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Justin & The Knights Of Valor (2013/Arc Blu-ray)

Picture: A- Sound: B Extras: D Film: B-

Justin is a dreamer, all he wishes to become is a great knight like his grandfather, but his father wants him to become a lawyer and go to law school. He decides to sneak out and go on a quest to find his grandfather's lost sword. Along the way he runs into the beautiful barmaid Talia and a wayward wizard, who help teach him what he needs to be a true knight. Justin's get the chance to test his skills when a fallen knight and his army of thugs decide to attack the kingdom. Justin dreams of riding off on adventures and defending the kingdom just like his grandfather, but it's a little hard since Knights have been banned.

Justin & The Knights Of Valor (2013) is the latest CGI animated import feature film from France and its not bad at all. As he trains, Justin learns he learns being a knight is more than having a sharp sword and shiny armor. That sometimes being a knight means following your heart. He gets his wish when he discovers a former knight and his gang are plotting to over throw the kingdom, and only he can stop them.

This animation was wonderful done, with beautiful characters with very fluid movements, worthy of Pixar or Disney. It is a coming of age story of a boy wishing to follow his dreams even when he knew it was against his father's wishes and against the law. It has simple plot, but was well done in dialog, mixed in with a lot of comical scenes and songs. English-language voice actors include Antonio Banderas, Julie Waters, Charles Dance, Rupert Everett, Alfred Molina and Olivia Williams.

The 1080p 1.85 X 1 digital High Definition image looks really good for not being from DreamWorks or Disney/Pixar. Add the impressive-enough, lossless DTS-HD MA (Master Audio) 5.1 mix and you have a very fine overall presentation. There are oddly no extras.

- Ricky Chiang


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