The War Lord (Blu-ray)

He Battled Two Empires For The Love Of One Woman.
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Blu-ray Disc Features:

  • Rated: Not Rated
  • Run Time: 2 hours, 3 minutes
  • Video: Color
  • Encoding: Region A
  • Released: January 21, 2020
  • Originally Released: 1965
  • Label: KL Studio Classics
  • Note: Audio Commentary by Film Historian and Critic Sergio Mims
    • Theatrical Trailer
  • Aspect Ratio: Widescreen - 2.35
  • Audio:
    • Subtitles - English

Performers, Cast and Crew:

Starring , , , &
Performer: , , , &
Directed by
Edited by
Screenplay by &
Composition by
Art Direction by &
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Memorable Quotes and Dialog:

"[We] planned [the film] as a simple love story, contrasted with an examination of witchcraft rituals of the Middle Ages. But Universal saw it differently
  - as a minor league 'El Cid.'
"Most of the witchcraft material wound up on the cutting room floor... with the studio insisting on the climactic siege to be built up..." Charlton Heston.

Entertainment Reviews:


Total Count: 9


User Ratings: 806
Runs on and on and on, but proves nothing whatever about the survival of the fittest. Full Review
TIME Magazine
Apr 23, 2011
Rating: 3/5 -- There is plenty of bow-and-arrow shooting and throwing spears and pouring boiling oil and battering-ramming the great oak doorway and assaulting the fortress with a scaling-tower. Full Review
New York Times
May 9, 2005
Rating: 2/5 -- Lumbering sword and shield tale with Heston.
Apr 20, 2006
The rituals of pagan mythology are well observed - cabalistic idols, sacrifices - as is Heston's disintegration in the face of a mental force that he can't understand. Full Review
Time Out
Jan 26, 2006
The sure-handed direction of Schaffner and the credible performances of Heston et al are well complemented by Morross's driving, Stravinsky-like score. Full Review
May 24, 2003
Heston is more convincing in his battle scenes than in romancing Rosemary Forsyth, but nevertheless delivers a hard-hitting performance. Full Review
Jul 3, 2008
...Climactic castle-storming sparks one of Heston's best...
USA Today
Nov 18, 1994

Product Description:

Chrysagon, an 11th century Norman Knight and war lord, is given command of a Druid peasant village. Battling enemies from both the north and from his own ranks, he falls in love with Bronwyn, engaged to the son of the tribe's chieftain. This sets the stage for betrayal, bloody battles, murder and forbidden love as Chrysagon and Bronwyn vow never to part.

Plot Synopsis:

The War Lord Chrysagon, a Norman knight defending shoreline settlements against Frisian raiders, decides to take the "right of first night" with a beautiful peasant woman. He falls in love with the wench and she in turn chooses to stay with the knight. But her husband, enraged by her decision, joins the forces of Draco, Chrysagon's traitorous brother who is plotting to usurp the War Lord's authority in the region. Together with Frisian warriors Draco attacks and lays siege to the village.


Production Notes:

  • Copyright 1965 Universal Pictures Company, Inc. & Carter Management Company, Inc.
  • Color by Technicolor.
  • Purchased by Charlton Heston for the price of $50,000, the Leslie Stevens 1954 Broadway play, "The Lovers," went before cameras in October of 1964 under the title "The War Lord". The production was to be helmed by Daniel Mann, but because of scheduling conflicts Mann was replaced by Franklin Schaffner.
  • The art directors Alexander Golitzen and Henry Bumstead built a medieval village with a tower, a moat and a drawbridge on four acres of Universal's Upper Lake backlot. A river was re-directed in order to create an island and a bank ninety feet in width. Technicians restored the landscape after the production wrapped. Total costs of the set amounted to $250,000, which was dramatically lower than the cost of taking the entire production to Europe, as was originally planned.
  • Location sequences were filmed at a waterfoul game refuge in Calouse, California.
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  • Sales Rank: 103,571
  • UPC: 738329242251
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