THE LEGEND OF HERCULES Blu-Ray Review
The Legend of Hercules is shot in the style of Zack Snyder’s 300 with its slow motion action sequences and gives audiences a grandiose new take on an age-old origin story. Twilight‘s Kellan Lutz stars as a young Hercules, scorned by his step-father and half-brother and sent off to Egypt under the guise of fighting for the honor of his family, given no choice but to leave the woman he loves behind.
The epic saga takes root when Hercules is thought to have fallen at the hands of the enemy. This triggers a string of events that not only proves his step-father, King Amphitryon (Scott Adkins) to be the tyrant his mother truly believed him to be, but also marks the beginning of the legend itself.
When Hercules is captured and forced to fight for his life for the pleasure of others he earns a reputation for his strength and cunning nature in the ring. When he regains his freedom, his reputation precedes him and works to his advantage as he reestablishes himself as the leader of the rebellion, intent on ridding Greece of his step-fathers brand of injustice and shedding any former loyalties.
The Legend of Hercules is divided between epic saga and fairy tale, complete with all the makings of both, including a happily ever after you almost don’t see coming. Lutz makes a surprisingly compelling Hercules in this version of the tale, captivating audiences with a half-decent portrayal of the young hero. The deceit is palpable as Hercules battles his way back from defeat with the help of his loyal companion, Sotiris (Liam McIntyre), to the arms of his love, Hebe (Gaia Weiss). With a mystical assist, Hercules meets his fate with conviction despite unforeseen tragedy and introduces a new generation to an old stand-by.
The Legend of Hercules blu-ray disc comes in both 3D and standard formatting, but is limited in the special features department to the following extras:
- “The Making of The Legend of Hercules” documentary
- Audio commentary with Kellan Lutz and director Renny Harlin
- Digital HD Ultraviolet Copy
If you’re looking for the usual deleted scenes, then you’re out of luck on this disc. However, if you are more into the motivations behind actors performances or a director’s shots, etc. the documentary and additional commentary with Lutz and Harlin will satisfy your taste.
The documentary is fairly inclusive and in-depth. It covers a wide range of elements involved in the filmmaking process – everything from rehearsals to costuming – and is very entertaining, besides being informative.
Overall, The Legend of Hercules offers audiences a familiar, uncomplicated story while still managing to frame it in a way that gives it the appearance of being somewhat original. Although the blu-ray is lacking in areas, it’s definitely still worth checking out.