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Movie Renter's Guide Number 154 - January, 2008 - Part II

ARTICLE INDEX

"Dragon Wars" (Blu-ray)

movie-dragon-wars.jpgSynopsis

 

Meet Buraki, the vicious, 200-meter long Imoogi serpent from ancient Korea. His army includes giant lizards with missile launchers, flying dragons, soldiers bred for evil, and mega-intelligent dinosaurs. Together, they will destroy Los Angeles and possibly the world unless reincarnated warriors Ethan and Sarah can outrun them and resurrect the Good Imoogi, Buraki's ancient nemesis.

Specifications

  • Sony Pictures
    2007, Color, Rated PG-13, 1 Hr 30 min
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.40:1
  • 1080p
  • English/French Dolby TrueHD 5.1
  • Directed by Hyung Rae Shim
  • Starring Jason Behr, Amanda Brooks, Craig Robinson, Elizabeth Pena, Robert Forster
    Rating
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  • Violence: Yes
  • Sex: No
  • Language: No

Commentary

This could very well be the worst movie I saw in 2007. I wasn’t expecting much from it going in, but I am really surprised this film got wide release in US theaters when films like Sunshine and There Will Be Blood don’t. This film reminded me more of something I would see from a cable station original movie rather than an actual theatrical release. Most of the action feels borrowed from popular fantasy films of the last few years, and the acting is almost painful to watch. Even fans of B-Movies should tread with caution on this one.

Technical

While the film may not be that good, Sony has done a great job with what they had to work with here. You can tell that the production didn’t have a huge budget, and most of it went to the special effects. Live shots are on the softer side, but color and dimension are still quite good. It’s fine detail that seems to be missing for the most part. The image has that slight sheen to it that takes away the fine layer of detail that the best film prints provide. The CG varies in quality, but the fine detail is actually better than what we see from the live action footage most of the time. This makes for a mixed experience when they blend the two together. Contrast is good and dimension overall is solid. Considering the quality of the production this transfer is quite good.

The audio is presented in lossless Dolby TrueHD 5.1. This is an energetic mix that is quite heavy in the low end. Nothing wrong with that but the bass response did seem a bit loose and on the bloated side. Surround activity is quite heavy, with some decent panning effects and discrete action. Dialogue sounds okay in balance and timbre, but the same can’t be said for the actual lines.

Extras

Extras include a production feature, a storyboard-to-film comparison and an art gallery. Some trailers are also included.