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Conan the Barbarian [Blu-ray]
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Although the film's set-up is the same as the '82 version -- raiders destroy Conan's Cimmerian village and thus the barbarian seeks revenge -- the ensuing story is completely different. The villains here are Khalar Zym and his witchy daughter, Marique, who seek to resurrect Zym's sorcerous wife, once they attain the needed pure blood necessary for their Acheron magic (or something to this effect).
- Jason Momoa, as Conan, is excellent. Far better than Arnie. It's hard to conceive of a better Conan.
- The Bulgarian locations are outstanding.
- The Costuming is more convincing than the '82 version. Conan's apparel, for instance, is more faithful to REH than Arnie's fur loincloth.
- Better acting than the '82 version, excluding James Earl Jones, of course.
- Brutal, thrilling action throughout.
- Convincing swordplay.
- Corsairs, highlighted by Conan's comrade Artus, effectively played by likable Nonso Anozie.
- Excellent sets/props. It definitely looks like the Hyborian Age.
- Good serious vibe, despite the cartooney, over-the-top last act.
- Rose McGowan as the witchy daughter is ee-vil and creepy.
- Ron Perlman as Conan's father is outstanding.
- The whole opening sequence.
- I liked how the film stressed the closeness and love of Conan and his father. There's a correlation between true greatness and a close relationship with a strong father-figure and his example of excellence.Read more ›
The problem with Conan the Barbarian 2011 is that everyone keeps comparing it to the Conan the Barbarian 1981, both of these films are great movies in their own right. The thing that people should do is to not compare the two movies to each other, but compare them to the source material. Have any of you actually read the Conan stories written by Robert E. Howard?
Conan The Barbarian 2011 brings Conan to his actual origin story; Howard did mention that Conan was born on a battle field and that he was an accomplished warrior before the age of 13. The bloody violence of this film captured the violence of the books. Jason Mamoa's sword choreography was far better than Arnold's swordsmanship in the original. I will admit that the main villian fell short of James Earl Jones' charismatic performance of the original. Rose Mcgowan stole the show for me in this version. The 1982 version did have one of the greatest sound tracts ever recorded.
Conan the Barbarian 2011 is an incredible and refreshing retelling of Robert E. Howard's greatest literary hero. In time this film will get the credit it deserves, and it will become a cult classic. Personally I love both the 1982 and 2011 versions the same.
As in 80s Conan The Barbarian and Conan The Destroyer, the villain Khalar Zynn's (Stephen Lang) mission is similar - world domination. To do so, he must find pieces of the mask and use pure blood to activate the powers.
Zynn engineers the demise of Conan's father Corin (Ron Pearlman) for one piece of the mask and a young Conan (Leo Howard) vows revenge.
This Conan delivers action and gore fast and furious. I thought the most exciting segment was the battle with sandmen. The parts with the snake/octopus creature and the final fight sequence were a little too dark for me to really see what was going on.
Ron Pearlman (Hellboy) puts on a memorable performance here as a dad who sacrifices his life. And Rose McGowan (Scream) really did look super evil with all that fingernails (Freddy Krueger!). Her sorceress Marique made Zynn look like Father Christmas. Watch her stick those nails into those poor girls! Speaking of incest, the deviant attempts to seduce her daddy. Funnily enough her make up reminded me of Helena Bonham Carter in Alice In Wonderland.
Casting Jason Monoa as Conan was a brave choice as he was a relative unknown then. He certainly has the looks and killer bod - check out those glutes!
The version released in my country clocks in at 108 minutes compared to the 113 minutes version sold here. I'm sure a raunchy love scene between Conan and the pure blood heroine Tamara (Rachel Nichols) was cut. Someone kindly confirm?
Extras include cast and crew interviews a B roll footage and a trailer. The questions were flashed so quickly that I could not read them.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
It was an ok film, it's not Arnie, but then again almost all covers of original movies fall short.Published 19 days ago by Mark Whiting
The sixty three people who are devoted fans of the print version of the Conan tales will relish this very expensive, $95 million film. Robert E. Read morePublished 25 days ago by Andy McKinney
I mostly watched it for the eye-candy, but I love the glimpse of tribal barbarian life at the beginning as well as the fight scenes.Published 1 month ago by Grace Vivian King
I like conan the barbarian the new version but there only one Arnold. thankz!!!!Published 1 month ago by G.
This Conan movie is more faithful to what Robert E. Howard wrote about than the Conan movies back in the 80s, those movies were Sword and Sorcery movies but they should have never... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Raven Shadowz
unwatchable. dialog terrible. acting terrible. cheezy to the max. terrible.Published 2 months ago by joebot2000
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