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The story in "Dragonslayer" combines a couple of recognizable plot lines from the fantasy genre. First there is the hapless young apprentice, Galen (Peter MacNicol), trying to learn his craft from a great wizard, Ulrich (Ralph Richardson). I am certainly reminded of Mickey Mouse from "The Sorcerer's Apprentice" in "Fantasia," except that Galen is a lot more earnest. Second, there is the fact that Casiodorus Rex (Peter Eyre), the ruler of the land, has been sacrificing virgins to keep the local dragon from leveling the countryside. Young Valerian (Caitlin Clarke) arrives to beseech Ulrich, the last wizard around, to kill the dragon, which is probably the last of its kind as well.
The only problem is that Ulrich has died, which means that young Galen has to become a dragonslayer. Galen wants to do the great deed for the right reasons, but there is also the Princess Elspeth (Chloe Salaman) to consider, along with all the other young virgins forced to participate in the grim lottery.Read more ›
DRAGONSLAYER is the only dragon depiction that has ever been done well and it defines its own period as much as Star Trek and Star Wars defines the galaxies. I will proudly put this one next to the master storytellers in my collection.
This was one of the last roles for Sir Ralph Richardson, and he makes the absolute best of it. His scorcerer can stand alonside Merlin or any other.
The period detail is another plus. being made after "Excalibur", (as well as some fine lesser known films of the 70's), the costumes and other effects have a wonderful believeability to them.
So, if your looking for a nice distraction in the fantasy film department, you really can't go wrong with this film!
The story is a good one...with beautiful costuming, breathtaking backgrounds, and a nice soundtrack. There are some very memorable lines, some good action, and the underlying story of magic vs. Christianity. There is also cameo by Ian McDiarmid as well-most often known as the Emperor/Senator Palpatine from the Star Wars movies-where he plays a Christian Holy Man who faces the dragon.
This was a favorite movie of mine as a child, and I actually married a man who ended up being just as enthralled with it as I was...we have our vhs copy viewed to the point of it almost falling apart-I am thrilled that it is finally being released on dvd.
If you are a sci-fi and fantasy movie lover...please add this one to your collection!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Classic fantasy which came out the year I graduated high school. Great memories. Although the special effects look low budget compared to today's CGI, it was decent enough the... Read morePublished 5 days ago by Dennis Tolar
I always thought of Dragonslayer as more of a theatrical play more than a motion picture movie. Its not really bad nor is it very good either. Read morePublished 24 days ago by kelly Groce
No dragon tops this dragon. One of the most electrifying medieval fantasy movies ever made. Still holds up.Published 1 month ago by Rebecca H. Pixley
As far as the product itself. Not really a fan of the front cover in terms of design, I think having the films theatrical poster would of been better instead of having the dragon... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Marco R.
The BEST movie about dragons! Action-packed, emotional, special-effects laden movie keeps you on the edge of your seat! Highly recommended! Read morePublished 3 months ago by The Oval Eye
Blazing fast shipping and the product was just as promised. Good quality and highly recommended!Published 4 months ago by Bradley Bucklew