Reclaiming the Blade (2008)


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Filmmaker Daniel McNicoll explores the emerging movement to reclaim the ancient medieval and renaissance martial arts in this documentary narrated by Welsh actor John Rhys-Davies, and produced on corroboration with Lord of the Rings director Peter Jackson. The Medieval and Renaissance blade was a remarkable weapon crafted with the utmost attention to detail. Though the history of the sword remains largely shrouded in mystery for younger moviegoers, their presence on the big screen can still be … More

Rating: PG
Genre: Documentary, Special Interest
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Written By: Daniel McNicoll
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On DVD: Jul 7, 2009
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A high-concept and broad-ranging documentary that examines the evolving history, culture and application of the Western European sword ... eye-opening detailing.

Full Review… | July 8, 2009

Whether it will change the way we view cinematic swordplay remains to be seen

Full Review… | June 29, 2009

Audience Reviews for Reclaiming the Blade

This doc is long overdue, and they did a fantastic job keeping thing even-toned and interesting. I loved the animation and the music! Usually, I shy from most docs in favor of something with some action and wit - this film has both 'and' it's a compelling look at the topic from ancient history through modern times.
A+ for a doc, even in my anti-documentary book!
I actually just signed up on here so I could give these guys some props!
Cool movie!

Sam Spade

have been looking a documentary about swords for awhile now and found this that just came out. It was great. It covered swords in movies, in Eastern martial arts as well as the resurgence of Western martial arts. It covered different kinds of sword-play, how swords were made, and how they became obsolete and techniques have been nearly lost. Clips from some great movies such as Princess bride, Empire Strikes Back, LOTR, Rob Roy, etc. Apparently one guy (Bob Anderson) was responsible for choreographing and training for all of those films and many others. A real good watch for anyone who enjoys a good sword fight.


Loved this film. If you love swords, adventure, the meaning of life, check this film out, lots of great shots and music!

bill bread

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