Hercules is a story that is in desperate need of a retelling, right? Apparently so, as at least two different Hercules themed movies are being released within a year of one another. My only hope is that the Dwayne Johnson starring vehicle will be at least entertaining, where as The Legend Of Hercules 3D is a headache in a bottle. I’m surprised that this was a widely released theatrical affair, to be honest. I’d never even heard of the film until Jeff went to see it at the theater, and came back with reports of its awfulness. I find it odd, as much time as I spend on a daily basis, on social networking sites, and other various corners of the internet, that I didn’t even see one advertisement for this film. Hercules came and went at the box office, debuting on its opening weekend at the #3 spot, however, taking only $8 million dollars its first weekend on 2000+ screens. The third spot debut doesn’t sound too terrible, but taking into account that it’s a $70 million dollar picture, and only drew $18 million during its entire theatrical run, it’s safe to call this one a flop. Judging by the direction this film takes, and the unbearable dialog, they probably knew before releasing it that it was going to bomb. I don’t know how any person could sit down to watch a rough cut of this movie, and think that some of this stuff was passable. But, I digress.
Witness the rise of a god in the thrilling tale of the celebrated mythical warrior, The Legend Of Hercules, coming to 3D Blu-ray Disc (plus 2D Blu-ray and Digital HD UltraViolet), DVD (plus Digital UltraViolet), Video on Demand and Pay-Per-View April 29 from Summit Entertainment, a LIONSGATE company. The film will also be available on Digital HD April 15, two weeks prior to the Blu-ray and DVD release. Directed by Renny Harlin (Die Hard 2, Deep Blue Sea) and written by Sean Hood (Conan the Barbarian) and Daniel Giat (TV’s Path to War), The Legend of Hercules stars Kellan Lutz (upcoming The Expendables 3), Scott Adkins (Zero Dark Thirty, The Expendables 2), Liam McIntyre (Starz’s “Spartacus: War of the Damned”), Liam Garrigan (Starz’s “The Pillars of the Earth”), Johnathon Schaech (Showtime’s “Ray Donovan,” TV’s “The Client List”), Roxanne McKee (HBO’s “Game Of Thrones”) along with Gaia Weiss (Mary Queen of Scots) and Rade Serbedzija (TV’s “Red Widow,” Taken 2).The Legend Of Hercules follows the mythical Greek hero Hercules, the son of Zeus, who is blessed with extraordinary strength as a half-god, half-man. Banished by his stepfather, the king, Hercules slowly becomes aware of his true origins as the son of Zeus. As he learns to harness his demi-god powers, Hercules gathers an army to fight his way back to his kingdom in this action-filled epic.The Blu-ray and DVD feature an audio commentary with Kellan Lutz and director Renny Harlin, while the Blu-ray will also include an exclusive “making of” documentary. The Legend Of Hercules Blu-ray Disc and DVD will be available for the suggested retail price of $39.99 and $29.95, respectively.
I also viewed the film in 3D on my Samsung 3D TV/Sony 3D Blu-ray Player. While some of the photography is pretty gorgeous in 3D, any instances of that are quickly ruined by a constant flow of unnecessary fluttering particles of whatever-the-fuck always fluttering around. Honestly, if it weren’t for this, I would have had a much more pleasant experience viewing this movie, even if I did hate the film. Instead of creating an immersive environment in my living room, the purpose for which 3D was even relaunched in the first place, I was just left with blurry eyes, and a massive headache. I drove to the store a couple of hours after sitting through this 3D movie, and I thought I was going to crash my vehicle into oncoming traffic. I understand the desire to throw flashy things in the viewers face to justify the extra few dollars they paid to view this film in 3D, but with gimmicks that are nothing more than a display of excess, most of the time, less is more. So, I’m recommending to you, that if you absolutely must view Renny Harlin’s The Legend Of Hercules, please do so in 2D, to combat the possibility of bodily harm that may occur after your viewing. The Legend Of Hercules is now available on DVD & 3D Blu-ray/Blu-ray/DVD combo from Lionsgate. You may purchase your copy here.