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The Scorpion King 2 Rise Of A Warrior (2008/Blu-ray + DVD-Video/Universal)

 

Picture: B/C+ Sound: B/C+ Extras: D Feature: D

 

 

After three tired Mummy films and one especially tired spin off in the annoying Scorpion King with that Rock guy, someone at Universal somehow thought it would be a good idea to do a straight-to-disc sequel to the spin-off. For a few years, many somehow found themselves asking why that Rock person did not land up in another Scorpion King flick. Now, without him, they have made the shocking dreadful The Scorpion King 2 Rise Of A Warrior (2008) and boy, is it bad!

 

Randy Couture is now the bodybuilder/fighter star of choice and his taking of the star lead is only going to be like David Lee Roth being succeeded by Sammy Hagar, both have to tolerate a tired idea that neither can save by being there. To justify this mess, it sells itself as a sequel/origins tale, so we are supposed to believe that as Couture gets older, hell look like The Rock? How stupid can they get?

 

Most shocking of all is that this is directed by the usually savvy Russell Mulcahy, who just did a decent-by-default job on the third Resident Evil film, but the prolific Music Video director (who also helmed the underrated 1994 The Shadow for Universal) is left with a mess of a script, a badly edited mess and a total bore for only the most diehard fans, if they even care. Too bad, because with more ambition, this could have been at least watchable and interesting if Mulcahy was in peak form.

 

The 1080p 1.78 X 1 image is terrible, with harsh video white, badly shot (maybe HD?) footage throughout and lame editing and visual effects to boot. Not even an HD image can rectify it, while the anamorphically enhanced DVD is much worse. The Blu-rays DTS HD Master Audio (MA) lossless mix and DVDs Dolby Digital 5.1 mix is surprising underwhelming, making me realize Mulcahy likely had limited control or input on this project. Considering classic Mulcahy Music Videos shot on old analog videotape like Planet Earth for Duran Duran, Bette Davis Eyes for Kim Carnes and Take The L for The Motels look better than this should give you an idea of how bad this is in any format!

 

Extras include a few featurettes, deleted scenes (ha!) and a gag reel that is hard to distinguish form the final cut of this train wreck. Enough already!

 

 

- Nicholas Sheffo


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