Ladyhawke (1985)

Ladyhawke (1985), directed by Richard Donner.

A fine-looking medieval fantasy filmed in Italy. A new, lushly romantic fairy tale plot. Not as comical as Willow (1988) or The Princess Bride (1987), which is both good and bad. Good because comic mugging doesn't always wear well, bad because what seemed serious then tends to be emotionally drippy now.

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It would be churlish to complain about astronomical errors in a movie about people turning into hawks and wolves. Filmmakers never get it right anyway.

The NTSC DVD is very old and the encoding ugly. It is a flipper disc with 4:3 pan & scan on one side and 4:3 letterboxed widescreen on the other, both single layer. The region 2 PAL DVD is anamorphic dual layer and a good upgrade, including better color. But it is still nothing to write home about and we need a hidef version. I'm sure there is a fan base large enough to support a Blu-ray edition. Blu-ray imports are available. [Later: A North American Blu-ray appeared].