Okay, I have to admit that Alexis has the strangest personal library. She has books on weapons, history, earthquakes, volcanoes, steamboats, and medieval gardening. She prefers to think her taste is eclectic. I think it’s plain weird, but then who am I to talk?
Anyway, today she was looking at pictures of Karl Urban and noticing his uncanny resemblance to me. How could she have not noticed that before now? Anyway, while she was browsing the net on him, she ran across a documentary film he was involved in producing called RECLAIMING THE BLADE. She gave one of those girly, “I HAVE GOT TO HAVE THIS!” squeals and broke out her well-worn credit card. She’s promised me popcorn if I’ll watch it with her when it comes in a week or so.
We’ll keep you posted on how it all turns out . . .
Here’s the description:
Reclaiming the Blade celebrates the culture and craft of swords and the Hollywood legends and academic warriors who wield them. The film explores the Medieval and Renaissance blade; a profound and beautiful object handcrafted by master artisans of old. Today, much of the history of the sword remains cloaked under a shadow of legend. Reclaiming the Blade highlights today s cinematic tribute to the beauty and necessity of the sword through films such as Lord of the Rings, Star Wars, Chronicles of Narnia and The Pirates of the Caribbean.
Narrated by acclaimed Welsh actor John Rhys-Davies and produced with the support of Peter Jackson, Weta Workshop, Skywalker Sound and the Royal Armouries, this unique film brings to life our fascination with swords in popular media and the emergence of a worldwide movement to reclaim the ancient art of medieval and renaissance martial arts. Highly anticipated, Reclaiming the Blade traces the sword s true history throughout the ages and features the following talent:
Viggo Mortensen (Eastern Promises), Karl Urban (Borne Supremacy, JJ Abrams new Star Trek), Richard Taylor (LOTR, King Kong, Narnia), Bob Anderson (Hollywood Sword-master to Errol Flynn, Johnny Depp, Star Wars, etc), and legendary Illustrator John Howe (LOTR, Narnia).
The cutting-edge soundtrack to the film illuminates the story with an original orchestral score by composer David James Nielsen and pop/rock hits from the Doves, Yo La Tengo, The Dandy Warhols, and Juliana Hatfield, among others.