Movie Review: King Arthur: Legend Of The Sword (Blu-ray Combo Pack)

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment provided me with a free copy of the Blu-ray I reviewed in this Blog Post. The opinions I share are my own.

King Arthur: Legend of the Sword was directed by Guy Ritchie from a screenplay by Joby Harold and Guy Ritchie and Lionel Wigram, story by David Dobkin and Joby Harold. The film stars Charlie Hunnam as Arthur and Jude Law as Vortigern, along with Astrid Bergès-Frisbey as Mage; Djimon Hounsou as Bedivere; Aidan Gillen as Goosefat Bill; and Eric Bana as Arthur’s father, King Uther Pendragon.

When the child Arthur’s father is murdered, Vortigern (Jude Law), Arthur’s uncle, seizes the crown.  Robbed of his birthright and with no idea who he truly is, Arthur comes up the hard way in the back alleys of the city.  But once he pulls the sword from the stone, his life is turned upside down and he is forced to acknowledge his true legacy…whether he likes it or not.

Possible spoilers ahead! King Arthur: Legend of the Sword starts off and shows the tragedy that happens to Athur’s parents when he’s just a child and then it fast forwards and follows him as he slowly discovers who he really is and the adventure he goes on to reclaim the throne that is rightfully his. Arthur is reluctant at first but his new friends eventually convince him to trust them and embrace the path that has been laid out for him. Arthur’s journey leads him to his uncle Vortigern who stole the throne from his father years earlier and is the sinister figure behind his parent’s death. Arthur and Vortigern go at it in battle but his deadly uncle has some dark forces helping him that allows him to become this powerful presence. Arthur counters his uncle’s black magic with Excalibur and all he has to do is trust in what he’s been taught and ultimately take control of his destiny. Arthur not only reclaims what should have been his to begin with but he also avenges his parent’s death.

I liked the story for this incarnation of King Arthur which gives the legend more of a fantasy look instead of the same old character driven stories that we’ve gotten over and over again and I’m okay with this. The cast did a great job with their characters and my two favorties were easily Charlie Hunnam as Arthur and Astrid Bergès-Frisbey who kind of stole the show as Mage. There’s no Merlin in this incarnation but he is referenced during the movie. There’s also no Knights of the Round Table but in the end we are given a sneak peek at what will ultimately become the infamous table and Arthur’s friends who eventually become his loyal knights of Camelot. We do get a lot of Excalbur which definitely has more magic to it than the previous movies had featured and we also get to see just a hint of the Lady in the Lake. Guy Ritchie did a really good job directing the movie and updating it for an entire new generation to experience. Ritchie’s direction and the impressive cast are complimented nicely by some amazing locations and visual effects that help bring this old world to life. There are some amazing creatures and monsters in this movie.

The packaging comes with a slipcover/o-card. The front of the packaging features the artwork you see at the top of the page and the back includes movie details, some images and list of special features. Each disc has a flat black finish and features the movie logo. Inserting the disc, the menu screen was simple and easy to navigate. The picture and sound quality for the high-definition disc were crisp and clear. The picture and sound quality for the standard-definition disc were really good. I didn’t have any issues with the video and audio.

Bottom line is, I ended up kind of liking King Arthur: Legend of the Sword because it wasn’t what I thought it was going to be. We’ve gotten numerous King Arthur movies over the years and I’ve probably seen them all but none of them were quite like this one. Guy Ritchie’s version amps up the action and the movie itself has more of a fantasy element to it. Instead of it being character and story driven, they’ve made it a full blown action fantasy that’s just fun to watch. It’s definitely a different take of the classic Excalibur myth that traces Arthur’s journey from the streets to the throne. So yeah, it’s kind of a coming-of-age story as Arthur ultimately discovers who he really is and claims his birthright. This version of King Arthur fits right in with fan favorite action fantasies like Clash of the Titans and The Hobbit. Turn those thinking caps off, go pop some popcorn and just have fun with it and hopefully you’ll get a kick out of it as much as I did. King Arthur: Legend of the Sword is now available on Blu-ray+DVD+Digital HD Combo Pack and is worth checking out.

Distributor: Warner Bros. Home Entertainment

Run Time: PG-13

Rated: 126 Minutes

Blu-ray Video: 1080p High-Definition 16×9 Widescreen (2.40:1)

Blu-ray Audio: English Dolby Atmos TrueHD 7.1 / EDA 5.1 / French and Spanish Dolby Digital 5.1

DVD Video: 16×9 Widescreen (2.40:1)

DVD Audio: English, French and Spanish Dolby Digital 5.1

Subtitles: English SDH, French and Spanish

Special Features: Good Stuff! This release is packed with some awesome extras that includes eight featurettes that cover everything from Arthur and this legendary sword to the making of the movie.

Warner Bros. Movies All Access App, available for both iOS and Android devices.

  • Arthur with Swagger – Charlie Hunnam is a gentleman, a hunk and a rebel, setting new standards as king and new rules with the ladies. (09:41)
  • Sword from the Stone – Director Guy Ritchie as he breathes 21st Century life and luster into England’s most iconic legend and he creates Camelot for a new audience! (18:49)
  • Parry and Bleed – Charlie Hunnam and other cast members get a crash course in swordplay. Vikings versus Saxons style! (05:44)
  • Building on the Past – Londinium comes to life with a new design of Medieval Urban life, built from scratch. (14:00)
  • Inside the Cut: The Action of King Arthur – Join stunt choreographer Eunice Huthart as she teams with Director Guy Ritchie to create the mind-blowing action of King Arthur. (06:08)
  • Camelot in 93 Days – Friendships and romances strengthen and fray as the realities of a 93 day shoot set in. (10:23)
  • Legend of Excalibur – The world’s most famous sword is brought to life for a new generation. (06:05)
  • Scenic Scotland – Wrapping a monumental production on location in glorious Scotland. (05:33)
  • Digital HD Copy
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