I don't know if Conan gets the respect it deserves among today's movie fans, but it's a favorite of mine. Touched by the twin madness and genius of John Milius and Oliver Stone, this tactile production is completely unlike the PG-rated, commercially pandering, CGI fake fests that have become so common today's cinema. James Earl Jones also delivers one cinemas most chilling and fully realized villains. Ironically, it's Jones who so accurately elaborates in extras regarding 'when' Conan becomes a hero in the film. Also in the extras, it's noted that the score of the film needed to carry the emotional tone of many sequences, due to the lower than usual amount of dialog. And what music it is! Soaring, menacing, and majestic. Music inhabits this film like few others I can recall. As such, it's a real disappointment to hear the film in Mono yet again. Now in it's second DVD release, I've given up on a multi-channel over-haul and decided to pony up. To imagine Conan 5.1, all one has to do is turn up the looping sound on the disc's menu and enjoy. Short but sweet. What a shame. The comprehensive extras also include multi-track sound, particularly the extended montage of productions stills and concept drawings (all music). Crom must indeed live on a mountain and care little for the affairs of men, otherwise we would have 5.1 Conan.