Blu Monday: Prince of Persia The Sands of Time

There has been a long line of live-action movies based on the world of video games and most could only boast that they were good for the occasional late night drinking game. These films have never been taken seriously by Hollywood or gamers alike, they are cheaply made and were an easy cash grab. As a gamer it has always saddened me to watch enjoyable stories bastardized on the big screen. That being said it’s nice to see Disney take a step in the right direction, giving gamers an enjoyable experience at their local multiplex.

Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time is loosely based on the popular video game series of the same name. The film follows Dastan(Jake Gyllenhaal), the adopted son of King Sharaman. Sharaman saw great potential in Dastan when he witnessed him defend a friend from an angry Persian guard. This display of bravery propelled Dastan from poverty into prince-hood. Fifteen years later he finds himself on an adventure that opens his mind to the true intentions of his family and the limits of reality. With a dagger that reverses the flow of time Dastan sets out to clear his name and find his father’s killer. Continue reading film review…

Video Quality:

Prince of Persia is near perfect on Blu-Ray, even though the film takes place in a desert, the colors seem to pop out of the screen. In 1080p there is little to no grain on the transfer and the black level is as perfect as it gets. This sharp picture quality does hurt the film at times as poor special effects seem to stand out in the film’s crystal clarity. That would be the only complaint I have when it come the the film’s video quality as Prince of Persia: Sands of Time is as near to perfect as it gets on Blu-Ray.

Sound Quality:

The mystical land of The Prince of Persia comes to life in 5.1 DTS-HD. I’m a big fan of a film that knows how to use the rear speakers and Prince of Persia is one of those films. The soundtrack plays beautifully with the crisp picture adding to the overall emotion of the film. While the sound won’t be shaking the nails out of your dry wall it is excellently presented on Blu-Ray.

Special Features:

  • An Unseen World Making Prince of Persia: In this feature you are taken back in time to the making of the film. All these features are accessed when the dagger appears on the screen, if you press enter before the sands drain from the dagger’s hilt then the film rewinds to show you information about the scene, actors, or production. This is a nice feature that makes the film interactive. It’s also fun to send the film in reverse. The behind the scenes are extremely in depth and all your burning questions will find their answers here.
  • Deleted Scene: There is only one deleted scene and it just adds a little bit more to the ceremony after the first battle as Dastan’s brother presents the heads of his enemies. Nothing too exciting here, it’s easily passable and it adds nothing more to the overall film.
  • What’s missing: It was disappointing that the film was missing some kind of commentary. It seems that most of the newer Blu-Rays are going the enhanced film route over auditory commentary. If you’re a fan of the witty dialog found in commentary like I am you will share in my disappointment.

Overall:

This Blu-Ray has a lot to offer, but just not enough to make it worth adding to your Blu-Ray collection. It’s nice that the Blu-Ray includes a DVD and Digital Copy, but I don’t think the film itself holds up to that kind of viewing prowess. If the film had felt like more than a Pirates of the Caribbean rip off then I may have given it a buy, but what the film lacks in story telling is what ultimately holds it back. While it’s not the worst film I have ever seen, it’s just not the kind of film that holds up to repeat viewing. That’s why I have to give Prince of Persia: Sands of Time a mild RENT IT. If you enjoyed the game then give it a spin, but keep your expectations low and you won’t be disappointed.

By Ryan Davis

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About Ryan Davis

Ryan is the Founder of Lost in Reviews, a member of The Kansas City Film Critic's Circle, and a key component in the movement to digitally restore the 1986 classic film The Gate. Ryan is also the co-host of Blu Monday a DVD and Blu Ray review show which Lost in Reviews co-founder Angela Davis also appears. While he may be a film and music snob, that doesn't mean you can't be friends. Well it could if you don't like the same bands or films he does, overall it might be best to avoid the subject all together.

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