Excalibur (1981) DVD - Widescreen - 5.1 Retail

Excalibur (1981) DVD - Widescreen - 5.1 Retail
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John Boorman brings the timeless legend of King Arthur to the screen in visually elaborate style. An epic tale steeped in magic, EXCALIBUR chronicles the life of Arthur beginning with his birth and ending with his climactic battle with his illegitimate son, the evil Mordred.
Director John Boorman's passionate adaptation of Sir Thomas Malory's LE MORTE D'ARTHUR stars Nigel Terry as the faithful King Arthur.

Necromancer Merlin (Nicol Williamson) offers the magic sword Excalibur to the warlike Uther Pendragon (Gabriel Byrne) in exchange for a promise that he'll make peace with his enemy, the duke of Cornwall (Corin Redgrave). He agrees but breaks his word after catching sight of Cornwall's wife, Igraine (Katrine Boorman). With the magician's help he makes love to the woman in the guise of her husband. She bears a child, Arthur, who is taken by Merlin as payment for his assistance and left in the care of Ector (Clive Swift). Years pass, and the boy, now a humble squire, pulls Excalibur from the stone in which Uther had sunk it--a task no other could accomplish. With Merlin's counsel, he marries the stunning Guenevere (Cherie Lunghi), finds a champion in Sir Lancelot (Nicholas Clay), subdues the skirmishing knights, and builds the Round Table to unite them. Yet his half-sister, Morgana (Helen Mirren), lurks in the shadows, preparing to poison her brother's reign. Perhaps the best film made in this genre, EXCALIBUR benefits from an extraordinary cast, including appearances by Byrne, Patrick Stewart, and Liam Neeson early in their celluloid careers. Counterpointing ethereally filtered sex scenes against scenes of graphic blood-and-guts swordplay, Boorman's sumptuous production galvanizes the familiar mythology, as he charts the transition from an age of magic to one of reason.
Shot on location in Wicklow, Tipperary, and Kerry, Ireland.

EXCALIBUR is the feature-film debut for actor Liam Neeson.

Academy Awards: Nominated for Best Cinematography, 1982.

Actor Nicol Williamson and actress Helen Mirren shared a mutual hatred of one another from an earlier stage production, and director John Boorman claims that this gave their scenes an additional edge!!

  • Attractive Retail Box
  • Genre: Science-Fiction/Fantasy, Adventure, Big Battles, Fantasy, Medieval, Mythology, Witches And Wizards, Classic Fight Scenes, Recommended, Infidelity, Essential Cinema
  • Rating: 18A (Canadian Home Video Rating)
  • Starring: Nicholas Clay, Cherie Lunghi, Helen Mirren, Liam Neeson, Clive Swift, Nigel Terry, Nicol Williamson
  • Directed By: John Boorman
  • Release Information:
  • Studio: Warner Studios
  • Theatrical Release Date: April 10, 1981
  • DVD Release Date: September 21, 1999
  • Run Time: 140 minutes
  • Production Company: Warner Home Video
  • Package Type: Snap Case
  • Dual Layer Format
  • DVD Features:
  • Encoding: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only). This DVD will probably NOT be viewable in other countries.
  • Aspect Ratio(s):
  • Widescreen anamorphic - 1.85:1
  • Available Audio Tracks:
  • English (Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround)
  • French (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono)
  • Available Subtitles: English and French
  • Language: English and French
  • Closed Captioned: Yes
  • Bonus Features:
  • Feature-Length Audio Commentary by Director John Boorman
  • Production Notes
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • Interactive Features:
  • Scene Access
  • Interactive  Menus
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