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The Lost Colony – The Legend Of Roanoke (Allumination DVD)


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



Despite being a huge fan of the group Queen I never really got into the whole Highlander film or the sequels or the TV-series, which were at best a mixed bag of inconsistencies galore.  When Highlander: Endgame was released in 2000 and partnered the TV-shows Adrian Paul with longtime favorite Christopher Lambert things just got a bit strange and the result was the weakest out of the entire series, which was almost impossible considering how bad Highlander III was. 


Like the problems that ensued with Highlander and its counterparts Adrian Paul continues to pick films that just don’t click, including The Lost Colony, which has also been credited as Wraiths of Roanoke.  Regardless of its title(s), the film just doesn’t work.  Mixing history and fantasy the film attempts to explain “the lost colony” of Roanoke (circa 1580) with use of supernatural forces that haunted them and this ancient evil had to be the cause of the events there.  While this premise might be an interesting angle, the filmmakers just can’t seem to flush the story out in a comprehensible way. 


The full-frame 1.33 X 1 image is average at best and looks just as pretentious as the film itself.  Colors are soft and black levels are never deep enough to give any illusion of depth.  The Dolby Digital 2.0 mix is inexcusable and weak and doesn’t help the film in the least.  With the combination of a poor film with performance issues and no extras it would be a hard sale.



-   Nate Goss


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