Viking Destiny

Featured In Issue 237, March 2019

WSR Score2.5
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Lionsgate Home Entertainment
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David L.G. Hughes
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"Viking Destiny" follows a young Viking princess's quest to regain her throne. Guided by the God Odin himself (Stamp), Princess Helle set off to regain what's rightfully hers. (Gary Reber)

Special features include the featurettes "One True Heir: A Warrior's Destiny" (HD 08:34), "Of Gods, Women & Men: The Cast (HD 09:53), and "Strength From Within: Staging The Battles (HD 07:47); upfront previews; and a digital copy.

The 2.39:1 1080p AVC picture, reviewed on a Sony Bravia Z9D 4K Ultra HD HDR display, upconverted to 2160p with greater resolution and luminance, was photographed digitally using the Arri Alexa camera system and sourced from a 2K master Digital Intermediate format. The picture begins with a battle scene that appears desaturated and drab. Following the initial scene, the picture's color palette exhibits saturated hues, but inconsistently. At times, primaries provide effective contrast. Fleshtones vary in tone but are generally natural. The forest setting is very earthy with striking saturation. Contrast is generally good with nicely defined black shadows. Resolution varies but generally is soft to good and excellent in the brighter scenes. Overall, this is an inconsistent-looking digitally captured movie. (Gary Reber)

The DTS-HD Master Audio™ 5.1-channel soundtrack has an orchestral/choral score that is well produced and occupies a wide soundstage that extends to the surrounds to provide full envelopment. Atmospherics are realistic sounding but often subdued while sound effects, especially during battle scenes, are stronger, both with subtle surround envelopment. Sound effects involving the appearance and disappearance of Gods and the reverberant narration are effective. Foley sound effects are generally good. Deep bass is reserved for the music, which is the highlight of this presentation. Dialogue is consistently intelligible but often wanting in spatial integration, due to ADR. Overall, this is a mediocre soundtrack. (Gary Reber)