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Highlander (1986)

Christopher Lambert , Sean Connery , Russell Mulcahy  |  R |  DVD
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (533 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Christopher Lambert, Sean Connery, Clancy Brown, Roxanne Hart, Beatie Edney
  • Directors: Russell Mulcahy
  • Writers: Gregory Widen, Larry Ferguson, Peter Bellwood
  • Producers: E.C. Monell, Eva Monley, Harold Moskovitz, John H. Starke
  • Format: Anamorphic, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, DTS Surround Sound, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround), English (DTS 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround)
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Starz / Anchor Bay
  • DVD Release Date: April 16, 2002
  • Run Time: 116 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (533 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005RYL2
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #196,700 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Highlander" on IMDb

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This 1986 fantasy/action thriller has since spawned two sequels, a popular syndicated TV series, numerous comic-book spinoffs, and a loyal (if somewhat oddly obsessive) following of fans. Directed by music video veteran Russell Mulcahy (which explains the

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87 of 93 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars There can be only one restore! November 4, 2010
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
I just watched this on my old Laser Disc from the early 1990s this weekend. Tonight I watched the Blu-Ray Director's Cut 2010 version!

Generally I hate director's cuts. I want the theatrical version, and I want the director to stick a fork in it and call it done. But this is the exception.

Technically, they did a GREAT JOB lifting this copy from the master.

How can you tell? Because you can tell its stunt doubles and not Lambert or Connery fighting on the cliffs in the Scottish Highlands! The resolution is that good.

Its much brighter than the other versions as well. Two full F-Stops brighter would be my guess.

Also, we Americans finally get a few important deleted scenes that I saw many years ago while in Europe that help tie the story together. For those who haven't seen it, lets just say the phrase "Hey, it's a kind of magic" will now make sense. You also will no longer need say "So how did the Kurgan know Brenda was his girl friend and just show up at her door step?"

They did a great job on the sound too.
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47 of 50 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Highlander on Blu-Ray is phenomenal. May 12, 2010
Format:Blu-ray
I bought this Blu-Ray Disc with much apprehension as I was very disappointed with the Special Edition DVD. I am glad to say that the Blu-Ray did not disappoint in the least. The colors are all rich and vibrant. The scenes are very clear for the most part, every so often a scene is a little "grainy" but not enought to affect the pure enjoyment of watching this classic movie that is finally on Blu-Ray. It actually felt like I was watching this movie for the first time, a big accomplishment as I have watched Highlander many, many times. The sound quality is also excellent. This Disc plays fine in my Blu-Ray player in America.
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34 of 38 people found the following review helpful
Format:DVD
'Highlander' released to the theaters in '86 was an instant cult classic. And why wouldn't it be, clashing swords, severed heads, a secret society of Immortals living secretly amongst us battling to the death through the centuries in hopes of being the last Immortal standing. It doesn't get any better than that. As the sacred prophecy predicted, "In the end there can be only one". Add to the mix a killer soundtrack written and performed by Queen and you've got yourself a franchise.

Christopher Lambert plays Connor MacLeod, the Highlander in the role that made him famous and unfortunately typecast him for all time. Be that as it may, this is his signature role and he is perfect in the part. Sean Connery is also wonderful as his best friend, mentor and fellow Immortal Juan Sanchez Villalobos Ramirez.

A lot of previous reviewers have already voiced their concerns about the quality of the DVD transfer. To be honest, whatever technical problems may exist with the sound quality and picture resolution, they haven't been noticable enough to me to lessen my enjoyment of this classic action/adventure.
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89 of 107 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "It's a kind of magic" February 16, 2002
By Andrew
Format:DVD
This movie is a real gem. I don't really understand why critics were so hard on it, much less do I understand why a few people here are insulting the movie itself (I know the DVD transfer was bad, so I relate to those people) or why the movie was so cheap, then again, the quality of the transfer of this movie would explain it. But this movie is excellent in all aspects. It's unique, and it unfortunately has had its glory destroyed by lousy sequels and TERRIBLE TV shows.
In terms of the acting, contrary to what other people claim here, Christopher Lambert's performance is first rate, and I think it a shame that he has subsequently appeared mostly in bad 1 1/2 star flicks and hasn't since had a real breakthrough in movies. Sean Connery adds real style to the movie with his acting, but it's a shame that he's in there for such a short time. Clancy Brown is as sinister as ever as Kurgan.
The visuals and effects are great by any standard and the swordfighting scenes are excellent
And WHO could possibly diss the rocking musical score by Queen? With such a strong opening theme ("Princes of the Universe") a truly emotional ballad ("Who Wants to Live Forever") and their smash hit single ("A Kind of Magic") just to name a few, you can't go wrong. If you learned about this movie just by being a Queen fan, and first watched the movie out of interest in their score (my situation), you're in for a real treat.
To fans of this movie who were disappointed by the latest transfer, My only suggestion is to wait a while for the Highlander Immortal Edition which will be released April 16, 2002.
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52 of 61 people found the following review helpful
Format:DVD
Hi folks,

I admit it...I love this movie...I saw this at my local shop (dvd planet) and couldn't resist... Directors Cut..6 more minutes! I got a sick feelingn when I put it in my player and the SAME menu as the previous edition came up... Turns out to be the same as previously released with a new cover. If you have the previous release...do NOT buy this.

lets hope a Blu Ray edition with some real bonus features will happen eventually. My 1 star rating is for this hopeless retread in packaging NOT the excellent movie!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic
Classic movie. Not great acting and since it is an older movie, you can see some wires used in the special effects on the Blu-Ray edition, but its a movie I grew up with and... Read more
Published 3 hours ago by Phildo55
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
There can be only one!
Published 1 day ago by Mike
3.0 out of 5 stars Skip the Director's Cut- Get the Original
I was disappointed with the differences between this movie and the original. I ordered it for the original (which I thought was very good. Read more
Published 4 days ago by Patrick Mills
5.0 out of 5 stars There can only be one!
The classic on blu ray
Published 8 days ago by Michael L. Drapkin
1.0 out of 5 stars Contains forced previews. that can't be fastforwarded
love the movie. just not the forced previews that u can't fast forward. makes u sorry u bought it
Published 17 days ago by Adam West
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
It's a classic.
Published 18 days ago by Juan Carlos Leal
5.0 out of 5 stars Better than Ever
I have owned this movie on VHS for years. I had to upgrade to the Blueray experience. I love it and it is like watching a new movie.
Published 22 days ago by High Hurdles
5.0 out of 5 stars Good for fans of the genre
A very good restoration of the original. Highly recommend if you are a fan of the Highlander series.
Published 23 days ago by hb
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
HIGHLANDER IS ONE OF THE BEST SERIES/MOVIES EVER MADE
Published 25 days ago by Maria R. Wilson
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great movie.
Published 1 month ago by Lonnie Martin
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