The quality of the DVD is poor. The first third of the movie the voices and mouth movement don't match up at all. The basic premise of the story is similar to Braveheart (except without good action or acting). Especially early on the story is choppy and uninteresting. The first fight scene is horrifically bad (laughable). You can see the actors hesitating and waiting until the guy they are fighting is ready. The battle scenes do get better as the movie goes on. The siege of Milan is pretty good but can't save the poor acting and unlikable characters. Intertwined in the choppy story is just plain weird, silly, and sick scenes. Examples: 1. Rutger Hauer's character Barbarossa, catches the blacksmith assassin who somehow manages to get through thousands of German troops and into his tent. So, what should you do with this guy who is threatening you and just tried to kill you? Well, of course it just makes sense to let him go so he can organize the resistance to your kingdom! I should say the blacksmith guy had saved his life when he was young but I think when he just tried to kill you and is threatening you you go ahead and kill him. 2. The blacksmith is unconscious after the initial fight scene and this "witch" lady who has random "visions" does the rational and sane thing, she fondles and kisses him when he is unconscious? Ew! That isn't necrophilia but its unconsciousaphilia and still just plain sick. 3. During the siege of Milan the German forces capture a food scavenging party from Milan and plaster them to the front of the siege engines-OK that's a cool idea if your a German I don't have a problem with that. But then, suddenly the Milan defenders let a whole bunch of women on top of the wall to scream at the soldiers not to fire on the approaching "War machines" because they are going to hit their own men. First, why are there screaming women on the wall? Second, I don't think the Germans are exactly bringing cookies and milk to share. What exactly are you expecting to have happen when they take the city? OK, so finally they decide they should fire on the siege engines and try and save the city. Now, instead of aiming for the Germans on the sides who are pushing the war machines, they aim right for their own men. I mean heart and neck and head shots? What? Do they suck that bad with crossbows? Really. Only after they shoot all their own men do they start to shoot at the Germans but without fire, just plain crossbows.
So overall, poor quality DVD, poor character development and unlikable characters, lots of slow painful scenes, random and silly scenes. Initial fight scenes is ridiculous and there are some good battle scenes later they are punctuated with unrealistic and just plain silly parts. I regret buying it. Maybe a rental if you have insomnia or something!