The legendary wizard tells his story of his war against Queen Mab of the Sidhe and his creation of Camelot.
What kind of guy was the wizard Merlin, anyway? He lives a long time, raises a boy to be a king, props up a Utopian empire with his magic and wisdom, and then watches as it all crumbles under such banal forces as vengeance and betrayal. This four-hour mini-series re-tells the story of Camelot and King Arthur from the perspective of the magic man who sacrifices a great deal to guide mortals toward a better destiny. Sam Neill plays Merlin as an accessible, flesh-and-blood fellow of real passion, powerless to undo the spell of a rival (Rutger Hauer) who has virtually imprisoned Merlin's great love, Nimue (Isabella Rossellini), but gifted enough to counter the treachery of Morgan Le Fey (Helena Bonham Carter) and the wicked Queen Mab (Miranda Richardson). The battle sequences and special effects are striking and original, and it is great fun to see such art-house movie actors as Richardson, Carter, Neill, etc., in fantasy entertainment the whole family can enjoy. (An unrecognizable Martin Short must be singled out, however, for a wonderful, largely dramatic performance as Mab's sidekick, Frik.) Directed by Steve Barron (The Adventures of Pinocchio), Merlin is a nice bit of glossy revisionism of a beloved legend. --Tom Keogh --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Awesome movie!!! Reminds me way back than when it was on TV and now I can watch anytime.Published 10 days ago by Joshua Parker
le seul regret,que j'ai eu c'est que le DVD n'était pas fait pour ma zone,puisque je demeure au canada et nous somme dans la ZONE 1 mais pour la rapidité et le... Read morePublished 2 months ago by gaetangrenier
I have always liked the character of Merlin best of all the King Arthur legend and Sam Neill is a great actor.Published on May 1 2013 by V. Moar
A really good product, I was actually very impressed by the rapidity in which I received the product. Had it been available in FRENCH, I would have gave it at least 1 more star.Published on Jan. 29 2012 by Roger
I'm shocked to say I found this 3 hour TV mini-series more
entertaining, more human, and more emotional, than almost all the huge
sword and sorcery epic features of late... Read more
this is the best movie ever made for TV. I loved it. I think everyone should have a copy in their housePublished on Feb. 19 2009 by Sofija Markoc
What else to expect from overbearing people who think they know everything about the world. Strange, I thought the USA actually existed only since 1880 something... Read morePublished on Nov. 1 2006 by WhiteWica