One of the fun things in my childhood was wandering about my local video store every day after school and whilst I didnt have the money to rent the VHS’s (or Betamax’s) at the time, the owners of the video store never bothered me and wondered why each day for up to an hour every day, I would walk around their store looking at pretty much every video box they had in stock. (thank you to them) Whilst it would be years before I would get around to watching many of the films, I do very clearly remember the box art for so many titles. One of the stand out examples of box art that I recall is for 1983’s Deathstalker which on one hand looks like a homage/copy/rip off to Conan The Barbarian or The Beastmaster, but on the other hand its actually a really fun film which I did end up watching around 1987 or 1988. Its not a film Ive revisited since that day but now that ive seen 101 Films are issuing the film on blu ray with some special features but also including Deathstalker II (1987), I may have to get this two disc set. (Ive not seen Deathstalker II)
Deathstalker (1983) tells the tale of a mighty warrior (Richard Hill) tasked to battle the dark forces within a fantastic kingdom. Embarking on a journey to a brutally challenging tournament, Deathstalker seeks its magnificent spoils: the throne of the wicked wizard Munkar, an unstoppable mystical power, and the love of the beautiful Princess Codille (Barbi Benton). But first, Deathstalker must prove himself worthy of his legacy… with danger and treachery lurking at every turn.
In Deathstalker II (1987), the legendary swordsman (John Terlesky) finds his battle isn’t over yet as he must save the kingdom from the iron grip of the tyrannical Jarek and the seductive Sultana. Together they have ruled the land by creating an evil doppelganger of the lovely Princess Evie (Monique Gabrielle). Enlisted into the service of the real Princess Evie, our courageous hero must now return her to her rightful place of power… but can even the dynamic Deathstalker defeat Jarek?
The special features on Deathstalker are the following.
• Commentary with director James Sbardellati, special makeup effects artist John Carl Buechler, and actor Richard Brooker and the Theatrical trailer, a photo gallery
For Deathstalker II we get a Commentary with director Jim Wynorski, and actors John Terlesky and Toni Naples