We have discussed how amazing some old VHS covers were. Usually they were based on the original film poster, which in the 80’s could sometimes be pretty elaborate. Throw in the fact that VHS boxes were simply laminated (if you were lucky) cardboard covers over time they would develop a worn look, thus adding to the appeal. One of the cooler posters was for the Sci-fi film Krull. It’s most noticeable for the “Beast” that is in the background. Mill Creek has picked this title as part of their Blu-ray’s with VHS cover packaging.
Krull is actually a planet. It gets attacked by “The Beast” and his army in his Black Fortress spaceship. As this attack is happening Prince Colwyn and Princess Lyssa plan to marry, and combine their army’s in hopes of stopping the Beast. Unfortunately the Beast is prepared for this and attacks the wedding, and kidnaps the princess. I’m still not sure why they had to get married. They could have simply teamed up without a ceremony.
Prince Colwyn learns that the only way to stop the Beast is with an ancient weapon known as the Glave. It’s a five pointed throwing star looking object. He teams up with a magician and a group of bandits, one of those bandits is played by a very young Liam Neeson. They plan on attacking the Black Fortress spaceship but it teleports to a new location every morning. What follows is a very long yet action packed trek to stop the Beast and save the Princess.
The film is corny as corny can be. It was goofy in 1983 and is way worse now. But that’s not a bad thing. This film has a lot of action and is considered a cult classic. Sci-fi fans love the film as does the casual 80’s film fan. Everything about the film is like the 80’s excessive. It’s a weird blend of medieval fantasy mixed with the space background, no doubt because of the Star Wars craze that was still in full effect. It was a high budget film for its time and took a long time to film. The one thing I always enjoyed were how the action scenes were not your typical sci-fi fair. It’s more done in the vein of an old cliffhanger or swashbuckler film. When you throw all of that together you get a very different film to say the least.
Due to the huge cult following, and sheer cheesiness of Krull it makes perfect sense for Mill Creek to release tis as part of their VHS style Blu-ray sets. The cover art is fantastic. It’s the old poster with a Sci-fi stick on the top and a warning label on the bottom that states “This video cassette will MELT if left in the car or in the sun” throw in the fact the cover is painted to look worn and wrinkled and it’s a must have for your collection. Let me also state that the transfer in both video and audio is great. It’s a huge upgrade from its DVD release from years back.
If you dig the movie this is the way to go. If you’re a retro lover or collector pick this up for the cover art alone. It’s still goofy fun, but it does help if you saw this when it originally came out.
Overall 3 out of 5 Stars!