‘In The Name of the King’ Unrated Director’s Cut Blu-ray Review
Director Uwe Boll is quickly becoming this generations Ed Wood. Boll has taken the number one spot with some of the worst videogame to movie adaptations on this side of Hollywood. After a string of atrocious film releases, Uwe Boll finally releases one of his better pieces of work with ‘In The Name of the King: A Dungeon Siege Tale’. The only other film of his that I enjoyed was ‘House of the Dead’, with the rest of his films being not so good. With a worldwide total box office gross $11 million dollars and $15 million dollars in DVD sales. The problem is that this film cost $60 million dollars to make.
The story of ‘In The Name of the King’ revolves around a dark era in the kingdom of Ehb where King Knreid (Burt Reynolds) is the ruler of the land. There is a huge problem for the king as two villains, Gallian (Ray Liotta) and Duke Fallow (Mathew Lillard) join forces to take over Ehb. Gallian is sending his minions called the Krug out to the lands for taking over. They are ravaging through various towns taking people as slaves.
The Krug come upon Farmer (Jason Statham) who is a farmer attending to his daily activities, until these minions show up on his land. As they come to take his land, they kill his son and kidnap his wife Solana (Claire Forlani). Farmer calls the help from some of his friends, Norick (Ron Perlman), Merick (John Rhyes-Davies) the magician, Elora (Claire Forlani) the tree nymph, and Muriella (Leelee Sobieski) who is a warrior. They go on a quest to save Ehb, but also to get Farmer’s beautiful wife from this evil force looking to ravage their land.
As I stated earlier, this is one of Uwe Boll’s better films. The thing is that once this is stacked against other films in the same genre, it is not that good of a film. There are some very good actors here with Burt Reynolds, Ray Liotta, Jason Statham, Leelee Sobieski, Ron Perlman and John Rhyes-Davies to name a few of the well known names from this cast. Boll also has a few returning cast members from some of his past films such as Kristanna Loken. Things do not work well even with such a strong cast with some of the actors over acting like Mathew Lillard and it doesn’t help that Burt Reynolds looks a bit bored.
Movie Content: 3/5
The print is presented in 1080p/AVC MPEG-4 with a 2.35:1 aspect ratio. Colors are a bit on the softer side. I believe the color palette chosen here was for the style of the film. Blacks levels are good. There is some grain throughout the film that isn’t consistent. Details are also good in this film. There is some edge enhancement in some of the scenes. Otherwise this is a nice upgrade over the DVD.
Video Quality: 4/5
The audio is presented in DTS-HD MA lossless 5.1 mix. This isn’t a mix that will be demo worthy, but it gets the job done. Dialogue is clean and crisp through the center channel with no issues. The soundfield is where I had a few issues with as the action sequences didn’t feel as immersive. That is a bit of a shame since this is a film that could have been taken advantage of with atmospheric sound. I found this presentation to be a bit more front heavy as the soundfield doesn’t get the use it should of except for the film’s score.
Audio Quality: 4/5
- Director’s Commentary with Uwe Boll
- The Making of In The Name of the King Featurette
- Deleted Scenes
There isn’t much offered here in terms of special features as we only have a total of four extras.
Special Features: 3/5
As I mentioned earlier, this is Uwe Boll’s best film yet. That isn’t saying much when compared to other Uwe Boll films. If you are a fan of the film, upgrading your DVD to the Blu-ray is a no brainer.
Overall Rating: 3.5 (Rental)