Hawk The Slayer

Strictly for the birds?

SFX: The Sci-Fi and Fantasy Magazine - - Rated / Dvd & blu- ray - Nick Setch­field

Re­lease Date: OUT NOW!

1980 | PG | Blu- ray Di­rec­tor: Terry Mar­cel Cast: Terry Mar­cel, John Terry, Jack Palance, Pa­tri­cia Quinn

Mak­ing its bow on Blu- ray, this Bri­tish fan­tasy flick is a mad old brew: a Tolkien­in­fused sword- and­sor­cery tale that steals its cues from Ser­gio Leone West­erns, Hong Kong ac­tion cin­ema and Star Wars, all pro­pelled by a mir­ror ball-friendly sound­track that threat­ens to erupt into “Feels Like I’m In Love” at any mo­ment.

The plot­ting is pure D& D, as a band of he­roes as­sem­ble to take down an evil war­lord. Armed with a magic sword and the mighty Bernard Bress­law they traipse through an over­cast me­dieval land­scape that looks like the very twi­light of the Bri­tish film in­dus­try.

It’s earnest, blood­less, mod­estly en­ter­tain­ing stuff, en­er­gised by Jack Palance as the Vader- hel­meted vil­lain, not so much chew­ing the scenery as fill­ing his face at an all- you- can- eat buf­fet.

Ex­tras: An ab­so­lute hog feast for Hawkophiles: “Re­venge By The Sword” is a 1980 edi­tion of ITV’s hero­ically un­pa­tro­n­is­ing kids’ film show Clap­per­board, filled with be­hind- the- scenes footage. There’s more of the same in “By The Sword Di­vided”, this time scav­enged from ITV’s The Elec­tric Theatre Show. “Sharp­en­ing The Blade” brings more be­hind- the- scenes good­ness – se­ri­ously, you’ll feel like a mud- spat­tered peas­ant ex­tra by the end of all this – while “Raw text­less el­e­ments” col­lects snip­pets of rough footage as well as the orig­i­nal hawk an­i­ma­tion from the ti­tles. Also: orig­i­nal the­atri­cal trailer; im­age gallery.

The Vil­lage Peo­ple’s first look was less suc­cess­ful.

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