This 1986 fantasy/action thriller has since spawned two sequels, a popular syndicated TV series, numerous comic-book spinoffs, and a loyal (if somewhat oddly obsessive) following of fans. Directed by music video veteran Ru... more »ssell Mulcahy (which explains the dizzying camera work), the original theatrical release made hash of an intriguing story about an "Immortal" from 16th-century Scotland (Christopher Lambert) who time-leaps to modern-day America with his archenemy (Clancy Brown) in hot pursuit. It becomes a battle to the death (yes, Immortals can die), and Lambert seeks survival training from an Immortal mentor played by Sean Connery. Dazzling, energetic, and altogether confusing in its original form, the film has since been released on video, laserdisc, and DVD in this revised widescreen "director's cut," with additional footage, director and producers' commentary, a photo and artwork archive, the original trailer, and an official time line of the film's evolution from script to screen. A must for Highlander fans ... and you know who you are! --Jeff Shannon« less
A classic! Christopher Lambert at his best and Clancy Brown was excellent as a madman! Sean Conner was entertaining as well! A must watch for those who like knight and sword movies!
Chrystine H. from CREIGHTON, MO Reviewed on 6/23/2015...
My favorite of all the Highlanders.
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Kenneth L. from ROCK PORT, MO Reviewed on 2/7/2013...
Thoroughly enjoyed " Highlander ". Will be keeping it for my permanent library. Don't know how to recommend it any better way.
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Brad S. (Snibot) from DALLAS, TX Reviewed on 3/2/2010...
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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Hilda S. from YORKTOWN, VA Reviewed on 5/4/2008...
I think if I had seen this movie when it had originally come out I would have enjoyed it more, but the special effects have since improved. Outstanding performances by Sean Connery and Christopher Lambert.
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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!"
"I Am Connor MacLeod From The Clan MacLeod" ~ "Who Wants T
Brian E. Erland | Brea, CA - USA | 07/18/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"'Highlander' released to the theaters in '86 was an instant cult classic. And why wouldn't it be, clashing swords, severed heads, a secret society of Immortals living secretly amongst us battling to the death through the centuries in hopes of being the last Immortal standing. It doesn't get any better than that. As the sacred prophecy predicted, "In the end there can be only one". Add to the mix a killer soundtrack written and performed by Queen and you've got yourself a franchise.
Christopher Lambert plays Connor MacLeod, the Highlander in the role that made him famous and unfortunately typecast him for all time. Be that as it may, this is his signature role and he is perfect in the part. Sean Connery is also wonderful as his best friend, mentor and fellow Immortal Juan Sanchez Villalobos Ramirez.
A lot of previous reviewers have already voiced their concerns about the quality of the DVD transfer. To be honest, whatever technical problems may exist with the sound quality and picture resolution, they haven't been noticable enough to me to lessen my enjoyment of this classic action/adventure."
Worst DVD, ever!
Benjamin S. Munson | Madison, CT United States | 12/10/2000
(1 out of 5 stars)
"This disc has one of my favorite 'guilty pleasure' movies on it - unfortunately, the quality is worse than my VHS copy. The video is poorly compressed, the sound is so variable that no sound designer could ever have dreamed of such an atrocity, and the overall quality of the presentation is lacking at best. This is a hack job. Folks, there is a reason this disc sells for 10 bucks - and it's not because it's *that* bad of a movie. The only worse disc I've ever seen is "Metropolis" - and at least that movie was 70 years old. Avoid this disc; go w/VHS."