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Fire & Ice: The Dragon Chronicles (2008/E1/Blu-ray)


Picture: B-     Sound: B     Extras: C     Telefilm: C+



In the beautiful and peaceful kingdom of Carpia the peace is broken when a Fire Dragon starts to terrorize the land.  Princess Luisa (Amy Acker) goes off in search of a legendary knight who was the only one to defeat a dragon, but instead she find his son, Gabriel.  Gabriel along with his friend/teacher Sangimel (John Rhys-Davies) summons an Ice Dragon to fight the Fire Dragon... but which ever dragon wins is Carpia still doomed?


Catwoman director Pitof gives us Fire & Ice: The Dragon Chronicles (2008, not to be confused with the Bakshi animated feature from 1983).  Princess Luisa is a headstrong, adventurous girl, but when her kingdom is in danger she searches for a fallen knight whom has been banished from the kingdoms.  Unbeknownst to her the truth was Fire Dragon was released from a neighboring kingdom, who was using the Fire Dragon to extort her father to give up his kingdom.  Unfortunately for her she discovers the knight has already passed away, her only hope lies in Gabriel, his son. Gabriel uses the knowledge his father taught him and the aid of his mentor/alchemist Sangimel to combat the dragons and stop the takeover of Carpia.
This TV movie uses classic archetype medieval fantasy characters in the movie Fire & Ice.  If you like fantasy this film has dragons, a tomboy princess, a disgraced knight's son, a good and bad king, and an evil advisor.  It was all predictable and I saw the plot coming a mile away.  As for the special effects and dragons themselves, most of the movie scenes were beautiful, but it looked like CGI, and the dragons looked more like oversized stingrays.  The film had more than a few famous actors such as Amy Acker (Angel), John Rhys-Davies (Lord of the Rings, Sliders), Arnold Vosloo (The Mummy), but a good movie takes more than just famous actors, decent costumes and a few good one liners, the story and plot lacked subtlety, and it's overuse of CGI took some of the realism away.  The 1080p 1.78 X 1 digital High Definition image is a bit weak, especially with all the digital effects used, but the DTS-HD MA (Master Audio) lossless 5.1 mix is actually really good for a TV production and the highlight of the Blu-ray.  Extras include making of the movie and trailers.

For the 1983 Fire & Ice animated Ralph Bakshi/Frank Frazetta Blu-ray, you can go to this link:




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