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Reclaiming the Blade


"I've had the honor of working with Bob as my sword master... and I learned a lot, not just about sword fighting but about being a man … and having a respect for the weapon." - Actor Viggo Mortensen

“Incredibly entertaining.” – AMC Filmcritic.com

“Excellent!” – Home Media Magazine

“Sensational & long overdue!” – IGN, DigiGods

Narrated by world-renowned actor John Rhys-Davies (Indiana Jones, Lord of the Rings)

Starring Viggo Mortensen, Karl Urban, Bob Anderson

Lord of the Rings stars join with Star Wars sword-master – Bob Anderson

Reclaiming the Blade is a documentary steeped in history, the excitement of martial arts, the culture and craft of swords and modern day fight choreography. Devoted to sword martial arts and Hollywood stunt choreography, Lord of the Rings stars Viggo Mortensen, Karl Urban, John Rhys-Davies, John Howe and Richard Taylor join with legendary Hollywood sword master and fight choreographer Bob Anderson (Star Wars/Pirates of the Caribbean) to celebrate the history of the sword.

This program explores both European and Asian historic swordplay and offers an in-depth look at the fascinating world of stage combat on the silver screen. It includes a long overdue tribute to Bob Anderson who has trained countless Hollywood actors and choreographed many popular movie scenes featuring the sword. From the swashbuckling of Errol Flynn and Johnny Depp to Sean Connery's knightly duels, Anderson has worked with top film talent for over 50 years. Cloaked in the Darth Vader costume, Anderson performed and choreographed all the Lightsaber duels with Mark Hamill in George Lucas' early Star Wars trilogy.

The filmmakers traveled three continents over ten different countries to interview and capture demonstrations by well trained practitioners and scholars. Delving into the historical martial arts of Europe and the recently discovered ancient Italian, German and Spanish manuals of sword fighting, Reclaiming the Blade sheds new light on a hitherto shadowy subject and period of history. This program holds, that the truth of the sword has been shrouded in antiquity and the Renaissance martial arts that brought it to being, are long forgotten.

The film poignantly portrays the link between yesterday's history and tomorrow's future by reaching back in time to learn what they can from the ancient swordmasters. Dedicated to the modern practitioners and academics who seek to preserve the ancient traditions."

© 2009

78 min.
F2665DVD
$99.00

F2665DVD
$99.00


Super Sword Fighting Series - with Alina Andrei & Mark Edward Lewis

Two of the best education tools for sword play on camera or stage. Instructors Alina Andrei and Mark Edward Lewis are two Award-Winning Hollywood professionals who have produced, directed and performed stunt work in over 40 television and film productions. They bring their mastery of the art of stunt sword play to you students teaching you how to be a sword choreography master. Following detailed instruction, learn how to have fights look like the professionals and how to make fights look great no matter what weapons or genre. Each program teaches industry standard techniques for body position, parrying, striking, footwork, proper execution, kills, dangerous-looking moves and example fights that you can use in your own productions. Instructors Alina Andrei and Mark Edward Lewis are two Award-Winning Hollywood professionals who have produced, directed and performed stunt work in over 40 television and film productions. They bring their mastery of the art of stunt sword play to you students teaching you how to be a sword choreography master. Following detailed instruction, learn how to have fights look like the professionals and how to make fights look great no matter what weapons or genre.


Super Swordfighting Series: Beginner


Instructors firstly teach students the industry standard French numeric system that nearly every sword choreographer uses to create their fights. Using single-handed weapons, this number system will allow students to quickly and easily create a vocabulary to get ready for performance. This system includes strikes and parries that can be altered and stylized to look European, Asian, or Alien depending on the creativity. They also teach the swipe to the head, how to kill an opponent in such a way that the audience cringes, and how to do all of this safely while selling it to the camera. Includes several pre-choreographed fights that demonstrate how all of these techniques work into a full-speed battle.

65 min.

F2634DVD
$ 89.95


Super Swordfighting Series: Intermediate Tricks & Terror


This program teaches students how you how to fight with two-handed broadswords and weapons along with basic and intermediate martial arts kicks and punches. There are more advanced moves, strikes, additions to the numbering system, brutal hand-to-hand moves and several fights that will keep your audience enthralled.


65 min.

F2635DVD
$89.95


Super Swordfighting Series: Advanced Multiple Weapons & Opponents


Learn how to apply the French numbering system to weapons including: Rapier/Dagger, Lightsaber/Lightsaber, Cutlass/Cutlass and more. This program teaches more advanced moves, martial arts hand-to-hand, blistering demo fights with multiple oppenents, and an entire explanation of spacing, timing and the miracle of shooting multiple opponent action with a camera.


65 min.



F2636DVD
$89.95


Super Swordfighting Series: 3-DVD Set


Two of the best educational instructors for sword play on camera or stage Each program teaches industry standard techniques for body position, parrying, striking, footwork, proper execution, kills, dangerous-looking moves along with example fights that students can use in stage production

SAVE $20


FSWORDSETDVD
$249.85


The Complete Unarmed Stage Combat DVD Series

Stage fights are a vitally important part of many productions, and the truth is that when a fight is not properly staged, even a simple slap can be dangerous. David Leong and J. Allen Suddeth have over 24 Broadway and 750 Television episodes between them, and are teachers at The Juilliard School, Rutgers, VCU and NYU. With step-by-step instruction, these award-winning Fight Directors and Master Teachers show you how to “hit without hurting” in a three part series of classes. Shot on a sound stage with multiple cameras, each program teaches students the techniques in great detail, while highlighting the safety elements behind the illusions. Each DVD comes with downloadable Teachers/Student study guide available from our website in the Teachers Guide section.

Unarmed Stage Combat 1: Learning the Basics


Great for beginners, drama teachers, play directors and drama camps. This DVD includes instruction in pushes, pulls, knaps, slaps, punches and falls, plus fighting distance, eye contact tips, stance and balance. Tips are also included for teachers plus sections on staging and rehearsing fights.

44 min.

F1179DVD
$ 99.00


Unarmed Stage Combat 2: Perfecting the Fundamentals


A must for performers and teachers! This DVD builds on the training taught in the first program including wrist grab with break, duck, non-contact stomach punch, strangle hold, upper cut, cresent kick and much more. It spotlights valuable lessons on acting and performing fights, combat safety, stage fright and adds several new techniques.


52 min.


F1180DVD
$99.00


Unarmed Stage Combat 3: Mastering the Techniques


Great as a class culmination, or for plays with unarmed fights. Learn advanced combinations and unarmed fight sequences as well as choke from behind, elbow strike, right hook block, contact stomach punch, straight kick and kick to the stomach. Plus the tricks of the trade you need to create and maintain exciting, safe, unarmed stage fight.


53 min.



F1181DVD
$99.00


The Complete Unarmed Stage Combat Series 3 DVD Set


How to create safe, believable, exciting fights on stage, taught by two of the most prominent fight directors in the American Theatre – David Leong and J. Allen Suddeth.

Regular price: $297.00
SAVE $30.00


149 min.


FCOMBATSET
$267.00


 

Stunts & Special Effects - DVD


A behind-the-scenes look at how they "make it" happen. This program features stuntmen and special effects co-ordinators as they show and tell how stunts are created and co-ordinated. Includes: gun fights, a human burn, high fall, jerk, fight scenes, squibs and explosions.


30 min.


F1143DVD
$19.95


Stage Fight Director



What is a stage fight Director? How does this person work with others on the creative team to produce safe fights onstage? Follow master combat choreographer David Boushey through several weeks of rehearsals for a rousing production of " Romeo and Juliet " at the Utah Shakespearean Festival. Learn how he and his actors turn the text into the adventure of theater. Excellent for theater introduction and appreciation classes.

33 min.
F610
$ 79.00
F610DVD
$ 79.00

Rapier For The Stage & Screen

Mr. De Longis' approach to stage and film sword combat is delivered in a manner that is both clear and precise, making it the ideal for all levels of aspiring swashbucklers. As a fencing master of nearly thirty years, I recommend this video highly. - Nick Evangelista, Author of "The Art" and "Science of Fencing."

For actors who wish to increase their skills and hobbyists who want to further their appreciation of choreographed swordplay, this video teaches the De Longis' unique style of stage and film swordfighting in short, sequential, easy-to-follow lessons. Features parries, cuts and thrusts, basic and advanced footwork plus safety and skill.

111 min.
F950
$ 89.95

F950DVD
$ 89.95

 


Broadword For The Stage and Screen: The De Longis Method

Anthony De Longis teaches the skills he has learned during a twenty-seven year career as a professional teacher/trainer, choreographer and fight director for both stage and screen.

Building on the basic techniques, this program is geared towards the intermediate to advanced swordsman and offers the tools to get you performing safely, comfortably and effectively with the Broadsword. Covers grip, targeting and distance, standard and reverse guards, parries, footwork, distance and timing, ceding or yielding parries, deflections, disarms, wounds and kills.

108 min.
F951
$ 89.95

F951DVD
$ 89.95


Combat For The Stage

Invaluable for any film or theater company faced with producing safe but credible fight scenes.

There is more to realistic and exciting word fighting than meets the eye. Raoul Johnson, Associate Professor at Loyola University, teaches the fundamentals of stage combat through the importance of safety and well planned choreography. Includes safety in the use and selection of guns and swords, stage falls, unarmed and armed combat choreography plus the review and break-down of sword fight performed. This program demonstrates hand to hand combat and sword fighting though safe and effective steps.

96 min.
F976
$ 119.00
F976CDROM
$ 149.00
F976DVD
$ 149.00
 


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