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Highlander: Director's Cut [Blu-ray] (1986)

Christopher Lambert , Sean Connery , Russell Mulcahy  |  R |  Blu-ray
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (486 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: AC-3, Blu-ray, Dolby, DTS Surround Sound, Dubbed, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, French, Spanish
  • Dubbed: French, Spanish
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Lionsgate
  • DVD Release Date: November 2, 2010
  • Run Time: 116 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (486 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001AQO3XS
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,176 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Highlander: Director's Cut [Blu-ray]" on IMDb

Special Features

• Deleted Scenes
• Audio Commentary with Director Russell Mulcahy
• English/French/Spanish Subtitles

Editorial Reviews

Christopher Lambert and Sean Connery star in the epic tale of immortality that launched one of the most beloved action-adventure series in film and TV history. After Scottish clansman Connor MacLeod (Lambert) discovers his true identity as a member of a legion of immortals, he embarks on a legendary journey spanning continents and centuries, eventually landing in modern-day New York City. Connor faces his ultimate test when other immortals begin to appear in the city, leading to a titanic showdown where only one can claim victory. Directed by Russell Mulcahy and featuring a soundtrack by Queen, this is the modern classic that has attracted millions of warrior fans worldwide. This is HIGHLANDER!

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71 of 75 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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43 of 45 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Highlander on Blu-Ray is phenomenal. May 12, 2010
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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30 of 33 people found the following review helpful
'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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85 of 102 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "It's a kind of magic" February 16, 2002
By Andrew
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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49 of 58 people found the following review helpful
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 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
4.0 out of 5 stars Classic!
Classic movie that isnt to be missed! The special effects and camera work are starting to show their age for sure, but they do nothing to diminish the great story.
Published 5 days ago by Chad Newman
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic film done very well
I thought the quality of this print is very good. You notice at the beginning the bleeding that's been there in the credits is gone. The grain has been cleaned up considerably. Read more
Published 5 days ago by B. Hicks
5.0 out of 5 stars A True 80's Classic
Where do I begin? Highlander is one of my all-time favorite movies. It combined fantasy, action, suspense, love, and dramatic settings with really cool special effects (for the... Read more
Published 14 days ago by Alexander G.
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Movie
I found this to be a very good movie although certainly dated technically in terms of special effects. Read more
Published 16 days ago by John Anderson
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent movie and even better on Blu-Ray.
Excellent movie and it is even better on Blu-Ray with the enhanced details and the addition of the deleted scenes.
Published 16 days ago by Howard R. Grifhorst III
5.0 out of 5 stars The best.
This Won the award for The best movie. Ever made. Period.
There can be only one. Cause the sequels suck.
Published 18 days ago by David J Stokes
4.0 out of 5 stars Really liked it!
I bought this as a gift for my husband. He was really excited to receive it. one of his favorite shows we had it on VHS but he wanted it on DVD
Published 25 days ago by Melissa Honeycutt
5.0 out of 5 stars There Can Be Only One...
The only thing that could possibly be better than owning the Blu-Ray edition of the Director's Cut would be to find the ORIGINAL Soundtrack release - and before you reply... Read more
Published 26 days ago by Matthew Adelman
5.0 out of 5 stars I love this movie!
Christopher Lambert and Sean Connery are great together! Lots of action and suspense. I love movies like this! I have seen all the Highlander movies. Read more
Published 26 days ago by Sherzetta S.
2.0 out of 5 stars Terrible Blu-ray transfer. Very grainy. Not blu-ray quality
The blu-ray I received is very grainy most of the time with some short periods in sharp focus. I guess it would be worth the five dollars I paid for it if you don't already own the... Read more
Published 1 month ago by bbopper dude.
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Yet more disappointment
Hmmmmm, another of those films that I've been waiting and hoping would get the kind of excellent transfers to hi-def we all know is possible. Now I hear the typical back and forth between those who think this IS the transfer the fans of the film have been waiting for and it's detractors. I guess... Read more
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