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Brandishing his unstoppable sword of war, German Emperor Barbarossa will stop at nothing to conquer enemy lands and to revive the empire that once belonged to Charles the Great. But a young man from Milan, along with his army of 900 men known as the Company of Death, is prepared to challenge the Emperor and his relentless dominance.

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  • Actors: Rutger Hauer, F. Murray Abraham
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
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  • Studio: Lions Gate
  • DVD Release Date: February 22, 2011
  • Run Time: 123 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004FHCH8C
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #116,141 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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By William Amazzini on February 27, 2011
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It seems that Hollywood in the past few years has been content in releasing to the American filmgoer bathroom humor comedies, angst ridden dramas and CGI action movies overly populated either by the comic book genre or popular for their time Sixties television series. European filmmakers, however, have taken up the gauntlet of the Epic film genre and this one 'SWORD OF WAR' , an Italian Romanian co-production, is the latest and deals with an historical subject never treaded on before. The film is an accurate depiction of 12th Century Italy when German Emperor Frederick 1 Hohenstaufen named by the Italians as Barbarossa decided to revive the ancient empire of Charlemagne by conquering all of Italy and how a Milanese peasant named Alberto Da Giussano formed an army of 900 men from different parts of Italy called 'the company of death' and put the Germans to the test on the battlefield. The film stars Rutger Hauer back in the action saddle as the emperor and Raz Degan in an extremely mumbled voice over as Alberto. F. Murray Abraham supplies the villainy and Kasia Smutniak plays Eleanora, the visionary seer who bridges the action between prophecy and coincidence and aids Alberto. Written, Produced, and Directed impressively by Renzo Martinelli, the film supplies the goods with excellent production values by Rosella Guavna ,sweeping cinematography by Fabio Ciancetti and symphonic orchestration by Pivio and Aldo De Scalzi. The film has some wild touches such as Barbarossa secretly seeking the occult advice of the abbess Hildegard Von Bingen, black plague enveloping Rome and extremely graphic battle scenes. It's also good to see Rutger Hauer looking extremely regal and enjoying himself in his role. Lionsgate deserves kudos for releasing this film in a beautiful 2.35 widescreen transfer with 5.Read more ›
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The quality of the DVD is poor. The first third of the movie the voices and mouth movement don't match up at all. The basic premise of the story is similar to Braveheart (except without good action or acting). Especially early on the story is choppy and uninteresting. The first fight scene is horrifically bad (laughable). You can see the actors hesitating and waiting until the guy they are fighting is ready. The battle scenes do get better as the movie goes on. The siege of Milan is pretty good but can't save the poor acting and unlikable characters. Intertwined in the choppy story is just plain weird, silly, and sick scenes. Examples: 1. Rutger Hauer's character Barbarossa, catches the blacksmith assassin who somehow manages to get through thousands of German troops and into his tent. So, what should you do with this guy who is threatening you and just tried to kill you? Well, of course it just makes sense to let him go so he can organize the resistance to your kingdom! I should say the blacksmith guy had saved his life when he was young but I think when he just tried to kill you and is threatening you you go ahead and kill him. 2. The blacksmith is unconscious after the initial fight scene and this "witch" lady who has random "visions" does the rational and sane thing, she fondles and kisses him when he is unconscious? Ew! That isn't necrophilia but its unconsciousaphilia and still just plain sick. 3. During the siege of Milan the German forces capture a food scavenging party from Milan and plaster them to the front of the siege engines-OK that's a cool idea if your a German I don't have a problem with that.Read more ›
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a very good, historical movie. good action. good plot. great actors in it. and to address those who call it another braveheart wanna be.... your wrong. it is not. the fact that over the centuries, all over the world, men have fought for freedom, is true. it was true for most of the Chinese wars against the warlords. it was true for many of the European wars, such as this, and for the American Revolutionary War as well. This movie is a good portrayal of that kind of war. and it is a kick ass sword fighting movie.
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By Gabe P. on February 26, 2013
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sword fights and hand to hand combat. It's not a drone flying overhead dropping a bomb that the pilot is flying from a thousand miles away, this is face to face ruthless war. It both demonizes the art of war and yet brings a tone of nostalgia. The sword has been used for war for Thousands of years and it's only recently that projectiles have been used to cause harm. Anybody can pull a trigger but not everybody can wield a sword.
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I'm a history buff & I've seen many 1520's historical dramas. But...This movie is outstanding & inspirational. It made me laugh, cry, and angry all at the same time. But...Most of all I truly enjoyed the movie. I highly recommend watching this movie!!!
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Five stars for an outstanding historical epic on two levels: Rutger Hauer and F.Murray Abraham at their costume epic best providing those looking for a first rate European made historical movie with solid entertainment. Also, if you are interested in history this is the finest explanation of the conflict between the Guelphs and Ghebellines I have ever encountered. Since I can't find an English text that even remotely deals with this, I'm showing it to my students
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