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Willow (Widescreen)

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  • Actors: Val Kilmer, Joanne Whalley, Warwick Davis, Jean Marsh, Patricia Hayes
  • Directors: Ron Howard
  • Writers: George Lucas, Bob Dolman
  • Producers: George Lucas, Joe Johnston, Nigel Wooll
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, DVD-Video, Special Edition, Subtitled, THX, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English, Spanish
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada This DVD will probably NOT be viewable in other countries. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • MPAA Rating: PG
  • Studio: 20th Century Fox
  • Run Time: 126 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (193 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00003CXDD
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #57,260 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)
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Product Description

This epic Lucasfilm fantasy serves up enough magical adventure to satisfy fans of the genre, though it treads familiar territory. With abundant parallels to Star Wars, the story (by George Lucas) follows the exploits of the little farmer Willow (Warwick Davis), an aspiring sorcerer appointed to deliver an infant princess from the evil queen (Jean Marsh) to whom the child is a crucial threat. Val Kilmer plays the warrior who joins Willow's campaign with the evil queen's daughter (Joanne Whalley, who later married Kilmer). Impressive production values, stunning locations (in England, Wales, and New Zealand) and dazzling special effects energize the routine fantasy plot, which alternates between rousing action and cute sentiment while failing to engage the viewer's emotions. A parental warning is appropriate: director Ron Howard has a light touch aimed at younger viewers, but doesn't shy away from grisly swordplay and at least one monster (a wicked two-headed dragon) that could induce nightmares. --Jeff Shannon --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

Customer Reviews

4.3 out of 5 stars

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 17 2004
Format: DVD
Ignore VIEWER FROM NJ folks.
Willow has all the components for a fantasy story: a fairly long journey, myth, legend, a band of varied heroes, a witch, a dragon, trolls, and brownies...action, adventure, humour, romance...
For the time when it was made, it is great; as time passes, all your favourite movies will seem slip backwards, from a technological point of view. You appreciate a movie for what it is.
And while VIEWER FROM NJ mentions THe Phantom Mencace, which I must agree was tardy from every stand point, except the effects, he or she does not appreciate Willow. It's not that the movie is bad as he/she states; they just can't appreciate it for what it is.
It is not on the same epic scale as Lord of the Rings in terms of the books and the movies (after all, Willow is 1 movie, not 3). And unlike what VIEWER FROM NJ stated about "You gotta have plot character and the mythic element of the hero for fantasy to work and to make great movies on the subject", Willow has it all then some (see first paragraph).
See this movie remembering whence it came. VIEWER FROM NJ does appreciate that fact; also he/she seems to be young since they praised LOTR, saw The Phantom Menace then asked if there was "CGI back then". This seems to be the norm, for the younger folk not to appreciate and respect the movies from the previous years that has paved the way for the great (and unfortunately, not-so-great) movies of today and tomorrow. The dragon was actually done using a method called stop-motion animation; not CGI. There was more worked involved in this method - actual (minitaure) models were used.
So ignoring VIEWER FROM NJ review, borrow Willow if you can; I'm pretty sure you'll want to own it afterwards. Also have a look at Neverending Story (The first one), The Princess Bride, Legend, and Krull.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Kurt A. Johnson on May 12 2004
Format: VHS Tape
Willow Ufgood (Played by Warwick Davis) is a nelwyn (little people) farmer who aspires to being a good farmer, a good father, and (if possible) the village sorcerer's next apprentice. However when he finds a daikini (tall people/us) baby, his whole world is turned upside-down. This baby is Elora Danan, a child of prophecy, destined to be the end of the evil witch-queen Bavmorda (Jean Marsh), and Bavmorda's army is looking for her. There's a destiny at work here, and Willow must see it through. But along the way he will find help in unexpected places, most unexpectedly in the form of Madmartigan (Val Kilmer), a rogue of rogues and self-proclaimed "greatest swordsman that ever lived."
This is a great story of swords and sorcery, good and evil. I thought that the battle scenes were very good, as was the magic. Heck, I even thought that the special effects were good. It's not The Lord of the Rings, but nothing else is. This is an excellent fantasy movie, one that you can sit down and watch with your whole family. It's got something for everyone - action, adventure, magic, romance and comedy. My children (a 13-year-old and a 10-year-old, who are both fans of The Lord of the Rings) both loved this movie, especially the brownies, who have to be seen to be believed. My family and I all highly recommend this movie to you.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer TOP 1000 REVIEWER on July 24 2014
Format: Blu-ray
WILLOW [1998] [25th Anniversary Edition] [Blu-ray + DVD] [US Import] The Next Great Adventure! Even More Magic On Blu-ray!

Journey to the far corners of your imagination with ‘WILLOW,’ for the first time ever on Blu-ray! Now fully digitally restored, this release features a dazzling array of extras, including new, never-before-seen exclusive content.

From legendary filmmakers George Lucas and Ron Howard comes a timeless fantasy tale in which heroes comes in all sizes...and adventure is the greatest magic of all. When young Willow Ufgood [Warwick Davis] finds an abandoned baby girl, he learns she is destined to end the reign of the wicked Queen Bavmorda [Jean Marsh]. In order to protect the child, Willow must team up with a rogue swordsman [Val Kilmer] and overcome the forces of darkness in the ultimate battle of good versus evil!

FILM FACT: At the Academy Awards® the film was nominated for Sound Editing and Visual Effects. The film won Best Costume Design at the Saturn Awards, where it was also nominated for Warwick Davis for Best Performance by a Younger Actor and Jean Marsh for Best Supporting Actress.

Cast: Val Kilmer, Joanne Whalley, Warwick Davis, Jean Marsh, Patricia Hayes, Billy Barty, Pat Roach, Gavan O'Herlihy, David Steinberg, Phil Fondacaro, Tony Cox, Robert Gillibrand, Mark Northover, Kevin Pollak, Rick Overton, Maria Holvoe, Julie Peters, Mark Vande Brake, Dawn Downing, Michael Cotterill, Zulema Dene, Joanna Dickens, Jennifer Guy, Ron Tarr, Sallyanne Law, Ruth Greenfield, Kate Greenfield, Edwin Alofs (uncredited), Kenny Baker (uncredited), Malcolm Dixon (uncredited), Cheryl Howard (uncredited), Greg Powell (uncredited), Jack Purvis (uncredited) and Ashley C.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Peggy Vincent on Jan. 29 2004
Format: DVD
I've always felt that fantasy is just not my genre. But now and then a film comes along and forces me to reconsider by opinions. Willow is one of those films, an epic by the Lucas film industry.
The plot is that there is an evil queen (of course), wonderfully played by Jean Marsh who needs to find the baby who will end her reign. Pregnant women are imprisoned, and their babies are inspected. But the midwife who delivers the precious and sacred baby spirits her from the castle and sets the child adrift on the river. She is found by Willow, a little person with a big heart, who sets out on a trek to return her to the Daikini, the big humans.
Adventures, dragons, evil, sorcerers, battles, and magic ensue, and it's all accompanied by beautiful scenery (English and Welsh countryside), wonderful acting, and Ron Howard, a great director. Plus, there's Val Kilmer to enjoy, so what's to complain about? Nothing.
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