09/30/2018 - Blu-Ray - I don't think I listened to a single line of dialogue, but following the story purely by its visuals is pretty fun. Tons of great special effects and beautiful location shots. I loved the mix of Star Wars sci-fi with Medieval sword and sorcery. It really felt like its own vision instead of copying something pre-existing.
More true to the sci-fi pulp origins of Star Wars than Star Wars was. Though the film is overlong, I do appreciate it's commitment to old school (almost quaint) thrills like men climbing mountains, people riding horses, and swashbucklers swinging on ropes. Horner provides a rousing score (some bits foreshadow his work on Aliens) and there are a handful of wonderful set pieces. It's a shame the script is so flat.
Hard to believe Yates made this derivative drivel and the Academy award nominated 'The Dresser' back to back. Mind you the set design/art direction here are amazing and may have even been influential on later films knowingly or not. Plotting is just awful but worse are the performances and the mix of sword & sorcery with 'Star Wars' like lasers.Was there ever a blander hero then Marshall? 30 yrs since previous view.