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    List of Conan-type ripoffs?

    I absolutely love the Italian Conan-type ripoffs and I've never even seen any Conan movies. Conquest is amazing, and I also have and enjoy Ator and Thor the Conqueror on DVD (both being fullscreen vhs-ish rips). Has any other foreign-made Conanish movies been released on DVD? After someone posted about Iron Master and also checking out Barbarian Master, I realllly would like to find some of these..and even the dvd-r sights don't seem to carry any of these types of movies. Could anyone point me to one if there is?

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    Re: List of Conan-type ripoffs?

    a few off the top of my head

    Deathstalker trilogy
    Blade Master
    The Beastmaster
    Sword and the Sorcerer
    Sword of the Barbarians (Michele Massimo Tarantini)
    The Barbarians (Ruggero Deodato)

    EDIT: I just realized you're looking for ITALIAN rip-offs... well, a few of these are Italian!
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    Re: List of Conan-type ripoffs?

    Welp, they can be American too lol. I'm mostly looking for a list that's on DVD or DVD-r (and if so where? I need to snag some).

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    Re: List of Conan-type ripoffs?

    Quote Originally Posted by Aaron M. View Post
    or DVD-r (and if so where? I need to snag some).
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    Re: List of Conan-type ripoffs?

    well... all the ones i listed can be found on cinemageddon... actually, i was looking at screenies for sword and the sorcerer and it looks AMAZING! check this out:

    http://cinemageddon.org/details.php?id=16390
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    Re: List of Conan-type ripoffs?

    Here's a few you may enjoy...
    1. ''Circle Of Iron'' is sorta like Conan meets Kung Fu. It's been out on official dvd from Blue Underground for a few years in a regular version, and 2-disc special edition.
    2. ''Yor, Hunter From The Future'' can be found at www.videoscreams.com on dvd-r.
    3. ''Sorceress'' is another good one with sexy female barbarian twins, nudity, and frequent battles with monsters. It can be found on dvd-r at videoscreams too.
    4. ''Hawk The Slayer'' is out on official dvd.
    5. ''Gor'' has yet to make an official appearence on dvd, but I've seen it on dvd-r at various Sci-Fi conventions.
    6. ''Kull The Conquerer'' can be had cheaply on official dvd.
    7. ''Wizards Of The Demon Sword'' is a very low budget Conan rip off, but it stars Micheal Berryman so it ain't all bad. This was put out on dvd by Troma a while back, but has since been discontinued. You can probably still find this though if you look.
    8. ''A Nymphoid Barbarian In Dinosaur Hell'' is about as horrible as it gets, but I'll list it anyway because I liked the stop-motion bat-thing. It too was released by Troma to dvd, but like ''WOTDS'', it's gone out of print.
    9. Then you've got the ''Barbarian Queen'' movies. I remember these as having quite a bit of boob scenes in them, so that's nice. Both were on dvd from New Concorde Entertainment, but have been out of print for awhile. But like a lot of these movies, if your eagle-eyed and willing to hunt, usually you can still find copies of these at stores like F.Y.E. or some of the online retailers like www.oldies.com
    Of course, you really should see the two Schwarzenegger movies. The first one especially. There was even a third film, ''Conan: The Adventurer'', but I myself haven't seen it, so I can't say if it's any good or not.

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    Re: List of Conan-type ripoffs?

    Quote Originally Posted by Ryan Tekulve View Post
    well... all the ones i listed can be found on cinemageddon... actually, i was looking at screenies for sword and the sorcerer and it looks AMAZING! check this out:

    http://cinemageddon.org/details.php?id=16390

    Man, AB put out a nice disc of this flick and BEASTMASTER.

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    Re: List of Conan-type ripoffs?

    Quote Originally Posted by Edmund Hill View Post
    7. ''Wizards Of The Demon Sword'' is a very low budget Conan rip off, but it stars Micheal Berryman so it ain't all bad...
    Unfortunately, Mr. Berryman's presence is counteracted by that of Lyle Waggoner, playing an evil sorcerer (!). With the same line delivery and hair style he exhibited in The Carol Burnett Show and Wonder Woman.
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    Re: List of Conan-type ripoffs?

    Quote Originally Posted by Edmund Hill View Post
    Of course, you really should see the two Schwarzenegger movies. The first one especially. There was even a third film, ''Conan: The Adventurer'', but I myself haven't seen it, so I can't say if it's any good or not.
    Conan the Adventurer was an animated series and later a televison one with Ralf Moeller. I can understand a cartoon aimed at kids but the tv show was gawdawful. Clearly patterned after Xena and Sorbo's Hercules it was the stuff of rankness. Idiotic comic relief sidekicks and dumbed down concepts of heroic fantasy.

    Like Sorbo's film Kull the conqueror. Absolutely terrible!

    Conan the Adventurer is also the title of the orignal Lancer paperback with famous Frazetta cover and short lived Marvel series from Roy Thomas. Those two are the only Adventurers worth getting IMO

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    The Conan cartoon is terrible. It has some neat ideas (his family was turned to stone, he's fighting to eventually free them, which he does), but on the whole the writing and animation is very subpar. Too bad because the serial format should have lent itself to a stronger series.

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    Re: List of Conan-type ripoffs?

    Here's a list I threw together some years ago... the fat-marked ones are out on english friendly DVD (in various quality):

    TRUE BARBARIANS:

    1982:
    Ator, the Fighting Eagle (Joe D'Amato)
    The Beastmaster (Don Coscarelli)
    The Invincible Barbarian (Franco Proseri)
    Sorceress (Jack Hill)
    The Sword and the Sorcerer (Albert Pyun)

    1983:
    Conquest (Lucio Fulci)
    Deathstalker (James Sbardellati)
    Hundra (Matt Climber)
    Iron Master (Umberto Lenzi)
    Sword of the Barbarians (Michele Massimo Tarantini)
    Thor the Conqueror (Tonino Ricci)
    Throne of Fire (Franco Proseri)
    Yor, the Hunter from the Future (Antonio Margheriti)

    1984:
    Ator, the Blade Master (Joe D'Amato)
    Conan The destroyer (Richard Fleischer)
    The Warrior and the Sorceress (John C. Broderick)

    1985:
    Altar (Remzi Jöntürk)
    Barbarian Queen (Héctor Olivera)
    Red Sonja (Richard Fleischer)
    Wizards of the Lost Kingdom (Héctor Olivera)

    1986:
    Amazons (Alejandro Sessa)

    1987:
    The Barbarians (Ruggero Deodato)
    Deathstalker II: Duel of the Titants (Jim Wynorski)
    Iron Warrior (Alfonso Brescia)
    Masters of the Universe (Gary Goddard)
    Stormquest (Alejandro Sessa)

    1988:
    Avalon (Michael J. Murphy)
    Deathstalker and the Warriors from Hell (Alfonso Corona)

    1989:
    Barbarian Queen II: The Empress Strikes Back (Joe Finley)
    Wizards of the Lost Kingdom II (Charles B. Griffith)

    1990:
    Deathstalker IV: Match of Titans (Howard R. Cohen)
    Quest for the Mighty Sword (Joe D'Amato)

    1991:
    Wizards of the Demon Sword (Fred Olen Ray)

    1996:
    Beastmaster: The Eye of Braxus (Gabrielle Beaumont)

    1997:
    Kull the Conqueror (John Nicolella)

    2003:
    Barbarian (Henry Crum)

    FAKE BARBARIANS/RELATED:

    1983:
    Hearts and Armour (Giacomo Battiato)
    Hercules (Luigi Cozzi)
    Lionman II: The Witchqueen (Michael Aslan)
    Prisoners of the Lost Universe (Terry Marcel)
    Seven Magnificent Gladiators (Bruno Mattei, Claudio Fragasso)

    1985:
    The Devil's Sword (Ratno Timoer)
    Hercules II (Luigi Cozzi)

    1988:
    Gor (Fritz Kiersch)

    1989:
    Outlaw of Gor (John 'Bud' Cardos)
    Sinbad of the Seven Seas (Enzo G. Castellari, Tim Kincaid, Luigi Cozzi)

    1990:
    Time Barbarians (Joseph John Barmettler)

    1991:
    Beastmaster 2: Through the Portal of Time (Sylvio Tabet)

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    That Hundra release from Subversive is mega-cool. You even get a bonus cd of Morricone's soundtrack.

    I'd really like to see Hill's Sorceress get a legit release sometime as well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Brian Lindsey View Post
    Unfortunately, Mr. Berryman's presence is counteracted by that of Lyle Waggoner, playing an evil sorcerer (!). With the same line delivery and hair style he exhibited in The Carol Burnett Show and Wonder Woman.
    That's true, but I didn't want to scare Aaron away from the movie. I would have liked to have seen the part of the evil sorcerer go to Harvey Corman, but it's an unfair world I guess.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Alex E. View Post
    Conan the Adventurer was an animated series and later a televison one with Ralf Moeller. I can understand a cartoon aimed at kids but the tv show was gawdawful. Clearly patterned after Xena and Sorbo's Hercules it was the stuff of rankness. Idiotic comic relief sidekicks and dumbed down concepts of heroic fantasy.

    Like Sorbo's film Kull the conqueror. Absolutely terrible!

    Conan the Adventurer is also the title of the orignal Lancer paperback with famous Frazetta cover and short lived Marvel series from Roy Thomas. Those two are the only Adventurers worth getting IMO
    My mistake for referring to ''Conan The Adventurer'' as a film. I wondered why they were asking a hefty $36.95 for it at dvd empire! BTW, anybody know what happened to that ''Red Nails'' cartoon?

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    Re: List of Conan-type ripoffs?

    Ahh I used to have Wizards of Demon Sword. Got rid of it..it was way too self-conciously bad. And I love bad movies, so..

    Thanks for the lists. Looks like most that are on DVD are the US-made ones and alot of them out of print.

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