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Conan the Barbarian - Collector's Edition (1982)

Arnold Schwarzenegger , James Earl Jones , John Milius  |  R |  DVD
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  • Actors: Arnold Schwarzenegger, James Earl Jones, Max von Sydow, Sandahl Bergman, Ben Davidson
  • Directors: John Milius
  • Writers: John Milius, Oliver Stone
  • Producers: Buzz Feitshans, Raffaella De Laurentiis, Dino De Laurentiis
  • Format: Anamorphic, Closed-captioned, Collector's Edition, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono)
  • Subtitles: French
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Universal Studios
  • DVD Release Date: May 30, 2000
  • Run Time: 131 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (352 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 0783241895
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #15,454 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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Special Features

  • Conan Unchained: The Making of Conan
  • Feature Commentary with Director John Milius and Actor Arnold Schwarzenegger
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Special Effects
  • The Conan Archives
  • Theatrical Trailers
  • Production Notes
  • Cast and Filmmakers
  • Recommendations

  • Editorial Reviews

    Through the history of mankind, the times that are most recorded in mythology and song are those of great deeds and fantastic adventures. Such a time was the Hyborean Age. Such a tale is the story of "Conan The Barbarian". Cimmerian Conan (Arnold Schwarzenegger) is captured as a child after his parents' savage murder by raiding Vanir led by Thulsa Doom (James Earl Jones), head also of the malignant snake-cult of Set. Fifteen yeas' agony, first chained to the Wheel of Pain grinding grain and then enslaved as a Pit Fighter, forge a magnificent body and indomitable spirit. Freed miraculously one day by his owner, Conan, with his companions Subotai the Mongol (Gerry Lopez) and Valeria, Queen of Thieves (Sandahl Bergman), sets forth upon his quest to learn "the riddle of steel" which, his father has prophesied, will confer ultimate power, and to kill the arch-villain Thulsa Doom.

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    57 of 58 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Collector's Edition a must for Conan fans July 24, 2000
    Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
    Believe it or not, I just spent over five hours with this disk even though I already own the original DVD release. It was worth it. First off, the video is a(much)cleaner and sharper transfer, a marked improvement over the old disk. And the extras are great too. After watching the film the first time I actually sat through whole thing again again while listening to the director's commentary, something I have not done with any other DVD. The extra footage, while only a few minutes, does add something to the ending. I liked it. And Milius' comments about it made me appreciate it even more later. My only complaint might be to wish that the commentary had been extended to the outtakes and deleted scenes. I would have liked to hear more about the deleted King Osric scene and how it was originally intended to fit in the movie. Finally, the documentary "Conan Unchained" was a pleasant surprise. I expected the usual 15 minute "making of" promo dating back to the original release but it is a beefy, informative(and amusing)featurette with many recently filmed interviews with cast and crew. A fan's wish come true. And speaking of wishes, that exchange between John Milius and Arnold about getting together sometime to make a third Conan....YES! Let's get Conan on that throne! Anyway, while we're waiting, we can all watch this one till the sun comes up like I did last night.
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    126 of 140 people found the following review helpful
    Back in 1982, when this film first came out I remember being absolutely spellbound by the production. It was as if Conan had stepped right out of Robert E. Howard's books. I remember some grumbling, because the script was not perfectly true to the original books. But, frankly, I did not give a darn. Valeria (Sandahl Bergman) was the perfect warrior maiden, Thulsa Doom (James Earl Jones) was the snake worshipper from hell, and Arnold Schwarzenegger was totally out of sight as the nearly inarticulate Conan. What a glare he had!
    I don't mean to slight the rest of the cast, all the actors are great. Garry Lopez as Conan's sidekick and Mako as the wizard provide comic relief. And who can forget Max Von Sydow as King Osric. In a world that expected science fiction and fantasy movies to be hokey, grade B schlock, 'Conan the Barbarian' proved that it didn't have to be that way. No small part of what makes the film work are the elaborate sets and cinematography. Director John Milius strove to give the film something of the flavor of a history that could have happened, and succeeded. In addition, he makes up for the lack of dialog by presenting a continuous flow of carefully orchestrated and framed film sequences.
    I was struck while watching it this time how much the dialog and action work to build the thematic structure. Often events or dialog will foreshadow action to come. In Valeria's death scene, she asks Conan to keep her warm. And in the next scene we find him building and lighting a funeral pyre where no fire had burnt before. In the background, the mound with its sacred stones echoes similar shapes seen throughout the film. This kind of thoughtful work is only to be expected of Milius and De Laurentis, but in 1982, it was far beyond the norm for this genre.
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    46 of 49 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars Good Movie, Great DVD October 11, 2000
    Conan as a movie is one of the few films that performs the fantasy setting well. Right from the beginning, there is a huge sense of epic scope, with great men shaping and forging a young, wild world. Not a single character in Conan is timid or petty - they all stand like giants in their world. Special effects are rarely used and never seem out of place. While the plot doesn't stray too much from a simple quest for revenge, director John Milius presents everything with such sheer charisma that I couldn't help but smile and soak it all in. This is not Citizen Kane, and Arnold is not Olivier, but the movie is entertaining nonetheless.
    As a collector's edition, key deleted scenes were added, including a wonderful scene were Arnold does more acting than anywhere else in the movie! Right before the final battle, Conan has a rare moment of reflection on his life of fighting, and wonders at the meaning of it all. The producers thought no one would be able to understand Schwartzenegger, but I had absolutely no problem, and the scene fits the pace perfectly. Overall, the other "new" scenes don't add too much.
    The "Making of" documentary is great, but the commentary by Schwartzenegger and Milius is priceless. During the scene where Valeria begs Conan to forget his revenge quest against Thulsa Doom and run away with her, Arnold comments in his wonderful Austrian accent, "Here Conan begins to get soft... listening to the women problems..." Classic Schwartzenegger bravado (or arrogance, depending on your view). John Milius is a very intelligent person, and certainly know quite a bit about history and the deep roots that inspired this movie, but I actually felt that Arnold provided the best insights into the film.
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    24 of 26 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars A specific genre has rarely been better served. March 28, 2000
    Format:VHS Tape
    On those occasions when I'm asked to name my all-time favorite film, my reply of "Conan the Barbarian" is usually greeted by a wry smile and something like, "No I'm serious, what is really your all-time favorite?" Well, it really is. The combination of casting, high production values, cinematography, and above all scoring, combine to do what no other film of this genre has done before or since - capture the other-worldly spirit of adventure fantasy.
    In his Conan series, the author Robert E. Howard created an epic hero who is brooding, pathologically violent, and deeply troubled. His melancholy and ferocity are not the symptoms of psychosis however, but appropriate manifestations of his very nature - he is pagan and barbarian and he has been profoundly wronged. Conan is the stuff of adolescent male fantasy, an elemental physical and sexual juggernaut. To his enemies he is implacable Death, relentless and inevitable. To women he is the irresistible ideal or rather what boys without experience imagine it to be. The lost "Hyborean Age" that Howard created for his hero is a world in which Nietzsche or a nineteenth century social Darwinist would have been comfortable, a world as yet untroubled by the progeny of Abraham or the gentle carpenter of Galilee.
    Conan and his world are literally unbelievable. Howard's skill in prose at making them otherwise is rare, but what John Milius and company did on screen is far rarer. The writer can count on the reader's imagination, unconstrained by time, budgets, or physics, to create and sustain the setting for a well-crafted story. The filmmaker, however, has no such luxury, he or she must work with a difficult and unforgiving physical medium all the while hounded by accountants.
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    A great movie about the riddle of steel OR life. Conan is determine to seek revenge for his family and people. Read more
    Published 2 days ago by Robert Evans
    5.0 out of 5 stars Conan at it's finest
    I have easily watched this film fifty times in my life and now I can enjoy it near it's original quality. Read more
    Published 3 days ago by Thomas B
    5.0 out of 5 stars Best movie ever made.
    The ONLY REAL Conan. The music and picture have never been better then in Bluray. I dare you to find a better or more appropriate sound track anywhere. The Star Wars sound track? Read more
    Published 7 days ago by Collin Klopfenstein
    4.0 out of 5 stars Good Old Conan
    I had not watched this movie since the 1980's. I'm currently writing a Fantasy for Middle Grades and I needed to refresh my memory. Read more
    Published 8 days ago by Sharon L. Piper
    1.0 out of 5 stars Might have been good in its day
    Might have been good in its day. But those days are long passed . The new Conan way better in every way.
    Published 13 days ago by Mike T
    5.0 out of 5 stars awesome
    You either love it or you hate it. Not sure if this is for the casual movie goer. A lot of symbolism.
    Published 16 days ago by Sirenyard
    5.0 out of 5 stars classic stuff
    This movie and its sequel "Conan the Destroyer" are elemental films and great examples of the Classical American masculine ideal. Read more
    Published 22 days ago by Charles P. Frederick
    5.0 out of 5 stars Arrragguugnnggugh!
    Arnold Schwarzenegger at his prime! This is a true mans action flick, and come on, who doesn't love Arnold yelling in pain. Read more
    Published 24 days ago by Snake on the Grass
    3.0 out of 5 stars Too long, Arnold has not yet developed his acting skills
    While Arnold Schwarzenegger is arguably the best person to play the role of the powerful Conan, in this movie Arnold has yet to hone his acting skills. Read more
    Published 1 month ago by Charles Ashbacher
    5.0 out of 5 stars Great gift!
    Got this for my husband for xmas. He loved it! Plus is really is a good price. Would recommend this as a gift.
    Published 1 month ago by Caitlin Lankford
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    Blu-ray version of Conan the Barbarian?!
    this one will be released in uk july 11. i do not know if it will be region free.
    Apr 24, 2011 by martin wise |  See all 2 posts
    Arnold trained with a man called Conan for this movie. Be the first to reply
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