|Willow is on Bluray to Celebrate its 25th Anniversary!|
I remember with fondness going to the movie theatres to see Willow in 1988. My girlfriend and I went to see heartthrob Val Kilmer, whom we had enjoyed in the Top Gun film (with Tom Cruise) two years earlier. At the time I did know that it was a film directed by Ron Howard, with George Lucas as executive producer. I was too young to worry about these details, but it is a Lucasfilm, just like the current seven Star Wars films!
When I heard that Willow was being released on Blu-ray/DVD combo pack, my first thought was it had been a movie that I had enjoyed, and my kids would also like it! But when I learned that it was being released in celebration of it's 25th anniversary, I felt way too old! However, I liked that the film had been digitally restored--and with new bonus features, including previously deleted scenes.
Willow is a fantasy film with a charming story, loosely similar to Snow White. Just like Snow White it features a baby girl that the queen wants destroyed, an evil queen, little people, magic and a hero.
In Willow, it is foretold that a baby girl bearing a special mark on her body will end the reign of evil Queen Bavmorda (Jean Marsh). Risking her life, the midwife sneaks the baby out of the castle before she is harmed, and sets the baby into a reef basket on the river (similar to the story of baby Moses). The baby floats near the shore, where Willow Ufgood (Warwick Davis), a Nelwyn (little person), rescues her.
I don't want to ruin the story, but it is innocent and charming, as Willow tries to keep baby Elora safe and fulfill her destiny. Along the way he meets rascal swordsman Madmartigan (Val Kilmer), and the scenes that ensue when he goes head-to-head with Willow are quite comedic!
My children enjoyed Willow very much, although it is rated PG-13 and should be viewed with an adult. They loved the comedic scenes, the sword fighting, the magic, the baby, and the story overall. There are some rough and scary scenes, so parents be aware of this if watching with younger children.
Willow is available for the first time on Bluray/DVD combo pack right now! In stores everywhere. Check out a clip of Willow, below!
Are you planning on seeing Willow? Do you like Fantasy movies with magic and imaginary elements?