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Conan the Barbarian

Blu-ray

  • Score: 62

    from 2 reviewers

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  • Conan the Barbarian (2011) suffers from a flat narrative and lackluster 3D, but compensates with a superb DTS-HD Master Audio 7.1 track and solid special features.

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    DTS-HD MA

  • Video: 67

  • The 3D presentation of 'Conan the Barbarian' is notably underwhelming, marred by uninspired post-conversion, artificial depth, and a darker, gloomier contrast balance. However, the 1080p/MVC-encoded transfer remains technically proficient, preserving detailed textures and rich black levels despite minor banding and ringing.

  • Audio: 70

  • The DTS-HD Master Audio 7.1 mix for 'Conan the Barbarian' elevates the viewing experience with its explosive energy and immersive 360-degree soundfield, highlighted by clear dialogue, exceptional dynamic range, and deeply resonating LFE. While minor dialogue clarity issues exist, the overall audio presentation is outstanding.

  • Extra: 70

  • The Blu-ray supplementary content for 'Conan the Barbarian' offers a mixed bag: Nispel’s commentary is informative but lacks passion, while Momoa and McGowan’s lively banter is a highlight. Featurettes on the Conan legacy and fight staging provide insightful glimpses into production, though some segments feel too brief.

  • Movie: 52

  • Director Marcus Nispel's 'Conan the Barbarian' visually impresses with sumptuous, eye-catching special effects and a boisterous soundtrack, but falls flat with its lifeless, clichéd narrative and one-dimensional characters. Jason Momoa's striking portrayal can't salvage this brutish, uninspired fantasy.

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