The Conan Chronicles: Conan The Barbarian & Conan The Destroyer

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The Conan Chronicles: Conan The Barbarian & Conan The Destroyer

#1 Post by yoloswegmaster » Thu Oct 26, 2023 12:40 pm

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THIEF. WARRIOR. GLADIATOR. KING.

Ripped from the pages of Robert E. Howard’s beloved pulp stories, 1982’s Conan the Barbarian and its sequel, 1984’s Conan the Destroyer, not only popularized a new subgenre - the sword-and-sorcery film - but also made a cinematic icon of the star playing the titular hero, former bodybuilding sensation Arnold Schwarzenegger.

Conan the Barbarian, from maverick filmmaker John Milius, sees the Cimmerian thief and future king rise up from slavery to become an unparalleled and fearsome warrior, intent on vengeance against the evil snake cult that slaughtered his family long ago, led by the shape-shifting sorcerer Thulsa Doom (James Earl Jones). In the sequel, helmed by action veteran Richard Fleischer, Conan finds himself escorting a young princess on a quest for a mythical horn that will awaken a slumbering god, battling an onslaught of evil beasts, wizards and cannibals along the way.

At long last, these glorious odes to the days of high adventure have been restored in stunning 4K with hours of bonus features and heart-racing Atmos remixes that immerse you in the action, accompanied throughout by electrifying music scores by the late Basil Poledouris (RoboCop). If you do not listen… then to hell with you!

4K ULTRA HD BLU-RAY LIMITED EDITION CONTENTS

- Brand new 4K restorations of both films from the original negatives by Arrow Films
- 4K (2160p) UHD Blu-ray presentations of both films in Dolby Vision (HDR10 compatible)
- Three versions of Conan the Barbarian via seamless branching: Theatrical Cut (127 mins), International Cut (129 mins) and Extended Cut (130 mins)
- Newly restored original mono audio and remixed Dolby Atmos surround audio for both films
- Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard-of-hearing on both films
- Archive commentary for Conan the Barbarian by John Milius and Arnold Schwarzenegger
- Archive commentaries for Conan the Destroyer by Richard Fleischer and actors Olivia d’Abo, Tracey Walter and Sarah Douglas
- Brand new commentaries for both films by genre historian Paul M. Sammon
- Newly assembled isolated score tracks in lossless stereo for both films
- Newly filmed interviews for Conan the Barbarian with production artist William Stout, costume designer John Bloomfield, special effects crew members Colin Arthur and Ron Hone, actors Jorge Sanz and Jack Taylor, assistant editor Peck Prior, visual effects animators Peter Kuran and Katherine Kean, filmmaker Robert Eggers (The Northman) and authors John Walsh and Alfio Leotto
- Newly filmed interviews for Conan the Destroyer with Bloomfield and Walsh, casting director Johanna Ray, art director Kevin Phipps and stunt coordinator Vic Armstrong
- Conan Unchained: The Making of Conan, an archive documentary from 2000 featuring interviews with Schwarzenegger, Milius, Stone, Jones, Lopez, Bergman, Poledouris and several others
- Archive bonus features for both films, including interviews with sword master Kiyoshi Yamasaki, writers Roy Thomas & Gerry Conway and Poledouris, outtakes and more
- A Tribute to Basil Poledouris, a series of videos produced by the Úbeda Film Music Festival, including video of Poledouris conducting a concert of music from Conan the Barbarian in 2006 (remixed in 5.1 surround)
- Theatrical trailers and image galleries for both films
- Double-sided fold-out posters for both films
- Twelve double-sided collectors’ postcards
- Illustrated collectors’ booklet featuring new writing by Walter Chaw and John Walsh, and archive set reports for both films by Paul M. Sammon

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#2 Post by beamish14 » Thu Oct 26, 2023 2:01 pm

The Paul Sammon commentaries and Poledouris tribute sound great. I wish Poledouris’ student film from USC would finally be made available (he had intended to be a filmmaker himself, but he found himself in demand as a composer for his classmates)

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Re: The Conan Chronicles: Conan The Barbarian & Conan The Destroyer

#3 Post by EddieLarkin » Thu Oct 26, 2023 2:48 pm

I'm sure Arrow are on top of it, but they should know the BD release of Barbarian had to be replaced to add back in a missed day for night shot. It's during the scene where Arnie is running from the wild dogs and falls into the cave.

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Re: The Conan Chronicles: Conan The Barbarian & Conan The Destroyer

#4 Post by colinr0380 » Thu Oct 26, 2023 5:26 pm

Crossing my fingers in the hope that Arrow eventually gets to Red Sonja as well.

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Re: The Conan Chronicles: Conan The Barbarian & Conan The Destroyer

#5 Post by Finch » Thu Oct 26, 2023 5:44 pm

Wasn't Red Sonja already released on 4k by Studio Canal?

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Re: The Conan Chronicles: Conan The Barbarian & Conan The Destroyer

#6 Post by M Sanderson » Thu Oct 26, 2023 5:46 pm

wow. love both of these. the ambition of the Milieus film and Fleischer bringing his old school pro style to a more lightweight adventure.

this is something I could not even have hoped for.

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Re: The Conan Chronicles: Conan The Barbarian & Conan The Destroyer

#7 Post by M Sanderson » Sat Dec 02, 2023 2:03 pm

took a very long time for the amazon USA pre order to be available to UK customers. only around last week was I able to get my order in.

hoping Arrow will do an amazing job and that someone will rescue Red Sonja outside of European territories due to the botched colour scheme of the current 4ks.

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Re: The Conan Chronicles: Conan The Barbarian & Conan The Destroyer

#8 Post by nicolas » Mon Jan 22, 2024 11:22 am

Packaging pics for the combo set on this page on the other forum: https://forum.blu-ray.com/showthread.ph ... 60&page=99

It's funny but the first words my eyes caught when scrolling down to the booklet page was the word "Disney". Yes, it really seems Arrow have reached out to Disney and received some materials for the set.
I'm not holding my breath for anything but it's still notable and modestly reassuring that they have at least one foot in the door just in case.

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