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The dark, brooding tone of Conan the Barbarian is replaced in this rousing sequel by a lighter, more humorous tone and one of the campiest casts ever assembled. This time, Conan is assigned by a duplicitous queen (Sarah Douglas) to escort a virgin princess (Olivia d'Abo) on a treacherous trek to a crystal palace where they will retrieve a priceless gemstone. Basketball champ and self-described Lothario Wilt Chamberlain plays Bombaata, a warrior sent on a secret mission to kill Conan, and the androgynous Grace Jones plays Zula, a wild woman who becomes Conan's loyal ally. Some consider this sequel a disappointment, but the film makes no apologies for its silliness, and that's the key to its success as gloriously pulpy entertainment. --Jeff Shannon
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Arnold Schwarzenegger returns with a vengeance in the sword and sorcery adventure ‘CONAN THE DESTROYER.’ The powerful hero Conan [Arnold Schwarzenegger] has been commissioned by evil Queen Taramis [Sarah Douglas] to safely escort a teen princess [Olivia D'Abo] and her bodyguard Bombaata [Wilt Chamberlain] to the magic Horn of Dagon. Conan soon discovers, however, that the queen plans to sacrifice the princess when she returns and inherit her kingdom. Now Conan and an unusual group of allies, including the eccentric Akiro “The Wizard” [Mako Iwamatsu] and the wild woman Zula [Grace Jones] must defeat both mortal and supernatural foes in an epic, sword-wielding battle with the fate of the entire world at stake and the extinction of mankind. The action is large scale, the plot suitably fantastic, and the climax, a fight to the death between Conan and the evil god Dagoth [André the Giant] brought back to life. The monster was designed by E.T. creator Carlo Rambaldi.
FILM FACT: Deleted Scenes: In the film, a camel is knocked to the ground, and after struggling to get back up, its hind legs are drawn forward with wires so that it is forced to sit down before falling to the ground. This sequence was cut from the U.K. version, as is a double horse-fall in the opening battle. There are a number of deleted scenes from the film, confirmed by actress Sarah Douglas, including Conan and Queen Taramis love scene, Taramis slapping Bombatta, extended battle scene between Conan and the Man-ape, and more graphic action scenes.Read more ›
Conan the Destroyer isn't at nearly as violent and bloody as the first. The first movie is a lot more barbaric. The sword play is slower and more brutal. You also don't see a whole lot of magic in the first film. Granted you see some, but not like you see in Destroyer. The sword play isn't nearly as bloody. It's more high paced and you see a bigger variety of weapons in the movie. You also see a diffrent kind of cast.
Mako is the only returning member besides Conan to the movie. He continues his role as the wizard and once again is a comedic charm. Grace Jones as a role as Zulu warrior. She is excellent in the movie. I was surprised to see her in the movie. Wilt Chambelin is also in the movie. He plays a warrior that is suppose kill Conan once the crystal is retreaved. He is in great shape for a 50 something year old man. I was impressed.
I liked Conan the Destroyer. It's PG and is something the whole family can watch. I don't think it's as good as Barbarian, but I do love it. It's a must for Arnold and fantasy fans. Get the DVD and enjoy.
In this movie, we find Conan lured into a mission to retrieve the sacred horn of whatever, with the promise that he will get his Valeria back, who died in the first movie. He's inconviently saddled with a fairly lame group including a greasy little thief/comic relief (Tracey Walter), a somewhat over enthusiatic Amazon type warrior (Grace Jones), the Asian wizard from the first movie (Mako), a princess (Olivia d'Abo), and her protector (Wilt 'the Stilt' Chamberlain).
Now the set up and such is fairly standard with the Conan stories, a quest frought with all kinds of peril an such, but the movie is lacking a lot of what was in the first movie, violence. I am not a gorehound by any means, but to lighten up on this aspect, most likely to get the PG rating is really a rub the wrong way to the fans and anyone who loved the first movie. I am not saying you have to have entrails and such flying about, but the amount of blood letting was extremely toned down. The same could be said for sexual content. In the first movie, Conan had three encounters with women, which is par for the books, but in this one there is none of that.Read more ›
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Luv the movie but this is a VERY poor quality DVD-not remastered or anything-kinda like watching SD TV except a bit worse-lol
I ended up giving it away(which I just don't do... Read more
I purchased the Bluray version of both Conan movies to replace my DVD package "Conan, the complete quest". The Bluray versions are a substantial upgrade over the DVD. Read morePublished on Oct. 8 2011 by Rolf Stengl