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The Legend Of Hercules 3D (2014/Summit/Millennium/Lionsgate Blu-ray 3D + Blu-ray 2D)

3D Picture: B 2D Picture: B+ Sound: B+ Extras: C Film: D

Swords fly and blood spills in The Legend of Hercules, which is an origin film that falls short of using its budget correctly to make a film that is both interesting and fun to watch.

It mimics better films like Gladiator and 300, and employs some of the worst use of camera movement with digital filmmaking that I have ever seen. The film stars Kellan Lutz and is shamefully directed by Renny Harlin (who made Cliffhanger, Deep Blue Sea, and other decent action movies) and features no name actors (even cameos) to turn the audience's head and give it notice. I mean, at least Pompeii had some names! Panned by critics and holding only a 3 percent review rating on Rotten Tomatoes, this film doesn't have a lot to offer fans. It was also hailed as cheap looking, poorly acted, and dull. But, hey, at least the 3D presentation is good.

Banished by his stepfather, the King, Hercules (Kellan Lutz) slowly becomes aware of his true origins as the son of the God Zeus. As he learns to harness the demigod powers, Hercules gathers an army to fight his way back to his kingdom. There are some cool fight scenes in the film that are captured in slow motion and stylized and a moment or two but all in all I have to tend to agree with the other critics on this one.

The presentation of the film is fine, however, capturing in 1080p high definition in an aspect ratio of 2:40:1 and featuring a great English DTS-HD Master Audio track in 7.1. The disc also features a Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo track, English Descriptive Audio, and a Spanish Dolby Digital 5.1 track. The disc contains both 2D and 3D MVC-encoded 3-D - Full Resolution digital High Definition versions of the film.

Extras include a feature length audio commentary with Director Renny Harlin & Kellan Lutz and a Making of Hercules featurette. If you are a fan of the Hercules character or this kind of film then see if it works for you. Personally, I'm waiting for July 2014's new release starring The Rock.

- James Harland Lockhart V



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