By Chris Rebholz
Sep 14, 2010 08:59 PM EST

Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time Blu-ray Review

Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time Blu-ray Review
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Once again we have another movie based off a video game. This time around it is Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time. The difference with this movie and most others that are based off of video games is that this time around Disney is producing it so we can expect a nice big budget.

The movie opens with our young hero who is living on the streets and making his way as best he can. One day the King happens to be strolling through the village (as Kings are wont to do) and he sees young Dastan try to stop a guard from punishing another villager for stealing. Of course the King sees this act of defiance as an act of goodness and decides to bring the boy into his palace to be raised as his son (even though the King already has two of his own). Fast forward a few years and Dastan (Jake Gyllenhaal) is now a warrior serving in the Kings army with his two "brothers", Garsiv and Tus. They are about to attack the city of Alamut because Tus believes they are making weapons for Persia's enemies. They attack the city and with Dastan's help they are able to conquer it.

During the attack Dastan comes across a strange dagger and decides to keep it for himself. That night when the King arrives there is an attempt on his life and Dastan is accused of the crime. He runs off with a young priestess/princess who knows the truth about the dagger and does her best to get it back from Dastan. Naturally Dastan spends the rest of the movie trying to clear his name while also doing his best to keep the dagger out of enemy hands.

Again the trouble with these video game adaptions is that they can never truly translate the game onto the big screen. The one saving grace of this movie is the fact that it is backed by Disney, of course that is also the one big hinderence. Since there is such a large budget we are witness to beautiful specials effects i.e. the first view we have of the city of Alamut. Then again it is a bit hard to believe that the three brothers would get along so well unless they were charicatures manufactured by Disney.

Prince of Persia just released on Blu-ray and as always with that format it looks and sounds amazing. The colors come off so bright and in a movie like this where the landscape is so desolate looking that's saying something. The bonus features are quite in depth. We get a behind-the-scenes featurette, as well as a tour of how they scouted each location. Plus with the Blu-ray version we get a digital copy of the movie.

All in all Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time is not nearly the best adaption of a video game but it still is a lot of fun to watch and you won't regret having done so. 

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MPAA Rating: PG-13
Running Time: 116 minutes
Distributed By: Walt Disney Pictures

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