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Featured Blu-ray Review: Highlander: 30th Anniversary

September 26th, 2016

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Highlander: 30th Anniversary

Highlander came out 30 years ago and was a box office flop. However, it did really well on the home market allowing it to spawn a franchise that included four sequels and two TV shows. Now it is coming out on a 30th Anniversary Blu-ray, but this isn’t the first time the film has been released on high definition. Is it worth picking up? Is it worth the upgrade?

The Movie

I’ve previously reviewed the film and there’s not much more that needs to be said. The movie quickly puts in place an interesting mythology and the main characters are engaging that it is worth watching again and again. Also, that soundtrack by Queen is fantastic. The film’s Tomatometer Score is only 69% positive, which is good, but I think that’s too low.

The Extras

Last time around, the only extras were an audio commentary track and six minutes of deleted scenes. The deleted scenes are a little odd, because they were found without the audio elements, so they are presented here with the score. Those are included here, but we also have interviews with the director, Russell Mulcahy, and the star, Christopher Lambert. Combined, they are nearly 45 minutes long. There’s also a nine-minute archival interview with Christopher Lambert. It’s in French with English subtitle. Finally, there’s a four-part, TWO-HOUR long making of featurette. Up to this point, I wasn’t sure the Blu-ray was worth the upgrade, but if you are a fan of this film, then yeah, spending $15 for a feature-length making of documentary is worth it.

The Verdict

Highlander is a much better movie than its box office numbers would indicate. It deserves its cult status. The 30th Anniversary version is loaded with extras, including a feature-length making of documentary. If you don’t own it, but are intrigued by the film, pick it up. If you already own it and would love to learn more about it, upgrade to 30th Anniversary Edition. It’s worth it.

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