This movie is in the same epic tradition as Braveheart, Gladiator et al. Druids (filmed in France as Vercingétorix, la Légende du Druide Roi) is a true story of Vercingetorix, the Gallic warrior who united almost 60 Gallic tribes in the war against Caesar. The movie's overall quality cannot compare to those classics, but this is an excellent movie, especially if you are interested in ancient Celtic or Roman history or ancient history in general. The movie was shot in Bulgaria and includes some stunning scenery of that eastern European country.
Synopsis: in 60 B.C., Vercingetorix (played by Christoper Lambert) is a strong, intelligent Gallic chieftain with a legacy to protect his fellow druids in Gaul. But when Julius Caesar (Klaus Maria Brandauer) and his Roman army declare war, Vercingetorix has no choice but to fight. Reunited with his childhood love and leading the now unified Gallic tribes, Vercingetorix prepares them for the battle of their lives. Historical footnote: the revolt ended in the battle of Alesia, where 50,000 of Caesar's legionnaires and an untold number of Teutonic cavalry defeated two Celtic armies numbering at least 160,000.
Except for a very choppy beginning, which can be blamed on the editing process, this is a movie worth renting. If, like me, you are a collector of such historical motion pictures, then by all means purchase Druids. Note of interest: science fiction novelist Norman Spinrad co-wrote the screenplay. The movie was an inspiration behind the cartoon Asterix And Obelix.
DVD extras: choice of pan-and-scan or widescreen anamorphic versions with English, Chinese, Korean, and Thai language subtitles, interactive menus, scene access and the original movie trailer.