In 1961, director Mario Bava (Rabid Dogs, Kill Baby Kill) turned his hand to the historical adventure genre, capitalising on the recent success of 1958's Kirk Douglas vehicle The Vikings. The result was a colourful, swashbuckling epic of treachery, heroism and forbidden love: Erik the Conqueror. In 786 AD, the invading Viking forces are repelled from the shores of England, leaving behind a young boy Erik, son of the slain Viking king. Years later, Erik (George Ardisson, Juliet of the Spirits), raised by the English queen as her own, becomes Duke of Helford, while... across the sea, his brother Eron (Cameron Mitchell, Blood and Black Lace) assumes leadership of the Viking horde and sets his sights on conquering England once again, setting the two estranged brothers on a collision course that will determine the fates of their respective kingdoms Featuring a bombastic score by frequent collaborator Roberto Nicolosi (Black Sunday) and memorably co-starring the stunning Kessler twins (Sodom and Gomorrah), Erik the Conqueror showcases Bava's immense talent for creating awe-inspiring spectacle with limited resources. Now restored in high definition for the first time, Arrow Video is proud to present this cult classic in all its original splendour. SPECIAL EDITION CONTENTS: Brand new 2K restoration of the film from the original camera negative High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) and Standard Definition DVD presentations Original Italian and English mono audio (lossless on the Blu-ray Disc) Newly translated English subtitles for the Italian soundtrack Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing for the English soundtrack New audio commentary by Tim Lucas, author of Mario Bava All the Colors of the Dark Gli imitatori, a comparison between Erik the Conqueror and its unacknowledged source, The Vikings Original ending Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Graham Humphreys FIRST PRESSING ONLY: Collector's booklet featuring new writing on the film by critic Kat Ellinger [show more]
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Italian action adventure co-written and directed by Mario Bava. When Viking forces are defeated and repelled from the shores of England in 748 AD, Erik (George Ardisson), the young son of the defeated Viking king, is left behind and raised by the English queen as her own son. Years later and now holding the title of Duke of Helford, Erik is forced to take up arms as England once again comes under attack from invading Viking forces, this time led by his brother Eron (Cameron Mitchell). The cast also includes Alice Kessler, Andrea Checchi and Ellen Kessler.