Meant to be a whimsical sword-and-sorcery film about a prince out to save his princess from the jaws of the Beast, Krull has enough scenes borrowed from blockbuster predecessors (Raiders of the Lost Ark, E.T., Robin Hood, Star Wars) and is gentle enough to be rather derivative, ordinary fare. Prince Colwyn (Ken Marshall) has inherited a kingdom under siege by the evil Beast, and not only has to rid the land of the monster, but he has to rescue his bride Lyssa (Lysette Anthony) from the Beast's clutches as well. In his magical land, horses can sometimes fly, medieval castles can harbor weapons that light up, and before he can defeat the Beast, the prince has to get his hands on the glaive (French for "double-edged sword"), a razor-sharp, magical weapon capable of killing the monster. One of the more notable aspects of Krull is that a 30-year old Liam Neeson plays the bit part of Kegan, in only his third full-length feature film.~Eleanor Mannikka
I had lots of favorites as a kid. Superman, Spider-Man, Wonder Woman, He-Man, Weird Science, Elvira: Mistress of the Dark, so many more... and Krull.
I would watch it whenever it came on TV. When I would visit my grandparents, I would get them to rent it on VHS(since we didn't have a VCR at home), and I would watch it REPEATEDLY! I'm sure they tired of it quickly, but they tolerated it because of how much they could see I loved it.
When I got older and graduated to DVD, I was elated to eventually find it and snatch it right up! None of the magic was lost, of course. However, as an adult, I could see the obvious cult appeal as it was by no means an Oscar contender on any level.
Still, the magic remained. A gigantic alien castle-ship invading a gorgeous Arthurian-like planet(GREAT cinematography!). Horrific looking aliens with laser weapons that reminded me of the original V. An alliance between rival kingdoms to battle the alien menace, cemented by the marriage of Prince and Princess. The new King's quest to rescue his bride and slay the Beast. And the ancient and powerful Glaive! **..shudders..** Oh, I wanted one of those!! Still do, actually!
Classic and, at the same time, totally original!! No, the acting was not Oscar-caliber, but there were some not-yet-realized gigantic talents in that movie!! Robbie Coltrane(Harry Potter's 'Hagrid') as Rhun and Liam Neeson(Duh!) as Kegan. Even Ken Marshall went on to play one of my favorite recurring characters on Star Trek: Deep Space Nice, Lieutenant Commander Michael Eddington, who would leave Starfleet to join the rogue Maquis. GREAT story line, and Ken was GREAT in it!!
Thing is, I don't believe Krull was ever meant to be an Oscar contender. Someone had an idea. King Arthur vs. space aliens!! And it was BEAUTIFUL!! And let me tell you something, here... the time is ripe for a sequel!! :-D I've had the perfect story line for a sequel for years!!! Pure magic!
Would I recommend Krull to a friend!? You bet!! In fact, I've had to place my order for the new Blu-ray with Amazon since it's already back-ordered at Best Buy. :-(
I would recommend this to a friend
Rating 4 out of 5 stars with 1 review
Don't get the "hate"
Owned for 1 week when reviewed.
I enjoyed this movie, so much more than I was expecting. And not in an ironic way either. I enjoyed the story, the characters, the acting, and the effects. This movie's infamy is greatly exaggerated. Sure there are parts where it dragged, but I'm still glad I took the chance and bought it.
I had never seen this before purchasing, I like watching movies of this genre and decade so I took a chance. I am pleased to report that my family had a very enjoyable time watching this film. Bluray (1080p) is the lowest resolution I am willing to buy, I was very satisfied with the price, the case arrived undamaged. We've already watched the disc and it is a flawless print, I am as happy as possible with this purchase.
I would recommend this to a friend
Rating 5 out of 5 stars with 1 review
This Blu-Ray edition simply offers the movie in better clarity than DVD. That is the only advantage of this over the DVD Special Edition release, which was loaded with behind-the-scenes bits. I know a lot of people don't bother with home video disc extra features, and I usually only watch those once, but this does not even have a menu or chapters. Most Mill Creek Direct produced discs are cheaply produced, without proper menus and with poor packaging. Still, if this is priced really low and you want to watch the movie with better clarity, it serves that purpose.
Krull takes many clichés from both fantasy and sci-fi and wields them to great effect. With an antagonist called the Beast equipped with his army of Slayers, you already know that you're in for a camp-filled ride and, as long as that's all you're expecting, you'll be pleasantly surprised. Sure, Krull isn't going to give you a whole lot of subtext but the locations, set designs and score are all fantastic and coalesce in such a way to give one a rich filmgoing experience. Recommended!