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Willow (1988)

post #1 of 73
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Willow (1988) has popped up for pre-order at Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Willow-Blu-ray-DVD-Combo/dp/B000Y5JFNE/

$17.49 for a Blu-ray/DVD combo.
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Blu-ray Disc:
Willow (Feature film) in High Definition
Deleted Scenes with Ron Howard Commentary
Making of an Adventure with Ron Howard Introduction
Morf to Morphing with Dennis Muren Introduction and Closing
Willow: An Unlikely Hero — Personal Video Diary of Warwick Davis
Matte Paintings Gallery

Commentary for the feature itself?

Update: Release date: 3/12/2013



-Bill
Edited by wmcclain - 12/14/12 at 10:39am
post #2 of 73
From guilty pleasure to just plain hard to watch. I may be interested in this again if there's a noticeable improvement over the DVD, though.
post #3 of 73
No surprise given the Disney deal.
post #4 of 73
In my youth, I thought this movie was fun. I feel like they tried to capitalize on the success of Princess Bride or something, like maybe it started out as something darker and more mature, but was then edited to be funnier or more innocent... not sure. I think it would have been better as a full R film... 80s R. Blood'n'boobs.
post #5 of 73
Same as the thx dvd no?
Glad it's out, miles better than its obvious inspiration lotr
post #6 of 73
Thread Starter 
1980s fantasy/adventure/comedy films comprise a small shelf of titles, none entirely satisfactory.

With Willow I get way too much of the Little People, especially the Little-Little People. But it has good aspects and I like seeing Val Kilmer and Joanne Whalley together.

The Princess Bride is actually lighter and sillier, but has a bigger fan base. Must be the sword fight.

My favorite of this genre is Ladyhawke, still not on region A Blu-ray. My capsule review and thumbnails here.

-Bill
post #7 of 73
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Originally Posted by wmcclain View Post

The Princess Bride is actually lighter and sillier, but has a bigger fan base. Must be the sword fight.
That would be the dialog, not the sword fight. The Princess Bride appeals to people who have no interest whatsoever in films like Willow or Ladyhawke.

I should look into the releases for Ladyhawke. Are any of the region free?
post #8 of 73
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Originally Posted by wmcclain View Post

1980s fantasy/adventure/comedy films comprise a small shelf of titles, none entirely satisfactory.
With Willow I get way too much of the Little People, especially the Little-Little People. But it has good aspects and I like seeing Val Kilmer and Joanne Whalley together.
The Princess Bride is actually lighter and sillier, but has a bigger fan base. Must be the sword fight.
My favorite of this genre is Ladyhawke, still not on region A Blu-ray. My capsule review and thumbnails here.
-Bill


The sword fight? Not the beloved book? Untouchable script?
post #9 of 73
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Originally Posted by Deviation View Post


I should look into the releases for Ladyhawke. Are any of the region free?

Amazon UK says region A/B on this one: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Ladyhawke-Alfred-Molina/dp/B004RKOI9S/

-Bill
post #10 of 73
For me, the best part of Willow was watching Jean Marsh's over-the-top performance as the witch.
post #11 of 73
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Originally Posted by wmcclain View Post

1980s fantasy/adventure/comedy films comprise a small shelf of titles, none entirely satisfactory.
With Willow I get way too much of the Little People, especially the Little-Little People. But it has good aspects and I like seeing Val Kilmer and Joanne Whalley together.
The Princess Bride is actually lighter and sillier, but has a bigger fan base. Must be the sword fight.
My favorite of this genre is Ladyhawke, still not on region A Blu-ray. My capsule review and thumbnails here.
-Bill

I agree about Ladyhawke, but as you say, all of these leave plenty to be desired.
post #12 of 73
One of James Horner's greater works....I bought the CD when it was in the cardboard CD box back in '88....I was still pretty young then! (14) That's why I love this film.....
post #13 of 73
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Originally Posted by KBMAN View Post

One of James Horner's greater works....I bought the CD when it was in the cardboard CD box back in '88....I was still pretty young then! (14) That's why I love this film.....

I couldn't even guess at the last time I've seen Willow; however, I do know that I hum the title song all the time.
post #14 of 73
This movie did not age well to me. Willow really shows that Lucas was starting to trend towards films intended for little kids... and the script treats adult viewers the same instead of having elements for everyone to enjoy like in the heyday of PIXAR.

A pass.
post #15 of 73
with Disney having the rights now, it might be too pricey to pick up day one. I am curious as to how they are going to price catalogue titles from Lucas now, and into the future.....
post #16 of 73
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Originally Posted by KBMAN View Post

with Disney having the rights now, it might be too pricey to pick up day one. I am curious as to how they are going to price catalogue titles from Lucas now, and into the future.....

Now I will say that I thought the price was a touch steep considering how long it's been out of circulation so to speak. It also seems like they could have gotten more bang for their buck broadcasting first.
post #17 of 73
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Originally Posted by KBMAN View Post

with Disney having the rights now, it might be too pricey to pick up day one. I am curious as to how they are going to price catalogue titles from Lucas now, and into the future.....

I thought the box art Had a fox logo
post #18 of 73
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Originally Posted by jdryyz View Post

From guilty pleasure to just plain hard to watch. I may be interested in this again if there's a noticeable improvement over the DVD, though.

I think the line we used coming out of the theater in '88 was 'I laughed... I cried... I kissed 3 bucks goodbye'
post #19 of 73
Thread Starter 
TheDigitalBits is saying available "3/12 in honor of the film’s 25th anniversary": http://www.thedigitalbits.com/columns/my-two-cents/111212_1540

-Bill
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post #21 of 73
Hmmm, there was a feature commentary track with Warwick Davis on the dvd from 2001. I wonder why that's not being included this time around.
post #22 of 73
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Originally Posted by wmcclain View Post

1980s fantasy/adventure/comedy films comprise a small shelf of titles, none entirely satisfactory.
Dragonslayer! It would be nice to see that on Blu in a remastered edition. Awesome special effects.

I'm looking forward to revisiting Willow, and I'm sure my young daughter will love it. Stupid daikini!
post #23 of 73
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Originally Posted by wmcclain View Post

1980s fantasy/adventure/comedy films comprise a small shelf of titles, none entirely satisfactory.
With Willow I get way too much of the Little People, especially the Little-Little People. But it has good aspects and I like seeing Val Kilmer and Joanne Whalley together.
The Princess Bride is actually lighter and sillier, but has a bigger fan base. Must be the sword fight.
My favorite of this genre is Ladyhawke, still not on region A Blu-ray. My capsule review and thumbnails here.
-Bill

Ladyhawke was a comedy? Willow was rather dark to be comedic. The Conan sequels fall more under a ' fantasy/adventure/comedy' film.
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Originally Posted by KBMAN View Post

with Disney having the rights now, it might be too pricey to pick up day one. I am curious as to how they are going to price catalogue titles from Lucas now, and into the future.....

How did you confuse Fox with Disney?

Back on topic, Willow is an nice film, not great but I will probably buy when it's 10 bucks.
post #24 of 73
One of my beloved movies.

Looks like very good restoration, if you download 1080p mp4 trailer from you tube, you can clearly see grain. Can't wait to watch it.
post #25 of 73
Yeah, it looks like a good restoration, just so long as George didn't tinker with it.
post #26 of 73
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Originally Posted by Fang Zei View Post

Yeah, it looks like a good restoration, just so long as George didn't tinker with it.

As Far as I know, George doesn't have the rights...BUT IT IS LUCAS eek.gif
post #27 of 73
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The Princess Bride is actually lighter and sillier, but has a bigger fan base. Must be the sword fight.
Inconceivable!
post #28 of 73
Uh-oh. Blu-ray.com has a review and screenshots, and I think I see some teal and orange love going on--

http://www.blu-ray.com/movies/Willow-Blu-ray/42185/#Screenshots

Also, caps-o-holic--

http://caps-a-holic.com/hd_vergleiche/comparison.php?art=full&cap1=20072&cap2=20062&cID=1575&lossless=&image=1#auswahl
post #29 of 73
The orange is definitely there....and I frickin' hate this orangeness thing on so many catalog BD releases today.mad.gif

The teal is limited; I can deal with that.

Detail looks reasonably good.
post #30 of 73
It looks to me like the same orange color shift as Raiders of the Lost Ark. Maybe someone at Lucasfilm has a miscalibrated monitor.
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