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Scorpion King 2, The: Rise Of A Warrior

Genre: Fantasy Adventure

Reviewed In Issue 135 (Oct 2008) Of Widescreen Review®

Michael Copon, Karen David, Simon Quaterman, Tom Wu, Andreas Wisniewski, Natalie Becker & Randy Couture

WSR Review Scores
WSR Picture Rating: 3
DD Sound Rating: 3.5
DTS Sound Rating: NR
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Critics' Composite Score: 2.5
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Special Features
Special features include the following featurettes: The Making Of The Scorpion King 2: Rise Of A Warrior (14 minutes), Fight Like An Akkadian: Black Scorpion Training Camp (six minutes), On The Set With The Beautiful Leading Ladies (four minutes), Creating A Whole New World (nine minutes), and The Visual Effects of The Scorpion King 2: Rise Of A Warrior (seven minutes); a five-minute interview Becoming Sargon: One On One With Randy Couture; four minutes of deleted scenes; and a two-minute gag reel.

 DVD General Information

(Studio/Distributor): Universal Studios Home Entertainment
(Catalog Number): 63102083
(MPAA Rating): PG-13
(Rating Reason):

Violence and sexual content including reference
(Retail Price): $29.98
(DVD Type): Single Side, Dual Layer (DVD9)
(Widescreen Edition): Yes
(Full Screen Edition): No
(Anamorphic Widescreen): Yes
(Running Time In Minutes): 109
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): Yes
(Regional Coding): 1
(Theatrical Year): 2008
(Theatrical Release): No
(Direct-To-Video Release): Yes
(DVD Release Date): 08/19/08
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

 Credits Information

(Director): Russell Mulcahy
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  WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
See how the legend of The Scorpion King began when young Mathayus (Copon) witnesses the murder of his father at the hands of the powerful King Sargon (Couture). Mathayus' quest for vengeance leads to his transformation

DVD Picture:
With adequate resolution and good color saturation, the anamorphically enhanced 1.78:1 DVD looks better than other direct-to-DVD titles I have seen, but black levels are elevated and can show excessive noise, and shadow delineation is somewhat lacking. Browns and greens dominate the color scheme, and colors are not very vibrant. Edge enhancement is used but is not overly distracting, but heavy compression can cause the image to appear harsh and overly digitized. (Danny Richelieu)

While the surround channels can be ignored at times, the Dolby