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Title:
Excalibur
Author:
Boorman, John, 1933- , screenwriter, director, producer.
Edition:
[DVD version].
Publication Information:
Burbank, CA : Warner Home Video, [1999]

©1999
Physical Description:
1 videodisc (140 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Summary:
The classic saga of King Arthur and those around him in the Court-- the knights, his Queen, and the wizard Merlin. Focuses on the rise of Christian civilization out of the Dark Ages.
General Note:
Adapted from Malory's Le morte d'Arthur by Rospo Pallenberg.

Originally produced as a motion picture, c1981 by Warner Bros.

Widescreen, Dolby surround.

Special features: Feature-length commentary by director John Boorman; interactive menus; production notes; theatrical trailer; and, scene access.

For specific features see interactive menu.
Language:
English
Reading Level:
Intended audience: Adult.

MPAA rating: R.
ISBN:
9780790732992
UPC:
085392201822
Format :
DVD

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John Boorman directed this gloriously savage interpretation of Arthurian legend loosely based on Thomas Malory's novel Le Morte d'Arthur. By turns gleaming and filthy, tender and bloody, the film is a visually stunning epic which is never less than compelling. Nigel Terry is perfectly cast as Arthur, whose unwavering trust and faith are shown to be both quietly heroic and achingly naïve. Interestingly, the quest for the Grail is the least effective part of the film, despite bold cinematography by Alex Thomson (who was nominated for an Oscar) and a fine performance by Paul Geoffrey as Perceval, whose greatest desire is attained in his dying sight. It is the scenes of Camelot in which Boorman is at his most effective, as Arthur is betrayed by the burning passions of Guenevere (Cherie Lunghi) and Lancelot (Nicholas Clay), whose boiling internal forces cannot be denied, whatever the cost. The wicked Mordred (Robert Addie) and Morgana (Helen Mirren) are commanding when onscreen, and Nicol Williamson's performance as the grandiosely self-sacrificing Merlin is outstanding. Liam Neeson and Patrick Stewart also appear in this dense, passionate, and stirring triumph featuring a marvelous Trevor Jones score. The gruesome effects by Peter Hutchinson and Alan Whibley, however, and sights such as a knight having sex in full body armor make this a fairy tale strictly for adults. ~ Robert Firsching, Rovi