Dragonheart: Vengeance

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Sequences of violence and action, and some bloody images
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Ivan Silvestrini
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In the all-new epic action adventure "Dragonheart: Vengeance," Lukas (Kane), a young farmer whose family is killed by savage raiders in the countryside, sets out on an epic quest for revenge, forming an unlikely trio with a majestic dragon, Siveh (voiced by Carter) and a swashbuckling, sword-fighting mercenary, Darius (Millson). Compelled by the young man's cause, the ice-breathing dragon who was once banished from the kingdom for failing to save the king's life, emerges from hiding, using her fantastical powers on the trio's adventurous journey, which brings revelations and rewards beyond vengeance. (Gary Reber)

Special features include the featurettes "A New Legend" (HD 03:05) and "Creating Siveth" (HD 02:05) and a Movies Anywhere digital code..

The 1.78:1 1080p AVC picture, reviewed on a Sony Bravia Z9D 4K Ultra HD HDR display, upscaled to 2160p with greater resolution and luminance, was digitally photographed and as with the previous release, visual vibrancy is lacking. The color palette is earthy in hues and generally natural. Contrast is decent, with satisfying blacks and shadow delineating, and a scene with naturally white snow. Resolution is decent as well but not distinguished. Siveh's scaly exterior is detailed, and other imagery is also detailed. Overall, the imagery fails to convey a cinematic visual experience and instead is digital in appearance. (Gary Reber)

The DTS-HD Master Audio™ 5.1-channel soundtrack is rather undistinguished, sounding “produced.” Deep .1 LFE bass energy is effective in enhancing the intensity of battle and sound effects. The music score is decently presented with a wide soundstage that extends to the surrounds, to provide aggressive surround. At times drums provide bass support. Dialogue is forward sounding and lacks spatial integration. Overall, this is a decent but undistinguished soundtrack that is serviceable. (Gary Reber)