4.4 24
Director: Russell Mulcahy

Cast: Christopher Lambert, Roxanne Hart, Clancy Brown


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There can only be one, and for DVD fans it may as well be Anchor Bay's "Immortal DVD Edition" of the sci-fi action classic Highlander. This 1.85:1 anamorphic widescreen transfer appears solid and well-produced, though small imperfections (including dirt and edge enhancement) tend to show up during the viewing. However, this transfer is miles above Anchor Bay's…  See more details below


There can only be one, and for DVD fans it may as well be Anchor Bay's "Immortal DVD Edition" of the sci-fi action classic Highlander. This 1.85:1 anamorphic widescreen transfer appears solid and well-produced, though small imperfections (including dirt and edge enhancement) tend to show up during the viewing. However, this transfer is miles above Anchor Bay's previous DVD edition from 2000. The audio is presented in two newly created DTS 5.1 and Dolby 5.1 Surround soundtracks. Each of these soundtracks feature a new barrage of directional effects that sometimes sound manipulated, though often work well in the confines of the film. All aspects of these soundtracks are free and clear of excessive hiss or distortion. Also included on this disc is a Dolby 2.0 Surround soundtrack in French as well as English closed captioning. The extra features on this edition of Highlander start with a commentary track by director Russell Mulcahy and producers William N. Panzer and Peter S. Davis. The three men seem to have a lot to say about the production and story, including some funny anecdotes about co-star Sean Connery. Two trailers for the film and a still gallery featuring images from the film and the band Queen are included, as well as a few talent biographies on the stars and director. Finally there are three entertaining music videos by the rock group Queen, a bonus CD with three songs by Queen, and a THX optimizer to help you set up your TV and stereo. This entire package comes inside of a handsome fabricated metal slipcase.

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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Jason Bergenfeld
While the Highlander name was becoming synonymous with less-than-par sequels, the television show based on the movie effectively took over the lore. Through it all, though, the exhilarating original stood out as a superior film, placing unintentional irony in the film's popular refrain: "There can only be one." When Connor McLeod (Christopher Lambert, in his most memorable role) is killed in a 16th-century battle, he surprises everyone, including himself, by coming back to life. He is subsequently banished by his fellow warriors; while in exile, he learns from a fellow "Immortal" (Sean Connery) the truth behind this newfound life: Death comes only in decapitation, and all Immortals are set to conquer one another in order to gain a nirvana-like existence, the "Quickening." Surviving eras, McLeod finds himself in modern-day Manhattan, pursued by the only other remaining Immortal, the dreaded Kurgan (Clancy Brown). Lambert's steely gaze and deadpan cool make McLeod a fitting king of the Immortals. With swordplay reminiscent of the Errol Flynn classic The Adventures of Robin Hood, plus a dashes of myth and mysticism, Highlander's fantasy action charms were unique enough to copy into oblivion. It also earns bonus points for an otherworldly soundtrack by the rock band Queen, who made both Flash Gordon and Wayne's World memorable.
All Movie Guide
Essentially a B-movie that found an audience, Highlander made less than six million dollars in its American theatrical release, ten million shy of its budget. But it developed enough of a word-of-mouth following on video to spawn three confused sequels, and deliver Christopher Lambert a career's worth of low-budget action vehicles. Although downright laughable in spots, Highlander won its audience on the basis of a giddy idea -- that life for these immortals is the ultimate game of Survivor, with beheadings determining the outcome instead of votes at the tribal council -- and film noir visuals that span centuries of narrative. Director Russell Mulcahy does a noteworthy job of blending the time periods, with visually ambitious segues in which shapes from one scene blend seamlessly into the next. What detracts from Highlander, making it a cult hit rather than a legitimate one, is the poor acting by everyone not named Sean Connery, and some pretty amateurish dialogue. Lambert has always been something of a hack, and Clancy Brown gives one of the more over-the-top portrayals of evil of his typecast career. Still, the duels are executed crisply enough, and the story has epic genre flair that's easy to get lost in. It's understandable why the movie was eventually beloved by teens and young adults, even beyond the Dungeons & Dragons set. However, as tightly resolved as it is, Highlander was just as predictably doomed in its attempt to support a franchise, resulting in a bunch of messy, self-contradicting sequels.

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Product Details

Release Date:
Original Release:
Starz / Anchor Bay
Region Code:
[Wide Screen]
[Dolby Digital Surround, Dolby Digital Surround EX]

Special Features

Widescreen presentation enhanced for 16x9 TVs; audio commentary with director Russell Mulcahy and producers Peter S. Davis and William N. Panzer; DVD-ROM link; theatrical trailers; English 5.1 Dolby Digital Surround EX, 6.1 DTS-ES, Dolby Surround 2.0, and French Dolby Surround 2.0 language tracks; talent bios.

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Christopher Lambert Connor MacLeod
Roxanne Hart Brenda Wyatt
Clancy Brown Kurgan
Sean Connery Ramirez
Beatie Edney Heather
Alan North Lt. Frank Moran
Sheila Gish Rachel Ellenstein
Jon Polito Detective Walter Bedwoe
Alistair Findley Chief Murdoch
Nicola Ramsey Rachel as a Girl
Ian Reddinton Bassett
Waldo Roeg German Soldier
Hugh Quarshie Sunda Kastagir
Christopher Malcolm Kirk Matunas
Peter Diamond Fasil
Billy Hartman Dugal MacLeod
James Cosmo Angus MacLeod
Celia Imrie Kate
Ed Wiley Garfield
James McKenna James/Father Rainey
John Cassady Kenny
Sion Tudor Owen Hotchkiss
Damien Leake Tony
Gordon Sterne Dr. Willis Kenderly
Ron Berglas Erik Powell
Louis Guss Newsvendor
Peter Banks Priest
Ted Maynard Newscaster
Anthony Mannino Boisterous Drunk
Helena Stevens Old Woman in Car
Frank Dux Old Man in Car
Prince Howell Drunk in Hotel
Anthony Fusco Barman
Ian Tyler Lab Technician
Corrinne Russell Candy
Buckley Norris Derelict

Technical Credits
Russell Mulcahy Director
James Acheson Costumes/Costume Designer
Martin Atkinson Art Director
Peter Bellwood Screenwriter
Peter Brace Stunts
Andrew Bradford Stunts
Lois Burwell Makeup
Allan Cameron Production Designer
Peter S. Davis Producer
Diane Dimeo Casting
Sandra Exelby Makeup
Larry Ferguson Screenwriter
Gerry Fisher Cinematographer
Graham Freeborn Makeup
Martin Gutteridge Special Effects
David Lee Henry Screenwriter
Ilona Herman Makeup
Peter Honess Editor
Tim Hutchinson Art Director
Garth Inns Special Effects
Michael Kamen Score Composer
Graham Longhurst Special Effects
Bert Luxford Special Effects
Vic Magnotta Stunts
Michael McLean Casting
Douglas Milsome Camera Operator
E.C. Monell Executive Producer
Eva Monley Associate Producer
William N. Panzer Producer
John H. Starke Associate Producer
David Tringham Asst. Director
Ian Whittaker Set Decoration/Design
Gregory Widen Original Story,Screenwriter

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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Program Start/Main Titles [2:02]
2. Body-Slam [2:37]
3. Duel to the Death [6:19]
4. Field of Battle [1:32]
5. Police Custody [:29]
6. Blade of the Kurgan [3:31]
7. Brenda Follows a Lead [6:51]
8. Clash of Steel [2:27]
9. The Immortal [3:56]
10. Heather [2:41]
11. Juan Sanchez Villalobos Ramirez [3:05]
12. Lesson in Humility [2:08]
13. Swordsmanship [2:47]
14. "The Only One of Its Kind" [4:41]
15. Kurgan's Wrath [4:01]
16. Master Race [3:37]
17. Brenda and Connor [6:10]
18. A Lifetime of Love [4:20]
19. Duel on Boston Common [5:18]
20. Alley Fight [4:41]
21. Pieces of the Puzzle [2:55]
22. Blasphemy [5:42]
23. Pain and Passion [5:28]
24. Wild Ride [5:06]
25. Blade Versus Blade [3:32]
26. The Final Battle [5:41]
27. The Prizes [4:31]
28. End Credits [4:34]


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