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Reimagining a well-known film is daunting enough without having to recast an iconic role that launched the career of one of Hollywood's most notable action stars of the past thirty years: Arnold Schwarzenegger. It's hard to argue there's a better man for the job today than Jason Momoa, fresh off a successful stint on HBO's Game of Thrones in a similar barbaric role.
In retelling the story of Conan the Barbarian for a new generation far more dialed into violence than decade's past, director Marcus Nispel and writers Thomas Dean Donnelly, Joshua Oppenheimer and Sean Hood dispense with the wit, charm and conviction of the original film that made it and Schwarzenegger so memorable. Instead, they let swords fly and heads roll as the Cimmerian Conan spends the majority of his early life hell bent on avenging the sacrificial death of his father that he witnessed as a child-in-training to be a ruthless killer. »
Some films should be left alone. Some because they are simply good; some because they carry to marks of cinematic legacy and some because they occupy that special place called cult. Mostly, those that are cult are not good, and those that are good are not cult, by definition. And the trouble is, it is invariably those films that fall into that last category of cult which end up being remade by what is called the Hollywood machine for its uninspired perpetual mechanics.
The original Conan was a celebration of everything that would go on to define Arnold Schwarzenegger’s early career: it was brainless, muscle-bound and silly. But most of all, it was bloody terrible. But time, and the cult that has formed around Arnie, and indeed the film itself, have been kind to Conan and there are those who love it, and a lot more people than really »
- Simon Gallagher
Chicago – There were a disturbing number of remakes in 2011 that failed to justify their existence, including “The Thing,” “Footloose,” and, perhaps worst of all, Marcus Nispel’s “Conan the Barbarian.” The man behind the equally worthless remakes of “The Texas Chainsaw Massacre” and “Friday the 13th” has carved out his own niche of dubious filmmaking decisions that make the original look like a masterpiece in comparison. The first “Conan” worked almost entirely because of the star power brought to it by Ah-nuld. The words star power and Jason Momoa have never been used together in a sentence before now.
Blu-Ray Rating: 1.0/5.0
Momoa steps into the over-sized sandals of the title character, a Cimmerian warrior out for revenge against the people who murdered his father (Ron Perlman) and destroyed his village. In fact, we first meet Conan as a baby after he’s literally cut of his mother’s womb as »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Adam Fendelman)
Tis the season to be judgmental. With December inching closer and closer to January, my inbox and Twitter feed keep filling up with all kinds of movie-ranking lists. Last night someone sent me this one from Cinema Enthusiast, The Top 20 Film Posters of 2011.
It's a strong list, with a lot of really good picks: I'd never seen the poster for Magnet's "Black Death" before, but man that is an awesome image. And their pick for the #1 Poster of 2011, "Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives" is certainly a very memorable one-sheet. But, to my surprise, none of my own personal favorite movie posters of 2011 made the cut. You know what that means: counter-list time!
Here, now, in ascending order, are my five favorite posters of 2011, most of which can be found and examined in much larger detail at IMPAwards.com. I'm sure you have your own favorites too; you »
- Matt Singer
In ancient times, Conan (Jason Momoa), a Cimmerian, grows up with vengeance in his heart, having seen Khalar Zim (Stephen Lang) lay waste to his village and kill his father in his pursuit of a mystical mask with which he will subdue the whole world and resurrect his enchantress wife. He wants to become a god, you see, and he doesn’t care what he has to do get there.
Conan was not well-received on its initial release and at the risk of skipping to the punchline in the first paragraph of my review, it’s easy to see why. It has some decent elements within it, such as a good sense of the viciousness, grimness and harshness of ancient life, some evocatively brutal fight scenes and in Jason Momoa a modest dose of charisma and some well-chiselled physicality. But, it’s not enough.
Conan was already an iconic figure »
- Dave Roper
To mark the release of Conan the Barbarian on Blu-ray, DVD and Download December 12th, we’ve been given three DVDs to give away courtesy of Lions Gate Home Entertainment.
Jason Momoa (Game of Thrones) stars as the legendary hero Conan in a stunning new visualisation of the hugely popular fantasy character, coming to DVD and Blu-ray + DVD Double Play, Plus Digital Download on 12th December.
Conan the Barbarian was born on the battlefield. From those blood soaked beginnings, the fledgling warrior is destined to venture into an unforgiving world after his father is brutally murdered and his village destroyed. As he journeys through a world rife with terrifying monsters, sorcerers and bloodthirsty enemies, he chances upon Khalar Zym – the warlord responsible for his tribe’s destruction. And so Conan’s quest to avenge his father begins…
Genre: Action | Adventure | Fantasy
MPAA Rating: R (for strong bloody violence, some sexuality and nudity)
Based on the character of Conan as originally created by Robert E. Howard, a boy born on the battlefield grows into a hulking warrior hell-bent on avenging his father’s death. But Conan’s personal vendetta soon escalates into an epic battle of impossible odds, facing the fiercest of rivals and the most horrific of monsters.
Conan the Barbarian is an origin story, which sees Jason Momoa wipe the Schwarzenegger slate of yesteryear clean and starts fresh in Hyboria, rebooting Robert E. Howard‘s classic Cimmerian warrior. I’m sure that some people will disagree but, I was happy with »
- Jason Moore
In 1991, the American Institute of Architects recognized Frank Lloyd Wright as ‘the greatest American architect of all time.’ Despite the fact Wright never graduated from college nor graduated from high school. However, veteran director Bruce Beresford (Driving Miss Daisy) is set to tackle him as Oscar-wining Beresford is attached to direct Taliesin, a biopic [...]
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- Nick Martin
Jason Momoa is bloody tall and covered in muscles. As such, I rather hope he doesn’t read this review, track me down and flay me like the filthy pig-dog I am, because it’s not going to be pretty… After several minutes of narrated mumbo-jumbo about evil warlords and masks made of bones and barbarian hordes and etc, we are introduced to a very hairy Ron Perlman, who faced with his dying pregnant wife on a battlefield does as any right-thinking barbarian chief would and performs a snap caesarean and thus Conan is born and held aloft for all to see (there’s a lot of holding things aloft going on in this film, usually accompanied by manly bellowing).
Years later, Conan »
- Jack Kirby
Conan the Barbarian arrived on Blu-ray 3D Combo Pack (Blu-ray 3D +Blu-ray +DVD + Digital Copy) on November 22. Marcus Nispel (Friday the 13th, Pathfinder and The Texas Chainsaw Massacre) directed the film, which stars Jason Mamoa (HBO’s Game of Thrones), Ron Perlman (FX’s Sons of Anarchy, Hellboy), Stephen Lang (Avatar, Terra Nova) and Rose McGowan (Planet Terror). I reviewed the film when it was in theaters, and was not too happy.
The idea of checking it out again was not high on my to-do list. I was let down with the 3D aspects in the film. The 3D was completely unnecessary, and the post-conversion was horrible. I have never seen anything as bad since I watched My Soul To Take. Sometimes watching a film for a second time, I notice different bits or angles that I may have overlooked. Watching Conan in my home theater without 3D was fantastic. »
This film chronicles the adventures of Conan, a man who was born in the midst of a battlefield and brought up amongst violence and cruelty. The cast did a fantastic job, especially Jason Momoa as Conan. Director Marcus Nispel of Friday the 13th and Texas Chainsaw Massacre fame truly did the legacy justice visually while the screenplay could have been better considering how compelling the rest of the film was. The Film This film chronicles the adventures of Conan, a man who was born in the midst of a battlefield and brought up amongst violence and cruelty. The cast did a fantastic job, especially Jason Momoa as Conan. The film also stars Ron Perlman, Rose McGowan and Rachel Nichols with Morgan Freeman’s stunning voice serving as our narrator. The set design and musical score were »
- Zoë Gulliksen
http://www.movies.com/movie-news/giveaway-win-39conan-barbarian39-blu-ray-3d-combo-pack-more/5519High-Profile New Releases Read our full review of the Blu-ray here. Win a copy of the Blu-ray here. Conan the Barbarian Release Date: Aug 19, 2011 Rated: R for strong bloody violence, some sexuality and nudity Genres: Action/Adventure Director:Marcus Nispel Cast:Jason Momoa, Stephen Lang, Rachel Nichols, Ron Perlman, Rose McGowan. Full cast + crew Verdict: Rent Me (If you're game for a truly barbaric Conan) Available On: 3D Blu-ray, 2D Movie-Only Bd, DVD Special Features: A surprisingly funny commentary from Momoa and McGowan...
- Peter Hall
The director Marcus Nispel knew right away that he had the right guy for the role, but he had to convince the studio. So Nispel shelled out his own money to make a test reel of Jason Momoa slashing plants while wearing Conan-like garbs. I recently saw the movie and I'll say this, Jason Momoa was an excellent choice for Conan, but the movie itself is terrible. The first half hour of the film with the young Conan and Ron Perlman was well done, but after that everything outside of Jason's performance is unremarkable. The secondary characters are poorly written, and poorly acted. Rose McGowan was painfully bad, and ruins the character that was very interesting in the first half hour, when played by the younger actress. The fantasy elements just seem completely out of place, and should of been cut in favor of a more reality based story. »
Filling the animal hide boots of Arnold Schwarzenegger is no small feat, and to prove you're up to the task means going the extra mile. Sometimes the extra mile means suiting up in leather clothing and chopping at some house plants.
Jason Momoa did just that and then some when auditioning for "Conan the Barbarian." This exclusive behind the scenes look from the Blu-ray -- available in stores on November 22 -- shows Momoa's original audition tape, reading for the part.
To drive the point home even more and convince some of his detractors, Momoa and director Marcus Nispel created a test reel with the actor decked out in barbarian garb and swinging a broad sword, "killing plants."
"Conan the Barbarian" is out on Blu-ray and DVD on November 22.
What did you think of Jason Momoa's screen test? Let us know in the comments below and on Twitter! »
- Kevin P. Sullivan
This summer's Conan the Barbarian saw pulp novelist Robert E. Howard's brutal antihero back on the screen for the first time in a quarter century. With Game of Thrones star Jason Momoa in the lead and Marcus Nispel (Texas Chainsaw Massacre) in the director's chair, Lionsgate hoped to resurrect tales from the Hyborean age onscreen for the current generation. With the DVD and Blu-ray release of the movie on the way November 22nd, we spoke with producer Fredrik Malmberg (Let Me In) about bringing the character back to the screen, about casting the notorious barbarian, and what's next for the franchise. Twitch: So what made Conan ripe for resurrection in 2011? Fredrik Malmberg: I'm a huge fan, personally, of the character. I think Rob E. »
Conan the Barbarian was such a major figure in the heyday of the pulp magazines, that he made an indelible impression on readers. When Lancer Books took over the mass market paperback publishing for the Cimmerian in the 1960s, the Frank Frazetta cover images were so powerful, you had to notice. Since then, different generations have their own impression of how Robert E. Howard’s character and world should look. After Frazetta came Barry Smith and John Buscema and after them came Arnold Schwarzenegger and then…not much. The syndicated Conan featuring Ralf Möller barely made a ripple and as the rights went from owner to owner, he faded a bit from memory. Even the wonderful Dark Horse Comics adaptations have not quite made the stir the original comics did nor have the paperback originals from Tor and others had that same spark.
As a result, there was a lot »
- Robert Greenberger
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From the Press Release
A home entertainment debut as fierce as the warrior himself, Lionsgate brings Conan the Barbarian to 3D/2D Blu-ray Disc, 2D Blu-ray Disc, DVD, Digital Download and On Demand this November. In an epic battle led by an epic hero, Jason Momoa (HBO’s “Game of Thrones”) stars as Conan, »
- Uncle Creepy
How's the movie? Marcus Nispel's Conan the Barbarian may not be a great movie, but it is the best (and most accurate) adaptation of Conan yet, and that includes the '80s films, the TV show and the video games. It's low fantasy, meaning the magic side of things is downplayed, but perfectly-cast Jason Momoa's Conan exists in a well-realized fantasy world that's lean and mean and very different than the hulking, loin cloth world of Arnold Schwarzenegger as Conan. It's got sweeping, elegant sets, masterful costume design, remarkable stunt work and a quite capable cast, but because it's all in service of bloody combat scene after bloody combat scene strung together by a generic revenge storyline, it's easy to dismiss the film as mindless. But how can...
- Peter Hall
Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: 11/22/2011 | Price: DVD $29.95, Blu-ray $37.99, Blu-ray 3D/Blu-ray/DVD Combo $39.99
Bonuses: commentaries, featurettes
Specs: R | 113 min. | Action adventure fantasy | 2.35:1 widescreen | Dolby Digital 5.1/DTS-hd Master Audio 7.1 | English and Spanish subtitles
Ratings (out of 5 dishes): Movie | Audio | Video | Overall
Though Conan the Barbarian is truer to the concept of “Conan” as created by fantasy writer Robert E. Howard in 1932 than any other film or TV adaptation we’ve seen, the film still plays like plenty of sword-and-sorcery warrior fantasy films released over the past decade. It’s biggest selling point is, well, that it carries the familiar moniker of Conan the Barbarian.
In the movie, as in Howard’s pulp novels, Conan is born on the battlefield in the fictional “Hyborian Age, »
Crom! More clips are here for the Blu-ray release of Marcus Nispel's huge budget retelling of Conan the Barbarian (review here)! Don't forget to crush your enemies, see them driven before you, and hear the lamentation of their women! Dig it!
From the Press Release
A home entertainment debut as fierce as the warrior himself, Lionsgate brings Conan the Barbarian to 3D/2D Blu-ray Disc, 2D Blu-ray Disc, DVD, Digital Download and On Demand this November. In an epic battle led by an epic hero, Jason Momoa (HBO’s “Game of Thrones”) stars as Conan, the Cimmerian set on avenging his father’s death. The action-packed film, directed by Marcus Nispel (Friday the 13th), also stars Rachel Nichols (Star Trek), Stephen Lang (Avatar), Rose McGowan (Planet Terror) and Ron Perlman (Hellboy). The 3D/2D Blu-ray Disc and DVD releases are both loaded with ferocious bonus materials that include two audio commentaries, »
- Uncle Creepy
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