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Conquest

See werewolves, zombies, and unfortunate topless women suffer a thousand deaths!  Conquest has arrived on HD with a brand-new 2019 scan!

"highly imaginative and ridiculously entertaining, making this release a sheer joy to revisit in HD"


Nothing screams “MUST SEE!” louder than a Lucio Fulci flick.  Even when the auteur is doing a fantasy film which features a powerful, masked woman having sex with a snake after getting a narcotic shot straight into her nasal cavity (from a conquered tribe’s brain), the over-the-top craziness makes for tasty servings of matinee cheese and sleaze.  If you are a cult cinema enthusiast, the release of Conquest on blu-ray from Code Red DVD should have you clicking on the add to cart button without hesitation.

I mean, if scenes of one man admiring another man’s “magical” bow doesn’t have you bent over with laughter, then few things in this crazy fantasy flick will.  In all seriousness, the bow - which burns neon when used to kill evil - is pretty fantastic. Especially in the hands of ILias (Andrea Occhipinti), who is eager to prove his manliness to his family by embarking on a magical journey alongside Mace (Jorge Rivero), a nomadic outlaw.  Together, these two warriors are out to rid the land of all evil, which means they must face the golden-masked female who sleeps with snakes.  {googleads}

But, first, there are a lot of women to bed in dark caverns across the land.  The temptations might be too great to keep them busy with the task at hand.  

Ocron (Sabrina Siani) and her band of werewolves have dominated a fog-soaked territory of ancient lands.  They show no signs of stopping anytime soon and, after receiving a deadly vision of IIias and his magical bow, Ocron is taking no chances.  She wants everyone dead, including all the tribes who come in contact with the two men, hellbent on sucking evil right out of the land.

Armed with tons of gore, lots of female flesh, and an electronic Claudio Simonetti score that just won’t quit pumping out sonic terrors, Conquest is highly imaginative and ridiculously entertaining, making this release a sheer joy to revisit in HD.  Made in the era of Conan, Quest for Fire, and Krull, it certainly is not original, but it does a lot in its 88-minutes of killing werewolves and zombie-like beings to make it a definite must-see when it comes to cult titles. Conquest

From ripping women apart by spreading the legs too far to scenes of werewolf torture times three, Conquest swings for the fences when it comes to shock value and Fulci delivers on the madness with a doubling down of the bizarre in this realm of fantasy that could only spring forth from his sick and twisted imagination.  

Visually strong - even if most of the shoot is surrounded in fog and stylistic haze - Conquest is now on blu-ray thanks to the efforts of Code Red.  The title can only be ordered through Ronin Flix. Get your copy now!

Because no one can rule the sun.

5/5 stars

Conquest

Blu-ray

Blu-ray Details:

Home Video Distributor: Code Red
Available on Blu-ray
- October 24, 2020
Screen Formats: 1.85:1
Subtitles
: English SDH
Audio:
DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0
Discs: Blu-ray Disc; single disc
Region Encoding: Locked to Region A

From a place beyond time, a cruel and evil shadow has fallen over the peaceful land of Cronos. The demon sorceress Ocron controls Cronos' sun, which threatens the lives of all. The only hope for the people lies with two warriors who are willing to enter Ocron's dark domain to destroy her. Directed by the master of horror Lucio Fulci (City of the Living Dead, Zombie).  The blu-ray includes a limited edition slipcover and mini poster with artwork by Wes Benscoter while supplies last. 

Video:

Code Red DVD presents Conquest with solid results. With an aspect ratio of 1.85:1, this film’s 1080p transfer looks pretty solid with fine color corrections throughout and a brand-new HD transfer. Textures are fine and, so too, are the details in the movie. Details are high and skin tones are solid. Time has been good to this film and so, too, has Code Red DVD. The work here is stunning. Colors are strong and black levels are good, too. There are nice scenic details running throughout the film. With high contrasts through the dark scenes, this is a worthwhile release of a true cult classic. 

Audio:

The sonic sounds and the all the hissing arrives courtesy of a strong 2.0 DTS-HD sound mix.

Supplements:

Commentary:

  • It seems that Scream Factory has licensed Code Red to distribute this title.  That is my impression after listening to Scream’s go-to guys of Troy Howarth and Nathaniel Thompson on the interesting commentary that is included with the purchase.

Special Features:

Fans of this title get the 2019 HD master, an interview with Jorge Rivero, a Banana Man-led interview with Rivero, too, and a commentary with film historians Troy Howarth and Nathaniel Thompson.

  • A Conversation with Jorge Rivero
  • Banana Man Interviews Jorge Rivero
  • Audio Commentary with Film Historians Troy Howarth and Nathaniel Thompson
  • Original Theatrical Trailer

Blu-ray Rating:

  Movie 5/5 stars
  Video  4/5 stars
  Audio 3/5 stars
  Extras 3/5 stars

Overall Blu-ray Experience

4/5 stars

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Conquest

MPAA Rating: PG-13 on appeal for crude sexual content and language.
Runtime:
88 mins
Director
: Lucio Fulci
Writer:
Gino Capone
Cast:
Jorge Rivero, Andrea Occhipinti, Conrado San Martín
Genre
: Action | Adventure
Tagline:
He is the only hope for a dying race. He is beginning a journey which will destroy all but the boldest warrior.
Memorable Movie Quote: "I had no idea how small time I was until I met you."
Theatrical Distributor:
MGM
Official Site: https://www.thehustle.movie/
Release Date:
May 10, 2019
DVD/Blu-ray Release Date:
August 20, 2019.
Synopsis: When a man meets a man, you never know which one will die.

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