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In The Name Of The King 2: Two Worlds (2011/Fox Blu-ray)/Sinners & Saints (2011/Anchor Bay Blu-ray)


Picture: C+/B-     Sound: B/B-     Extras: D/C-     Films: D/C-



And now for two releases desperate to be familiar genre pieces, but instead backfire and contribute to the big genre glut.



The ever-awful Uwe Boll is back making another awful feature with In The Name Of The King 2: Two Worlds (2011), the belated, rather unrelated sequel to the 2007 In The Name Of The King from 2007 which one of our fellow writers gave far too kind a negative review to at this link:





The first dud had Jason Statham, but now we get a repetitive Dolph Lundgren as a modern soldier helping out kids and teaching them self-defense.  Suddenly, a magical woman from centuries ago shows up and takes him back in time (I am not making this up) to fight ancient battles she and her people might otherwise loose. Forget this might change all of time for the worst, but Boll ay least has never acted like he was making art like most hacks out there today.  It is just bad, bad, bad and not in a hip way as Lundgren looks like he is going to fall on the floor laughing and bust a gut at any time in the long, long, long 96 minutes of this highly, absolutely unnecessary sequel to a film no one talks about anymore.


Extras include two featurettes and two feature length audio commentaries, one of which is remarkably by Boll (yeeeeeeeeeee) and the other by Writer Michael C Nachoff.



We figured we could; only go up with William Kaufman’s Sinners & Saints (2011), but it is so determined to go out of its way to be a clone of The Boondock Saints (even a bar in the film, real or not, is called The Boondock Saint) that any originality or possibility of a good story is whittled down quickly and this never works.  The cast is even ambitious trying to give convincing performances, but it is very forgettable and after the sequel to the actual film only did so well, much too late to capitalize on the original’s critical success, commercial success or large fan base.  They even get Sean Patrick Flannery from Boondock Saints and it’s nice to see Costas Mandylor among the mostly unknown cast.


Here, a good cop finds out a series of murders have more ugly happenings behind them then he first suspects, but even that is only done so well and the clichés ultimately end any hope I had this could be a pleasant surprise.  Extras include Deleted Scenes and a Behind The Scenes featurette.


The 1080p 1.78 X 1 AVC @ 21 MBPS digital High Definition image transfer on King is no crown jewel, looking weak and with plenty of visual issues typical of all Boll films, with detail issues, color limits and some sloppiness that makes this harder to watch than I first expected.  The digital work is bad too.  The 1080p 2.35 X 1 digital High Definition image transfer can show Sinners is not as much of a cinematic sin, but is still on the weak side and stylizing on purpose is part of the problem.


The DTS-HD MA (Master Audio) 5.1 lossless mix on King is towards sometimes towards the front speakers, but to my shock was more competent than Boll; himself typically is.  It is not a perfect mix, but practically pro0fessional for a change.  The Dolby TrueHD 5.1 mix on Sinners is more dialogue-based and limited, in part due to budget as well, but is not bad overall for the kind of film it is and surrounds do kick in at times.



-   Nicholas Sheffo


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