King Arthur in Hollywood

Merlin (1998) VHS Starring: Sam Neill, Helena Bonham Carter, Isabella Rosselini

Merlin (1998) DVD

Merlin: Original Soundtrack [SOUNDTRACK] -- Trevor Jones; Audio CD

This film crafted from the original four-hour TV miniseries re-tells the story of Camelot and King Arthur from the perspective of Merlin.  The Arthurian story lies in the backdrop against the front story of Merlin's struggles to overcome his enemies even when forced to sacrifice his own dreams.  Sam Neill plays Merlin, a flesh-and-blood man of real passion and power, who wields his power to bring Arthur to the throne and is yet powerless to undo the spell of imprisonment of his love, Nimue (Isabella Rossellini). He battles against the treachery of Morgan Le Fey (Helena Bonham Carter) and the wicked Queen Mab (Miranda Richardson) with her funny but interesting sidekick Frik (Martin Short). The battle sequences and special effects are excellent even if the legend is so revised as to make purists squirm with distaste. Directed by Steve Barron