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|Category||Fantasy||Main Menu Audio & Animation
Scene Selection Animation
Featurette - Journey To Krull
Audio Commentary - Peter Yates (Director), Ray Lovejoy (Editor), Ken Marshall (Actor), Lysette Anthony (Actor)
Audio Commentary - Cinefastique Magazine article
Cast & Crew Biographies
|Running Time||115:48 Minutes|
|Pan & Scan/Full Frame||None||English (Dolby Digital 5.1, 448Kb/s)
French (Dolby Digital 2.0 , 192Kb/s)
German (Dolby Digital 5.1, 448Kb/s)
English Audio Commentary (Dolby Digital 2.0 , 192Kb/s)
English Audio Commentary (Dolby Digital 2.0 , 192Kb/s)
|Widescreen Aspect Ratio||2.35:1|
|Original Aspect Ratio||2.35:1||
|Annoying Product Placement||No|
|Action In or After Credits||No|
The film begins with the arrival of the Beast and his army, a group of nasty-looking lads called the Slayers. Apparently, this Beast is such a nasty character that many worlds have fallen under slavery to him, and now he has his sights set on the world called Krull. Krull is ruled by two royal families, one with Prince Colwyn (Ken Marshall) as its sole heir, and the other with Princess Lyssa (Lysette Anthony) as its only heir. In order to survive against the Slayers, the two royal families must join forces and have arranged the marriage of these two heirs in order to seal the alliance. Of course, this whole arrangement is helped by the fact that the prince and princess are very much in love and would have married even if their world wasn't threatened by a lethal, seemingly invincible force.
Unfortunately, the Slayers decide to come knocking in the middle of the marriage ceremony, whereupon they kill almost everyone in the castle, including both kings, kidnap Princess Lyssa, and leave Prince Colwyn unconscious at the bottom of a staircase. Upon being revived by Ynyr (Freddie Jones), Colwyn takes it upon himself to battle the Slayers and rescue his beloved princess. Along the way, he is joined by such characters as Rell the Cyclops (Bernard Bresslaw), Ergo (David Battley), and Kegan (Liam Neeson). Perhaps the best way to view this film is with a group of friends you can later talk about the B-grade failings of the set design and special effects with.
To be honest with you, this is not one of the greatest fantasy adventures ever conceived, and the fact that I never saw or heard of it again until it recently came to be on the Region 4 allocation lists should say something about its broad appeal. 992 users of the Internet Movie Database have given the film a rating of 5.3 out of ten, which is hardly an encouraging sign, although I normally take their opinions with a grain of salt. If you really have an insatiable appetite for fantasy and adventure films, then this might be worth your consideration. Otherwise, I seriously recommend a rental before buying.
The transfer is presented in its original aspect ratio of 2.35:1, and it is 16x9 Enhanced. The transfer is very sharp for the most part, except for some special effects shots towards the end that become somewhat blurry and indistinct. This is as much the fault of the processes used to make the film as the transfer, however. The shadow detail of the transfer is average, and there is no low-level noise.
The colour saturation of the transfer is bright and vivid, but in a more natural way than has become the norm for fantasy films of recent years. The special effects shots are somewhat prone to colour bleeding, but this is only a minor problem in the grand scheme of the film.
MPEG artefacts were not a serious problem in this transfer. Film-to-video artefacts consisted of some minor telecine wobble at various times in the transfer, the worst example of which was during the meeting with the rogues in the swamp at 35:16. Film artefacts were the worst problem for this transfer, with much of the film being peppered by black and white marks on the source material. The worst part of the transfer for film artefacts was from 65:30 to 65:58, during the princess' wandering through the castle of the Beast. While the film artefacts were acceptable for a film of this age, they are somewhat distracting at times.
This disc makes use of the RSDL format, with the layer change taking place in the middle of Chapter 16, at 62:39. This is during a relatively quiet moment of the film, making it non-disruptive in spite of the fact that it is noticeable.
There are five soundtracks on this DVD. In order, the dialogue tracks consist of the original English dialogue in Dolby Digital 5.1 with a bitrate of 448 kilobits per second, a French dub in Dolby Digital 2.0 with surround-encoding and a bitrate of 192 kilobits per second, and a German dub in Dolby Digital 5.1 with a bitrate of 448 kilobits per second. Rounding out the soundtracks are a pair of commentaries in Dolby Digital 2.0 with surround-encoding and a bitrate of 192 kilobits per second. I listened to the default English soundtrack and the two commentaries. The dialogue is clear and easy to understand at all times, and there are no problems with audio sync.
The score music in this film is credited to James Horner, he of such revered scores as Braveheart and Titanic. I find it most amusing that those two scores are so heavily lauded while this effort is all but ignored, as this is definitely one of the better scores that he has written. The reason for this is simply that the music acts in a manner that complements the emotions of the film rather than ramming them down the viewer's throat as is the case in the latter two films.
The surround channels were frequently used to support the music and special effects, creating a subtle sound field that, while lacking the separation of recent films, supported this one well. The lack of split surround or directional effects is the only thing that really counts against this transfer. The subwoofer was frequently called upon to support running horses and other such bass-heavy effects, which it did without calling any specific attention to itself.
The video transfer is good.
The audio transfer is good.
The extras are comprehensive.
|DVD||Toshiba SD-2109, using S-video output|
|Display||Samsung CS-823AMF (80 cm) in 16:9 and 4:3 modes, calibrated using the NTSC DVD version of Video Essentials.|
|Audio Decoder||Built In (Amplifier)|
|Amplification||Sony STR-DE835, calibrated using the NTSC DVD version of Video Essentials.|
|Speakers||Yamaha NS-45 Front Speakers, Yamaha NS-90 Rear Speakers, Yamaha NS-C120 Centre Speaker, JBL Digital 10 Active Subwoofer|