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S E A R C H    D V D B e a v e r

Directed by John Milius
USA 1982

 

Ripped from the pages of Robert E. Howard's beloved pulp stories, and brought to the screen by maverick director John Milius, Conan the Barbarian is one of the most beloved fantasy-action adventures in Hollywood history, which not only popularized a new subgenre - the sword-and-sorcery film - but also made a cinematic icon of its star, former bodybuilding sensation Arnold Schwarzenegger.

In an ancient land, young Conan witnesses his family being slaughtered by an evil snake cult ransacking his village. Raised as a slave, the adult Conan (Schwarzenegger) rises up through the fighting pits, becoming an unparalleled and fearsome warrior. Unexpectedly freed, Conan and his companions - two fighters, Subotai (Gerry Lopez) and Valeria (Sandahl Bergman), as well as a Wizard (Mako) - are enlisted by King Osric (Max von Sydow) to free his daughter from the hypnotic clutches of the same cult that murdered Conan's family long ago, led by the shape-shifting sorcerer Thulsa Doom (James Earl Jones).

Praise Crom! At long last, Milius' glorious ode to the days of high adventure (co-written by Oliver Stone) has been restored in stunning 4K with hours of bonus features and a heart-racing Atmos remix that immerses you in the action, accompanied throughout by an electrifying, career-best score by the late Basil Poledouris (RoboCop). If you do not listen... then to hell with you!

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A film adaptation of the classic sword and sorcery hero, Conan the Barbarian. A horde of rampaging warriors massacre the parents of young Conan and enslave the young child for years on The Wheel of Pain. As the sole survivor of the childhood massacre, Conan is released from slavery and taught the ancient arts of fighting. Transforming himself into a killing machine, Conan travels into the wilderness to seek vengeance on Thulsa Doom, the man responsible for killing his family. In the wilderness, Conan takes up with the thieves Valeria and Subotai. The group comes upon King Osric, who wants the trio of warriors to help rescue his daughter who has joined Doom in the hills.

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Theatrical Release: March 12th, 1982

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Runtime

Extended Cut: 2:10:24.733

International Cut: 2:09:01.234

Theatrical Cut: 2:06:30.768        

Video

2.35:1 2160P 4K Ultra HD

Disc Size: 97,916,903,855 bytes

Extended Feature: 90,213,302,400 bytes

Video Bitrate: 81.73 Mbps

Codec: HEVC Video

NOTE: The Vertical axis represents the bits transferred per second. The Horizontal is the time in minutes.

Bitrate 4K Ultra HD:

Audio

DTS-HD Master Audio English 850 kbps 1.0 / 48 kHz / 850 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 1.0 / 48 kHz / 768 kbps / 24-bit)
Dolby TrueHD/Atmos Audio English 3128 kbps 7.1 / 48 kHz / 2808 kbps / 16-bit (AC3 Embedded: 5.1-EX / 48 kHz / 320 kbps / DN -31dB)
Isolated Score:
DTS-HD Master Audio Undetermined 828 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 828 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 2.0 / 48 kHz / 256 kbps / 24-bit)
Commentaries (Extended Cut only):

DTS Audio English 256 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 256 kbps / 16-bit

Subtitles English (SDH), None
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2.35:1 2160P 4K Ultra HD

Disc Size: 97,916,903,855 bytes

Feature: 90,213,302,400 bytes

Video Bitrate: 81.73 Mbps

Codec: HEVC Video

 

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4K Ultra HD disc

• Archive feature commentary by director John Milius and star Arnold Schwarzenegger (Extended Cut only)
• Brand new feature commentary by genre historian Paul M. Sammon, author of Conan: The Phenomenon (Extended Cut only)
• Newly assembled isolated score track in lossless stereo (Extended Cut only)

 

Arrow - Region 'A' - Blu-ray

• Conan Unchained: The Making of Conan, an archive documentary from 2000 featuring interviews with Schwarzenegger, Milius, Stone, Jones, Lopez, Bergman, Poledouris and several others (53:11)
• Designing Conan, a newly filmed interview with production artist William Stout (14:17)
• Costuming Conan, a newly filmed interview with costume designer John Bloomfield (13:15)
• Barbaric Effects, a newly filmed interview with special effects crew members Colin Arthur and Ron Hone (10:50)
• Young Conan, a newly filmed interview with actor Jorge Sanz (7:05)
• Conan & The Priest, a newly filmed interview with actor Jack Taylor (6:52)
• Cutting the Barbarian, a newly filmed interview with assistant editor Peck Prior (8:31)
• Crafting Conan's Magic, a newly filmed interview with visual effects crew members Peter Kuran and Katherine Kean (6:36)
• Barbarians and Northmen, a newly filmed interview with filmmaker Robert Eggers on the film's influence on The Northman (6:22)
• Behind the Barbarian, a newly filmed interview with John Walsh, author of Conan the Barbarian: The Official History of the Film (17:10)
• A Line in the Sand, a newly filmed interview with Alfio Leotta, author of The Cinema of John Milius (16:43)
• Conan: The Rise of a Fantasy Legend, an archive featurette on the film's literary and comic book roots (18:25)
• Art of Steel: Sword Makers & Masters, an archive interview with sword master Kiyoshi Yamasaki (14:40)
• Conan: From the Vault, an archive compilation of on-set cast and crew interviews (10:22)
• A Tribute to Basil Poledouris, a series of videos produced by the Ϊbeda Film Music Festival, including video of Poledouris conducting a concert of music from the film in 2006 (remixed in 5.1 surround) and interviews with collaborators such as Paul Verhoeven and Randal Kleiser (47:14)
• Rarely-seen electronic press kit from 1982, featuring over half an hour of on-set footage and cast and crew interviews (from a watermarked tape source) (35:11)
• Outtakes, including a deleted cameo by Milius (0:53 / 4:17 / 0:24)
• Split-screen "Valeria Battles Spirits" visual effects comparison (1:37)
• Conan: The Archives, a gallery of photos and production images from 2000 (11:47)
• Conan the Barbarian: The Musical, an affectionate comic tribute to the film by Jon & Al Kaplan (3:01)
• US and International teaser and theatrical trailers
• Image gallery

Double-sided fold-out poster
Six double-sided collectors' postcards
Illustrated collectors' booklet featuring new writing by Walter Chaw and John Walsh, and an archive set report by Paul M. Sammon


4K Ultra HD Release Date: Janu8ary 30th, 2024

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ADDITION: Arrow 4K UHD (January 2024): Arrow are releasing John Milius' "Conan the Barbarian" to 4K UHD. This offers 4K UHD presentations in Dolby Vision (HDR10 compatible) of three versions of the film via seamless branching: the 'Theatrical Cut', the 'International Cut' and the 'Extended Cut' with newly restored original mono audio and remixed Dolby Atmos surround audio on all three cuts. They are cited as "Brand new 4K restorations from the original negative by Arrow Films". We reviewed the Universal Blu-ray of Conan The Barbarian back in 2011, HERE. We have compared many captures below. The new 2160P image certainly benefits the film presentation with all colors, and black levels, gaining richness and depth. Flesh tones warm and there may be a yellow, golf or even red leaning. It makes the Blu-ray look pale by comparison. We lose slivers of information on all four frames but the 1080P looks oddly vertically stretched beside the pristine 4K UHD. Overall "Conan the Barbarian" always had inherent softness with the 80's stock but this upgrade is a significant one. I found this highly impressive.  

It is likely that the monitor you are seeing this review is not an HDR-compatible display (High Dynamic Range) or Dolby Vision, where each pixel can be assigned with a wider and notably granular range of color and light. Our capture software if simulating the HDR (in a uniform manner) for standard monitors. This should make it easier for us to review more 4K UHD titles in the future and give you a decent idea of its attributes on your system. So our captures may not support the exact same colors (coolness of skin tones, brighter or darker hues etc.) as the 4K system at your home. But the framing, detail, grain texture support etc. are, generally, not effected by this simulation representation.

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We have reviewed the following 4K UHD packages recently: Django (no HDR), Lone Star  (software uniformly simulated HDR), Suspect Zero (software uniformly simulated HDR), Count Dracula (software uniformly simulated HDR), Full Circle - The Haunting of Julia (software uniformly simulated HDR), The Warriors  (software uniformly simulated HDR), Guillermo del Toro’s Pinocchio (software uniformly simulated HDR), Blackhat (software uniformly simulated HDR), Mark of the Devil (software uniformly simulated HDR), Barbarella (software uniformly simulated HDR), The Last Picture Show (software uniformly simulated HDR), The Man Who Knew Too Much (software uniformly simulated HDR), Rope (software uniformly simulated HDR), Frenzy (software uniformly simulated HDR), American Graffiti (software uniformly simulated HDR), East End Hustle (software uniformly simulated HDR), Three Days of the Condor (software uniformly simulated HDR), Witness (software uniformly simulated HDR), Fascination (software uniformly simulated HDR), Lips of Blood (software uniformly simulated HDR), The Others (no HDR), It Came From Outer Space (software uniformly simulated HDR), Don't Look Now (software uniformly simulated HDR), Rosemary's Baby (software uniformly simulated HDR), The Last Wave (no HDR), The Train (software uniformly simulated HDR), The Trial (software uniformly simulated HDR), The Walkabout (software uniformly simulated HDR), Black Magic Rites, The Night of the Hunted (software uniformly simulated HDR), The Rape of the Vampire (software uniformly simulated HDR), Gorgo (software uniformly simulated HDR), Akira Kurosawa's Dreams (software uniformly simulated HDR) The Man From Hong Kong (software uniformly simulated HDR), One False Move, The Tall T (software uniformly simulated HDR), Cold Eyes of Fear (software uniformly simulated HDR), Rules of the Game (no HDR), The Manchurian Candidate (software uniformly simulated HDR), After Hours, Rain Man (software uniformly simulated HDR), The Changeling (software uniformly simulated HDR), The Night of the Hunter (software uniformly simulated HDR), 12 Angry Men (software uniformly simulated HDR), Branded to Kill (no HDR), Picnic at Hanging Rock (software uniformly simulated HDR), Two Orphan Vampires (software uniformly simulated HDR), The Shiver of the Vampires, Drowning By Number (software uniformly simulated HDR), Serpico (software uniformly simulated HDR), Cool Hand Luke (software uniformly simulated HDR), The Seventh Seal (software uniformly simulated HDR), The Maltese Falcon (software uniformly simulated HDR).

On their 4K UHD, Arrow offer the option of an authentic DTS-HD Master 1.0 channel mono track OR a robust remixed Dolby Atmos 7.1 surround track on all three cuts. "Conan the Barbarian" is filled with various forms of violence to beheading, dog attacks, beatings, overgrown snake wrestling and so much more. The Atmos really adds a punch with imposing depth and a few notable separations. The film's bass-heavy score is by Basil Poledouris (Tintorera, Summer Lovers, Cherry 2000, RoboCop, The Hunt for Red October, Breakdown.), and support R.E. Howard's vision dynamically with an noble feel. Arrow include an isolated score track. The disc offers optional English (SDH) subtitles - and is, like all 4K UHD, region FREE, playable worldwide. The second disc Blu-ray is region 'A'-locked.

NOTE: For Atmos - many non-compliant systems will recognizes it as TrueHD 7.1, but from Wikipedia: "Because of limited bandwidth and lack of processing power, Atmos in home theaters is not a real-time mix rendered the same way as in cinemas. The substream is added to Dolby TrueHD or Dolby Digital Plus. This substream only represents a losslessly encoded fully object-based mix. This substream does not include all 128 objects separated. This is not a matrix-encoded channel, but a spatially-encoded digital channel. Atmos in home theaters can support 24.1.10 channel, but it is not an object-based real-time rendering. Filmmakers need to remix and render the TrueHD and Dolby Digital Plus soundtracks with Dolby Media Producer."

The 4K UHD disc has the two audio commentary tracks - both only available on the "Extended cut" version. Repeated is the archival feature commentary by director John Milius and star Arnold Schwarzenegger found on the 2007 "Collector’s Edition" DVD and 2011 Blu-ray. We described it back in the day as "Comfortable. Even the crude humor seems applicable in the atmosphere of two guys joking and talking like fans having a beer or two. From that standpoint it may not be as informative with details pushed to the back-burner." There is a second, new commentary by genre historian Paul M. Sammon, author of Conan: The Phenomenon lavishly illustrated by Frank Frazetta etc.. As a very strong Robert E. Howard pulp fan I was especially keen on this commentary. Paul examines the stages of the character's development, Conan's legacy, a lot on Howard - his young suicide (only 30) and so much more. I consider this commentary essential. The 4K UHD disc also offers Poledouris' impressive score in an isolated, lossless (24-bit) track.   

The included second disc Blu-ray has all of the remaining video extras which repeat Laurent Bouzereau's significant 54-minute Conan Unchained: The Making of Conan which fills in many gaps about the history of the literary character, the transition to the screen and much more. It has interviews with producer Ed Pressman, Oliver Stone, Dino De Laurentis, James Earl Jones, Max Von Sydow, plus Arnie and Milius from 2000. Also included are three deleted scenes (including one cameo by Milius) lasting just over 5-minutes, and "The Conan Archives" slide-show, Art of Steel: Sword Makers and Masters (with sword master Kiyoshi Yamasaki) running 15-minutes and Conan: From the Vault - just over 10-minutes. There is plenty more. Designing Conan runs a quarter hour, a newly filmed interview with production artist William Stout (First Blood.) Costuming Conan is a newly filmed 13-minute interview with costume designer John Bloomfield. Barbaric Effects, a newly filmed 10-minute interview with special effects crew members Colin Arthur and Ron Hone. Young Conan, spends 7-minutes with actor Jorge Sanz (Belle Epoque) on how the role that continues to resurface in his life. Conan & The Priest, is a short interview with actor Jack Taylor (Pieces.) Cutting the Barbarian, is a new 8.5-minute interview with assistant editor Peck Prior (Career Opportunities.) Crafting Conan's Magic is a new interview with visual effects crew members Peter Kuran and Katherine Kean. Barbarians and Northmen is a newly filmed interview with filmmaker Robert Eggers on the film's influence on The Northman. Behind the Barbarian, a newly filmed 20-minute interview with John Walsh, author of Conan the Barbarian: The Official History of the Film. A Line in the Sand, is another new interview (17-minutes) this time with Alfio Leotta, author of The Cinema of John Milius. Conan: The Rise of a Fantasy Legend is an 18-minuite archival featurette on the film's literary and comic book roots. Included is a Tribute to Basil Poledouris with a series of videos produced by the Ϊbeda Film Music Festival, including video of Poledouris conducting a concert of music from the film in 2006 (remixed in 5.1 surround) and interviews with collaborators such as Paul Verhoeven and Randal Kleiser. It runs shy of 50-minutes. There is also a rarely-seen electronic press kit from 1982, featuring over half an hour of on-set footage and cast and crew interviews (from a watermarked tape source) - a split-screen "Valeria Battles Spirits" shows a brief visual effects comparison of some of the magic mist with Sandahl Bergman. Conan: The Archives is a gallery of photos and production images from 2000. Conan the Barbarian: The Musical is an affectionate 3-minute comic tribute to the film by Jon & Al Kaplan. There are US and International teaser and theatrical trailers and the 4K UHD package has a double-sided fold-out poster, six double-sided collectors' postcards and an illustrated collectors' booklet featuring new writing by Walter Chaw and John Walsh, and an archive set report by Paul M. Sammon. Whew. 

John Milius' "Conan the Barbarian" is set somewhere beyond 10,000 BC and is about the sword and sorcery adventures of a powerful 'giant of a man' battling mystical foes - including an undead evil wizard and giant snake - set in savage landscapes, bedding strong survivalist Amazonian babes, while adhering to his own code of morals which rationalize the prime directives of survival, revenge and theft. It does not get any better - although the film only does an admirable job of portraying the larger-than-life character of Conan as penned by the great Robert Ervin Howard. When Conan flees from Gladiatorial slavery he runs from wild dogs seeking refuge in the Stygian darkness of an Atlantean warrior's tomb, where he liberates an ancient sword. So the story advances... By Crom! Arrow's 4K UHD release of "Conan the Barbarian" is 80's nostalgia gold. This is a 'year-end' package stacked with massive value from the three 4K restored versions, commentaries, hours of interviews - many of which are new - poster, art cards, booklet etc. etc. Our highest recommendation.   

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