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Excalibur Blu-ray Announced

Posted November 10, 2010 02:55 AM by Juan Calonge

Warner Bros.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.

Special features include:
  • Audio commentary with director John Boorman
  • Theatrical trailer



Source: Blu-ray.com | Permalink | United States [Country settings]

News comments (42 comments)



tbizzle
  Nov 10, 2010
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Haven't seen this in years, can't wait!
Raphdude
  Nov 10, 2010
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Please Warner, give us a NEW REMASTER for this title and not just a recycled hd-dvd!!

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DrrnHarr
  Nov 10, 2010
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YES!!!

This is awesome news. I've loved this movie since the early 1980s.
nitin
  Nov 10, 2010
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Full 2:35 ratio please

doctorD
  Nov 10, 2010
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Wow...now I can get rid of my VHS version of this movie.

Shagadelic
  Nov 10, 2010
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ahh . . . memories

vanscottie
  Nov 10, 2010
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That is one crappy list of Bonus Features (you saying NO ONE can put together a "making of" piece??) BUT damn it is one GREAT movie and I wil own it Day 1!

Shemp
  Nov 10, 2010
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I wonder if the camera crews reflection in the shiny armour will be even more noticeable?

tru blu
  Nov 10, 2010
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Cool. Will pick up for sure.
Felipenor
  Nov 10, 2010
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I hope it is a digibook!
MoviePhanatic00
  Nov 10, 2010
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I really hope that WB spends the money to remaster it, although, they probably won't. This has been on my top 10 want list on Blu since day 1!!

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rickah88
  Nov 10, 2010
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Felipenor,

+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!!

dmarvin
  Nov 10, 2010
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Haven't seen it since probably '91 but I'll give it a go!

Blu-ray Fanatic
  Nov 10, 2010
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It's about time. This was one of my favorites growing up because there's something about this movie that made me so proud.

Blu-ray Fanatic
  Nov 10, 2010
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I still refuse to believe that they found the Holy Graal.
blu-seven
  Nov 10, 2010
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"Anal nathrach, orth' bhais's bethad, do che'l de'nmha!" (translation: "first day buy for me")

BDAcolyte
  Nov 10, 2010
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@ 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.

ShellOilJunior
  Nov 10, 2010
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Haven't seen this but I know there are a lot of fans on this site of the film.

Glad WB is delivering for you guys!

vertigo12314
  Nov 10, 2010
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Good transfer please!
davidstallard
  Nov 10, 2010
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Extra features are overrated. Put your effort into picture and sound, please.
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Imrahil2001
  Nov 10, 2010
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Extra features including making-of would be great. Didn't this armor win an award? And I know there are deleted scenes for this flick.

ShawnJ
  Nov 10, 2010
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One of my all time favorite movies! Can't wait!

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wnicholas76
  Nov 10, 2010
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Excellent movie!! Helen Mirren was outstanding in the movie!! Day one for me!!

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Beard Esquire
  Nov 10, 2010
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One land one King!

Teabaggins
  Nov 10, 2010
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omg finally! "Rushmore"... please be next

CF FilmFan
  Nov 10, 2010
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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.

Packerfan75
  Nov 10, 2010
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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.
nitin
  Nov 10, 2010
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BDAcolyte,

That's interesting. The framing just looked wrong on the 1:85 dvd. Maybe it was just cropping/zooming but it did not look right.

Kaminari
  Nov 10, 2010
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Forged by a god. Foretold by a wizard. Released on Blu-ray.

BluPix
  Nov 10, 2010
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I've never really seen this film in full, but am quite interested. I'll probably blind buy it. Looks as as if it will be inexpensive.
phoule
  Nov 11, 2010
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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!
LooseCannonRobu
  Nov 11, 2010
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Would be cool if it got a steel book treatment

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repete66211
  Nov 11, 2010
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Assuming this gets remastering....Woohoo!

MichaelB
  Nov 11, 2010
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@Nitin - this was definitely not filmed in 2.35:1. Why did you think it was?

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repete66211
  Nov 12, 2010
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Amazon sent an email notifying me this movie is up for preorder. Apparently I had asked them to do so.

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fettastic
  Nov 12, 2010
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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.
blu-seven
  Nov 12, 2010
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Is it just me or is Helen Mirren hotter NOW than she was back then?

I forgot Liam Neeson was in it, but I remember Patrick Stewart. I believe Stewart was bald even then.

unclejay73
  Nov 13, 2010
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Remaster the film, and go back to the original poster art for the cover!! The DVD release art is awful!

mzab24
  Nov 14, 2010
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Day 1 buy for sure!

And judging on how long out it will be released there just may be a remaster in the works... who knows but lets hope its a excellent transfer!

mikek58
  Nov 16, 2010
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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.

Next Up
WHERES LADYHAWKE !!!!!!!!!!

halda
  Dec 06, 2010
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Boorman's commentary is really outstanding, one of the best I've listened to. It would be nice if the BD had more extras, but oh well...


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