THE LAST WITCH HUNTER is the intense, action-packed sci-fi adventure starring Vin Diesel, Michael Caine, Elijah Wood and Rose Lesley, from the visionary Director Breck Eisner and the producers of 300, Riddick and the Fast & Furious franchise.
To commemorate The Last Witch Hunter arriving on Digital HD from 29th February, courtesy of Entertainment One, we take a look at some of the world’s greatest ever movie battles.
Apocalypse Now: The Flight of the Valkyries (1979)
This is arguably the most epic movie battle scene to have been shot. It’s the American soldier’s Vs. the Vietcong; huge squadrons of helicopters fill the Asian skyline, outweighing and outmuscling the basic defenses of the Vietnamese villagers. Ammunition rains down on the coastline as local school children and farmers scurry to find cover. While the battle is of epic proportions, it is equally unsettling. Wagner’s “Flight of the Valkyrie” booms away in the background as the napalm rips apart everything in its path.
Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi (1983)
This battle scene does an incredible job at capturing the reality of warfare. Directed by Steven Spielberg, the opening scene showing the US Army invading Omaha Beach is a frighteningly real portrayal of the invasion in 1944. Spielberg was advised by Hollywood’s combat specialists Captain Dale Dye which resulted in a World War II re-enactment like never before. As the soldier’s are released onto the beach from their landing crafts, many of them are gunned down immediately. Captain John H. Miller (Tom Hanks) still manages to organize an effective attack against the enemy’s machine guns.
Lord Of The Rings, The Two Towers: The Battle for Helms Deep (2002)
While the final chapter in the Lord of the Rings trilogy boasts larger scale battles, it is the Battle for Helms Deep in the second installment that really stands out. 10,000 of Saruman’s Uruk-hai descend on Helms Deep intent on killing every man, woman and child they cross. Again this is an unfair fight at first glance, with the defending men of Rohan and elves outnumbered. While the Uruk-hai manage to break through the fortress walls and enter, a heroic fight from those inside manages to hold the city.
300: Battle of Thermopylae (2006)
The portrayal of the contest between King Leonidas’ 300 Spartans and the Persian army’s one million strong soldiers goes down as one of the most epic movie sequences in recent memory. 300 Vs. one million is the opposite of a fair fight and it is this imbalance that provides the ultimate satisfaction. Persian forces approach and demand a Spartan surrender and submission. After the Spartans announce a “come and get them” denial, an incredible battle follows; visually striking graphics, immense gore and slow-motion action manages to give some style to a battle drowning in chaos.
The Last Witch Hunter (2015)
Well this one had to go in didn’t it… The Last Witch Hunter starts with a fiery battle between the witch hunter Kaulder (Vin Diesel) and the witches. Haunted by thoughts of his dead family, the warrior takes on and slays a horde of shape-shifting witches. The fight, caught up in the bowels of a blazing tree, pushes Kaulder to his limits against his main target, the Witch Queen. In an intense scene, he tries to destroy the Witch Queen with his burning blade, ready to die himself. At the point of her death, the Queen curses Kaulder with immortality, a never end to his pain and suffering.
THE LAST WITCH HUNTER is out on Digital DOWNLOAD on the 29th February, courtesy of Entertainment One