Sunday, March 1, 2015

Blu-ray Review - Dragonheart 3: The Sorcerer's Curse

Dragonheart 3: The Sorcerer's Curse
Director: Colin Teague
Starring: Julian Morris, Jassa Ahluwalia, Jonjo O'Neill, Jake Curran, Tamzin Merchant, Dominic Mafham, Ben Kingsley
Studio: Universal Studios Home Entertainment
Release Date: February 24, 2015
Retail: $34.96
Running Time: PG-13
Rating: 97 minutes
Buy Link: Amazon


Wow! I had completely forgotten about the 1996 fantasy adventure Dragonheart until I heard about the the direct-to-video prequel, Dragonheart 3: The Sorcerer's Curse, was being released this year. The original was an underrated medieval dragon tale with Sean Connery voicing the last dragon, Draco. I recall watching it several times in my late teens; actually, I think I might even still have it on VHS (Remember those?). A direct-to-video sequel, Dragonheart: A New Beginning, was released in 2000. I recall watching it once, but I didn't care much for it due to the cliched plot and cheap CGI effects.

Considering it has been fifteen years since the sequel, I'm surprised that Universal 1440 Entertainment would produce a film. Dragonheart 3: The Sorcerer's Curse arrived on Blu-ray and DVD last week (February 24, 2015). Directed by Colin Teague (Doctor Who, Torchwood, The White Queen) and stars Julian Morris, Jassa Ahluwalia, Jonjo O'Neill, Jake Curran, Tamzin Merchant, Dominic Mafham and Ben Kingsley as the voice of Drago. The only bonus feature is "Bringing Drago to Life."

Set years before the original film, The Sorcerer's Curse centers on an aspiring knight named Gareth (played by Julian Morris), whom is in dire need of money, so he can buy his knighthood. After witnessing a falling comet, he goes in search for it as he has heard rumors that comets contain gold, but he finds something else - a dragon named Drago.

Drago is a "guardian" for several dragon eggs that he has brought with him to Earth. Upon arriving he is attacked by an evil sorcerer Brude (played by Jonjo O'Neill) and his men. During the fight Gareth is fatally wounded, but Drago saves him, forever linking the two together.

Aided by a warrior, Rhonu (played by Tamzin Merchant) and a wannabe sorcerer, Lorne (played by Jassa Ahluwalia), Gareth and Drago sets out to protect the dragon eggs and stop Brude's reign of terror.

I wasn't expecting too much from the sequel and for the most part I did enjoy the film. The CGI animation for Drago is pretty impressive for a low-budget film and the cinematography isn't bad either. However, the plot could have been better written as well as the dialogue. The acting is decent for this type of film. Overall, Dragonheart 3: The Sorcerer's Curse is an entertaining sword & sorcery and it's definitely a step in the right direction for the franchise. Yes, I said franchise, as there are plans for a 4th installment.

*Disclaimer - I received a complimentary copy in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own.

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