Visual F/X Variation of the Classic Tale Arrives on Home Video

 

Guy Ritchie, fantasy action adventure, Charlie Hunnam, Jude Law, King Arthur: Legend of the Sword, Blu-Ray ReviewKing Arthur: Legend of the Sword

Blu-Ray Review by Kam Williams

Visual F/X Variation of the Classic Tale Arrives on Home Video

 

Do you remember what happened to the Sherlock Holmes franchise in Guy Ritchie’s hands? The low-key, cerbral sleuth who solved mysteries with his intellect suddenly morphed into a flamboyant, two-fisted superhero as likely to rely on brawn as brains to solve a case.

Well brace yourself for a similar transformation with King Arthur: Legend of the Sword. Again, Ritchie makes a concession to the attention-deficit demographic in crafting a fanciful reimagining of the beloved epic that plays out more like a frenetic, action-packed video game than a classic medieval tale.

Nonetheless, the good news is that the movie works, if all you’re looking for is to be entertained by an overblown summer blockbuster with an A-rating when it comes to state-of-the-art special f/x. And the characters even sport familiar names, from King Arthur (Charlie Hunnam) to Lady Guinevere (Astrid Berges-Frisbey) to Merlin the Magician (Kamil Lemieszewski). But I still defy anyone to make sense of this hyperactive adventure which abandons the British folklore upon which it’s ostensibly based in deference to a cinematic mandate for incessant stimulation. 

The picture’s rudimentary plot unfolds as follows.  At the point of departure, King Uther (Eric Bana) is assassinated at the behest of his power-hungry brother, Vortigern (Jude Law). Instead of ascending to the thrown, Arthur grows up a lowly street urchin, utterly oblivious of his royal bloodline until the moment, years later, he manages to pull the magical sword Excalibur out of a stone.

Cognizant of his rendezvous with destiny, with the help of a big bird, an archer (Aidan Gillen), a black knight (Djimon Hounsou) and psychic Guinevere, Arthur embarks on an epic  quest to reclaim his birthright. And what an eye-popping spectacle it proves to be!

Guy, I like what you’ve done with the legend!

Very Good (3 stars)

Rated PG-13 for violence, action, suggestive content and brief profanity

Running time: 126 minutes

Distributor: Warner Brothers Home Entertainment

Blu-Ray/DVD Combo Pack Extras: Arthur with Swagger; Sword from the Stone; Parry and Blood; Building on the Past; Inside the Cut: The Action of King Arthur; Camelot in 93 Days; Legend of Excalibur; and Scenic Scotland.

To order a copy of the King Arthur: Legend of the Sword Blu-Ray/DVD Combo Pack, visit:

https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B071J8Y6CP/ref%3dnosim/thslfofire-20

 

Source:  Baret News 

 

Melissa McCarthy Fish-Out-of-Water Comedy Comes to DVD

Spy                                                                                                                                  

DVD Review by Kam Williams

Melissa McCarthy Fish-Out-of-Water Comedy Comes to DVD

For the past three years, Susan Cooper (Melissa McCarthy) has been stuck sitting behind a desk as an analyst at CIA Headquarters in Langley, Virginia. In that capacity, she’s been providing technical support from afar to Bradley Fine (Jude Law), a veteran spy who has successfully handled a series of dangerous missions over the course of a decorated career. Serving as his eyes and ears via hidden cameras and listening devices, the 40 year-old spinster’s been quite content to live vicariously through her dashing colleague, especially given the big crush she has on him.Spy, DVD Review, Melissa McCarthy, Langley, Virginia, Jude Law

Everything changes the day he’s murdered while attempting to secure a suitcase bomb about to fall into the wrong hands. Susan subsequently pressures her reluctant boss (Allison Janney) to be allowed to replace her late partner in the search for the the assassin as well as the rogue nuclear device.

Elaine is understandably reluctant, since this would be the plump pencil pusher’s very first field assignment. Nonetheless, she grudgingly gives Susan a new identity (“Carol Jenkins”), before issuing strict orders about keeping a low profile and about observing but never confronting any of the bad guys she encounters overseas.

Needless to say, the rules of engagement are out the window just as soon as Susan’s plane lands in Paris. She blows her matronly tourist cover by coming to the assistance of a fellow agent (Jason Statham) unaware that he’s in imminent peril. Between the loose-lipped loudmouth’s need for attention and her appetite whetted for more action, there’s little hope of getting the subtle surveillance genie back in the bottle.

Thus unfolds Spy, the latest collaboration between Melissa McCarthy and writer/director Paul Feig. This film pales in comparison to either Bridesmaids (2011) or The Heat (2013), perhaps because, here, Melissa has been asked to carry the comedy load alone. In Bridesmaids, she shared those duties with a talented ensemble; and in The Heat, her pairing with Sandra Bullock worked to perfection.

By contrast, this picture definitely has its moments, yet one tires of the tendency to rely on Melissa to generate laughs by way of her trademark trash-talk. Those vulgar comments were funny when delivered as unexpected asides in Bridesmaids. Now, they sort of fall flat when exposed as the only material a one-trick pony might have to offer.Spy, DVD Review, Melissa McCarthy, Langley, Virginia, Jude Law

A Melissa McCarthy vehicle recommended for fans with a big appetite for her crude, expletive-laced brand of humor.  

Good (2 stars)                                                                                                                Rated R for sexuality, brief nudity, violence and pervasive profanity                                       In English, French, Italian and German with subtitles                                                 Running time: 120 minutes                                                                                                     Distributor: Fox Home Entertainment                                                                                DVD Extras: Top Secret Gag Reel; Extra Top secret Behind-the-Scenes Gag Reel; Susan and Her Men; The Great Rick Ford, Gallery; and the Director’s Commentary Track.

To order a copy of Spy on DVD, visit: http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B00YWE6L8K/ref%3dnosim/thslfofire-20

Source:  Baret News