8. King Osric's Plea [10:08]
9. The Wizard [6:25]
10. The Prisoner Of Doom [10:21]
11. The Wizard's Spell [8:39]
12. Swords Against The Cult [11:01]
13. A Cimmerian Will Not Cry [:38]
14. The Stand Against Thulsa Doom [4:53]
15. Doom's Day [12:24]
16. A King By His Own Hand (End Titles) [9:32]

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Conan the Barbarian 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
''Lord of the Rings'' was accussed as '' just another mega-budget hype'' , ''Willow'' was thought by many as a bed-time story and ''the 13th warrior'', simply,as boring. Even though I adore all of the aforementioned films, I have to follow the ''everyone is entitled to an opinion'' dogma. However when it comes to ''Conan the barbarian'' I simply cannot find any negative points to whine about - unless you are a Titanic/Legends of the Falls fan, in which case why bother watching it anyway? Starting from the usual weakness in Arnie's movies: himself. Not only is he delivering the role of a seldom-speaking often-slaying barbaric warrior, not only is the physical resemblance to the hero amazing, but,furthermore (thanks to the fact he was still a nobody back then, as far as Hollywood was concerned) he avoids the trap others have fallen into:he adopts himself to the legend rather than the other way round (see Sly's rape of ''Judge Dread'' for instance). Backed by the majestic performance of J.E.Jones as Thal Sa Doom, the mesmerazing spiritual villain, and spot-on sidekick acting from excellent supporting cast (led by M. von Sydoff)further enhance the brilliance of directing and the power of the story(O.Stone's surealistic approach is evident in the children of doom cult). As for the score composed by my compatriote V.Poliduris, one word comes to mind: breathtaking. Then its the small details one should not neglect: Hand 2 hand combats of pure perfection with the ideal dosage of gory sound&visual effects, the absence of dodgy sentimental scenes,the true-fanity of the extras & Spanish background and the unexpected katharsis of the drama, a relief to vewers (like me)who are fed up to their ears with the unwritten rule of ''this-is-the-closing-duel-where-the-bad-guy-always-gets-it-after-10min-or so'' Most of all, though, you need to appreciate the bigger picture. There are no hidden messages, no moral mumbojumbo, no ''american way of life''jingles and no hideous happy endings. Conan is born by pain, lives in pain and learns how to deal with it. His world is a muthical, magical kingdom where triumph & death walk hand by hand. Its truly beautiful how this mixture of heroism, cynicism, pure evil and not so pure good, and supernatural intervention, is binded in this movie. All together, its the uncompromising spirit of its hero, which justifies the title of this review
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is the film that started it all; both for Schwarzenegger's film career and for all of the sword and sorcery movies that would try (most in vain) to imitate it. Before Beastmaster; before Ladyhawke; before Sword and Sorcerer; there came Conan. The story is simple and draws the audience into a credible yet imagined past of warriors and sorcerers. James Earl Jone's performance as the evil cult leader/sorcerer Thulsa Doom was the anchor in what otherwise could have been a complete flop. Max Von Sydow's brief role also gave weight to the acting. This is a role Schwarzenegger was born to play without a doubt. Another element which brought the movie to an epic status was John Milius' decision to retain Basil Poledoris for the music; a brilliant composition that carried the theme of the story with elegance (Oliver Stone wanted to use disco music.) Sandahl Bergman is the least convincing actress who was completely miscast as Queen Valeria; appearing to be more interested in accentuating her out-of-place Bay Watch appearance than playing her actual role. Mako and Jerry Lopez also delivered good performances in this film. Get the original release instead of the director's cut. The extra scenes inserted in the director's cut were originally deleted for a reason: the scenes consist of poor dialogue that doesn't add anything to the film. You also don't have the option of watching it without the added scenes in the director's cut. Stay with the original edition even if the sound and picture isn't as good.
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