Thankfully the French double BD pack I ordered contains the international Fox discs for both movies, i.e. Barbarian is the same disc that was recalled in the UK. If I play it in my Region A machine it automatically loads the uncut version with English menus.
Watched Destroyer yesterday, and I thoroughly enjoyed it. The movie doesn't kick ass like Barbarian does but the practical sets and locations carry it a long way, as does Jack Cardiff's photography, which is beautifully conveyed by this excellent transfer. The MGM extras (2 commentaries + 2 featurettes about the Marvel comics and Basil Poledouris' music) are a welcome inclusion.
I'll have to pick up Destroyer at a really good price at some point. I was shocked at how good the screencaps looked for it. A very pleasant Universal anomaly.
As frustrating as the chorus f-up is, no way am I buying the movie again only to have the UK cut version. A cut is a cut. Replace one screw up with a deliberate one. If Destroyer can have such a good Blu-ray (Which it does) then so can Conan. I'll wait for a true proper Blu-ray to arrive, if it ever does. And if I miss the chorus that much, I'll give the soundtrack a listen.
The score is the most important part of that movie. One of the best scores in the history of cinema. The falling horses, not so much...
For those who are interested in what has been cut (21 seconds): http://movie-censorship.com/report.php?ID=363247
And what if the score is badly edited around those cuts? What then?
Did any of the DVD releases have the mono soundtrack with the choir?
My Collector's Edition DVD released by Universal has the mono track. Is it feasable to take the blu ray video and pair it with the DVD audio and author your own corrected version? And if so, is there a way to also correct the missing night filter scene before you create the disc? This is of course, for personal use after I buy the blu ray.