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Christopher Lambert and Sean Connery star in the epic tale of immortality that launched one of the most beloved action-adventure series in film and TV history. After Scottish clansman Connor MacLeod (Lambert) discovers his true identity as a member of a legion of immortals, he embarks on a legendary journey spanning continents and centuries, eventually landing in modern-day New York City. Connor faces his ultimate test when other immortals begin to appear in the city, leading to a titanic showdown where only one can claim victory. Directed by Russell Mulcahy and featuring a soundtrack by Queen, this is the modern classic that has attracted millions of warrior fans worldwide. This is HIGHLANDER!
• Audio Commentary with Director Russell Mulcahy
• English/French/Spanish Subtitles
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This film has seen many DVD and bluray releases over the years. The previous Studio Canal bluray release in the UK was a fully loaded special edition that featured copius extras but had picture quality which suffered from noticeable digital noise that robbed it of much of its potential detail. The previous Lionsgate release in the states utilized the same transfer but left off the extensive feature length making of documentary featured on the Studio Canal release.
It was announced earlier this year that Studio Canal was performing a 4K restoration of the film for a new bluray release which featured an expanded version of the prior making of documentary (from originally about 90 to now 120 minutes), new interviews with the director Russel Mulcahy and star Christopher Lambert (about 20 minutes each) in addition to the vintage commentary track from the director and prior featurettes. Lionsgate would bring this new 30th anniversary bluray out here in the states.
The new transfer from the 4K restoration is truly breathtaking for fans of the film. All of the digital noise that plagued the previous bluray transfer is gone. Detail has been greatly improved along with contrast and black levels, skin tones look much more natural and it is like seeing the film again for the first time. No digital noise reduction appears to have been used so the natural film grain levels are retained for a nice filmic touch. The bit rate is healthy getting into the mid 30's during busy moments. I doubt the film ever looked this great before even in theaters! Audio is well defined and punchy. Feel free to upgrade to this new edition as this is truly the definitive edition of the director's cut of "Highlander". There can be only one.
Among humans for centuries, an immortal specie existed. Connor MacLeod is a member of this specie. Unaware of his powers, he is unable to explain his revival after his apparent death in a clan-fight in the 15th century. This convinces the superstitious villagers to stone him and drive him out of the village. He then encounters another one of his kind, Ramirez, who indoctrinates him in the ways of the immortals. The only way these "immortals" can die is by having their heads cut off. Given the credo that there can only be one, you can imagine a race where everyone tries to chop everyone else's head off. Of course, in such a race, there'll be factions, and MacLeod and Ramirez are one side battling the forces of evil immortals who want to take over the planet and wreak destruction on it.
This was well worth the purchase.
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Just as good as I expected.