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Highlander

Released on 04 September 2006

Featuring: Christopher Lambert, Roxanne Hart & Clancy Brown

Format: DVD | Rating: 15 years & over

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The first Highlander cinematic experience sizzles with energy, thrilling action sequences and electrifying sword fights and is played out at a frenetic pace by a renowned cast. Christopher Lambert gives a mesmerising performance in his most famed role as the Scotsman out to fulfil his destiny as an Immortal under the tutelage of the flamboyant Ramirez played for laughs with great panache by the enigmatic Sean Connery.

The year is 1536. Scottish Clansman Connor MacLeod (Christopher Lambert) is mortally wounded in battle by a terrifying warrior - The Kurgan (Clancy Brown). When his wounds miraculously heal, Connor is cast out by the superstitious villagers to live a life of solitude.

Several years later Juan Sanchez Villa-Lobos Ramirez (Sean Connery), a nobleman of Egyptian / Spanish descent, teaches him that like he and the Kurgan, MacLeod is an immortal who can only die by decapitation. He tells how the immortals are fated to duel down the ages to a mysterious distant time called "The Gathering", when the last few will battle for "The Prize".

So begins a romantic action-packed saga spanning four centuries to modern day Manhattan where a reign of terror grips the city and headless corpses baffle the police. The Kurgan has arrived in town as a one-man wrecking crew maddened by aeons of blood lust, slaughtering everything in his path searching for his ancient enemy - the Highlander. It all comes to a climax with an earth-shattering showdown between to two old foes against the spectacular New York night sky....

There can be only one!

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Russell Mulcahy's hugely popular fantasy epic is back in a digitally remastered offering that proves, beyond question, that you can't keep a cult legend down!

Often imitated, and regularly disgraced by an ever growing line of lesser sequels, "Highlander", for the few of you out there who are not in the know, follows a mysterious band of swordsmen, immortal save for a decapitation, who must battle down the ages from Sixteenth Century Scotland to New York in the (then) present day (1985) until only one remains, the victor receiving a power that transcends man's wildest dreams.

Based on an original screenplay by fireman cum film student Gregory Widen, the movie was quite limply released to cinemas in the latter half of 1986, going largely unnoticed until it's spectacular resurrection in the home video market some months later, where it garnered a heady (no pun intended!) combination of enthusiastic public reaction and soaring sell-thru figures!

Years pass, beauty fades, but pure genius endures, and this visceral treat is no exception! From the opening power chord of the unforgettable Queen soundtrack through to the very last frame, the movie hits you with a power that is as confident and exciting today as it ever was. Granted, this isn't ideal entertainment for the Merchant-Ivory demographic, but if it's a straight-to-the-heart shot of pure MTV-inspired adrenaline you're after, then you could do one heck of a lot worse! There's even an ultimately doomed love story in the mix for the lovely ladies and their handkerchiefs!

A bone of contention that will always damage the credibility of any art created in the 1980's is that of it's being a product of the decade that taste forgot, and "Highlander" does, I'm afraid, fall victim to an excessive inclusion of peroxide hairstyles and polished leather, but, in it's defence, the plot's more contemporary scenes are referred to as taking place in that very time, so overlook the flaw, and keep telling yourself: "It's historical!"

Loud, colourful, flashy and fun..."Highlander" is, to quote the late, great Freddie Mercury: "A Kind Of Magic!"

 much love.

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I have a lot of love for this film especially after watching it for the first time in about 10 years, I must admit I forgot how good it really was.
I think the word awesome describes it best, since I sat in awe the whole way through, and probably will do everytime in the future.

 There Can Be Only One!

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This film is a kind of magic! The whole thing is a wonderful piece of film. The highland scenes, sword fight action, special effects and of course, Queen's supreme soundtrack, make this 1986 movie, an absolute classic. Christopher Lambert is a crackin' actor and the scenes with Sean Connery are amusing, "You Spanish Peacock!" It might look a little dated now but it was certainly ahead of it's time and without Highlander, I don't think Braveheart and Rob Roy would have had a template of how to shoot great Highland shots. This is a must buy, but personally I would buy the 'Immortal' boxset version. Highlander 2 got terrible reviews but I didn't think it was that bad - not a patch on this film though. As for Highlander 3 and 4 - sorry, don't bother, just watch the first Highlander three or four times instead!

 BORN TO BE A KING CLASSIC :) :)

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The original UNIQUE and a stand out classic , this the series and Endgame is all the best of Highlander the 3rd was 50/50 not great but not terrible but The Search For Vengeance anime is FAntastic!!! o yeah and Queens classic stand out power house anthem Princes of The Universe :p that riff and Freddie's voice really give it its life theme :) :) :)

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ActorsChristopher Lambert, Roxanne Hart, Clancy Brown, Sean Connery, Beatie Edney, Alan North, Jon Polito, Sheila Gish, Hugh Quarshie & Christopher Malcolm
DirectorRussell Mulcahy
Certificate15 years and over
Year1986
LanguagesEnglish
Duration1 hour and 51 minutes (approx)
RegionRegion 2 - Will only play on European Region 2 or multi-region DVD players.