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Highlander (Director's Cut) (1986)

Christopher Lambert , Sean Connery  |  R |  DVD
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (517 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Christopher Lambert, Sean Connery, Clancy Brown, Beatie Edney, Anthony Fusco
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Color, Director's Cut, Dolby, Dubbed, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Dubbed: French
  • 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: Lions Gate
  • DVD Release Date: January 6, 2009
  • Run Time: 116 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (517 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001JFZ118
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #10,373 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Editorial Reviews

Christopher Lambert, Roxanne Hart, Sean Connery. The exciting adventures of an immortal Scottish swordsman that inspired the beloved TV action-adventure series kick off with a feature film. This Director's Cut version features additional footage and audio commentary with Russell Mulcahy, Peter S. Davis and William Panzer. 1986/color/116 min/R/widescreen.

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84 of 90 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 I love it
Fantastic and an all time favorite... Even better in Blue Ray
Published 1 day ago by Thomas
5.0 out of 5 stars IMMORTALIZED IN STEELBOOK!
Beautiful steelbook. When they said 'THERE CAN BE ONLY ONE', who knew they meant the movies?!!
Just the one movie. The others don't exist! Just this one!
Great film. Read more
Published 2 days ago by Scottland in Cleveland
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
great movie
Published 7 days ago by david hedge
4.0 out of 5 stars There can be more than one
"Highlander" is generally a pretty darkly-lit film, and the blu-ray does help make things sharper and easier to see, so the picture is definitely an improvement over the... Read more
Published 10 days ago by Karen Amrhein
4.0 out of 5 stars good movie
good movie
Published 17 days ago by Traci Lynn
5.0 out of 5 stars Highlander
So I have decided to Christmas shop SUPER early, because I'm not really into the whole Black Friday scene. I remember working retail and that holiday was not fun. Read more
Published 19 days ago by Martha Young
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Classic movie.
Published 22 days ago by indigoblu
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
OK
Published 23 days ago by John O. Kinnick
4.0 out of 5 stars Worth a Look
Blu-ray quality? I don't know. The movie is almost 30 years old. It wasn't originally shot for DVD much less Blu-ray so it doesn't look fantastic. It's fine though. Read more
Published 25 days ago by taaj
4.0 out of 5 stars There can be only one.
A bunch of friends kept talking about this movie, which was a bit before my time. I would recommend it to anyone who likes classic movies, science fiction, and Sean Connery. Read more
Published 1 month ago by jeremydigital
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