Blu-ray Release: Conan the Barbarian (1982), Conan the Destroyer

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Arnold swings that sword in his two Conan movies.

Arnold Schwarzenegger — in all his barbaric, destructive glory — arrived in glorious high-definition on Aug. 2, 2011. No, it’s not a documentary on his eight years spent as the Governor of California, but rather the release of his movies Conan the Barbarian (1982) and its sequel Conan the Destroyer (1984) on Blu-ray.

Conan the Barbarian Blu-ray and Conan the Destroyer Blu-ray were issued by Universal Studios Home Entertainment for the list price of $26.98 each.

The films arrived a week before the theatrical release of the highly anticipated new film version of Conan the Barbarian, directed by Marcus Nispel (2003’s Friday the 13th remake) and starring hulking Jason Momoa of HBO’s Game of Thrones.

Back to the original films… Directed and co-written by John Milius, Conan the Barbarian is generally considered to be the better of Arnold’s two Conan outings. (Those who think otherwise can talk it over with Thulsa Doom…)

Universal imported all the bonus features that originally appeared on the Conan the Barbarian Collector’s Edition DVD that was released back in 2007. Both Conan Blu-ray releases also contain a handful of Universal’s usual Blu-ray functions, including BD-Live, My Scenes and a Pocket Blu app to help smartphones and computers interact with the Blu-ray player.

Here’s a list of the bonuses that appear on the Conan the Barbarian Blu-ray:

  • feature commentary with director John Milius and Arnold Schwarzenegger
  • “Conan Unchained: The Making of Conan
  • “Art of Steel: Sword Makers and Masters”
  • “Conan: From the Vault”
  • “Special Effects”
  • “The Conan Archives”
  • theatrical trailers

 

Buy or Rent Conan the Barbarian
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Buy or Rent Conan the Destroyer
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Founder and editor Laurence Lerman saw Alfred Hitchcock’s North by Northwest when he was 13 years old and that’s all it took. He has been writing about film and video for more than a quarter of a century for magazines, anthologies, websites and most recently, Video Business magazine, where he served as the Reviews Editor for 15 years.