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RICHARD THE LIONHEART AND SALADIN: HOLY WARRIORS

DVD Review by David Blackwell

DETAILS: 110 minutes

STUDIO: PBS/ Paramount

RELEASE DATE: 10-11-2005

With KINGDOM OF HEAVEN coming out on DVD, HOLY WARRIORS is a fascinating look at two historical figures on opposite sides of the Crusades: King Richard The Lionheart and Muslim leader Saladin. Saladin unites the Arbs and retakes Jerusalem from the Christians. Richard feels it is his Christian duty to take the holy city back, but this city is also sacred to teh Muslims. The Pope wants the Muslims driven out by force while Richhard wants a diplomatic resolution. Saladin doesn't want to be diplomatic because he intends to kill Richard. Both men, Saladin and Richard, were fascinating leaders in their own right despite any flaws or acts of arrogance. If you look back at the Crusades, you can see paralells between then and the conflict in the Middle East. You still have a divided Midle East no matter how you try to unite it or have religion get in the way. If you have seen KINGDOM OF HEAVEN, this is the next great thing to watch because HOLY WARRIORS is a it's own fascinating tale.

VIDEO: 1.78:1 (Anamorphic Widescreen)

The transfer is good. No problems to really notice.

AUDIO: English 2.0 Dolby Surround

Subtitles: None. Close Captioned

The audio isn't active like a movie release, but it is clear and easy to hear. I do wish PBS had provided an English subtitle track instead of just close captioning.

EXTRAS: None. it would have been fascinating to LOOK even deeper than this two part special did. A timeline of the Crusades would have been a nice extra.

FINAL ANALYSIS: With the heavy renting of KINGDOM OF HEAVEN, you should also check out HOLY WARRIORS on DVD.

this DVD Review is (c)10-11-2005 David Blackwell and cannot be reprinted without permission. send all comments to lord_pragmagtic@hotmail.com and look for additional content (and news/updates) at http://www.livejournal.com/users/enterlinemedia