Excerpt: A quest that begins as a personal vendetta for the fierce Cimmerian warrior soon turns into an epic battle against hulking rivals, horrific monsters, and impossible odds, as Conan realizes he is the only hope of saving the great nations of Hyboria from an encroaching reign of supernatural evil.
Excerpt: It's pretty much like getting a straight shot of testosterone. In fact, just standing near one of the posters for Marcus Nispel's "Conan the Barbarian" will put hair on your chest regardless of age or gender.
Excerpt: Based on the stories by Robert E. Howard (which in turn inspired the comic book series from Marvel), John Milius’ big screen adaptation of Conan The Barbarian, written by Oliver Stone, might take some liberties with Howard’s mythology but in the end stands the test of time as a great big slice of dumb entertainment and a decent adaptation of the source material.
Summary: Note: The 3D Blu-ray of this film will be reviewed by my colleague Ken Brown. Note 2: Please be aware that only the 3D Combo Pack (which includes the 2D and 3D versions of the film on one Blu-ray) contains the special features listed below as well as the 7.1 audio mix. The standalone 2D release does not include special features, and offers only a 5.1 audio mix.
Excerpt: Robert E. Howard, a big, brawling, bookish son of the Texas plains born into the first era in which the United States could truly call the region settled, lived in front of a typewriter, dreaming up tales of powerful men and lusty women. His fantasies synced up with those offered in pulp magazines like Weird Tales, allowing him to eke out a living selling stories at pennies a word.
Excerpt: Get back to me when you've had a childhood like Conan (Arnold Schwarzenegger, The Terminator ), who as a small child watched his dad get whacked by a barbarian horde and his mom decapitated. Then he gets shipped off to the Wheel of Pain—which sucks as much as it sounds—for the entirety of his adolescence.
Excerpt: The Movie Both the beginning and the summit of the modern sword-and-sorcery genre, Conan the Barbarian drew upon the novels of Robert E. Howard of course, but it also rode the popularity of Marvel Comics' take the musclebound character. And who better to play the bigger-than-life warrior than a young, eager bodybuilder and budding actor named Arnold Schwarzenegger?
Conclusion: 'Conan the Barbarian' is not a film that will likely please everyone equally, but for fans of fantasy-adventure epics, this 1984 actioner from John Milius is a classic of the genre, one with a devoted following. The sword-and-sorcery flick stars Arnold Schwarzenegger in his breakout performance as the titular character, along with the great James Earl Jones as his nemesis Thulsa Doom.