Reclaiming the Blade

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Reclaiming the Blade
Reclaiming The Blade poster.jpg
Directed byDaniel McNicoll
Produced byErica Black
Daniel McNicoll
StarringViggo Mortensen
Karl Urban
Bob Anderson
Narrated byJohn Rhys-Davies
Music byDavid James Nielsen
Distributed byGalatia Films Home Entertainment (US)
Release date
  • July 7, 2009 (2009-07-07)
Running time
78 minutes
CountryUnited States

Reclaiming the Blade is a documentary written and directed by Daniel McNicoll and produced by Galatia Films on the topic of swords. Reclaiming the Blade was a number one movie rental on ITunes.[1] The feature-length film was distributed by Starz and Anchor Bay Entertainment.[2]

Notable interviewees from the film industry include Viggo Mortensen, Karl Urban, Richard Taylor, and Hollywood sword master Bob Anderson (fencing instructor to Errol Flynn and Johnny Depp among others). Interviewed as an expert on swordmaking was bladesmith Paul Champagne.

Narration is by British actor John Rhys-Davies. The documentary was produced with the support of Peter Jackson, Weta Workshop, Skywalker Sound and the Royal Armouries.

The soundtrack for the film, which included major label artists and an orchestral score from David James Nielsen, was released on Lakeshore Records.[3][4] Commentary track from director Daniel McNicoll and John Rhys-Davies included details on the making of the film and Rhys-Davies experiences with swordplay on the London stage.[5][6]

Seven Western Martial Arts - WMA - groups located in five countries in Europe provide footage for Reclaiming the Blade: Arts of Mars (Germany), Boar’s Tooth Fight School (UK), de Taille et d’Estoc (France), Ringschule Wrocław, ARMA-PL (Poland), Schola Gladiatoria (UK), Stockholm’s Historical Fencing Society (Sweden), The School of Traditional Medieval Fencing (UK).[7]

Critical response[edit]

The New York Post said, "Hardcore gamers into cyber swordplay — or any 'Lord of the Rings' geeks out there, for that matter — ought to check out the interesting new documentary film" and that it was "an in-depth documentary on the culture and craft of swords and their role in entertainment."[8] The Association for Renaissance Martial Arts said, "This is an unprecedented effort very well put together, entertaining as well as informative." But felt it "doesn't fully portray the fact that the legitimate revival of historical European fencing actually requires acknowledging the need for 'reclaiming the blade' from the usual suspects... stunt fencing, sport game, and escapist role-play."[9] Marina Antunes on said, "What begins as a look at the art of the sword on film quickly transforms into a history lesson on the loss, the find and the eventual re-emergence and rise of traditional western martial arts, an art form that had been lost for centuries." Adding it is "an informative, engaging and entertaining documentary that sheds light on a subject that most of us see constantly but know nothing about."[10]

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Notes and references[edit]

  1. ^ "Reclaiming the Blade hits #1 on iTunes". Galatia Films, LLC. Archived from the original on 15 July 2015. Retrieved 14 July 2015.
  2. ^ "IMDb - Reclaiming the Blade, Company Credits". IMDb. IMDb. Retrieved 16 August 2015.
  3. ^ "Lakeshore Records - Reclaiming the Blade". Lakeshore Records - Reclaiming the Blade. Lakeshore Records. Retrieved 25 July 2015.
  4. ^ "IMDb - David James Nielsen". IMDb. IMDb. Retrieved 25 July 2015.
  5. ^ "Barnes & Noble - Reclaiming the Blade". Barnes & Noble. Barnes & Noble. Retrieved 25 July 2015.
  6. ^ "Netflix - Reclaiming the Blade for Rent". Netflix. Netflix. Retrieved 25 July 2015.
  7. ^ "Reclaiming the Blade » » Seven Western Martial Arts Groups from Europe". Archived from the original on May 27, 2014. Retrieved 2014-05-27.
  8. ^ Kane, Michael (2009-08-19). "Documentary spotlights LOTR swordfights". New York Post. Retrieved 2018-10-24.
  9. ^ Clements, John. "Reclaiming the Blade". Retrieved 2018-10-24.
  10. ^ "Review: Reclaiming the Blade". Retrieved 2018-10-24.

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