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Behind the Scenes Pic of the Day, grant me revenge! And if you do not listen then to Hell with you!

Published at: Jan. 30, 2011, 4:26 p.m. CST by quint

Ahoy, squirts! Quint here with today’s Behind the Scenes Pic!

Ah, Conan. Glorious, glorious Conan. Just what I need to lift me out of my no sleep travel-on-travel funk. I write this from the Wellington Hotel in New York City, a trip I departed for less than 10 hours after I landed home in Austin after 10 days in Park City.

So, as I try to shake this cold/flu/Sundance AIDS sickness while in the Big Apple it brings me great pleasure to think back to the good old days when I got to sleep, didn’t have feel like crap and could pop in my DVD of Conan and just smile.

From John Milius’ fantastic direction, the note perfect casting (from James Earl Jones as the cult leader Thulsa Doom to William Smith as Conan’s daddy and Schwarzenegger himself in his star-making role of Conan), the brilliant Basil Poledouris score and the overall sword and sorcery badass tone. We haven’t had a movie like the original Conan, though there have been many imitators.

Also, if you haven’t listened to the Schwarzenegger/Milius commentary track on the DVD fix that immediately. I love how surprised Schwarzenegger is rewatching it… “Wow, this a good movie!” One of my favorite commentaries ever.

Here's the pic, Milius teaching Conan how to be awesome with his sword. I love this man!

 

 

Tomorrow’s behind the scenes pic is a hoser!

-Quint
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  • Jan. 30, 2011, 4:30 p.m. CST

    Crom!

    by STICKY WHITE

  • Jan. 30, 2011, 4:30 p.m. CST

    how about a pic from HERO TOMORROW?

    by Daniel_S_Duvall

    www.herotomorrow.com/movie

  • Jan. 30, 2011, 4:30 p.m. CST

    willy wonka is terminator

    by tommyleespenis

    thuperman

  • Jan. 30, 2011, 4:33 p.m. CST

    Hey Quint, something that's been bugging me...

    by Manos

    Have you heard any news about the new Conan movie with Jason Momoa? There was a glut of stills a while back, but for a while, nothing. And while we're on the subject, what ever happened to that Sword And The Sorcerer sequel?

  • Jan. 30, 2011, 4:39 p.m. CST

    Aha!

    by kaylum

    "Strange Brew" tomorrow? Hope so!

  • Jan. 30, 2011, 4:40 p.m. CST

    conan is ....

    by jkaiser

    bad a$$$$$

  • Jan. 30, 2011, 4:41 p.m. CST

    Great pic

    by freerangecelt

    and it is an awesome commentary!

  • Jan. 30, 2011, 4:57 p.m. CST

    Arnie looks Epic!

    by MadC

    Cant wait for the Blu-Ray...

  • Jan. 30, 2011, 5:04 p.m. CST

    IT'S NOT A TUMAH

    by _Venkman

  • Jan. 30, 2011, 5:05 p.m. CST

    Voters. Who's Laminating now?

    by cookylamoo

    Laminations

  • Casting is top notch. A plethora of settings and characters. Violence, defeat, rebirth, vengeance, redemption, sex, humor, vast visuals... You can see the influence of Peckinpah, David Lean, John Ford, and Akira Kurosawa.

  • Jan. 30, 2011, 5:55 p.m. CST

    Definitely great commentary

    by son_of_ebert

    I love it when Arnold says something about how cool it would be to do a second Conan movie.. someone corrects him and says there WAS a second one.. he's like "Oh. Yeah."

  • Jan. 30, 2011, 6:16 p.m. CST

    WHAT IS BEST IN LIFE?

    by Shubniggorath

    I remember when I was a kid thinking how much turning that donkey wheel must have sucked, I was like I'll stick to my Colecovision thank you; but then they started to breed him with the finest stock, and my tune changed to Mom, can we get a donkey wheel?

  • Jan. 30, 2011, 6:20 p.m. CST

    You know what else is a great movie? Gremlins 2.

    by unicorndick

  • Jan. 30, 2011, 6:25 p.m. CST

    VALERIA!!!

    by Tigger Tales

  • Jan. 30, 2011, 6:38 p.m. CST

    So apparently. . .

    by maelstrom_ZERO

    . . .pushing that donkey wheel is the perfect workout. Better than full-body squats, better than chest presses, better than deadlifts--the donkey wheel apparently does a full-body routine where arms, back, abs, chest, and legs are all stressed so that you build massive muscle. And doing it for 20-odd years apparently makes you cut as well, considering Arnold's complete lack of body fat. It's a wonder why they don't have donkey wheels in today's gyms, considering how effective it is.

  • Jan. 30, 2011, 6:46 p.m. CST

    braindrain...

    by TheUltimateMathTeacher

    Read the words above the pretty picture.

  • Jan. 30, 2011, 6:52 p.m. CST

    Whos your daddy and what does he do?

    by Tikidonkeypunch

  • Jan. 30, 2011, 6:52 p.m. CST

    Crom laughs at your four winds

    by Six Demon Bag

  • Jan. 30, 2011, 6:53 p.m. CST

    Love the gif up top

    by Six Demon Bag

    Harry blowing mori that's about right

  • Jan. 30, 2011, 7:03 p.m. CST

    yea we get it Riley Martin

    by vin_diggler

    you want to make a name for yourself in this talkback. Kinda like Asimov Lives is a talkback celebrity for his hatred for Star Trek. But your attempt is way to obvious. I mean really, no one cares that much about the Matrix anymore.

  • Jan. 30, 2011, 7:09 p.m. CST

    Now, here is a movie we need on Bluray

    by Redhead_Redemption

    With the remake coming out soon, hopefully Universal has a full blown special edition with an all new high def transfer on it's way Arnold's commentary is fabulous, in fact every commentary he's done has been great, I wish he'd do one for Terminator 1 and 2

  • Jan. 30, 2011, 7:12 p.m. CST

    DVD Commentary Was Great But...

    by freakshowmonkey

    Is it just me, or did Milius get really creepy every time Sandahl Bergman came on the screen?

  • Jan. 30, 2011, 7:22 p.m. CST

    "Take him to the Tree of Woe"

    by Mark

    Awesome filmmaking, a blockbuster full of soul, poetry, power and wit. They really don't make 'em like they used to. And one of the rgeatest film scores of all time. PS. Braindrain, please learn to read.

  • Jan. 30, 2011, 7:33 p.m. CST

    Ebert was afraid

    by proevad

    that this film might start a race war. Big perfect Aryan man chopping the head off of a brotha at the end of the film. Hijinks ensue.

  • Jan. 30, 2011, 7:43 p.m. CST

    stereotypical evil archer, right on

    by kevred

    Conan is a brilliant film, in every respect. Even the random little ways it's a B movie are completely appropriate for its subject matter. Arnold is not what every single person thinks Conan should be, but within the context of this film, he's perfect. I love his performance. They don't make them like this any more. Part of me thinks they can't, but in any case they certainly don't. I hope the new Conan flick is great, but nothing will ever replace this iconic one.

  • Jan. 30, 2011, 8 p.m. CST

    "What do we call that...? Split pea and hand."

    by Nasty In The Pasty

  • Jan. 30, 2011, 8:09 p.m. CST

    Love this film. Where IS the BluRay??

    by Kontarsky

    One of my favourite fantasy films out there. Didn't like it so much when I was younger, but upon rewatching, it really sat a lot better. The music, casting, and so on. It's a film you can still enjoy (if not more) as an adult.

  • Jan. 30, 2011, 8:43 p.m. CST

    Saw this opening night in NYC

    by Dark Knight Lite

    Went with a group of illustrators, notably Mike Kaluta, Charles Vess, George Pratt, and Kent Williams. I was the only one in the group who loved the movie, as the others picked it to pieces afterward. George couldn't get past Conan having brown hair. Too much Ron Cobb, not enough Frazetta was the consensus. Funny. looks like I was right all along.

  • Jan. 30, 2011, 8:51 p.m. CST

    Agreed, can we PLEASE get a BluRay?!

    by darthwaz1

    The cinematography in this would be awesome on blu...not to mention the dvd's are only 2.0 sound which is a sin for this movie!!

  • Jan. 30, 2011, 8:53 p.m. CST

    Re: cookylamoo

    by bubcus

    Do you mean Lamentation? lamentation [ˌlæmɛnˈteɪʃən] n 1. a lament; expression of sorrow 2. the act of lamenting Because laminating is coating something in plastic (like a document or sign...).

  • Jan. 30, 2011, 9:11 p.m. CST

    A hoser?

    by maxjohnson1971

    How ironic. You came here with a mouse in a bottle and now YOU are the mouse. Just watched Strange Brew the other night on Netflix for the first time probably since I saw it in 83 or 84. Crazy how you remember lines like that. And this one. "I could crush your head! But I won't...because I need you. Now, go to the loading docks." Strange indeed.

  • Jan. 30, 2011, 9:16 p.m. CST

    Adding my voice to the 'Whree the F**k is the Blu-Ray!?!!' camp.

    by MaxTheSilent

    Give is a fully restored image and that score remastered in the hightest quality audio possible and Marcus Nispel's half-ass reboot can take a short walk off a long pier.

  • Jan. 30, 2011, 9:18 p.m. CST

    Millius Ruined Conan

    by eck_iii

    Conan is a bore. It was over produced, over directed and not at all the Conan of Robert E. Howard.

  • Jan. 30, 2011, 11:46 p.m. CST

    Arnie didn't ruin California

    by SmokingRobot

    It was ruined when he got there. But he sure did nothing to fix it.

  • Jan. 30, 2011, 11:47 p.m. CST

    It may not exactly be Robert E. Howar's Conan.....

    by lock67ca

    Lots pf liberty taken with the source material, but it's one great movie nonetheless.

  • Jan. 31, 2011, 12:24 a.m. CST

    regarding the commentary

    by mrgray

    I understand that it's kind of funny, but personally I can't sit through the Conan commentary. Ahnold just spends WAAAAY too much time telling you what you're seeing on the screen. "And this is the part where the dogs are chasing me." ...... YES, I SEE THAT, you great big oaf!!! It's on my DVD! I'm watching that happen right now, I don't need you to tell me that it's happening! GRRRR

  • Jan. 31, 2011, 12:24 a.m. CST

    Damn spelling mistakes

    by lock67ca

    My keyboard skills are as good as ever. :)

  • Jan. 31, 2011, 12:33 a.m. CST

    Greatest movie ever....

    by disfigurehead

    Amazing, along with the soundtrack.

  • Jan. 31, 2011, 1:14 a.m. CST

    conans underwear is showing.

    by vulturess

  • Jan. 31, 2011, 2:07 a.m. CST

    vin_diggler . . .

    by theKRELL

    in your post earlier in this thread, you inadvertently inserted 'celebrity' instead of the proper word 'douchebag', honest mistake, could have happened to anyone . . .

  • Jan. 31, 2011, 2:22 a.m. CST

    If I die, I will have to go before Him, and he will ask me,

    by Ben_Richards_Bomb_Collar

    "What is the riddle of steel?" And if I do not know it he will cast me out of Valhalla and laugh at me. That is Crom -- strong on his mountain.

  • Jan. 31, 2011, 2:40 a.m. CST

    I would much rather have a remastered blu-ray of this

    by MattmanReturns

    than the upcoming movie, which looks certain to kill all interest in the character for another 20 years.

  • Jan. 31, 2011, 3:22 a.m. CST

    Crom does not exist in this dojo

    by Cobra--Kai

    "And this is the part where the dogs are chasing me." <p> mrgray, I agree, I only made it partway through the commentary track before giving up on it! Conan's such an atmospheric movie, with barely a line of dialogue for the first 30 minutes (following the prologue), that to hear Arnie rattling over the top telling what's happening on screen seemed 'unnecessary'. Maybe I'll give the rest a listen some day...<p> Also the deleted scene with Max Von Sydow's character dying is kinda funny for how long Sydow takes to go down... hanging on to those last few precious seconds of on-screen time. I can imagine Milius, "Hey Max, would you mind dying a little, uh, quicker? If not, we'll have to cut the whole scene bud." But yes - love this movie, must have seen it 7 or 8 times! WOLFHOUND and VALHALLA RISING have a little of the vibe but in truth neither come close to the glory that is CONAN THE BARBARIAN.

  • Jan. 31, 2011, 3:36 a.m. CST

    Conan is a great film but...

    by Ecto-1

    is a very poor adaptation of the stories. Which is a shame. I was just listening to its score the other day. Incredible music.

  • Jan. 31, 2011, 4:01 a.m. CST

    Conan is my all time Arnold favourite

    by tomimt

    CtB is easy movie to diss, because it represents Sword and Scorcery genre, but it is very well made movie. There isn't nothing cheap or tongue in cheeck about it, unless you count one camel punch and falling face first in porridge. It was a damn shame, they pretty much ruined Conans reputation with that horrible sequal. I wonder whose idea was it to take the worst writer around to script it? Fuck you Roy Thomas.

  • Jan. 31, 2011, 7:29 a.m. CST

    Where's my Throw Momma From The Train BTS pic?

    by L. Ron Bumquist

    so angry that it's constantly being snubbed...

  • Jan. 31, 2011, 7:29 a.m. CST

    He won't cry. So I cry for him!

    by D.Vader

    Crom bless this awesome movie.

  • Jan. 31, 2011, 7:31 a.m. CST

    Stereotypical Evil Archer, do you know what a "plethora" is?

    by D.Vader

    I would not like to think that a person would tell someone he has a plethora, and then find out that that person has no idea what it means to have a plethora.

  • Jan. 31, 2011, 8:33 a.m. CST

    I've solved the Talkback comment hidden problem!

    by prince_fufu

    I'm using Firefox with the Stylish add-on and I am able to override the sites style sheet with my own version. One that shows the comments and reduces the text size as well. I'll happily share the code if anyone is interested.

  • Jan. 31, 2011, 8:35 a.m. CST

    the riddle of steel...

    by jpt

    "Come to me my child." I know those who have read Conan say this isn't really Conan, but whatever you want to call it, I fucking love this movie. "What, you want to live forever?"

  • Jan. 31, 2011, 8:39 a.m. CST

    Milius is fuckin creepy......

    by Dark Doom

    In the commentary track of CTB Milius is constantly saying "wow! what a waste" as women die, he makes all sorts of weird comments about the female cast. Its pretty creepy, and not one female escapes his pervy eyes. And he sounds insane, he accuses Bob Fosse of sidetracking him when he asks to contact Sandahl Bergman. It is easily the weirdest commentary track ever... That said, it is a great movie and I love Ron Cobb's work on this film. His designs were sadly lacking on the sequel.....

  • Jan. 31, 2011, 9:06 a.m. CST

    This clip coupled with news of John Barry's death...

    by Phimseto

    ...reminds me of how much it sucks that Basil Poledouris is gone. Both Conan films had fantastic scores.

  • Jan. 31, 2011, 9:07 a.m. CST

    As for a blu-ray...

    by Phimseto

    ...I wouldn't mind it, but I want *both* versions of CtB. I prefer the original cut to the directors cut, mainly because of the end sequence. I feel like the timing is all off in the director's cut, whereas it just flows perfectly in the original.

  • Jan. 31, 2011, 11:38 a.m. CST

    d.vader

    by Morte_Bea_Arthur

    I've got a burning sensation in my plethora. Maybe I should get some penisillan for that.

  • Jan. 31, 2011, 12:43 p.m. CST

    ...and if you won't listen,

    by Naboo_the_Enigma

    then to hell with you!!

  • Jan. 31, 2011, 1:32 p.m. CST

    Fools! The commentary has Arnold getting drunk

    by UltraTron

    and slurring while watching conan. That's why you watch it- because it's fucking hilarious. This movie is beyond classic.

  • Jan. 31, 2011, 2:19 p.m. CST

    I want the blu-ray, too. --I would buy this... TODAY.

    by JDanielP

    But then, I'd have to see a review of the transfer...because it has to be worth the price of moving up from a dvd purchase.

  • Oh, yes.

  • Jan. 31, 2011, 2:38 p.m. CST

    Conan The Barbarian...

    by Baryonyx

    ...is brilliant. The soundtrack is one of the best EVER.

  • Jan. 31, 2011, 8:02 p.m. CST

    Actually, James Earl Jones...

    by Queefer Sutherland

    ...looked embarrassed to be involved in the whole thing. I know I was embarrassed for him.

  • Jan. 31, 2011, 9:29 p.m. CST

    For a sec, I thought you were talking about Conan O'Brien...

    by MrMysteryGuest

  • Jan. 31, 2011, 9:30 p.m. CST

    "Now, I am old enough to play Conan Da King!"

    by MrMysteryGuest

  • Jan. 31, 2011, 9:35 p.m. CST

    "Vhat, no BTS pic of the holiday family classic 'Jingle All De Vay!!?!'"

    by MrMysteryGuest

  • Jan. 31, 2011, 9:41 p.m. CST

    Wait...There were two versions!?!?!

    by Dookiestain LaFlair

    As someone who has the entire Conan the Barbarian score (not the soundtrack...I mean the one with all the songs...the tower of set, the drums when he bangs the witch) I am shocked to hear that there is a director's cut. I think i vaguely remember seeing a version at one point that had stuff in it that I didn't remember, but it never occurred to me that it was a different version. Can someone please tell me more? Bring us mead and women as we discuss the business of barbarians and kings.

  • Jan. 31, 2011, 10:11 p.m. CST

    AIDS

    by bdc777

    Hey Quint, Do you really have AIDS, or was that just an offensive, tasteless joke?

  • Jan. 31, 2011, 11:14 p.m. CST

    The Director's Cut

    by Dark Knight Lite

    Different ending. Conan carries the Princess away in his arms. That's mainly what I remember. Now I gotta dig out that DVD...

  • Feb. 1, 2011, 3:39 a.m. CST

    For all two of you who haven't seen it

    by TheUmpireStrokesBach

    Conan The Musical - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OBGOQ7SsJrw

  • Feb. 1, 2011, 9:05 a.m. CST

    Lost Movie

    by Dookiestain LaFlair

    I once heard someone say that Conan was the lost Oliver Stone movie about the 60s. heiress/princess gets kidnapped by a bunch of long haired hippies/cultists. There was more too it but that's all I can remember now.

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