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Dragonslayer: When Dragons Were Real (1981)

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A movie directed by Matthew Robbins

Despite its box-office failure in 1981,Dragonslayerwas gradually recognized as one of the finest fantasies to emerge from the post-Star Warsboom in special effects. It's still one of the best adventures of its kind, featuring one of the most fearsome … see full wiki

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It's About Time!

  • Jul 31, 2003
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I can remember watching DRAGONSLAYER in the movie theatres during my high school years, and, as I understand it, the DVD transfer is going to be upgraded from what was released on Laser Disc not long after the film's theatrical run.

This has always been one of my favorite stories to come out of the Great (19)Eighties of film. The Go-Motion Effects by ILM were at the beginning of their use in feature films, but that doesn't stop this dragon from crawling around caves in search of the inadvertant hero sent to serve as slayer. Also, the flying sequences clearly influenced the effects of later films (DRAGONHEART, REIGN OF FIRE, etc.). As a matter of fact, among my circle of friends, I don't know of a "dragon" picture, per se, that doesn't warrant comparisons back to DRAGONSLAYER.

One great dragon. One great sorcerer. One great hero. And one great (surprise, surprise!) sidekick (of sorts).

DRAGONSLAYER is one great film.

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