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Guardians Of The Museum (2010, aka Relic: Guardians Of The Museum/BBC DVD)

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

The challenge is on to uncover the relic!

A ghostly 1920s British Museum tour guide named Agatha (Gemma Arrowsmith) and Luna the moon goddess (Janet Varney) guide three children from one town on a quest to help them defeat the evil Dark Lord, whose servants, cowled figures called the Dark Forces, glide the darkened corridors and display rooms of the museum, occasionally grabbing one of the young contestants and/or chasing Agatha Luna and the children. The children have only one night to discover a relic in the museum itself and they have to win three challenges, which each have a vision. If the children succeed in the final battle, they will be awarded the golden scarab and will become Guardians of the Museum, but if they fail then they become relics themselves and part of the museum forever.

The show obviously takes some of the concepts from Ben Stiller's Night at the Museum films only using the game show style as an angle. Only this time, the characters don't always come to life and of course the production budget is quite lower. The kids themselves are terrible actors and are constantly smirking or acting bored or out of character which works against the energy that the actress playing Agatha is displaying.

The show is educational but made solely for children that are thirsty for knowledge. The angle and concept of the show is interesting but it doesn't quite capture my personal imagination and some of the digital effects are truly underwhelming.

Episodes include Hounslow, Wandsworth, Hackney and Cardiff. Each episode can be played one after another or can be selected individually with each episode around a half hour long and total running time for the whole shebang is around 112 mins.

Sound and Picture on the disc are average for the DVD format and nothing to necessary write home about. The standard def image comes in a 16 X 9/1.78 X 1 anamorphic widescreen format with an in-impressive, lossy Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo track. Subtitles area also on the disc in English SDH. What I don't like is the color correction choice they choice for some of the present day scenes... they corrected the color an ugly green that doesn't work well against the black skin tones of the two children actors.

No extras on the disc either.

- James Harland Lockhart V



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