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Mythical monsters and noble knights come to colorful life in this enchanting and engaging adventure. Filled with "special effects sure to amuse and horrify" (LA Herald-Examiner), The Magic Sword is an "all-out children's fairy tale" (Motion Picture Herald) and a "rousing good time" (The Film Daily)! When the evil sorcerer Lodac (Basil Rathbone) kidnaps the beautiful Princess Helene (Anne Helm), the brave young George (Gary Lockwood) makes it his mission to save her and earn her royal hand in marriage. But George must first survive the seven curses that plague the way to Lodac's castle. Though he has a speedy horse, invincible armor and a magic sword, will George's weapons and resolve be enough to defeat Lodac's ghastly ghouls and deadly demons?!?
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Basil kidnaps our princess to feed to the dragon. The king is promising half the kingdom and the girl's hand in marriage, and now you should know where Terry Gilliam went with this promise in Jabberwocky '77. We've got 7 deadly curses and all the actors are obviously having quite a bit of fun along the way.
In 2003 Alpha released a DVD of this but the quality was ABYSMAL. This new release is reportedly in widescreen and one can hope that with the proper attention now we will get the quality the DVD medium offers if handled correctly.
OK, now it's been released and I was pleasantly surprised to see a very good quality DVD. It's widescreen and the clarity is pretty darn good for as old as this movie is. There's alot of rich color, maybe too much but it 's not as saturated as say, The Quiet Man which was way too thick in color saturation. Now I recommend this higher than originally anticipated and give it 4 stars. There's no extras to speak of but I think it's worth the price just to get a good copy of this. The MGM release is the only one to get. Enjoy.
The first time I saw the movie was from a $1 bargain bin version from "Treasure Box Collection," a good value, especially since it was bundled with a second film, "King Arthur: The Young Warlord". I enjoyed their "The Magic Sword" but wanted it with a better quality picture. The MGM version has an excellent picture and sound.
The MGM version has an additional four-minute scene about 30 minutes into the film, in which a harassed Princess Helene breaks free of her prison cell and meets Little People kept in cages for eating. Lodac returns her to her cell. The Little People show up later to release George from his bindings in the dungeon and are otherwise not explained.
The one and only annoyance of the MGM version compared to the "Treasure Box Collection" version is that MGM's has a different aspect ratio and sizing. The MGM version is wider, but cuts off portions of the scene that appear at the bottom (or maybe top as well) of the TBC version. While the letterbox aspect ratio is standard, why don't they show the entire movie however the aspect ratio falls out? For me the difference was most noticable in George's dungeon scenes. This quibble does not mean that the MGM version is not the one to choose.
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