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Conan the Barbarian (1982) 1982 R CC

(506) IMDb 6.9/10
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Arnold Schwarzenegger stars as the Cimmerian Conan who sets out with his companions to learn the "riddle of steel," which will give him ultimate power and kill the arch-villain Thulsa Doom.

Arnold Schwarzenegger, James Earl Jones
2 hours, 8 minutes

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Genres Fantasy, Adventure
Director John Milius
Starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, James Earl Jones
Supporting actors Max von Sydow, Sandahl Bergman, Ben Davidson, Cassandra Gava, Gerry Lopez, Mako, Valérie Quennessen, William Smith, Luis Barboo, Franco Columbu, Leslie Foldvary, Gary Herman, Erik Holmey, Akio Mitamura, Nadiuska, Jorge Sanz, Jack Taylor, Sven-Ole Thorsen
Studio Universal Pictures
MPAA rating R (Restricted)
Captions and subtitles English Details
Rental rights 24 hour viewing period. Details
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
Format Amazon Video (streaming online video and digital download)

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76 of 80 people found the following review helpful By John Patin on July 24, 2000
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
Believe it or not, I just spent over five hours with this disk even though I already own the original DVD release. It was worth it. First off, the video is a(much)cleaner and sharper transfer, a marked improvement over the old disk. And the extras are great too. After watching the film the first time I actually sat through whole thing again again while listening to the director's commentary, something I have not done with any other DVD. The extra footage, while only a few minutes, does add something to the ending. I liked it. And Milius' comments about it made me appreciate it even more later. My only complaint might be to wish that the commentary had been extended to the outtakes and deleted scenes. I would have liked to hear more about the deleted King Osric scene and how it was originally intended to fit in the movie. Finally, the documentary "Conan Unchained" was a pleasant surprise. I expected the usual 15 minute "making of" promo dating back to the original release but it is a beefy, informative(and amusing)featurette with many recently filmed interviews with cast and crew. A fan's wish come true. And speaking of wishes, that exchange between John Milius and Arnold about getting together sometime to make a third Conan....YES! Let's get Conan on that throne! Anyway, while we're waiting, we can all watch this one till the sun comes up like I did last night.
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59 of 62 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on August 23, 2011
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
No film on this earth has had me wanting a Blu-ray release more than this one. Well...maybe Jaws and the original Indiana Jones trilogy but that's not the point. I love Conan the Barbarian. We all do. I was lucky enough to have kept the original 1998 DVD release of the theatrical cut of the film, but to be honest(and blunt) it looks like crap. especially on an HD set-up. So when the Blu-ray was announced I was thrilled. Then the rumors started to circulate.

I heard folks saying that the Blu-ray was of the extended version and not the theatrical. This scared me greatly because I hated the extended version. Just my opinion people. I felt the added/extended scenes took away the flow and pacing of the film, and gave certain characters a dynamic that didn't fit their nature. Don't even get me started on the King Osric debacle. So when I heard this I was saddened. But then I started reading reviews of the release and people were saying that it was indeed the glorious theatrical cut. Happy day.

I bought the disc and put it in the Blu-ray player ready to see(for about the 40th time!) the single greatest sword and sorcery film ever made. Often imitated, yet never duplicated. Mako's hauntingly, gravelly voice filled the room telling me about the days of high adventure. Then something happened. The film started. The bass drums fired up the horns blared and I watched the molten steel filling the mold. Two things were going on here. One, The picture was absolutely stunning. I could not believe how good this looked. Details I had never even noticed. Truly beautiful. The second thing going on, this was NOT the same audio recording of Poledouris' score. The music was note for note, never missed a beat.
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136 of 150 people found the following review helpful By Marc Ruby™ HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on July 30, 2002
Format: DVD
Back in 1982, when this film first came out I remember being absolutely spellbound by the production. It was as if Conan had stepped right out of Robert E. Howard's books. I remember some grumbling, because the script was not perfectly true to the original books. But, frankly, I did not give a darn. Valeria (Sandahl Bergman) was the perfect warrior maiden, Thulsa Doom (James Earl Jones) was the snake worshipper from hell, and Arnold Schwarzenegger was totally out of sight as the nearly inarticulate Conan. What a glare he had!
I don't mean to slight the rest of the cast, all the actors are great. Garry Lopez as Conan's sidekick and Mako as the wizard provide comic relief. And who can forget Max Von Sydow as King Osric. In a world that expected science fiction and fantasy movies to be hokey, grade B schlock, 'Conan the Barbarian' proved that it didn't have to be that way. No small part of what makes the film work are the elaborate sets and cinematography. Director John Milius strove to give the film something of the flavor of a history that could have happened, and succeeded. In addition, he makes up for the lack of dialog by presenting a continuous flow of carefully orchestrated and framed film sequences.
I was struck while watching it this time how much the dialog and action work to build the thematic structure. Often events or dialog will foreshadow action to come. In Valeria's death scene, she asks Conan to keep her warm. And in the next scene we find him building and lighting a funeral pyre where no fire had burnt before. In the background, the mound with its sacred stones echoes similar shapes seen throughout the film. This kind of thoughtful work is only to be expected of Milius and De Laurentis, but in 1982, it was far beyond the norm for this genre.
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49 of 53 people found the following review helpful By Chris Peters on October 11, 2000
Format: DVD
Conan as a movie is one of the few films that performs the fantasy setting well. Right from the beginning, there is a huge sense of epic scope, with great men shaping and forging a young, wild world. Not a single character in Conan is timid or petty - they all stand like giants in their world. Special effects are rarely used and never seem out of place. While the plot doesn't stray too much from a simple quest for revenge, director John Milius presents everything with such sheer charisma that I couldn't help but smile and soak it all in. This is not Citizen Kane, and Arnold is not Olivier, but the movie is entertaining nonetheless.
As a collector's edition, key deleted scenes were added, including a wonderful scene were Arnold does more acting than anywhere else in the movie! Right before the final battle, Conan has a rare moment of reflection on his life of fighting, and wonders at the meaning of it all. The producers thought no one would be able to understand Schwartzenegger, but I had absolutely no problem, and the scene fits the pace perfectly. Overall, the other "new" scenes don't add too much.
The "Making of" documentary is great, but the commentary by Schwartzenegger and Milius is priceless. During the scene where Valeria begs Conan to forget his revenge quest against Thulsa Doom and run away with her, Arnold comments in his wonderful Austrian accent, "Here Conan begins to get soft... listening to the women problems..." Classic Schwartzenegger bravado (or arrogance, depending on your view). John Milius is a very intelligent person, and certainly know quite a bit about history and the deep roots that inspired this movie, but I actually felt that Arnold provided the best insights into the film.
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