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 Post subject: Re: The War Lord
PostPosted: Tue Jul 31, 2012 5:09 am 
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The only cut that I am aware of is Richard Boone's narration at the very end where Chrysagon and Bors are riding out to see the Duke. I don't know why it was cut but I wish it was on the dvd as an extra. It may have answered a few lingering questions such as whether or not Chrysagon regained the Duke's favor and if he ever went back for Bronwyn.
It does seem as though there could have been some missing scenes from the second half of the movie, but if there are I haven't found any references to them yet.


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 Post subject: Re: The War Lord
PostPosted: Tue Jul 31, 2012 3:33 pm 
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At the end? But Chrysagon is dying, with that mortal wound, it looks like he is riding out of the village only to breathe his last in peace, out of all other concerns and tensions that the village has been symbolic of, in his life ... how can he see the Duke ? You mean towards the end, isn't it?

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 Post subject: Re: The War Lord
PostPosted: Tue Jul 31, 2012 7:20 pm 
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itsjudah24 wrote:
At the end? But Chrysagon is dying, with that mortal wound, it looks like he is riding out of the village only to breathe his last in peace, out of all other concerns and tensions that the village has been symbolic of, in his life ... how can he see the Duke ? You mean towards the end, isn't it?

Well, no, he meant at the very end - the last shot is of Chrysagon and Bors riding their horses, off to see the Duke. I can understand how Boone's narration may have fit in here. Something probably like "..and so, we rode one last time to see the Duke and.."

I've never heard this narration and I also would have liked to have seen this alternate version as an extra on the DVD. The ending has always come across as open-ended to me; most of us assume that Chrysagon is dying from his wound, but there's a small part in me that thinks - he's tough; he'll survive the injury. We just don't know. :-?


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 Post subject: Re: The War Lord
PostPosted: Fri Aug 03, 2012 4:57 pm 
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Yeah, that is a valid interpretation, too. But somehow it gives me a Hamlet-moment-- a sense of impending tragedy, when Chrysagon says just a few minutes before the last shot-- "O Bors, I am dead". The very words Hamlet says to Horatio, as a prolepsis to his coming end. Anyway, I agree with you that the story here is open-ended-- this is a special type of Artistic-dramatic form based on Medieval romance-- like Shakespeare's 'Troilus and Cresida' or Browning's 'Child Harold to the Dark Tower Came'. The hero's death is not shown at the end, but there is a dark sense of loss and depair, betrayal, frustration, dishonour. This type is effectively called 'dark romance'. Our favourite 'War Lord' is a complex form of cinematic/dramatic art, you see?

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 Post subject: Re: The War Lord
PostPosted: Fri Sep 28, 2012 3:48 pm 
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As an FYI to all: The RETROPLEX HD CHANNEL is showing THE WAR LORD next week. I get this channel on DISH Network. Sometimes they show an actual HD version of a film; sometimes they show a standard def pan and scan version. It will be interesting to see what we get with this one.

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It was Pan and scan.


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 Post subject: Re: The War Lord
PostPosted: Sun Feb 02, 2014 11:18 pm 
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Eureka video in the UK has announced an April Blu-ray release of The War Lord!


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Ed Bannon wrote:
Eureka video in the UK has announced an April Blu-ray release of The War Lord!

Great news! Eureka is a great company so we should have a really good release on our hands soon.

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And to think I just picked up the dvd of this one a couple of days ago at a flea market for $1.
I have not seen this one since the early 1980s.
Hopefully I'll get to watch it next weekend.
I do seem to remember a quote in this film that goes something like this:
"I spent 20 years inside that damn dirty armor!"
A portion of this line would be reused 3 years later in another of Mr. hestons films.

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 Post subject: Re: The War Lord
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I need to order the U.K. Blu-ray of The War Lord. The screenshots at DVD BEAVER look quite nice. This is probably the best this film will ever look. However, like the Blu-ray of 55 Days at Peking, the Blu-ray appears to be region B locked; so don't buy it if you cannot play region B Blu-rays.


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 Post subject: Re: The War Lord
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Ed Bannon wrote:
I need to order the U.K. Blu-ray of The War Lord. The screenshots at DVD BEAVER look quite nice. This is probably the best this film will ever look. However, like the Blu-ray of 55 Days at Peking, the Blu-ray appears to be region B locked; so don't buy it if you cannot play region B Blu-rays.

It seems to have gotten a few bad reviews on Amazon UK regarding the picture quality, oddly enough.

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