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Erik the Conqueror

Street Date:
August 29th, 2017
Movie Release Year:
1968
Studio:
Arrow Video
Length:
98 Minutes
Release Country
United States
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Genres:

Adventure, History

Starring:

Cameron Mitchell, Alice Kessler, Ellen Kessler, George Ardisson, Andrea Checchi, Jean-Jacques Delbo

Director:

Mario Bava

Plot Synopsis:

In 1961, director Mario Bava (Rabid Dogs, Kill Baby Kill) turned his hand to the historical adventure genre, capitalising on the recent success of 1958's Kirk Douglas vehicle The Vikings. The result was a colourful, swashbuckling epic of treachery, heroism and forbidden love: Erik the Conqueror.

In 786 AD, the invading Viking forces are repelled from the shores of England, leaving behind a young boy – Erik, son of the slain Viking king. Years later, Erik (George Ardisson, Juliet of the Spirits), raised by the English queen as her own, becomes Duke of Helford, while across the sea, his brother Eron (Cameron Mitchell, Blood and Black Lace) assumes leadership of the Viking horde and sets his sights on conquering England once again, setting the two estranged brothers on a collision course that will determine the fates of their respective kingdoms…

Featuring a bombastic score by frequent collaborator Roberto Nicolosi (Black Sunday) and memorably co-starring the stunning Kessler twins (Sodom and Gomorrah), Erik the Conqueror showcases Bava's immense talent for creating awe-inspiring spectacle with limited resources. Now restored in high definition for the first time, Arrow Video is proud to present this cult classic in all its original splendour.

Technical Specs

  • Brand new 2K restoration of the film from the original camera negative
  • First pressing only: Collector's booklet featuring new writing on the film by critic Kat Ellinger

Video Resolution/Codec

  • 1080p/TBA

Aspect Ratio(s)

  • TBA

Audio Formats

  • Original Italian and English mono audio (lossless on the Blu-ray Disc)

Subtitles/Captions

  • Newly translated English subtitles for the Italian soundtrack
  • Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing for the English soundtrack

Supplements

  • New audio commentary by Tim Lucas, author of Mario Bava – All the Colors of the Dark
  • Gli imitatori, a comparison between Erik the Conqueror and its unacknowledged source, The Vikings
  • Original ending
  • Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Graham Humphreys