Dragonslayer
  • Dragonslayer
  • Dragonslayer

Dragonslayer

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Director: Matthew Robbins

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.See more details below

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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
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

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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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