Subject: I have found a DVD that I think you would enjoy
Actors: Christopher Lambert, Sean Connery, Clancy Brown, Beatie Edney, Anthony Fusco
Genres: Action & Adventure, Indie & Art House, Drama, Science Fiction & Fantasy
Genre: Action/Adventure Rating: R Release Date: 6-JAN-2009 Media Type: DVD
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Brad S. (Snibot) from DALLAS, TX
Reviewed on 3/30/2010...
powerful story, interesting, and new. Sean Connery and Christopher Lambert have wonderful performances, with some excellent writing. The soundtrack is one of the best available (It's a Kind of Magic by Queen.) The villain is one of the most creative in film, and Clancy Brown is amazing in the role.
As with all movies the special effects loose something over time. But the story remains powerful, and one of the things I really like about it is that they do an excellent job of demonstrating that immortality is a horrible curse.
Well worth a watch.
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My favorite film -- butchered on DVD
M. Kobb | California | 02/18/2000
(2 out of 5 stars)
"What an absolute atrocity. The picture quality on this DVD is the worst I have *EVER* seen. I'm fortunate to have the same edition on laserdisc, in addition to the original US release on laserdisc, and the quality in both cases is far superior. You'll think something is wrong with your DVD player if you buy this version. If you can't find the LD, go for VHS.Now, that having been said, the MOVIE is my all-time fave. Love the idea, love the cinematography, and love the performances of all the actors, especially Connery. It's true that the original US cut makes somewhat less sense than the Director's Cut, but that's a two-edged sword. The flow of the original US cut was better, while the Director's cut drags a bit in places. Also, the US cut, while "confusing" is also mysterious in a way that made it fun to watch again and again, because you had to figure out little details that are simply explained in the Director's cut.Overall, it's a pity this DVD is such a hack job. If it's ever remastered (which it should be), then they should do the same thing they've done with some other DVD titles -- allow you to select whether you want the US release or the Director's Cut. Also, think ANAMORPHIC!"
"It's a kind of magic"
Andrew | East Amherst, NY USA | 02/16/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This movie is a real gem. I don't really understand why critics were so hard on it, much less do I understand why a few people here are insulting the movie itself (I know the DVD transfer was bad, so I relate to those people) or why the movie was so cheap, then again, the quality of the transfer of this movie would explain it. But this movie is excellent in all aspects. It's unique, and it unfortunately has had its glory destroyed by lousy sequels and TERRIBLE TV shows.In terms of the acting, contrary to what other people claim here, Christopher Lambert's performance is first rate, and I think it a shame that he has subsequently appeared mostly in bad 1 1/2 star flicks and hasn't since had a real breakthrough in movies. Sean Connery adds real style to the movie with his acting, but it's a shame that he's in there for such a short time. Clancy Brown is as sinister as ever as Kurgan.The visuals and effects are great by any standard and the swordfighting scenes are excellentAnd WHO could possibly diss the rocking musical score by Queen? With such a strong opening theme ("Princes of the Universe") a truly emotional ballad ("Who Wants to Live Forever") and their smash hit single ("A Kind of Magic") just to name a few, you can't go wrong. If you learned about this movie just by being a Queen fan, and first watched the movie out of interest in their score (my situation), you're in for a real treat.To fans of this movie who were disappointed by the latest transfer, My only suggestion is to wait a while for the Highlander Immortal Edition which will be released April 16, 2002. It promises better sound and picture quality, the uncensored Director's Cut, Commentary, and plenty of Queen material including music videos to their songs from this movie which are musical and visual masterpieces (I've seen them). Plus it's in anamorphic widescreen format, and anamorphic seems like a good way to go especially for a movie like this.In any case, this movie is a winner and magic in it's strongest form. There can be only one."
Same disc as before...NEW cover art only ....stick with what
Richardson | Sunny California USA | 01/10/2009
(1 out of 5 stars)
I admit it...I love this movie...I saw this at my local shop (dvd planet) and couldn't resist... Directors Cut..6 more minutes! I got a sick feelingn when I put it in my player and the SAME menu as the previous edition came up... Turns out to be the same as previously released with a new cover. If you have the previous release...do NOT buy this.
lets hope a Blu Ray edition with some real bonus features will happen eventually. My 1 star rating is for this hopeless retread in packaging NOT the excellent movie!"