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"The Scorpion King 3: Battle for Redemption" (Blu-ray) - Reviewed by Tyler Stripko

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Synopsis

After the fall of his kingdom and the death of his queen, Scorpion King Mathayus (Victor Webster) once again finds himself a mercenary, killing for gold.  Now employed by King Horus (Ron Perlman), Mathayus is sent out to thwart the evil plans of Horus’ younger brother Talus (Billy Zane).

Specifications

  • Universal Studios
  • 2012, Color, Rated PG-13, 1 Hr 46 min
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Codec: VC1
  • 1080p
  • English 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio
  • Starring: Victor Webster, Ron Perlman, Billy Zane, Bostin Christopher, and Temeura Morrison
  • Directed by Roel Reine
Rating
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  • Violence: Yes
  • Sex: Suggestive behavior
  • Language: None

Commentary

Where do I start with this one?  The story is terrible, the dialogue cheesy, and the acting is even worse.  Victor Webster has none of the charisma of The Rock (who played the Scorpion King in the original film) and can scarcely manage a hint of inflection when delivering his lines.  Billy Zane acts like he is starring in a bad Broadway comedy/musical instead of portraying the part of a supposedly “evil” conqueror.  Frankly, there is no cause to even believe that Talus is bad, shy of him wanting to get his hands on the Book of the Dead.   If this was a great action movie, I could probably let all of the aforementioned issues slide, but the action sequences are almost as weak as the rest of the film.  Unless you are a big fan of the series, I'd skip this one.

Technical

The picture and sound on this disc do little to make up for the overall mess that is this movie.  The picture is inconsistent in its sharpness, with many shots having a slightly fuzzy look.  Colors are decent, but black levels appear to be elevated (everything is a dull grey instead of black) and there is a distinct lack of details in dark areas of the picture indicative of black crush.  The 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack is merely average, with lots of punch and bass during action sequences, but some issues with dialogue intelligibility.  Surround use is pretty heavy, but not necessarily effective.  There is no subtlety to the mix; it almost sounds like someone took a 2-channel soundtrack and unskillfully added the surrounds in.

Extras

Included on this disc are deleted/extended scenes (not worth your time), a making-of featurette, a segment on the fight training for the movie, some bloopers, and a commentary with director Roel Reine.   The disc also includes a digital copy and is pocket BLU, UltraViolet, D-BOX, and BD-Live enabled.