The dark fantasy film ‘Dragonslayer’ was a hit critically when it was released in 1981, even garnering a nomination at the Academy Awards. That being said, it did not do well at the box office, earning only $14 million against its $18 million budget. Since its release, by Paramount Pictures and Disney, it has garnered more respect with home video releases, becoming a cult classic.
It is getting a remastered release with the announcement that it will be getting a 4K DVD release on February 21st, 2023 which will include a standard box set as well as a steelbook edition.
Amazon revealed the design for the box:
Niche Gamer reported the press release as follows,
“FOR THE FIRST TIME EVER ON 4K UHD, REMASTERED WITH DOLBY ATMOS SOUND, AND FEATURING HOURS OF SPECIAL FEATURES INCLUDING NEW COMMENTARY BY DIRECTOR MATTHEW ROBBINS WITH GUILLERMO DEL TORO
An essential fantasy-adventure, with groundbreaking Oscar-nominated visual effects, DRAGONSLAYER comes to 4K Ultra HD with HDR-10 and Dolby Vision—restored for exceptional picture and sound approved by director Matthew Robbins. Set in sixth-century England, an ill-tempered, fire-breathing creature—ominously known as Vermithrax Pejorative—terrorizes its citizens until a young sorcerer’s apprentice named Galen is reluctantly tasked with confronting the beast. For Galen to succeed, it will take more than magic to defeat the dragon.”
You can watch the trailer for the film here:
‘Dragonslayer’ was directed by Matthew Robbins (Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark) who also co-wrote it with Hal Barwood (Warning Sign). It stars Peter MacNicol (Recess: School’s Out), Ralph Richardson (Greystoke: The Legend of Tarzan, Lord of the Apes), John Hallam (Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves), and Caitlin Clarke (Crocodile Dundee).
Music composer Alex North’s score for the film was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Original Score, but it would go on to lose to ‘Chariots of Fire.’