Conan the Barbarian

Conan the Barbarian

Arnold Schwarzenegger
Director: John Milius Cast: Arnold Schwarzenegger
Arnold Schwarzenegger
, James Earl Jones
James Earl Jones
, Max von Sydow
Max von Sydow
John Milius

DVD (Wide Screen / Mono)

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One of actor Arnold Schwarzenegger's first forays into Hollywood cinema, Conan the Barbarian is the story of one man's quest for vengeance among a dangerous and barbaric land. This is the second release of this film on DVD by Universal, and the image quality on this 2.35:1 anamorphic widescreen transfer looks miles above the previous release. Colors are very vibrant and full while the black levels are deep and dark. Only a slight amount of grain shows up in a few spots, and edge enhancement/digital artifacting is never present. The audio is presented in Dolby Digital 1.0 Mono and sounds passable. Of course, this being a Mono soundtrack, the depth and fidelity are missing, though overall, the bulk of the dialogue, effects, and music are free of any excessive distortion or hiss. Also included on this disc are French subtitles. This edition of Conan the Barbarian is a "collector's edition" and sports some fine new extra features. The first is a commentary track by director John Milius and Arnold Schwarzenegger. This is a very enlightening commentary track with both participants sounding very chatty and friendly. A brand new 53-minute documentary, "Conan Unchained," written, directed, and produced by Laurent Bouzereau, is a great retrospective on the film which includes interviews with many of the actors and filmmakers. Featuring lots of behind-the-scenes information and interviews, this is a great retrospective piece for fans. About six minutes of deleted scenes are included that don't add much to the proceedings. A special effects clip shows a shot with and without the inserted special effects. Finally there is an archive gallery with images and artwork from the film, two theatrical trailers, production notes, cast and filmmaker bios, and a DVD-ROM section with additional production materials and web links. Like mad dogs to rare beef, fans of the film should drool over this DVD for years to come.

Product Details

Release Date: 05/30/2000
UPC: 0025192056420
Original Release: 1982
Rating: R
Source: Universal Studios
Region Code: 1
Presentation: [Wide Screen]
Sound: [monaural]
Time: 2:09:00

Special Features

Extended version with bonus footage; "Conan Unchained, the Making of Conan"; Feature commentary with director John Milius and actor Arnold Schwarzenegger; Deleted scenes; Special effects; The Conan archives; Theatrical trailers

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Arnold Schwarzenegger Conan
James Earl Jones Thulsa Doom
Max von Sydow King Osric
Sandahl Bergman Valeria
Ben Davidson Rexor
Cassandra Gaviola The Witch
Gerry Lopez Subotai
Mako The Wizard
Valerie Quennessen The Princess
William Smith Conan's Father
Luis Barboo Red Hair
Franco Columbu Pictish Scout
Leslie Foldvary Snake Girl
Gary Herman Guard
Erick Holmey Officer
Akio Mitamura Mongol General
Nadiuska Conan's Mother
Jorge Sanz Young Conan
Jack Taylor Priest
Sven Ole Thorsen Thorgrim
Kiyoshi Yamazaki Sword Master

Technical Credits
John Milius Director,Screenwriter
Nick Allder Special Effects
Colin Arthur Makeup
Bub Asman Sound/Sound Designer
Pier Luigi Basile Art Director
John Bloomfield Costumes/Costume Designer
Duke Callaghan Cinematographer
Ron Cobb Production Designer
D. Constantine Conte Executive Producer
Dino de Laurentiis Producer
Raffaella de Laurentiis Producer
Carlo DeMarchis Makeup
Buzz Feitshans Producer
Benjamin Fernandez Art Director
C. Timothy O'Meara Editor
Oliver Stone Screenwriter
Basil Poledouris Score Composer
Giorgio Postiglione Set Decoration/Design
Edward R. Pressman Executive Producer
Fred Stafford Editor
Edward Summer Associate Producer

Scene Index

Chapter List
0. Chapter List
1. The Days Of High Adventure (Main Titles) [5:32]
2. The Barbarian Raid [11:21]
3. The Pit Fighter [3:58]
4. A Warrior's Education [4:12]
5. The Tomb Of Crom [4:53]
6. The Witch [10:22]
7. The Temple Of The Serpent [11:23]
8. King Osric's Plea [10:08]
9. The Wizard [6:25]
10. The Prisoner Of Doom [10:21]
11. The Wizard's Spell [8:39]
12. Swords Against The Cult [11:01]
13. A Cimmerian Will Not Cry [:38]
14. The Stand Against Thulsa Doom [4:53]
15. Doom's Day [12:24]
16. A King By His Own Hand (End Titles) [9:32]

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