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Dragonslayer
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Dragonslayer

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Director: Matthew Robbins, Peter MacNichol, Caitlin Clarke, Ralph Richardson

Cast: Matthew Robbins, Peter MacNichol, Caitlin Clarke, Ralph Richardson

 

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This fantasy adventure gets a simple presentation for its release on DVD. Dragonslayer has been transferred to disc in letterboxed in its original widescreen aspect ratio of 1.85:1, which has been enhanced for anamorphic playback on 16 x 9 monitors. The audio, in English, appears in two mixes, one in Dolby Digital 5.1, the other in Dolby Digital Surround.

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This fantasy adventure gets a simple presentation for its release on DVD. Dragonslayer has been transferred to disc in letterboxed in its original widescreen aspect ratio of 1.85:1, which has been enhanced for anamorphic playback on 16 x 9 monitors. The audio, in English, appears in two mixes, one in Dolby Digital 5.1, the other in Dolby Digital Surround. Optional English language subtitles have been included, but no multiple language options have been included. No additional bonus materials have been included for this edition.

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Those who know Peter MacNicol as stuttering John Cage on Ally McBeal will be surprised to learn that he was once considered a logical choice to play the hero in a dragon epic. That isn't the only unusual decision in Matthew Robbins' Dragonslayer, which takes pains to create a lived-in, grubby medieval milieu, smartly free from gloss even with all its visual sophistication. Another intelligent choice was not blowing those visuals early on, and instead giving only ominous hints of the dragon for much of the movie, hence building its mystique. However, noticeably detracting is the intense violence, at least suggested if not always shown, which would have made Dragonslayer a sure candidate for a PG-13 if that rating had existed at the time. The very concept of sacrificing virgins to the hungry creature is enough to give a child nightmares, and Robbins doesn't always leave this entirely up to the imagination. Overall, however, Dragonslayer is a good thinking person's adventure, elevated almost to Masterpiece Theatre territory with the presence of thespian Ralph Richardson, in one of his final roles of an illustrious career. Too dark to be fully appreciated at the time, Dragonslayer has gained some in the passing years. It's doubtful that such an artsy would-be blockbuster would still get green-lighted today.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/21/2003
UPC:
0097360136746
Original Release:
1981
Rating:
PG
Source:
Paramount
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby Surround, Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]
Time:
1:49:00

Special Features

Closed Caption; Widescreen version enhanced for 16:9 TV's; English subtitles; Dolby Digital; English 5.1 Surround; English Dolby Surround

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Peter MacNicol Galen
Caitlin Clarke Valerian
Ralph Richardson Ulrich
John Hallam Tyrian
Peter Eyre Casidorous Rex
Albert Salmi Greil
Sydney Bromley Hodge
Chloe Salaman Princess Elspeth
Deborah Brown Actor
Emrys James Simon
Debbie McWilliams Actor
James Payne Urlander
Roger Kemp Horsrik
Ian McDiarmid Brother Jacopus
Ken Shorter Henchman
Jason White Henchmen
Douglas Cooper Urlander
Ian Holm Actor

Technical Credits
Matthew Robbins Director,Screenwriter
Hal Barwood Producer,Screenwriter
Alan Cassie Art Director
Peggy Dixon Choreography
Peggy Dixon Choreography
Industrial Light & Magic Special Effects
Brian Johnson Special Effects
Howard W. Koch Executive Producer
Barry Langley Asst. Director
Tony Lawson Editor
Anthony Mendleson Costumes/Costume Designer
Dennis Muren Special Effects
Alex North Score Composer
Eric Rattray Associate Producer
Elliot Scott Production Designer
Tony Smart Stunts
Derek Vanlint Cinematographer
Ian Whittaker Set Decoration/Design

Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Pact With a Monster [10:11]
2. The Test [6:48]
3. The Sorcerer You Seek [5:16]
4. Virgin Sacrifice [10:00]
5. The Dragon's Lair [7:05]
6. Celebration [5:26]
7. The Consequences of Failure [13:02]
8. New Lottery [7:55]
9. I Will See the End of It [12:41]
10. The Lake of Fire [8:15]
11. Still Alive [10:09]
12. Dragonslayer [12:32]

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Dragonslayer 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Grammy-01 More than 1 year ago
This fim has withstood the test of time with all of its special effects. Great casting & filming. One of Peter McNichols earliest roles. If you like Dragons then you'll love this one.
Guest More than 1 year ago
i saw this when i was a kid but remember one or three scenes. this was a weird and creepy film about i think a beginner sorceror, meets a shy woman and of course the sacrifice girl to a dragon type thing. caught this film again on tv and was glad to see it again. i love dragons and fantasy type films especially those that were back in the 80s with little and i mean little CGI and stuff. those were the days that movies were awesome. oh well long live the dragon. this is one of those movies you remember but forgot the name.
Guest More than 1 year ago
It was enjoyable. The dragon was really well done for a movie that came out 26 years ago. I didn't like the ending though.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Several years ago, I purchased this title on LaserDisc. I've just finished converting it to DVD with chapter points. If it were available, I'd purchase a commercial DVD version, but can't wait. We're about to sell off all our Laserdiscs and the player along with them. Great movie! The PG rating makes it a family affair and the values taught are good eg. honor, valor, real love(not Hollywood's version), etc. Timeless.......
Guest More than 1 year ago
It's hard for we people of the Internet Age to believe in dragons. Harder still flying dragons. And fire breathing ones as well, forget it! But this movie accomplishes the impossible. IF there ever were such beasts, or if there ever will be, THIS is what they would look like and how they would act. Similarly, if there ever were aged Sorcerers with young apprentices, then THESE are the ''Real McCoy.'' IF these animals and people ever existed, or will exist, THIS is the weird country they MUST exist in and the exciting things that they would HAVE to do. Thus, it should be no surprise that this movie has about it an air of familiarity, not quite predictability, but, most of all, inevitability. What more can we ask of a timeless fantasy? The more we see it, the better we realize it is. Like most real things it doesn't explode every other scene. But that supersonic-styled Dragon ...! I have this in Beta and just saw it again on DirectTV. I can't wait for some genius to put it on DVD where it belongs along with The Wizard of OZ, Ladyhawk (with the horse), Blade Runner, True Grit, High Noon and all the other great, timeless adventures.