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Krull (Special Edition) (1983)

Ken Marshall , Lysette Anthony , Peter Yates  |  PG |  DVD
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (243 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Ken Marshall, Lysette Anthony, Freddie Jones, Francesca Annis, Alun Armstrong
  • Directors: Peter Yates
  • Writers: Stanford Sherman
  • Producers: Geoffrey Helman, Ron Silverman, Ted Mann
  • Format: Anamorphic, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Dubbed, NTSC, Special Edition, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: Portuguese (Unknown), English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround), English (Dolby Digital 5.1), French (Unknown), Spanish (Unknown)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French, Portuguese, Georgian, Chinese, Thai
  • Dubbed: Portuguese, Spanish
  • Subtitles for the Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: April 3, 2001
  • Run Time: 121 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (243 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000056WR3
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #44,957 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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Ken Marshall, Lysette Anthony. When an evil beast captures his new bride, a brave prince embarks on an adventure-packed quest to save her. 1983/color/117 min/PG/widescreen.

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There's something inescapably appealing about this camp 1983 Star Wars-meets-The Lord of the Rings knockoff that encourages the viewer to overlook its many silly shortcomings and simply enjoy the fun. James Horner's rollicking music score certainly helps, as does the epic-scale CinemaScope photography of the breathtaking Italian landscapes. The costumes and extravagant production design are also great to look at, and much of Derek Meddings's visual effects work still looks striking. Freddie Jones stands head and shoulders above the rest of the cast as the wise Ynyr, while the two romantic leads, Ken Marshall as Prince Colwyn and Lysette Anthony (with an overdubbed American voice) as Princess Lyssa, are mere formalities on which to hang the plot. The all-British supporting cast includes Todd Carty, Bernard Bresslaw, Robbie Coltrane, Liam Neeson, and the gorgeous Francesca Annis. If you feel the need for some escapist sword-and-sorcery fantasy, then Krull delivers in full measure. --Mark Walker

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39 of 41 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An '80's classic! July 23, 2001
By W.E.B.
Format:DVD
Despite the predictable, formulaic plot, this film contains plenty of visual and symbolic creativity to entertain sci fi and fantasy lovers. Surreal images and stunning filmography dominate the entire movie, and sufficiently overshadow the somewhat weak characterization and acting that is no more than satisfactory. The pre-computer age special effects are good enough and, most importantly, put to good use. The plot maintains a consistent pace and doesn't become sidetracked from its original aim. The music is an upbeat, John Williams-like symphonic composition.
The story takes place on the planet Krull, which has been besieged by an evil entity known as the Beast. He inhabits the Black Fortress, a mountainous structure that changes location at every sunrise. Price Colwyn embarks on a quest to destroy this evil after his father is slain and his bride imprisoned in the Black Fortress. The plot progresses in a way reminiscent of a Dungeons and Dragons campaign.
Some intriguing oddities, like the use of driving bits (normally used in conjunction with carriage harness) on the riding horses, help to create an otherworldly feel through relative unfamiliarity. Medieval style weaponry and laser guns bring past and future together in an interesting combination. Symbolism involving the concepts of time and space is prominent and repeated in countless different forms.
Though i personally like this film a lot, it's not for everybody. The lack of character depth and not-so-great acting are major counts against it, so i highly recommend renting it at your local video store before buying it.
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61 of 72 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars grade 'B' movie gets an 'A'-grade DVD June 16, 2001
Format:DVD
Unlike most reviewers here, I don't think Krull is as good as they say, let alone a classic. But the DVD quality and extras available on it make up for the film's shortcomings and really adds to the viewing experience. Another example of the DVD enhancing the actual film, beyond the obvious upgrade in video and audio. If you like this type of film, buy it. If you don't, a rental will do as it still makes for an enjoyable 'popcorn'-viewing experience.
A few notes on the film:
*visually, it's still impressive. From the psychadelic set pieces inside the beast's fortress, the design of the 'Slayers', the 'swamp' sequence(arguably the best scene in the film), the widow's lair, etc. Only the sparse-looking castle designs at the beginning look 'cheap'. The music is also rousing and memorable enough to draw you in.
*the film should be given an award for not having an annoying child actor or grating 'comic relief' actor mess up the film. Both of these characters work quite well. In fact, the secondary characters(bandits, old man, cyclops,etc) all come off better(more natural) than the primary leads. Don't believe me? Can you imagine anyone else playing Luke Skywalker? No. But I could easily imagine someone else playing the leads in Krull. Btw, Lysette Anthony CAN act. She just doesn't do it very well in this one.
*the film does a nice job(for the most part) of invoking a medieval yet far-off time and place, with its main weakness being the not-so-charismatic leads and not so great script.
*One thing really bothers me though, the special weapon 'Glaive' is rendered pointless at the end when the two of them discover it's their love(ugh) that can defeat the beast, not the glaive-that and shooting fire out of Colwyn's hand.
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39 of 47 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Cheese Galore, But Still Wonderful! April 30, 2005
Format:DVD
Take the whiz-bang fantasy of films like the "Lord Of The Rings" trilogy, mix in two parts "Star Wars," and add a pinch of modest flicks like "Legend," and you have the perfect formula for "Krull." Though the cheese factor is quite high, Ken Marshall, Lysette Anthony, and friends make the best of this fantasy/sci-fi flick.

Ten times better than the schlock on SciFi Channel, "Krull" has a little something for everyone. There's a nasty bad guy(The Beast) who is intent on taking over the universe with his floating fortress and his army of Slayers. Standing in the way is the love of Prince Colwyn and Princess Lyssa, which is said to bring about a future universal ruler and one of the coolest toys in the world of fantasy....the Glaive! There's a band of rogues who help Colwyn along the way. This group features future "Darkman" and "Schindler's List" star, Liam Neeson and future "Harry Potter" good guy Robbie Coltrane. There's a little swordplay, a little magic, and a little deception(gotta love the shapeshifters).

The acting isn't the best in the world, and neither are the special effects, but the story is interesting enough to move the picture along. Others have accused this film of ripping off films like "Star Wars" and novels such as "The Lord Of The Rings" books, but keep in mind that all of these stories, and just about every flick ever made for that matter, have borrowed something from other stories. Also, the tale of a prince searching for his damsel-in-distress has been around since storytellers first told tales.

The extras on this DVD are pretty limited. I haven't listened to the commentaries, because I'm not a big fan of such things, but the "Journey To Krull" featurette is a nice addition, and the obligatory photo galleries, trailers, etc.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Two Stars
Oops, thought it was "Kull"...cheesy and lame
Published 4 days ago by M. K.
5.0 out of 5 stars It was awesome, there should be many movies similar to this ...
It was awesome, there should be many movies similar to this in the future. It was like robin good mixed with star wars
Published 6 days ago by Jesse Campbell
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Excellent
Published 7 days ago by Mark 777
3.0 out of 5 stars NO CHOICE OF LANGUAGES OR ANY SUBTITLES AS IN THE DVD VERSION, COME ON...
This is an upgrade of a hit 1988 movie which takes it from DVD to Blu ray. However the property is no longer owned by Columbia/Tristar and the people who own it now DID NOT include... Read more
Published 7 days ago by Richard H. Burk
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Excellent product. Excellent service.
Published 9 days ago by Pyramid
1.0 out of 5 stars Buy the Special Edition DVD instead.
This review is for the Blu Ray disc of the film Krull, not the movie itself.
The Movie Krull is a rollicking epic that has a divided audience; either you love it or hate it. Read more
Published 10 days ago by Ymir Mooncalf
1.0 out of 5 stars Review for BLURAY not for movie!
This review is for the BLU RAY released by MILL CREEK ENTERTAINMENT.

Not releasing extra features is not the end of the world as some studios may have rights to a movie... Read more
Published 16 days ago by NeoWolph
2.0 out of 5 stars Reviewing the recently released blu-ray: there are no special ...
Reviewing the recently released blu-ray: there are no special features and no basic features such as chapter selection. Read more
Published 16 days ago by ernest lombardi
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Movie but DVD quality
Love the movie!! Great to watch one of the classics from 1983. Image quality was DVD even though it is a Blu-ray. I do not think there was much in the way of video enhancements. Read more
Published 19 days ago by Alan King
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
awesome old movie!
Published 20 days ago by SamHain
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