Reviewed by Craig Lockley
From the dawn of time we came…moving silently down through the centuries. Living many secret lives, struggling to reach the time of the gathering, when the few who remain will battle to the last. No one has ever known we were among you…..until now.
This is the opening monologue of what I consider to be one of the greatest films of all time, Highlander.
Connor MacLeod (Christopher Lambert) of the Clan MacLeod, a Scottish Highlander discovers that he cannot die and is trained by Spanish-Egyptian, Juan-Sanchez Villa Lobos Ramirez (Sean Connery), learning that he is one of many Immortals that must battle each other and the last one alive will claim The Prize.
The film shows different time periods of MacLeod’s life in flash-back/flash-forward structure with most of the story taking place in modern day New York where The Highlander must face the strongest of the Immortals, The Kurgan (Clancy Brown). The film features a soundtrack from Queen who were set to produce one track for the film, loved it so much they ended up with an entire album (A Kind of Magic, that went on to one of their most successful albums of their career)
The film is directed by the former music video director Russell Malcahy and many of his sensibilities first seen in Duran Duran’s Wild Boys video are seen here, with some incredible effects for the mid 1980’s.
Fantastic shots of Scotland, a pounding rock soundtrack, big swords, time hopping and the great Sean Connery makes for the perfect storm of a film that stands up 30 years later.
This 30th Anniversary edition has been beautifully re-mastered for BluRay with new interviews with Russell Mulcahy and Christopher Lambert, a four-part Making Of documentary, deleted scenes and an audio commentary from Russell Mulcahy.