The Review at a Glance: (max score: 5 )
Audio/Video total rating:
( Max score: 100 )
Studio and Year: Disney - 2010
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Feature running time: 116 minutes
Disc Format: BD-50
Encoding: AVC (MPEG-4)
Video Aspect: 2.40:1
Audio Format(s): English DTS-HD 5.1 Master Audio, French DTS 5.1, French/Spanish Dolby Digital 5.1
Subtitles: English SDH, French, Spanish
Starring: Jake Gyllenhaal, Ben Kingsley, Gemma Arterton, Alfred Molina
Directed by: Mike Newell
Music by: Harry Gregson-Williams
Written by: Boaz Yakin, Doug Miro, Carlo Bernard
Region Code: 1
Blu-ray Disc release Date: September 14, 2010
"Defy the future"
In the spirit of the Pirates of the Caribbean trilogy, Walt Disney Pictures and Jerry Bruckheimer Films transport you to the mystical lands of Persia for this wildly entertaining, epic action-adventure. Its a race against time when a rogue prince (Jake Gyllenhaal) reluctantly teams up with a rival princess (Gemma Arterton) to safeguard a magical dagger that gives its possessor the power to reverse time and rule the world.
Based on the popular video game Prince of Persia: Sands of time is an action adventure built around the story of a young prince, Dastan, who is not of noble descent who becomes an unwitting pawn in the theft of a powerful mystical weapon, The Dagger of Time, that has the ability to shift time (up to one minute) backward. After Dastan and his brothers are led to believe that the neighboring holy city of Alamut is supplying weapons to their enemies they storm/tak the city and capture its young princess, Tamina. During the assault on the city Dastan inadvertently comes into possession of the Dagger of time considering it only as keepsake/memento. Afterward he is framed in the assassination of his adopted father, King Sharaman of Persia. Dastan, along with princess Tamina manages to escape and goes into hiding while speculating about who/why he was setup. It is while he is on the run with Tamina that he learns of the Dagger's power, the true meaning behind it and the treachery that has befallen him. Together they set out on a quest to return to Alamut in an attempt to return the Dagger and thwart the impending cataclysm should they fail.
I have seen several films based upon video games and while some are better than others none are cinematic marvels. I am not familiar with the game so I went into this with no expectations one way or the other. With Jerry Bruckheimer behind it is a big budget affair with flamboyant visuals, large set pieces and epic aspirations. The film comes up short with an elementary plot, underplayed romance and compelling but repetitive action. Regardless I still found it to be a fun, mildly entertaining action/adventure film that when coupled with its superb Blu-ray Disc presentation from Disney easily qualifies as a decent popcorn flick.
For intense sequences of violence and action.
AUDIO/VIDEO - By The Numbers:
REFERENCE = 92-100 / EXCELLENT = 83-91 / GOOD = 74-82 / AVERAGE = 65-73 / BELOW AVERAGE = under 65
**My audio/video ratings are based upon a comparative made against other high definition media/blu-ray disc.**
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Prince of Persia: Sands of time comes to Blu-ray Disc from Disney featuring 1080p AVC encoded video that has an average bitrate of 24 Mbps and lossless DTS-HD 5.1 Master Audio sound that has an average bitrate of 3.8 Mbps.
This is an excellent video presentation that boasts plenty of high level detail, deeply saturated colors, and three dimensional visuals. Fleshtones are a little on the warm side but are naturally depicted. Blacks are velvety and dynamic with punchy contrast and delineated detail in low lighting and shadows. Images on my large screen appear punchy, boldly colorful, and clearly drawn. A light sprinkling of grain provides a filmic texture that caps off a solid high definition presentation from Disney.
The DTS-HD 5.1 Master Audio soundtrack is demonstration quality and is sure to please those who like to play their systems loud. This recording has wide dynamic range and boasts superlative clarity and high level detail. Dialogue is definitive and appreciably lucid through the center channel as it reaches far into the room. It's located just slightly in front of the left/right speakers within the acoustic space it occupies in the soundfield. I never had any trouble distinguishing even the slightest changes in the pitch or inflection of voices. Front channel separation and imaging was excellent. This drew out both large and small sound elements and allowed their directional correlation based upon the onscreen events to be definable. The mix makes effective and often use of the surround channels to extend the front soundstage and reproduce the spatial and discrete sounds of this sometimes aggressive soundtrack. This is a dynamically strong sound mix that utilizes low frequency effects to provide viscerally potent bass response that energizes the room.
- (HD) CineExplore: The Sands of time - An icon activated interactive feature that lets users access over forty production featurettes that amount to nearly two hours of behind the scenes material that include interviews, stunts, special effects, shooting locations and more while watching the film. One caveat, there is no direct access to these features from the disc's main menu. Once the Sands of time feature is activated and the film begins pressing the pop-up menu allows access to an index where the individual features (called Rewind segments can be viewed separately).
- (HD) Deleted Scene
- (HD) Sneak Peeks: The Sorcerer's Apprentice, Fantasia/Fantasia 2000, The Lion King, Beverly Hills Chihuahua 2, A Christmas Carol, Tron Legacy and Toy Story 3
- Bonus DVD of Prince of Persia: Sands of time
- Digital Copy of Prince of Persia: Sands of time
Based upon the video game Prince of Persia: Sands of time is an action/adventure film that boasts flamboyant visuals, large set pieces and high production values. Unfortunately its noticeably shallow script and compelling but repetitive action relegate it to little more than a worthwhile popcorn flick. Those on the fence about the film may be lured in by its superlative high definition presentation from Disney on Blu-ray Disc. It offers eye popping visuals and reference quality DTS-HD Master Audio surround sound. The bonus supplements look behind the scenes and compliment the source material via a Blu-ray enhanced interactive feature that is only accessible while watching the film. If you're a fan this makes for a technically strong and demonstration worthy addition to your collection, otherwise throw it in your rental queue and take it for a spin.
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