Movie Review: THE LEGEND OF HERCULES (4K Ultra HD Combo Pack)

THE LEGEND OF HERCULES was directed by Renny Harlin from a screenplay by Sean Hood and Daniel Giat and stars Kellan LutzScott Adkins, Liam McIntyreLiam GarriganJohnathon SchaechRoxanne McKee, Gaia Weiss and Rade Serbedzija.

The Legend Of Hercules follows the mythical Greek hero Hercules, the son of Zeus. The beginning starts off great and reminded me of 300 with the epic battle happening. This also ends quickly and we meet our main players. This version of Hercules focuses on his younger days but stalls early on and never really finds its legs. I knew this movie was doomed from the beginning because it went through a title early on way before it was released theatrically. Harlin and company should have had a better game plan for this movie.

Back to the story. Hercules is betrayed by his stepfather, the king and is banished. There’s also an uninteresting love story going on here and it takes nearly the entire movie for Hercules, with a little help from his few trusted friends, to bring down the corruption and take his rightful place in history, and for him to show his real strength. Hercules also has to accept who he really is, the son of Zeus, and this is the only way he gets his fighting chance in the movie. There’s a few fights and battles for the hero along with some poor CGI at times but once he begins to accept his special abilities, the movie gets just a little more tolerable, but not enough to save it from certain doom. The movie strays a bit from the original source too so just be warned.

Okay, Renny Harlin hasn’t had a big blockbuster movie in years, even decades and this one is pretty much a stinker but it had so much potential. Let me add, I did like his recent horror film Devils Pass but it was a small release.  The cast of The Legend of Hercules is great but the movie is just so slow at times and it doesn’t have any heart at all. There’s this amazing cast assembled for a movie about this mythological Greek character that we’re all familiar with and there’s nothing to show for it. There are a few cool action scenes but not enough for this action buff and the CGI elements added, well let’s just say some were okay and some were really bad. I will add, I did like the soundtrack for the movie.

The packaging comes with a slipcover/o-card. These Ultra HD movies all come in black keep cases which helps them easily standout from the popular blue cases that have been around since day one. The front features the artwork you see up top and the back includes movie details, some images and list of special features. Each disc also features some artwork. Inserting the disc, the menu screen was simple and easy to navigate. The picture and sound quality were crisp and clear. I didn’t have any issues with the video and audio for this release. Fans will be able to experience this entire franchise like never before with the 4K Ultra HD Combo Pack (plus Blu-ray 2D and 3D and Digital HD) release. This features four times the resolution of Full HD and High Dynamic Range (HDR) that delivers the brightest, most vivid and realistic color and greatest contrast.

Bottom line is, The Legend of Hercules wasn’t that good of a watch and it’s a movie that I’ve tried to like after checking it out several times now. There are hints of 300 and even Spartacus in it but the movie has no heart and no fight and that’s hard to state being that this is the Greek demi-god Hercules here in the spotlight. The story just wasn’t that interesting and that’s the big problem here because there’s talent attached to this project from top to bottom. Renny Harlen just didn’t have much to work with here and neither did this talented cast. There’s a few action scenes that might get your attention briefly but they are few and far between. There’s also a few visual effects to go with them but that’s about it. All of this just wasn’t enough to salvage this train wreck about this legendary character and that’s unfortunate. Movie fanatics that have already upgraded their home entertainment centers (screens and players) to watch 4K movies are sure to enjoy the experience. The Legend of Hercules will be available on 4K Ultra HD Combo Pack (plus Blu-ray 2D and 3D and Digital HD) on September 19th. Watch at your own risk!

Distributor: Summit Entertainment / Lionsgate Home Entertainment

Run Time: 98 Minutes

Rated: PG-13

4K Ultra HD Video: 2160p Ultra High Definition 16×9 Widescreen (2.40:1)

4K Ultra HD Audio: English Dolby Atmos TrueHD / EDA / English DD 2.0 / Spanish Dolby Digital 5.1

Blu-ray Video: 2D and 3D Versions – 1080p High-Definition 16×9 Widescreen (2.40:1)

Blu-ray Audio: English DTS-HD Master Audio 7.1 / EDA / English DD 2.0 / Spanish Dolby Digital 5.1

Subtitles: English SDH and Spanish

Special Features: There aren’t any new extras for this 4K release. These are the same as the Blu-ray release back in 2014.

  • Audio Commentary with Kellan Lutz and Director Renny Harlin
  • The Making of The Legend of Hercules
  • Digital HD Copy

 

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