Warner Home Video has announced John Boorman's Excalibur for Blu-ray release on March 8, 2011. This adaptation of Sir Thomas Malory's Le Morte d'Arthur, starring Nigel Terry, Nicol Williamson and Helen Mirren, is widely acclaimed as one of the finest adaptations of the Arthurian legend. It had been released in 2006 in the defunct HD DVD format.
+1! That would be a really inexpensive way of adding some "bonus material" to this release! As mentioned, I hope the transfer is improved, but I could sacrifiice that for getting the damn dvd SNAPCASE out of my collection!!
@ nitin: I was a projectionist when this film was released: the prints I saw were all 1:85. If 2:35 prints ever existed, I'm not aware of them.
Also, the original prints were all grain fests, at times almost excessively so (I can't be sure if it was inherent in the negative, or one more example of substandard lab work common in the early '80s) . I'm certainly NO fan of DNR, but in this case, its CAREFUL and JUDICIOUS use may be in order--delicately applied with a fine paintbrush, as it were, not smothered with a can of spray paint.
Looking forward to this one as well. Very light in the extras department, but will not stop me from buying this. I will probalby wait for the official review here before I open up the wallet or pre-order.
If this is a straight port of the HD DVD, you WILL be disappointed. I hope they do a remaster and give it the transfer it deserves. I suggest everyone hold on to their dvd copies till we know for sure.
Loved this film when i saw it open at the Grand Lake. new artwork is a step better than the dvd's (seriously, why the castle?), yet i still very disappointed the original poster artwork not used. Was hoping Warner would finally do it proper for this format. Glad the new case will allow a swap. Give me the power! give me the blu-ray!
It's an EXCELLENT film. It features Patrick Stewart and Liam Neeson before they were stars for those that don't know. Helen Mirren was gorgeous in it. The two best performances were Arthur and Merlin, but strangely I never saw those two actors again.
I had the HD DVD and it merely looked ok. I'm positive it was just a recycled DVD master as was common for Universal back then.
One of my all time favorites.
I have the HD DVD version which looks good,but it needs some work.
Some extra features also.
It was filmed entirely in Ireland and this format should enhance the cinematopgraphy.
An awesome soundtrack also.
I will buy this no matter what version but Warner needs to do it justice and get Boorman on board for in depth location shooting.