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"Your Highness" (Blu-ray) - Reviewed by Stephen Hornbrook

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Synopsis

The valiant Prince Fabious (Franco) has is bride-to-be, Belladonna, stolen by the evil dark wizard Leezar.  Fabious has always been the number one son, performing bravely in quest after quest, while his younger brother Thadeous (McBride) has led a lazy life of luxury.  Thadeous’s time to prove himself has finally arrived with the kidnapping of his brother’s fiancee.  Along with a team of knights they embark on a journey to save Belladonna. Along the way they meet a rogue warrior who is set upon finding vengeance for her family that were murdered by Leezar.

Specifications

  • Universal
  • 2011, Color, Unrated, 1 Hr 42 min
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.40:1
  • Codec: AVC
  • 1080p
  • English 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio
  • Starring: Danny McBride, James Franco, Natalie Portman
  • Directed by David Gordon Green
Rating
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  • Violence: Yes
  • Sex: No
  • Language: Yes

Commentary

When I first saw the trailer for this movie I instantly wanted to see it.  It looked like a movie with a lot of potential.  Then Your Highness came out in theaters and was not received well, scoring 26% at Rotten Tomatoes.  This low score ruined my desire to see the film in the theater and greatly lowered my expectations.  Well this is one time I do not remotely agree with the masses.  Your Highness is an excellent silly comedy and my wife and I were thoroughly entertained by it.  It’s raunchy and tasteless and I “highly” recommend it.

Technical

The detail present in this transfer is excellent.  Textures are crisp and clean, yielding excellent dimension to the image. The only drawback I notices were some high black levels, which had a bit of a blue tone to them and exhibited some crushing. 

The sound mix for Your Highness was a pleasant surprise.  Surround effects were used well without being a distraction from the wonderful sounding presentation of the movie’s score by Steve Jablonsky.

Extras

Deleted Scenes, An excellent Gag Reel, The Making of Your Highness, Perverted Visions outtakes, and Audio Commentary.