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Hollywood Stars Celebrate the Sword In No. 1 iTunes Doc

Lord of the Rings stars join with Star Wars sword-master in hit documentary

Sept 29, 2009 -- "Reclaiming the Blade", a new documentary devoted to sword martial arts and Hollywood stunt choreography, is currently holding the top position in the documentary category on Apple iTunes. 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 to celebrate the history of the sword.

Supporters of the film include Peter Jackson, Kent Sparling of Skywalker Sound and John Waller of the Royal Armories. The film, revealed at fan conventions this summer, includes a long overdue tribute to Bob Anderson who 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 actually performed and choreographed all the Lightsaber duels with Mark Hamill in George Lucas' early Star Wars trilogy.

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 knew light on a hitherto shadowy subject and period of history. The film 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 narrator of the film, John Rhys-Davies (Indiana Jones, Lord of the Rings), describes, "It's a wonderful movie, writer/director Daniel McNicoll has interwoven a profound story that really resonates." Regarding his work with Bob Anderson, actor Viggo Mortensen explains in 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, about being a gentlemen and having a respect for the weapon."