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"Conan the Barbarian" (Blu-ray) - Reviewed by Jim Milton

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Synopsis

A quest that begins as a personal vendetta for the fierce Cimmerian warrior soon turns into an epic battle against hulking rivals, horrific monsters, and impossible odds, as Conan realizes he is the only hope of saving the great nations of Hyboria from an encroaching reign of supernatural evil.

Specifications

  • Lions Gate
  • 2011, Color, Rated R, 113 mins
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.40:1
  • Codec: AVC MPEG 4
  • 1080p
  • English 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio
  • Starring Jason Momoa, Ron Perlman, Rose McGowan, Stephen Lang, Rachel Nichols
  • Directed by Marcus Nispel
Rating
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  • Violence: Yes
  • Sex: Yes
  • Language: No

Commentary

Having grown up reading Howard’s books, this adaptation falls far shorter than even Arnold Schwarzenneger’s portrayal. Momoa displays the muscles, but little wit or humor. The biggest problem was the chopped up story line that jumps around from one scene to the other without any purpose other than getting ready for the next action sequence. Fake blood splatters and limbs (even a nose!) fly through the air, but ultimately, the action lulls the viewer into the Kingdom of Boredom. Topless wenches are sure to keep the interest of your teenage boys.

Technical

The picture quality was very good, but the CGI effects were a little heavy. Every city looks like something out of the Lord of the Rings; too big, too intricate. Details are abundant (such as rich leather grain and intricate chain-mail) and colors are well saturated. Even the dark scenes looked good with plenty of depth. The sound is very aggressive and engaging. Battle scenes raged all around you as Conan hacks his way to victory. Very deep bass kicks in throughout the show. The sound effects guys worked overtime on this project, making it a demo quality sound spectacular. Too bad the sound doesn't make up for the poor scripting.

Extras

None, by Crom!