Conan The Live Tv Series
Posted 03 November 2005 - 09:34 PM
I loved Ralf in Gladiator and in Universal Soldier. He has a great look, and he's a decent actor (for a musclehead). But the production values of that show, not to mention a butchering of the Conan universe that makes Milius look like a purist, made me physically ill. I loved Hercules (Xena, not so much unless Bruce Campbell was in the episode), but Conan was just a cheap money-grab knock-off.
Posted 04 November 2005 - 01:49 AM
Yeah, but they did adapt some Howard stories throughout the show, especially the pilot episode, probably the best of the lot, and which was a better Conan movie in my opinion than CTB. It was kind of a remake of CTB, with Conan finding the sword in the crypt and then adapting Tower of the Elephant a lot more closely to the book than the CTB movie.
But you are right that the Hyborian Age of that show is highly peculiar, though I would not consider it moreso than the CTB movie, which bore no resemblance to the Hyborian Age in the Conan stories.
Posted 04 November 2005 - 01:52 AM
Posted 04 November 2005 - 02:36 AM
So, I told him we would watch the animated Conan series....but it never came out on DVD!
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Posted 05 November 2005 - 11:59 PM
I have to disagree. CtB had the same look and feel as the stories for me. Very dark and gritty. Most of the world being barren and wild. The fact that Arny wasn't 90% naked in most of the scenes. It wasn't just a bodybuilding competition with swords. Yeah, I admit, the story only marginally borrowed from the original Howard writings. But I think Milius captured the look and feel of Hyborea very well.
though I would not consider it moreso than the CTB movie, which bore no resemblance to the Hyborian Age in the Conan stories.
But this show, ugh. I saw the episode with the sword in the crypt. It was disgustingly cheezy. I actually preferred the CtB version better. It made more sense. Even though the thing didn't actually come to life (like it did in the story), you could tell that in Conan's mind, it may as well have, for all of his superstitious fear.
Posted 06 November 2005 - 03:53 AM
Here is one quote from Howard: "...when shining kingdoms lay spread across the world like blue mantles beneath the stars..." -Phoenix on the Sword
Now this may largely be a matter of taste, but to me that sounds like the way Windsor-Smith drew it in Dark Horse's Conan Chronicles volumes 1-4. True, the wild areas are EXTREMELY wild, but the cities are fabulous. I like that in my escapist fantasy. If I want to experience nothing but grim and gritty, I can just drive out to Panky Arkansas tonight. That's not fantasy-- that is just reality.
Posted 06 November 2005 - 02:33 PM
Posted 06 November 2005 - 05:27 PM
Well I thought CtB hit the nail on the head. The more times I watch it the more I think it. Some may strongly disagree but honestly think that CtB is a master piece.
Thanks Crom you're not the only one to think that CtB is one of the greatest movies ever. We're more than you (or someone else...) thinks...
Posted 06 November 2005 - 07:27 PM
Posted 06 November 2005 - 09:07 PM
I like the Conan TV show okay, but you know... it has its drawbacks. It has some good points, and some bad points. I own the DVD box. That is the subject of this topic, BTW.
Posted 06 November 2005 - 09:13 PM
Posted 07 November 2005 - 06:35 AM
Just a couple of days ago, (I'm from Singapore.) we had a marathon screening of 'Fantasy - Sword & Socery' movies on TV. (It was a Public Holiday.)Included films like 'Beastmaster'(Mark Singer), Dragon Slayer, Excalibur, Krull and the 2 CONAN movies - CTB & CTD back to back.
Praying that WB does decide on a good script for a new 'LIVE' Action CONAN movie.
Posted 12 January 2006 - 03:10 AM
Edited by skrapmetal, 12 January 2006 - 03:17 AM.
Posted 12 January 2006 - 06:25 AM
" You have a good point there,...put your helmet on & no-one will notice it ."
" Look for a long time at what pleases you... and longer still at what pains you "
So THIS is civilization ??!??!......
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Posted 17 January 2006 - 08:51 PM
Conan did travel all around the world, that's one of the strongest point that make Howard a great writer, so seeing all episodes in the same jungle didn't please me.
But I like the Moller's acting and the group traveling with Conan. Women weared too much make up but action scenes were often challenging and good to see (despite the plastic swords...)
Definitively a 6.5/10
And now he rose in hauberk of black mail.
A sinewy, grim, giant
against the broad silk sail.
That shimmered above his plumed
Corsairs pressed against the rail
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Posted 22 January 2006 - 02:19 AM