THE PLOT THUS FAR
WHAT WE THOUGHT
“Heavenly Sword” was an interesting video game in the Red Sonja vibe. Unfortunately, a direct translation of the material showed that the story was lacking. Having Anna Torv play the only Ginger in Magical Medieval Japan plays super bizarre when it’s extended to 85 minutes. Thomas Jane and other amazing voice talent shows up to try and save the film. But, this just plays like a CG artist’s demo reel.
I was never a big fan of the PS3 game, but it did look cool. A cool-looking game that you play for achievements and trophies is different than a narrative that has to bring you into a world. I never felt like I truly could appreciate the power of the Heavenly Sword or what it would mean for Nariko to lose it. King Bohan could be any number of evil kings that have no relation to this story. Sometimes, we should just let things be video games.
The Blu-Ray comes with the featurette and trailers as the special features. The A/V Quality is pretty amazing for a CG powered feature. The 1080p transfer is as crisp as the game. Plus, the DTS-HD 5.1 and 2.0 master audio tracks kick in where needed. In the end, I’d recommend a purchase to fans.
RELEASE DATE: 09/02/2014