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Conan the Barbarian (Widescreen) [Import]

Arnold Schwarzenegger , James Earl Jones , John Milius    R (Restricted)   DVD
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Conan the Barbarian, the movie that turned Arnold Schwarzenegger into a global superstar, is a prime example of a match made in heaven. It's the movie that macho maverick writer-director John Milius was born to make, and Arnold was genetically engineered for his role as the muscle-bound, angst-ridden hero created in Robert E. Howard's pulp novels. Oliver Stone contributed to Milius's screenplay, and the production design by comic artist Ron Cobb represents a perfect cinematic realization of Howard's fantasy world. To avenge the murder of his parents, Conan tracks down the evil Thulsa Doom (James Earl Jones) with the help of Queen Valeria (played by buff B-movie vixen Sandahl Bergman) and Subotai the Mongol (Gerry Lopez). Aptly described by critic Roger Ebert as "the perfect fantasy for the alienated pre-adolescent," this blockbuster is just as enjoyable for adults who haven't lost their youthful imagination. --Jeff Shannon

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Conan, what is best in life? May 9 2004
Format:DVD
To watch Conan the Barbarian, of course! Fantasy movies are generally bad. No other genre is looked down upon more. This is because most sword & sorcery films fall into one or more of the following traps:
1) They are dumbed down and bowdlerized to appeal to kids and their uptight parents (Willow, Red Sonja).
2) They are throwaway drive-in style B-movies which at best are so bad that they only entertain as unintentional comedy (Hawk the Slayer, Dungeons & Dragons, The Sword & The Sorcerer).
3) They are other genres disguised as sword & sorcery films such as Ladyhawke, which is a chick-flick and Dragonslayer which is a costume drama and an allegory for the draft in Vietnam.
4) (...) .
Conan laughs at all these inferior sword & sorcery movies. He crushes them, sees them driven before him and hears the lamentations of their fanboys.
While other fantasy movies are made by and for wimpy comic book nerds and effeminate Englishmen (or wannabe Englishmen), Conan was written by tough-guy Robert Howard from the overly macho panhandle of Texas, a landscape that would chew up quaint little hobbits and elves and spit them out. Conan was adapted for the screen by fellow tough-guy writer Oliver Stone and he-man director John Milius. You can tell already that no sobbing midgets need apply. Conan is for the red-blooded American male who enjoys violent entertainment and appreciates tall, leggy, heavily armed blondes.
Conan (Ahnuld) saw his entire community get Klu Kluxed by Rexor (former Oakland Raider Ben Davidson) and Forgrimm (bodybuilder Sven Ole Thorsen), two burly and scary henchmen for the Atlantean wizard Thulsa Doom (James Earl Jones). Conan sees his father torn to bits by armor-plated Rottweilers and Thulsa Doom even beheads Conan's mom as the seven-year-old watches!
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
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Format:DVD
This is the best and most original sword and sorcery fantasy movie ever made. It has a raw and primal style that is simply not seen anymore on film in today's politically correct world.
Think of all the warrior-hero movies made during and since the 1990's - Dances with Wolves, Last of the Mohicans, Braveheart, Gladiator, Superman, Batman, Spider-man, Scorpion King and of course, the ultimate in feminine heroes - the Lord of the Rings trilogy; in every warrior-hero movie made since Conan the Barbarian, the heroes are afflicted with some degree of feminine sensitivity or other characteristics that mark them as "perfect mates" - sensitive and caring 90's males, in other words. Not so Conan the Barbarian.
Conan sees this woman Valeria, gives her the biggest jewel in the hoard that they've just stolen, and off with their clothes they go. Later, after Valeria pleads with him not to go after Thulsa Doom, he leaves her bed anyways. How's that for being the antithesis of the sensitive and caring 90's male, always thinking of the needs of the women? Valeria cries. She chases after him, rescues him, and swears to always be there for him and fight by his side. In the words of John Milius, what a Valkyrie!
More scenes that we would just not see in movies today - the Opening Sequence - Conan's mother, played by the exotically beautiful Nadiuska, is cornered by Thulsa Doom and his henchmen. For just a moment, Doom turns away and seems to offer her pity and mercy, then, THWACK, he cuts her head off! I think in previous viewings, I must have always had my eyes partly closed during this scene, because, watching this DVD, this is the first time that I've actually seen her head (with the light brown hair) fall to the ground at that moment.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars finally on blu ray Aug. 8 2011
Format:Blu-ray
its too bad it took a mediocre remake to get this classic on ray. Picture is excellent, a few nitpickings being this is 1 min 29 sec. shorter than the last dvd version. I don't know why. The cover is a big disappointment as well, they should have stuck with the original movie poster. More supplements would have been nice but overall i am very excited to have this release. As far as the destroyer is concerned i can't bear to buy it since i have tried to sit through it several times in the last year and did'nt have the constitution to do it.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Punching a camel in high definition Sept. 27 2011
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
It always impresses me to see how good an HD version of an old movie can be. While the image isn't as clear as a brand new digital movie that's been made that way, what we get here is a significant gain in image quality as well a better sound it seems. That being said, this release could have brought together a significant amount of bonus material, the original cover or whatever any Conan fan might want but this, instead, is more of a "casual" Blu-ray release and what you get is the classic fantasy movie with a plenty of languages/subtitles.

The movie itself is one of the best fantasy movies ever made and also one of Arnold's best (even if he only says maybe a hundred words in the whole movie). If you already are a Conan (movie) fan, you really should add this to your collection as it fares much better on the new HDTV as the DVD version does and if you're just curious, you should know that this is very inexpensive for an high definition classic.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars defines the genre April 19 2004
Format:DVD
A film by John Milius
What can you say about Conan? Originally created as a pulp novel by Robert Howard, John Milius's film is the first reason Arnold Schwarzenegger became a star. It is a muscle-bound, B-Grade styled fantasy of a film about a warrior named Conan. It is also a good movie, if you like fantasy or movies with sword wielding barbarians. Since I do like those style of films (or books), this was right up my alley.
As a young boy, Conan's parents were murdered by a band of warriors who bore the banner of a serpent. Conan is pressed into slavery and he grows strong because of the physical labor demanded. Perhaps because of his strength he becomes a gladiator fighting to the death, but he always wins and gains acclaim from the crowd. When Conan (Arnold Schwarzenegger) manages his escape, he becomes a thief, robbing treasure and plunder with his partner. Conan comes to the attention of King Osric (Max Von Sydow), who sets Conan on a quest to rescue his daughter from Thulsa Doom (James Earl Jones).
It just so happens that the warriors who murdered Conan's family were led by Thulsa Doom, and Conan recognizes the banner of Thulsa Doom as the banner that flew on the day his parents were killed. We now add little splash of revenge to the picture and the set up to our story is complete.
"Conan the Barbarian" is a cut or two (no pun intended) above average fantasy film. You have magic, swords fighting, some comedy, and a heavily muscled warrior exacting his revenge. This film pretty much defines the genre, and it also set a standard that I'm not sure has been reached since 1982. This is a good movie, though not for everyone.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Awesome!
Published 2 days ago by Gennaro C
5.0 out of 5 stars Thulsa Doom and '70s cults
In an otherwise perceptive review connecting Conan/Arnold with Aquilonia/California, A Customer wrote "Valerie Quennessen as the Princess was probably the only miscast character -... Read more
Published on Aug. 25 2011 by mcewin
5.0 out of 5 stars That which does not kill us makes us stronger - Friedorich Nietzche
WIZARD: "between the time when the oceans drank Atlantis, and the rise of the sons of Aryas there was an age undreamed of and unto this, Conan, destined to bear the jeweled crown... Read more
Published on Aug. 13 2011 by bernie
1.0 out of 5 stars I cried...
As a huge fan of the original Robert E. Howard works... I cried when I saw this the first time. IT WAS THAT BAD. Read more
Published on Aug. 17 2009 by B. Armitage
4.0 out of 5 stars a very good theatrical introduction to Conan
this is a very good movie.it contains lots of action adventure and
excitement.the acting is pretty decent,although acting isn't really the
focal point of this movie or... Read more
Published on Aug. 31 2007 by falcon
5.0 out of 5 stars An impressive, respectful new lease on life for Conan the Barbarian
I'm rather protective of the work of Robert E. Howard, a brilliant writer who died -- by his own hand -- far too young, and I was quite pleased by this cinematic treatment of his... Read more
Published on Sept. 10 2006 by Daniel Jolley
5.0 out of 5 stars The best Epic movie that exists!!!
When does a movie become classic? When it tops the box office? When it has thousands of supporting actors, or a great budget? Maybe when it has a dozen of well known actors. Read more
Published on June 26 2004 by Theobalt
5.0 out of 5 stars Couldnt have picked a better Conan
"Conan, what is best in life?"
"To crush your enemies, see them driven before you, and to hear the lamentation of their women! Read more
Published on June 16 2004 by "vikingwarlord"
5.0 out of 5 stars the best movie ever
this movie and sergio leone's "The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly" are probably the two best movies ever. The symbolism in this movie is amazing. Read more
Published on May 25 2004 by Daniel Drummy
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