Any "Excalibur" fans out there?

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  1. Holocron_Collector Moderator Emeritus

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    I received the "Excalibur" DVD for X-mas. I hadn't seen it in years, and had forgotten what a great movie it is, though everyone I ask has never heard of it! This is one of the greatest film takes of the Arthur legends there is, in my opinion.
    It is dark, violent, but at the same time beautiful and inspiring. The scene with Arthur dreaming of Merlin at stonehenge is pure movie magic. It also boasts a awesome cast, such as Gabriel Byrne, Liam Neeson, and Patrick Stewart, although they were unknown actors at the time.
    If you haven't discovered this movie, check it out! If you have, and you love it like I do, lets discuss!

    HC
  2. M-RdotM-A-N Jedi Youngling

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    Yeah tha Dungeon Family is tight...
  3. Lord Mauly Mall TFN/JC Banner Artist Team

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    It's one of my favorite movies. Hopefully they'll give it the special edition treatment at some point. The trailer is great too.

    A dream to some.
    A NIGHTMARE TO OTHERS!
  4. barnsthefatjedi Jedi Grand Master

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    It was on TV yesterday. I thought it was crap.
  5. BYOB_Kenobi Jedi Grand Master

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    Awesome movie. Excellent soundtrack. The original score is rather too abstract for my taste, but I really dig the use of Wagner and Orff.

    The only thing that makes me laugh about the movie is the few scenes where it seems every line must be screamed at top volume by each character. I keep thinking of the Loud Guy from Dilbert.
  6. M-RdotM-A-N Jedi Youngling

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  7. Kiki-Gonn Chosen One

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    Great movie, definitely one of the top fantasy movies of all time.
    The directing is superb. I forget who the director is but I know he's a notable.
    I'd love to see what he could do with a fantasy story given today's technology.
  8. Mastadge Manager Emeritus

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    I love that movie, but it would have been cooler with more than, say, 15 extras...
  9. Commander Antilles Force Ghost

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    I love that film. One of my all times favs.

    Anyone who bashs it gets banned! [face_devil]
  10. Mastadge Manager Emeritus

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    Whoever said it ought to get SE treatment: It's already anamorphic widescreen, with a GREAT commentary, and trailers...all for a VERY low price...what more do you want from it?
  11. TANTIV Jedi Grand Master

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    It is a great film i havent got it on DVD but i love it.

    I `ve even been to Tintagel the rumored place of Arthurs birth in Conwall where part of it was filmed a very errie place .
  12. BYOB_Kenobi Jedi Grand Master

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    Excalibur was directed by John Boorman, director of Zardoz and more recently The Tailor of Panama.

    HC, if you have a decent surround sound system hooked up to your DVD player, crank up the volume, the rear surround speakers and the subwoofer and listen to the first 45 seconds or so of Wagner's "Siegfried's Death and Funeral March" that opens the film. It's truly spine-chilling. ;)
  13. Lord Mauly Mall TFN/JC Banner Artist Team

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    "Whoever said it ought to get SE treatment: It's already anamorphic widescreen, with a GREAT commentary, and trailers...all for a VERY low price...what more do you want from it?"

    That would be me. I'm sure there are some cut scenes, some of which you can see briefly during the trailer(if you have a sharp eye). And what about a good documentary? The marketing campaigns, photo albums, etc etc. It's a good disc as-is especially for the price, but I'm sure they can expand upon it.
  14. Darth Shade Jedi Master

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    It was my fave fantasy film until LOTR. :)
  15. Holocron_Collector Moderator Emeritus

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    BYOB_Kenobi - Right on! I remember the first time I saw Excalibur, that opening with the music and the horses breath truly captivated me. I was hooked instantly.

    LMM- At first I thought there WERE cut scenes put back in the movie, but then I just realized I wasn't watching the edited for tv version. [face_laugh]

    HC
  16. Mastadge Manager Emeritus

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    It's below both Conan the Barbarian and Lord of the Rings in my book.
  17. Jedi Merkurian Episode VII Thread-Reaper and Rumor Naysayer

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    Commander Antilles wrote:
    "I love that film. One of my all times favs.

    Anyone who bashs it gets banned!"


    OMG! Antilles & I agree on something? [face_shocked]

    Anyways, it contains some of my all-time favorite movie lines. Especially when Merlin is talking to young Arthur:

    "Looking at the cakes in like looking at the future: until you've tasted it, what do you really know? And then, of course, it's too late!"
    (Arthur, not paying attention, takes a bite)
    "Too late...."

    (after Arthur completely ingores a divination from Merlin)
    "You weren't listening! At least your heart wasn't! Love is deaf as well as blind, that's it! You have a kingdom to rule! You don't have time for hair pulling and jumping about!"
  18. HL&S Magistrate Emeritus

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    Whenever i think of EXCALIBUR, i think of a little boy in gold armor laughing at some poor dead knights.
  19. Lord Mauly Mall TFN/JC Banner Artist Team

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    That Mordred was wicked.
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    There are moments, both visually and on an acting level in the movie, that resonate to this day with movies like LOTR.
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    Come, father, let us embrace at last.

    I think without Excalibur, LOTR would have been a lot harder to make and visualize for that matter.
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    And oh that Helen Mirren! [face_love]
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  20. BYOB_Kenobi Jedi Grand Master

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    "Reforged shall be sword that was broken."
  21. HL&S Magistrate Emeritus

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    What an evil looking child.
  22. Holocron_Collector Moderator Emeritus

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    Thanks for posting those great pics, guys! And yes, Mordred is EXTREMELY evil looking. And he even LOOKS inbred!

    One of my favorite scenes is Lancelot and Arthur jousting. The cinematography seems to bring out the backgrounds as being just as important as the action. The beautiful waterfall, the mountains. They found some great locations to film!!

    HC
  23. Valiowk Force Ghost

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    Arthur, always my hero above all, even including LOTR. It was good, good, I have to say. :)
  24. Jedi Merkurian Episode VII Thread-Reaper and Rumor Naysayer

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    Plus, it held a plethora of "before they were stars:"

    *Liam Neeson as Sir Gawain
    *Patrick Stewart as Leon deGrance of Camilliard (sp?)
    *Gabriel Byrne as Uther Pendragon

    Speaking of Uther, sweet Tyra Banks, he just couldn't wait, could he? [face_shocked]
  25. Lord Mauly Mall TFN/JC Banner Artist Team

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    Keep a distance, Mordred!

    The future has taken root in the present. It is done.



    Love those lines.
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