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Sword of War (2009)

Rutger Hauer , F. Murray Abraham  |  R |  DVD
3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Rutger Hauer, F. Murray Abraham
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • 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: February 22, 2011
  • Run Time: 123 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004FHCH8C
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #236,506 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Brandishing his unstoppable sword of war, German Emperor Barbarossa will stop at nothing to conquer enemy lands and to revive the empire that once belonged to Charles the Great. But a young man from Milan, along with his army of 900 men known as the Company of Death, is prepared to challenge the Emperor and his relentless dominance.

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22 of 26 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Historical Epic February 27, 2011
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It seems that Hollywood in the past few years has been content in releasing to the American filmgoer bathroom humor comedies, angst ridden dramas and CGI action movies overly populated either by the comic book genre or popular for their time Sixties television series. European filmmakers, however, have taken up the gauntlet of the Epic film genre and this one 'SWORD OF WAR' , an Italian Romanian co-production, is the latest and deals with an historical subject never treaded on before. The film is an accurate depiction of 12th Century Italy when German Emperor Frederick 1 Hohenstaufen named by the Italians as Barbarossa decided to revive the ancient empire of Charlemagne by conquering all of Italy and how a Milanese peasant named Alberto Da Giussano formed an army of 900 men from different parts of Italy called 'the company of death' and put the Germans to the test on the battlefield. The film stars Rutger Hauer back in the action saddle as the emperor and Raz Degan in an extremely mumbled voice over as Alberto. F. Murray Abraham supplies the villainy and Kasia Smutniak plays Eleanora, the visionary seer who bridges the action between prophecy and coincidence and aids Alberto. Written, Produced, and Directed impressively by Renzo Martinelli, the film supplies the goods with excellent production values by Rosella Guavna ,sweeping cinematography by Fabio Ciancetti and symphonic orchestration by Pivio and Aldo De Scalzi. The film has some wild touches such as Barbarossa secretly seeking the occult advice of the abbess Hildegard Von Bingen, black plague enveloping Rome and extremely graphic battle scenes. It's also good to see Rutger Hauer looking extremely regal and enjoying himself in his role. Lionsgate deserves kudos for releasing this film in a beautiful 2.35 widescreen transfer with 5. Read more ›
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9 of 12 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Have the FF remote handy May 26, 2011
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The quality of the DVD is poor. The first third of the movie the voices and mouth movement don't match up at all. The basic premise of the story is similar to Braveheart (except without good action or acting). Especially early on the story is choppy and uninteresting. The first fight scene is horrifically bad (laughable). You can see the actors hesitating and waiting until the guy they are fighting is ready. The battle scenes do get better as the movie goes on. The siege of Milan is pretty good but can't save the poor acting and unlikable characters. Intertwined in the choppy story is just plain weird, silly, and sick scenes. Examples: 1. Rutger Hauer's character Barbarossa, catches the blacksmith assassin who somehow manages to get through thousands of German troops and into his tent. So, what should you do with this guy who is threatening you and just tried to kill you? Well, of course it just makes sense to let him go so he can organize the resistance to your kingdom! I should say the blacksmith guy had saved his life when he was young but I think when he just tried to kill you and is threatening you you go ahead and kill him. 2. The blacksmith is unconscious after the initial fight scene and this "witch" lady who has random "visions" does the rational and sane thing, she fondles and kisses him when he is unconscious? Ew! That isn't necrophilia but its unconsciousaphilia and still just plain sick. 3. During the siege of Milan the German forces capture a food scavenging party from Milan and plaster them to the front of the siege engines-OK that's a cool idea if your a German I don't have a problem with that. Read more ›
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars mesmerizing" movie April 18, 2014
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I'm a history buff & I've seen many 1520's historical dramas. But...This movie is outstanding & inspirational. It made me laugh, cry, and angry all at the same time. But...Most of all I truly enjoyed the movie. I highly recommend watching this movie!!!
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
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I think William Amazzini did an accurate job of describing the movie
without all the verbose spoilers so many people put in their reviews.

Of course the real events would have had many more people involved but
they did a LOT with what they had to work with and it is better than most
films of the limited epic genre. I was pretty impressed with the film and
having done the medieval reenactment 'thing' for 30 years now I thought it
was a lot more historically accurate than Braveheart [and nowhere near as graphic
on the bloody bits], very many Robin Hoods and the majority of European
medieval films of the last 95 years. We own the vast majority of them - hundreds.

When the Italians do a medieval film a good many of them tend to be
well above average. It wasn't done by Hollywood and Ridley Scott on a huge
budget but it is worth the money. It left me with a sense of guilt because
I bought a used copy through Amazon and didn't buy an original thereby
directly benefitting the originators, and you can't say that about just
everyone else's movie. I liked it a lot myself.

My problem is with the difficulty hearing the dialogue - I had to turn the
volume way up and replay parts to figure it out. So I deducted one star.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Published 2 months ago by John Lockinger
5.0 out of 5 stars Great story, great actors, true history.
Five stars for an outstanding historical epic on two levels: Rutger Hauer and F.Murray Abraham at their costume epic best providing those looking for a first rate European made... Read more
Published 4 months ago by rita wyzycki
4.0 out of 5 stars a good movie
a very good, historical movie. good action. good plot. great actors in it. and to address those who call it another braveheart wanna be.... your wrong. it is not. Read more
Published 10 months ago by sean mcmahon
2.0 out of 5 stars Waste of time
Really bad movie, never finished watching it. Total waste of money even for a cheap rental. Give it a pass.
Published 12 months ago by Raymond Merriam
2.0 out of 5 stars Cure for insomnia
Script seemed to have been borrowed from Braveheart. Storyline was a bit disconnected at times. Action was so-so. Happy ending seemed silly.
Published 13 months ago by Todd Denton
4.0 out of 5 stars How can you miss with Rutger Hauer!
Good action and interesting characters. Not your usual old Robin Hood or Sir Galahad flick but it bears watching occasionally.
Published 17 months ago by We By The Lakes
3.0 out of 5 stars as previously mentioned by others
Hauer and Abrahams own the movie, the rest of the cast is sort of there. The movie had potential but it just didn't happen.
Published 18 months ago by ROBERT R HATCH
4.0 out of 5 stars Great movie
sword fights and hand to hand combat. It's not a drone flying overhead dropping a bomb that the pilot is flying from a thousand miles away, this is face to face ruthless war. Read more
Published 20 months ago by Gabe P.
5.0 out of 5 stars rudger is great in this movie
great action & story line & rudger makes a great bad guy in anything he plays in scenery was beautiful it also made me dig in to more of the german states history at that time... Read more
Published 21 months ago by Robert P. Robinson
4.0 out of 5 stars Good movie
I enjoyed this movie, I found it a bit difficult to follow in a couple of scenes but it was well done and kept me entertained, I also like historical facts and the events of... Read more
Published 22 months ago by sgrams
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