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The Crown and The Dragon: The Paladin Cycle (2013/Cinedigm Blu-ray)

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

The Crown and the Dragon is an ambitious low budget fantasy film with some pretty good costumes and production value but a lack of starpower accompanied by some truly dismal digital effects moments and a godawful voice over track that puts it low on the must watch list.

In a war-torn country that is plagued by a vicious dragon, Elenn, a noblewoman, accompanies her aunt on a mission to bring an ancient relic to the secret coronation of the rightful king. When her aunt is murdered on the road, Elenn must take her aunt's place at the coronation and hires a smuggler to escort her across the volatile country. Elenn must find within herself the strength to fulfill her aunt's calling to free the people, and become the Paladin - the long foretold dragon slayer.

The film feels like a movie that you would see on television but that doesn't necessarily make it horrible. It tries hard to be a Ridley Scott-style fantasy but instead just isn't gritty or stylistic enough to reach that stature. They must have had some sort of budget as there are plenty of horses and some interesting locations.

Sound and Picture on the Blu-ray Disc aren't awful by any stretch. The 1080p 1.78 X 1 digital high definition transfer is pretty sharp and constant throughout and is accompanied by a DTS-HD MA (Master Audio) lossless 5.1 track that is pretty good with the exception of that horrible voice over in the beginning of the film which obviously wasn't mixed properly because it is way too soft over the accompanying score and sound effects. Total run time for the film is 91 minutes.

The only extra on the disc is a Trailer.

- James Harland Lockhart V



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