Excalibur

Excalibur

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Director: John Boorman

Cast: John Boorman, Nigel Terry, Nicol Williamson, Nicholas Clay

     
 

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One thing that can be said about Warner Bros.' DVD library is that it's consistent; their discs rarely contain more than filmographies and a theatrical trailer or two. Fortunately, there are exceptions to that rule, and apparently someone within the studio saw fit to make John Boorman's epic retelling of the Arthurian legend one of those exceptions. The major addition… See more details below

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One thing that can be said about Warner Bros.' DVD library is that it's consistent; their discs rarely contain more than filmographies and a theatrical trailer or two. Fortunately, there are exceptions to that rule, and apparently someone within the studio saw fit to make John Boorman's epic retelling of the Arthurian legend one of those exceptions. The major addition here comes in the form of a commentary track by director Boorman, whose monologue is refreshingly insightful at a time when many commentaries are used up with friendly yet ultimately meaningless banter. Also featured are, as usual, the theatrical trailer, scene selections, and a cast and crew section that curiously contains only information on Boorman himself. Fans of the film who have until now only seen it on VHS will be amazed at the clarity of the audio mix. The soundtrack has been remixed into a digital 5.1 presentation that makes the best of its limited source material and manages to separate nicely. There is a prominent bass track which was certainly not present in previous incarnations of the film and which adds a great deal of weight and authenticity to the many elaborate battle scenes. The film has never looked so good; almost every instance of film grain has been removed and the colors, particularly the flesh tones, are well balanced. The picture is presented in a non-anamorphic letterboxed format at 1.85:1. Overall, Boorman's insightful commentary alone, not to mention the outstanding audio and video quality, makes this disc well worth owning.

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One of the most ambitious, lavish productions of the Arthurian legend (as set forth in Sir Thomas Malory's La Morte d'Arthur), Excalibur largely fulfills its lofty pretenses. This is not a child's fairy tale, and director John Boorman fashions a violent, sexual world of swords, sorcerers, and seducers. Excalibur is a visual marvel, garnering Alex Thomson a well-deserved Oscar nomination for his cinematography (only the widescreen version of the film does his work justice). Boorman filmed in the lush hills of Ireland, and the movie is suffused with a misty, poetic feel that suits the tone of the material. The principals are generally stellar, and a variety of future leading men can be glimpsed in the supporting cast, including Gabriel Byrne, Patrick Stewart, and Liam Neeson. This is a big movie in every sense, and sometimes Boorman's desire to include everything in the film overwhelms him: the quest for the Holy Grail, for example, may strike some as confusing. Excalibur has detractors as enthusiastic as its fans, which can be said of any work as ambitious as this grandiose spectacle of a film.

Product Details

Release Date:
09/21/1999
UPC:
0085392201822
Original Release:
1981
Rating:
PG
Source:
Warner Home Video
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital Mono, Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]
Time:
2:20:00
Sales rank:
2,942

Special Features

Feature-length audio commentary by director John Boorman; Interactive menus; Production notes; Theatrical trailer; Scene access; Languages and subtitles: English and Français

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Nigel Terry King Arthur
Nicol Williamson Merlin
Nicholas Clay Lancelot
Helen Mirren Morgana
Cherie Lunghi Guenevere
Paul Geoffrey Perceval
Robert Addie Mordred
Gabriel Byrne Uther
Keith Buckley Uryens
Katrine Boorman Igrayne
Liam Neeson Gawain
Corin Redgrave Cornwall
Emmet Bergin Actor
Niall O'Brien Kay
Patrick Stewart Leondegrance
Clive Swift Ector
Ciarán Hinds Lot
Liam O'Callaghan Sadok
Charley Boorman Boy Mordred
Garrett Keogh Mador
Brid Brennan Lady in Waiting
Eamon Kelly Abbot
Barbara Byrne Young Morgana

Technical Credits
John Boorman Director,Producer,Screenwriter
Barry Blackmore Asst. Director
Donn Cambern Editor
Michael E. Doyle Special Effects
Anna Dryhurst Makeup
Michael Dryhurst Associate Producer
Roberta A. Eisenstein Executive Producer
Terry English Consultant/advisor
Bryan Graves Set Decoration/Design
Edgar Gross Executive Producer
Peter Hutchinson Special Effects
Tim Hutchinson Art Director
Gerry Johnston Special Effects
Trevor Jones Score Composer
John Lawlor Asst. Director
John Lucas Art Director
John Merritt Editor
David Murphy Asst. Director
Basil Newall Makeup
Rospo Pallenberg Screenwriter
Anthony Pratt Production Designer
Bob Ringwood Costumes/Costume Designer
Mary Selway Casting
Bob Smith Camera Operator
Alex Thomson Cinematographer
Doug Turner Sound/Sound Designer
Bertram Tyrer Art Director
Anthony Van Laast Choreography
Alan Whibley Special Effects

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Scene Index

Side #1 --
0. Scene Selections
1. The dark ages. [3:17]
2. Sword of power. [1:46]
3. Lust shatters a truce. [2:47]
4. A bargain. [2:40]
5. The dragon's breath. [3:05]
6. Uther and Igrayne. [2:34]
7. Merlin's claim. [3:35]
8. Uther's fall. [3:15]
9. Jousting day. [3:05]
10. Arthur draws the sword. [4:43]
11. Arthur and Merlin. [4:06]
12. Leondegrances's castle under siege. [5:06]
13. The acknowledged king. [1:59]
14. This lunacy called love. [3:41]
15. Arthur and Lancelot. [4:58]
16. The Lady of the Lake. [4:02]
17. The fellowship of the Round Table. [2:47]
18. An escort - and a love vow. [2:19]
19. The wedding; Morgana and Merlin spar. [3:27]
20. Lancelot meets Perceval. [2:14]
21. The court of Camelot. [2:39]
22. The queen's honor challenged. [4:48]
23. Lancelot's dream. [1:54]
24. Lancelot duels Gawain. [5:16]
25. "But a king should be afraid.." [1:42]
26. Truth above all. [2:42]
27. Arthur's time. [1:18]
28. The caverns of knowledge. [3:44]
29. The charm of making. [2:22]
30. Mordred conceived and born. [2:41]
31. Quest for the Grail. [10:18]
32. Mordred leads a revolt. [2:20]
33. The death of Uryens. [2:51]
34. Perceval meets Lancelot. [1:29]
35. The secret of the Grail. [2:08]
36. Perceval rallies Arthur. [2:53]
37. Reunited with Guenevere and Excalibur. [3:01]
38. The land of dreams. [3:00]
39. The death of Morgana. [4:36]
40. The battle. [2:07]
41. Arthur and Lancelot. [2:34]
42. "Let us embrace at last.." [2:04]
43. Excalibur reclaimed. [2:42]
44. Arthur's journey. [:30]
45. End credits. [3:10]

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