Awash in special effects that overshadow its underwhelming human leads, MERLIN offers a decidedly mundane take on the Arthurian legend. The film was produced as a miniseries for network television, and was released in an edited version on home video in 1998.
As paganism is rejected by the ruling class in favor of Christianity, a wizard named Merlin is created by evil Queen Mab (Miranda Richardson), in order to ensure that the citizenry will still believe in the Old Ways. As an adult, Merlin (Sam Neill) is recruited to help the current ruler, Lord
Vortigan (Rutger Hauer), in his war against Uther Pendragon (Mark Jax); in the meantime, Merlin is united with his tr...