There can only be one. Sadly, Highlander was a franchise that didn’t know when to stop. When director Russell Mulcahy returned for the sequel he created something so ridiculous that it cast a lasting shadow over the original. Then there are the other three films which fortuitously passed most people by, not to mention the TV series. Highlander itself is an iconic slice of the ’80s cult fantasy and some of the cinematography still dazzles today.
In the 16th century, on the shores of Loch Shiel, Connor MacLeod (Christopher Lambert) of the Clan MacLeod is discovering his immortality and being trained by the enigmatic Juan Sanchez Villa-Lobos Ramirez (Sean Connery). In contemporary New York, posing as an art dealer called Russell Nash, he discovers that The Gathering is coming where he must face his greatest enemy – The Kurgan (Clancy Brown).
Whilst the concept may seem a tad ludicrous today, Highlander plays on Scottish traditions to bring the fantasy to life. The newly remastered 30th anniversary edition looks even more beautiful than ever. It’s easy to forget that there are some incredible shots and a brilliant soundtrack by Queen. There’s romance, adventure, sword-fighting and fantasy aplenty in what is still an entertaining, if sometimes slightly comical, cult period epic.
- Newly remastered in 4K for the Anniversary Release
- New interview with director Russell Mulcahy
- New interview with actor Christopher Lambert
- Making of’ documentary in 4 parts
- Deleted scenes
- Audio commentary with director Russell Mulcahy
- Original theatrical trailer
Highlander 30th Anniversary Edition Blu-ray is released by Studiocanal on 11 July.