With the success of John Milius's 'CONAN THE BARBARIAN', the floodgates of the sword and sorcery genre poured out from different countries all trying to make a quick buck. Enter the king of the 'B's Roger Corman who within his New World/New Concorde studios would make some of the most entertaining of the mix. Shout Factory has released a double feature highlighting the best of the bunch. Both show low budget film making at its best and most enduring. First up, Director John Broderick's futuristic sword fantasy 'THE WARRIOR AND THE SORCERESS' which I first viewed on the Showtime Cable Channel back in the late Eighties. Resembling a variation on Akira Kurasawa's 'YOJIMBO' and Sergio Leone's 'A FISTFUL OF DOLLARS', it also combines 'STAR WARS', 'MAD MAX' and sword and sandal themes very frugally. David Carradine reprising his 'Kane' role from 'KUNG FU' plays the stranger who pits the two clans against each other for the control of the water supply within the fortress and of course, the sorceress played by Barbara Steele look-a-like Maria Socas who for all you horndogs out there is pretty much nude throughout the length of the film. Luke Askew supplies the villainy and the film stands the test of time by being over the top and extremely entertaining. Unfortunately, the DVD is so crystal clear that it actually shows the shoddiness of the sets and props. The true standout of the film is the legendary belly dance by a four breasted dancer who subdues Carradine with a stinging tentacle which emerges from an outstanding spot. Next up is 'BARBARIAN QUEEN' the best of the Corman Sword series and stars the beautiful Lana Clarkson who ,unfortunately, would make the news by being murdered by record producer Phil Spector a few years back.Read more ›
First off, these movies are good... well, they are good if you like low budget, 80's sword and sorcery movies (you know who you are!). This is a nice DVD release from Shout Factory as part of their Roger Corman's Cult Classics collection, which are all great. The picture quality is fantastic and although there are no special features... 2 movies for the price of one more than makes up for that.
Only problem is that these 2 movies got re-released a few months later in a DVD set by the same company (Shout factory, Roger Corman's Cult Classics), that completely blows this DVD out of the water... it is a 4 movie, 2 dvd set called the "Sword And Sorcery Collection".
>> GET THAT DVD INSTEAD!!! <<
it contains both movies in this DVD set plus 2 more... Deathstalker and Deathstalker II. That's 4 movies total, Deathstalker, Deathstalker II, Barbarian Queen and The Warrior And The Sorceress.... there is no reason to not pick that DVD up instead, unless for some reason you just don't want to own the Deathstalker movies (which would make you crazy, cause they were very rare and highly sought after movies before that DVD was released). On top of the fantastic 4-in-1 package deal, we get commentaries for both the Deathstalker films (making it, in my humble opinion, the single BEST of all the Roger Corman Cult Classics DVD releases)!!!
Now let me end by saying that this product is not bad... in fact, it is quite nice. If for some reason you can't spare a few extra bucks for the 4 movie set or you just want these movies and not the Deathstalker movies (maybe you already own them in a nice format or maybe you just hate them) then you will not be disappointed in this product... but besides that there is no reason not to buy This one instead...Read more ›
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