One thing that can be said about Warner Bros.' DVD library is that it's consistent; their discs rarely contain more than filmographies and a theatrical trailer or two. Fortunately, there are exceptions to that rule, and apparently someone within the studio saw fit to make John Boorman's epic retelling of the Arthurian legend one of those exceptions. The major addition here comes in the form of a commentary track by director Boorman, whose monologue is refreshingly insightful at a time when many commentaries are used up with friendly yet ultimately meaningless banter. Also featured are, as usual, the theatrical trailer, scene selections, and a cast and crew section that curiously contains only information on Boorman himself.Fans of the film who have until now only seen it on VHS will be amazed at the clarity of the audio mix. The soundtrack has been remixed into a digital 5.1 presentation that makes the best of its limited source material and manages to separate nicely. There is a prominent bass track which was certainly not present in previous incarnations of the film and which adds a great deal of weight and authenticity to the many elaborate battle scenes. The film has never looked so good; almost every instance of film grain has been removed and the colors, particularly the flesh tones, are well balanced. The picture is presented in a non-anamorphic letterboxed format at 1.85:1. Overall, Boorman's insightful commentary alone, not to mention the outstanding audio and video quality, makes this disc well worth owning.
Feature-length audio commentary by director John Boorman
Languages and subtitles: English and Français
Nigel TerryKing Arthur
Charley BoormanBoy Mordred
Brid BrennanLady in Waiting
Trevor JonesComposer (Music Score)
Anthony PrattProduction Designer
Bertram TyrerArt Director
John LucasArt Director
Tim HutchinsonArt Director
Michael DryhurstAssociate Producer
Bryan GravesSet Designer
Bob RingwoodCostume Designer
Alan WhibleySpecial Effects
Gerry JohnstonSpecial Effects
Peter HutchinsonSpecial Effects
Barry BlackmoreFirst Assistant Director
David MurphyFirst Assistant Director
John LawlorFirst Assistant Director
Anthony Van LaastChoreography
Ron DavisSupervising Sound Editor
Fantasy Adventure,Sword-and-Sorcery,Mythological Fantasy
I am so glad that Excalibur made it to Blu Ray. Now, I just hope that someday it will receive a complete remastering. While this is the best presentation of the film yet, the magnitude of this movie warrants even better treatment. Not that this version is bad, it was in fact at times stunning. Still, this is a great film and it should receive equally great remastering. None the less, this is an amazing movie for anyone that enjoys King Arthur stories.
I have seen this movie in all the forms it has been offered in over the years and this is by far the best A/V transfer yet. I saw things that I never saw before and the score was way better too. I enjoy many of the Arthur legend films and this one is near the top. I did not give it 5 stars as I hope that it will be fully remastered one day so that I can. Still, it is very watchable in this release and at this price, you just can't go wrong.
This is an excellent telling of the King Arthur legend. It's got it all; love, betrayal, justice, treachery, & adventure. Starting with his father Uther Pendragon, whose uncontrollable lust for power & an ally's wife nearly brings ruin to the schemes of the wizard seeking to bring peace to England, Merlin The Magician. This ISN'T Disney folks. This is truly an epic grand tale. Also look for Patrick Stewart & Liam Neeson too in the early stages of their fine careers. This is a great addition to any home library of "popcorn" movies (& make two batches as it's over two hours long). You won't be disappointed.
I would recommend this to a friend
Rated 5 out of 5 stars
The greatest King Arthur of all time. I had it on regular DVD.
The first time I saw this movie was in the 80's on VHS, so I had to revisit it in Blu ray fomat... shows the birth of Arthur and how his relationship with Merlin began,very good adaptation of Le Morte D' Arthur, this is a timeless classic, you will see how young a lot of stars are in the movie, among notables are Liam Neeson, Helen Mirren, Gabriel Byrne and Patrick Stewart.. the story is very close to the book , since then there have been several movie versions of the Arthurian legend, still enjoyable after all these years..