Conquest [DVD] [1983]

It is truly unbelievable that Lucio Fulci's Conquest has come out on DVD before the Star Wars trilogy, but it's happened, and audiences have none other than Blue Underground to thank for it. In one of their strangest releases, William Lustig and company give a stellar, uncut treatment to this psychedelic fantasy mind-f*ck -- one of the director's lesser efforts for sure, though definitely a high point for connoisseurs of crazy, messed-up fantasy cinema. Sadly, the boys in Blue couldn't do much for the foggy picture, though, to be fair, their anamorphic 1.85:1 widescreen picture is a vast improvement over the old Media video release. Sound quality is where this sucker really soars, with the trippy score bouncing throughout the Dolby Surround 2.0 track, constantly reminding you how much Italian soundtracks rocked back in the day -- especially anything from Claudio Simonetti. While there aren't boatloads of extras, there is a perfectly entertaining archive of the film's publicity campaign that should provide much entertainment long after you've endured the film. Both the U.S. and international trailers are present, with the international one grabbing the title belt for its best-of clips and downright bizarre final still frame. Blue Underground's poster and stills galleries are always top-notch, and this sucker is no exception! First up is the Posters section, lavishly showing off the fresh fantasy art from around the globe, while ending with a shot of a marquee that would no doubt give a heart attack to any nut-job fan if he or she saw it on the streets today. Both the lobby cards and promo booklet are also included, while the last section gives much love to the film's various spectacular video box art through the years. The director's bio is there as well, giving a brief overview of his career, though it lacks any coverage for the movie at hand, save for a few quick quotes from him in the very beginning about fantasy films in general. With perfectly chosen menu images (C'mon, you gotta love that glowing bow and arrow!) and classic art for the cover, the Conquest DVD is a real-deal gem that anyone with a little love for Fulci must have.
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Special Features

  • Theatrical trailers
  • Poster & still galleries
  • Lucio Fulci bio


Acclaimed horror director Lucio Fulci infuses the sword-and-sorcery genre with gory decapitations, pus-squirting lesions and flesh-eating zombies in this uneven fantasy. The hero of the piece is young Ilias (Andrea Occhipinti), who, along with his bolo-swinging friend Maxz (Jorge Rivero), battles monsters, mutant tribes, and an evil queen (Sabrina Siani) on his journey to manhood. As the evil Ocron, the topless Siani wears a gold mask and bikini bottoms while writhing around on a fur rug covered with live snakes. Siani rules over a risible tribe of people in dog masks who blow narcotics up each others' noses through a straw, and conjures up wolf-warriors from her dreams to shoot poisonous straws at her enemies. The American version is missing much of the gore, but is still far too explicit for the young audiences at whom it is apparently aimed. Terrible special effects, hazy cinematography and inappropriately modernistic music by Claudio Simonetti do not make the film very enjoyable for adults either. Still, it is well-paced and Occhipinti makes a sympathetic lead, making the film worthwhile, if only for genre completists and Fulci devotees. ~ Robert Firsching, Rovi

Cast & Crew

  • Jorge Rivero
    Jorge Rivero - Maxz
  • Andrea Occhipinti
    Andrea Occhipinti - Ilias
  • Sabrina Siani
    Sabrina Siani - Ocron
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    Conrado SanMartin
  • Image coming soon
    Violeta Cela
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