When young Willow Ufgood finds an abandoned baby, he is
suddenly thrust into an adventure filled with magic and danger.
According to an ancient prophecy, the sacred child is destined
to end the reign of the evil sorceress Queen Baymorda. Now,
with only a single swordsman at his side, Willow must overcome
the forces of darkness that threaten to destroy anyone who
stands in the Queen's way...
long last Willow makes its DVD debut and what a fine
disc 20th Century Fox have given us. Possibly the first blockbuster
movie that featured a short person (Warwick is 3'4")
in the lead role. A brave move for a movie maker and a bolder
move in helping to show Hollywood that not all action movies
have to have a 6'4" Adonis as their lead character. No,
a 3'4" will do just as well, and he does.
movie was the first to use the morphing digital effects which
has gone on to be a stable part of any sci-fi movie or TV
forget the movie - we have all seen it a thousand times anyway.
What is great about this DVD is the impressive array of extras.
By far the best of these is Warwick's commentary. It is obvious
that he loves talking about his time on the movie and he fills
almost every minute with interesting and amusing anecdotes
that make this one of the best commentaries I have seen in
a long time (if you ignore his corny jokes). He also picks
the movie apart, which is great fun. For example, towards
the end of the movie Warwick questions why it is raining inside
the Queen's castle - why didn't she have a roof built?
other extras include two interesting featurettes (or three
if you include the hidden Easter Egg), 60 stills from the
movie and a good selection of trailers. The
movie is presented in 5.1 Dolby surround sound, as well as
being THX digitally re-mastered.
is still a great movie for both the young and young at heart.
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