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Excalibur [Blu-ray]


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  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • MPAA Rating: R
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (251 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000Q66JXA
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #13,592 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)

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The legend of King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table receives its most impressive screen treatment in Excalibur, from visionary director John Boorman (Deliverance, Hope and Glory). All the elements of Sir Thomas Malory's classic Le Morte Darthur are here: Arthur (Nigel Terry) removing the sword Excalibur from the stone; the Round Table's noble birth and tragic decline; the heroic attempts to recover the Holy Grail; and the shifting balance of power between wily wizard Merlin (Nicol Williamson) and evil sorceress Morgana (Helen Mirren). With Patrick Stewart, Gabriel Byrne and Liam Neeson in notable early screen roles.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Greg TOP 1000 REVIEWER on Feb. 21 2007
Format: DVD
This is one of those films which can cause you to forget just how good it is with neglect. It stays fairly true to Sir Thomas Malory's work, while trying to be more decisive in some ways. Williamson gives a classic performance as Merlin, which is both edgy and whimsical. All the characters are nicely brought to life by gifted character actors. And some movie fans might be pleased to see early film performances by Patrick Stewart and Liam Neeson. Fans of British sitcoms might recognize Clive Swift from "Keeping Up Appearances", who stars in the film as Sir Hector, Arthur's adoptive father. The film lies out a series of memorable moments, as the weaknesses and the strengths of man battle each other for hold over the future...
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Brian Boyle on Jan. 19 2001
Format: DVD
A sword fashioned when the world was new. A king to wield the sword. A comrade to betray the king. An unfaithful queen forlorn. A wizard to watch over them all.
"Excalibur" is not a story about a precise location at some specific point in a time. Rather it is Legend itself; a dreamy tale about one brief, shining moment in a fantastic, magical kingdom. Filled with romance and adventure, "Excalibur" captures both the essence of, and the spirit of, the "knights in shining armor" interpretation of the Arthurian legend.
There are so many beautiful sequences in "Excalibur," such as Perceval's quest for the Holy Grail, or the entire end sequence, set in motion when Mordred says to Arthur, "Come, father, let us embrace at last." Director John Boorman skillfully blends realism and authenticity by way of a mythical setting.
No other film has ever captured the romantic notion of the Arthurian legend, both in scenery and drama, quite like "Excalibur." To this day, I still get the chills when I hear "O Fortuna" from Carmina Burana over the visuals of the last of the knights of the Round Table riding into battle with Mordred's forces. "Excalibur" is, quite simply, cinematic perfection.
NOTE: Several exceptional and distinguished Shakespearian actors appear in "Excalibur" including Nicol Williamson, Helen Mirren, Patrick Stewart, Liam Neeson, Gabriel Byrne, Nigel Terry and Cherie Lunghi.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Argus on March 9 2011
Format: Blu-ray
"Excalibur" is a terrific attempt at bringing the Arthurian legend to the screen. Director John Boorman was at pains to present what he called a "mythological truth," meaning he stayed faithful (excepting minor changes) to the stories of Thomas Mallory, Chretien de Troyes and Geoffrey of Monmouth. The dialogue, visual imagery and classical music of Richard Wagner and Carl Orff evoke a sense of primeval epic romance, but one with a hard edge of modernity, particularly in the quirky performance of Nicol Williamson as Merlin.

An aura of enchantment is created through the use of luminescent greens and shimmering silver, colours which also heighten the perception of a world in transition from paganism to Christianity. Less satisfactory is Boorman's interpretation of the crucial Grail sequence. The mystical secret of redemption revealed to Percival (Paul Geoffrey) is awkwardly correlated with the corruption of knightly virtues, the land in turmoil and Arthur's (Nigel Terry) depressive sickness. Perhaps it is a symptom of trying to cover too much ground at the expense of structural development. Also unfortunate is the bizarrely outlandish appearance of Mordred (Robert Addie) whose masked helmet looks like something out of a religious mystery play!

Regardless of these imperfections, an impressive array of acting talent including Helen Mirren, Patrick Stewart, Cherie Lunghi, Gabriel Byrne and a young Liam Neeson makes the most of an engaging script. Who could forget Arthur's rallying cry to "ride once more with [his] knights to defend what was and the dream of what could be!"
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Format: DVD
A film classic based on Sir Thomas Malory's 1485 book "Le Morte D'Arthur". Everyone has a favorite part. Few remember the whole film. And we notice something more with each viewing.

When you first see Excalibur rising from the lake you know you are in fro a great cinema graphic movie.

We get our entire favorite King Author stories well spliced together of form one cohesive tale including the search for the Grail. The round table had a unique symbol in the center.

Some time is spent trying to recognize our favorite actors when they were young. Who would have guessed that Igrayne (Katrine Boorman) was in the film "Zardos" (1974) also produced by John Boorman.

Also trying to identify the music mostly Richard Wagner (from "Parsifal", "Tristan und Isolde" and "G'tterd'mmerung").

After viewing this film it is time to get a different view of the same stories with the film "The Mists of Avalon" (2001) or maybe Merlin (1998).
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By John Valdez on May 12 2004
Format: DVD
One of the most important aspects of story telling is to decide whether to follow strict adherence to a tale's original inspiration or to depart at points which will enhance its worth upon retelling. You see, telling a story on film is to transfer an experience, an idea, a feeling and imagination. Excalibur is a Masterpiece of detail and attention to costume,location,time and culture, yet John Boorman fails miserably at presenting the story coherently in a visual, emotional, and sensible manner. Many parts of the King Arthur story skip important themes with conclusions that are essential to the point of the cinematography, dialogue and foreshadowing. A viewer should not be burdened with the confusion of sequences that leave out information or that provide cheezy special effects when these parts could simply have been redone or clipped from the movie entirely. There is one part where the character Percival has a dreamlike experience caught in the spell of Morganna and her son, that could simply have been more dramatic as character performance dropping the effects. It was distracting and actually lowered the quality of the movie. Nicol Williamson's performance was exceptional, as well as Patrick Stewart and Liam Neeson. As a rated 'R' version, which I had originally expected to be rated for authentically reproduced violence (done well for 1981) should probably be more attributed to the explicit nudity-so nude that in fact to say 'soft-porn' would be conservative. Totally unnecessary are these nude scenes, that it appears to be gratuitous on every level for which these scenes distract viewers from the story.Read more ›
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