Krull (1983) (Umbrella Entertainment) (Blu-ray Review)
Directed By: Peter Yates
Starring: Ken Marshall, Lysette Anthony, Freddie Jones
Rated: G/Region B (Locked)/2:35/1080p/Number of Discs 1
Where to get it: Umbrella Entertainment
Journey into a mystical time and place that belongs to neither the past nor the present, where extraordinary creatures of myth work their incredible magic, and where a horrific, omnipotent Beast is the ruler. This is the planet of Krull! Prince Colwyn sets out on a daring mission to rescue his young bride who is held captive by the Beast. But slayers and alien beings under the command of the Beast oppose him at every turn. Colwyn must first reach a faraway cavern to recover the legendary Glaive, a flying blade capable of phenomenal powers.
Krull came to the world in 1983. This was the same year that McDonald’s gave the world the Chicken McNuggets and my mother gave the world a reviewer named Chuck Conry. So, needless to say, 1983 was a pretty good year. Krull was probably a film meant to cash in on everyone’s love for StarWars, but it also seems to have a dash of sword and sorcery tossed on top for good measure. We have weird beings, one-eyed men, a strong hero character and an equally as good female object of our hero’s affection. The story isn’t at all perfect and does seem to have some moments of drag, but the movie also gives us some cool effects that would make anyone’s eyes light up, even if you have just one in the center of your forehead. It isn’ StarWars, but it doesn’t really have to be. It is Krull darn it! And being Krull is fine enough for me.
Krull gives us a great adventure on film. There were many different films that were cut from the same cloth of Krull, but they aren’t remembered very well these days and there is a good reason we still talk about Krull and not them. Could this be one of the best action/adventure/fantasy films of all time? It could be. I think it is very solid for what it is and I found it a whole lot of weird and strange fun. The transfer here is another strong effort from Umbrella. It has about as much detail as you’d expect from something like this and that goes a long way as well since most are just wanting this one for a good transfer. Unlike the old Mill Creek release here in the states, Umbrella actually gives us some cool extras here! So, if you just want a good fantasy film with a strong transfer (a new one here for the Umbrella release), you have certainly come to the right place with this release.
– Cast and Crew Audio Commentary
– Behind the Scenes Commentary
– Journey to Krull Featurette
Quality of Transfer: 94%