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Ladyhawke [Import]

4.1 out of 5 stars 178 customer reviews

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  • Format: NTSC, Import
  • Number of tapes: 1
  • MPAA Rating: PG-13
  • Studio: Warner
  • VHS Release Date: April 28 1998
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars 178 customer reviews
  • ASIN: 079073463X
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This lushly produced fantasy has gained a loyal following since its release in 1985, and it gave a welcomed boost to the careers of Matthew Broderick, Michelle Pfeiffer, and Rutger Hauer. You have to ignore the overly aggressive music score (critic Pauline Kael aptly dubbed it "disco-medieval") and director Richard Donner's reckless allowance of anachronistic dialogue and uninspired storytelling, but there's a certain charm to the movie's combination of romance and heroism. Broderick plays a young thief who comes to the aid of tragic lovers Isabeau (Pfeiffer), who is cursed to become a hawk every day at sunrise and Navarre (Hauer) who turns into a wolf at sunset. The curse was cast by an evil sorcerer-bishop (John Wood), and as Broderick eludes the bishop's henchmen, Navarre struggles to conquer the villain, lift the curse, and be reunited with his love in human form. The tragedy of this lovers' dilemma keeps the movie going, and Broderick is well cast as a young, medieval variation of Woody Allen. --Jeff Shannon --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
Ladyhawke is a classic fantasy film starring Matthew Broderick and Michelle Pfeiffer, about a former captain of the guard and a lady who fall in love but have curses placed on them by an unscrupulous abbot to prevent them from ever being together as humans. Broderick's character is a cheeky thief who escapes an inescapable prison and ends up being companion to the two. Together with a disgraced priest, they find a way to break the curse. There is a great deal of symbolism in the movie for those who look for something deeper, but there's also plenty for those who just want something enjoyable to watch.

The video and audio quality of this blu-ray edition are excellent. There are no extras, but for the price the movie itself is WELL worth it.
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Format: DVD Verified Purchase
I like the movie and I wanted a DVD copy.
The price was good at the time I bought it.
I wasn't paying attention to the fact that it was coming from a supplier in Italy, not directly from Amazon.
Surprise surprise, it had a European region code! It would not play on my Samsung home theatre which is locked to North America.
I had to haul out my old LG DVD player that has been hacked to region free. (Thanks, Video Help!)
But that limits me to composite video and analog audio out, rather than full digital HDMI splendor.
I still like the movie but pay attention to the country of origin in these Amazon Marketplace transactions.
Blu-Ray players are very hard to make region free, and had I bought this on BR I would have been out of luck.
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Format: DVD
Just saw this movie the other day and loved it. Warners should re-release as a two disk set with new interviews with Richard Donner and the cast. I would like to hear how they made the movie and what they think of it, all these years later.
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Format: Blu-ray
Have loved this movie for years. Strong music that is strange with this movie, but it is part of it's charm. Mathew Broderick is great. Upgraded to Blu-ray. A bit grainy a couple of times but otherwise great colour and clarity for an old movie.
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Format: DVD Verified Purchase
I think I have seen this movie at least 5 times. I originally had it on VHS, which was lost. so I just recently bought the DVD so I can keep it for future viewing. A beautiful love story, and being a horse lover, the beautiful Friesian in the movie is one outstanding horse!
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Rare to find now, I have seen this classic for up to $90 ,i bought this as a gift and considering it's the 80s still not a bad film.
I looked everywhere and found this online at Amazon,though secondhand it was sent from a rare DVD/CD shop, it was as described and received in very good time.
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Format: VHS Tape
A profound mideval legend brought to the big screen. An attractive cast and anachronistic but compelling dialogue.
An okay soundtrack--sort of out of place, but not completely.
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Format: VHS Tape
This is the sort of film "they don't make any more" but really should. In Ladyhawke, horses just don't gallop or trot, they prance. The story, based upon a Medieval legend of a pair of cursed lovers-a knight who is a wolf by night, and a lady who is a hawk by day-is gorgeous to watch, not just for the fine acting, but for the wonderful Italian countryside. Rutger Hauer is a starwart as Etienne of Navarre, a man who can fight off battlions of the Bishop's Guards one moment, just ache so heartbreakingly for his lost love the next. Michelle Pfieffer, as Isabeau of Anjou, comports herself with touching vunerability, yet with a strength which sometimes takes ones breath away. And then, as now, hers is an etherial beauty for which men would go to war. Even Matthew Broderick, as the comedy relief thief Phillipe the Mouse, can bring a smile or a tear with equal ease. His charector oftentimes seems on the edge of madness as he slowly realizes what he had gotten himself into by escaping the dungeons of Aquiela. And the last scenes, with the battle in the Church, and the final confrontation with the evil bishop (and gentlemen, upon getting married, how would you like to see Michelle Pfieffer down the aisle?) is the big payoff. I wish this one had a sequal, if only so that I could see what happened next to these wonderful charectors.
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