Sword and the Sorcerer

Sword and the Sorcerer

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Director: Albert Pyun

Cast: Albert Pyun, Lee Horsley, Kathleen Beller, Simon MacCorkindale

     
 

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Released theatrically in the summer of 1982, just as a new wave of sword-and-sorcery fantasy films were about to flood the market because of the high-profile Arnold Schwarzenegger project Conan the Barbarian, the low-budget yet impressive looking The Sword and the Sorcerer rode into theaters and stole a little of Conan's thunder beforeSee more details below

Overview

Released theatrically in the summer of 1982, just as a new wave of sword-and-sorcery fantasy films were about to flood the market because of the high-profile Arnold Schwarzenegger project Conan the Barbarian, the low-budget yet impressive looking The Sword and the Sorcerer rode into theaters and stole a little of Conan's thunder before disappearing into movie culthood. In the wake of Xena and other such shows which routinely mix comedy and action, perhaps the time is right for this movie to find a new audience. Unfortunately, the years haven't been too kind to the film's patchwork print, as there is much grain and overall shabbiness in the picture. Many scenes appear too dark and muddy looking, though other scenes are relatively sharp and crisp. Reds tend to bloom, but other colors seem to be stable and appropriate looking. The Dolby Surround 5.1 soundtrack is fair, though it reveals too many limitations in the original lackluster sound design. A Dolby Digital 2.0 soundtrack is also available. Perhaps there just wasn't enough good source material to work with, hence Anchor Bay's decision not to make this DVD a more stellar affair. Too bad. The film is letterboxed at 1.85:1 and has been enhanced for 16 x 9 TVs. Two theatrical trailers and a TV spot have also been included.

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Editorial Reviews

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Many exploitation films tried to cash in on the success of Conan The Barbarian but The Sword And The Sorcerer might be the best of the bunch: not only does it deliver the expected barrage of sex and violence, it also captures the spirit of the pulp fiction that spawned Robert E. Howard's Conan stories. The script has a breathless, cliffhanger-driven feel that maintains an agreeably consistent flow of budget-conscious spectacle and populates its tale with an engaging, colorful cast of characters. Future t.v. hero Lee Horsley makes an agreeably raffish hero as Talon while Richard Lynch is effectively creepy as the brooding villain and Kathleen Beller supplies plenty of eye candy as the film's fetching but tough damsel in distress. Familiar character actors Joe Regalbuto and George Maharis also deliver memorable turns as a heroic ally and a villainous assistant, respectively. Best of all, Albert Pyun's direction gives the story the energy it needs: he delivers a fun action setpiece, an eye-popping makeup effect or a fetching bit of pulchrtitude every few minutes and keeps the pace building right up to the exciting finale. He also works in the occasional impressive visual flourish: the best of these is the slow-motion montage of Talon launching himself into the battle during the finale. The appeal of the film is sealed by an excellent, surprisingly lush musical score by David Whitaker which conjures up fond memories of classic Errol Flynn swashbucklers. In short, The Sword And The Sorcerer is worthwhile viewing for b-movie fans in need of Conan-inspired fun.

Product Details

Release Date:
04/24/2001
UPC:
0013131133295
Original Release:
1982
Rating:
R
Source:
Starz / Anchor Bay
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital, stereo]
Time:
1:39:00

Special Features

Widescreen presentation [1.85:1] enhanced for 16x9 TVs; Theatrical trailers; TV spot

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Lee Horsley Actor
Kathleen Beller Alana
Simon MacCorkindale Mikah
George Maharis Machelli
Richard Lynch Cromwell
Richard Moll Xusia
Nina Van Pallandt Malia
Anthony de Longis Rodrigo
Robert Tessier Verdugo
Anna Bjorn Elizabeth
Corinne Calvet Actor
Hubie Kerns Actor
Charlie Messenger Actor
Simmy Bow The Cardinal
Peter Breck King Leonidas
Reb Brown Phillip
Alan Caillou King Sancho
Christopher Cary King Richard
Eric Cord Eric
Jeff Corey Craccus
JoJo D'Amore Drunk
Steve Davis Thogan
Michael Evans King Ludwig
Anthony Farrar Young Mikah
Greg Finley Rumbolt
George Fisher Ninshu
Lennie Geer Cornelius
James Jarnigan Young Talon
Russ Marin Mogullen
Earl Maynard Morgan
Shelley Taylor Morgan Bar-Bro
George Murdock Quade
Christina Nigra Young Elizabeth
Buckley Norris Bartender
Pat O'Moore Devereux
Joe Regalbuto Darius
Jay Robinson King Charles
Thomas Rosales Kabal
Joseph Ruskin Malcolm
Alvah Stanley Sades
William Watson Karak
Emily Yancy Ban Urlu
John Davis Chandler 1st Guard

Technical Credits
Albert Pyun Director,Screenwriter
Michael Adams Stunts
John Ashby Stunts
Bruce Paul Barbour Stunts
Simone Boisseree Stunts
Christine Boyar Costumes/Costume Designer
Tony Brubaker Stunts
John Ross Bush Asst. Director
Dick Butler Stunts
John Cade Stunts
David Cadiente Stunts
Hank Calia Stunts
Greg Cannon Makeup Special Effects
John Carter Special Effects
Maria Rebman Caso Set Decoration/Design
Michael Cassidy Stunts
Brandon Chase Producer
Marianne Chase Producer
Phil Chong Stunts
Roydon E. Clark Stunts
Lisa Cook Asst. Director
George Costello Production Designer
Vince Deadrick Stunts
Nick Dimitri Stunts
Bennie E. Dobbins Stunts
Ted Duncan Stunts
Dick Durock Stunts
Greg W. Elam Stunts
Kenny Endoso Stunts
Tony Epper Stunts
Jeannie Epper Stunts
Hill Farnsworth Stunts
Ted Grossman Stunts
Bob Harris Stunts
Bill Hart Stunts
Marshall Harvey Editor
Chuck Henderson Special Effects
Bob Herron Stunts
Chuck Hicks Stunts
Larry Holt Stunts
Chris Howell Stunts
Loren Janes Stunts
Mike Johnson Stunts
Melvin Jones Stunts
Thomas Karnowski Co-producer,Screenwriter
Michael Kelly Associate Producer
Steve Lambert Stunts
Fred Lerner Stunts
Joseph Mangine Cinematographer
Bill McIntosh Stunts
Troy Melton Stunts
Bennie Moore Stunts
Tom Morga Stunts
Ve Neill Makeup
Ron Oliney Stunts
Gerald T. Olson Associate Producer
Mary Peters Stunts
Larry Randall Stunts
Mario Roberts Stunts
George Robotham Stunts
Alex Sharp Stunts
John Sherrod Stunts
Paul Stader Stunts
Clifford Strong Stunts
John V. Stuckmeyer Co-producer,Screenwriter
Buddy Van Horn Stunts
Greg Walker Stunts
Rock Walker Stunts
Marvin Walters Stunts
Chuck Waters Stunts
Jesse Wayne Stunts
David Whitaker Score Composer
George Wilbur Stunts
James Winburn Stunts
Terry Woolman Special Effects
Harry Woolman Special Effects
Bob Yerkes Stunts

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Scene Index

Side #1 --
0. Chapter Selections
1. Program Start/ Main Titles [3:14]
2. Ritual Of Resurrection [5:36]
3. Black Betrayal [2:18]
4. The Fall Of Ehdan [3:39]
5. Sword Of Power [2:28]
6. Lair Of The Necromancer [4:26]
7. Plots Within Plots [3:06]
8. Princess Alana [5:43]
9. Sword For Hire [4:53]
10. Firey Rescue [3:26]
11. Seduction And Defiance [2:59]
12. Chamber Of Torment [3:10]
13. Fangs Of The Sewer Rats [3:56]
14. Escape From The Dungeon [4:28]
15. Harem Scarum [2:45]
16. Duel With Cromwell [4:17]
17. Rogues Alliance [3:39]
18. Blade Of The Torturer [5:02]
19. Crucifixion [4:24]
20. Pirate's Revenge [1:56]
21. A Call To Arms [5:50]
22. Talon Triumphant [1:45]
23. The Demon Revealed [4:04]
24. The Sword And The Sorcerer [1:19]
25. Clash Of Steel [4:02]
26. Long Live The King [2:51]
27. End Credits [3:58]

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