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Scorpion King 4: The Quest For Power (2015/Universal Blu-ray w/DVD)

Picture: B+/C Sound: B+/B- Extras: B Film: C-

From the Producers of The Mummy films comes the fourth entry in the direct-to-video Scorpion King franchise that reminds me more of the Kevin Sorbo Hercules television show than the Scorpion King. Admittedly, the costumes and locations aren't half bad considering that this is a lower studio production however it isn't as stylized or as cinematic as Spartacus or Game of Thrones, which ultimately hurts the piece.

Perhaps with a more stylized director (the look feels very flat) and more of a fun supernatural angle (like using some elements from The Mummy films perhaps?) and some better actors this could have been a more memorable outing.

Framed for killing the king of Norvania, Scorpion King Mathayus (Victor Webster) seeks the help of an enigmatic woman and her eccentric father on his mission to harness a mystical power, and stop an evil heir from seizing control of the kingdom. The film also features Lou Ferrigno (TV's The Incredible Hulk, still often voicing that character today) Roy 'Big Country' Nelson (winner of The Ultimate Fighter), Royce Gracie (UFC Hall of Fame), and a brief cameo by the legendary Rutger Hauer (Blade Runner).

Universal is always three steps forward when it comes to Blu-ray disc sound and picture quality and this release is no different. Featured in stunning 1080p high definition with a 1.78:1 widescreen aspect ratio and a great mix in English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 that is comparable to a theatrical exhibition. There are also subtitles available in English, Spanish and French. The DVD has a soft anamorphically enhanced transfer and lesser, lossy Dolby Digital 5.1 mix by comparison.

Extras feature Blu-ray exclusives are deleted scenes and The Making of: Real Fighters, Fake Punches. Other features include a gag reel, The Making of: A Brand New World/Great Chemistry and a feature-length audio commentary with cast and crew.

All in all, if you are fan of B-movie sword and sandal epics then this could be a good, one-time watch for you, though it's not original or strong enough of a film to make a lasting impression.

- James Harland Lockhart V



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