THE LEGEND OF HERCULES | 3D BLU RAY & GIVEAWAY

2104 sees two Hercules films, there is the HUGE budget film starring Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson (due out in cinemas at the end of the month) and then there is the Renny Harlin one, this one, THE LEGEND OF HERCULES, a film that was trailered in cinemas for a while but then quietly disappeared until it appeared on home entertainment. Why? Well, overall it is pretty woeful, but upon consideration it is still better than POMPEII and it has some great redeeming qualities, two of them in fact, we shall name one of them Kellan Lutz’s chesticles and the other the 3D. THE LEGEND OF HERCULES is released and out now on DVD and BLU RAY from Roadshow Entertainment, it is rated M and runs for 99mins. The good news, you can win one of 5x 3D BLU RAYS thanks to Roadshow Entertainment. Suss out below how to win, after you read my review!!

 

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REVIEW BY JASON KING

Renny Harlin was one of the greatest action directors of the 90s. His films were always cheesy but they were epic. Think DIE HARD 2, CLIFFHANGER, THE LONG KISS GOODNIGHT (one of my all time favourite films) , CUTTHROAT ISLAND, DRIVEN and so on. But gradually his films got worse, the cheesiness of his skills were no longer loved and now he directs episodes of Burn Notice, White Collar and Graceland. If we break down the films he has made and remove the actors, we see that really, without the actors he used back then (Willis, Stallone, Davis) the films would probably be pretty shit and not get the budget. If this Hercules was made back in the 90s and had Arnie in it we would all be raving about it, Arnie himself would have added some humor and ridiculousness to the part and it would make oodles of $$$.

Instead no A-Grader has worked with Harlin since 2007 – the film CLEANER – never even heard of it, but it starred Samuel L. Jackson, Ed Harris, Eva Mendes and Luis Guzman. I see it that Hollywood has kind of dumped Harlin and big names steer clear now.

Shame because this is still better than more than half of M. Night Shyamlan’s films and still better than POMPEII :).

 

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THE LEGEND OF HERCULES | SALTY POPCORN BLU RAY REVIEW AND GIVEAWAY | KELLAN LUTZ AND HIS CHESTICLES

 

So, the film is roughly about Hercules, you don’t really need to know the story, it is appalling, it offers nothing new worth mentioning and pretty much makes a Power Rangers Episode out of the historical legend. But if you accept that then all will be fine. Now scroll up about 10cm and look at Kellan Lutz. You see that body, that body is his own body, he signed on to this film two weeks before filming, no training at all. It would also explain why his acting is so freaking bad and laughable but look at this chesticles, it is worth it for them alone haha. Oddly Renny Harlin insisted all men shave their chests and legs for the film as he claimed that in 3D filming the hairs stand out – like oh yeah – 3D or a kinky Harlin perhaps?

The film has little to no names besides Lutz to mention, there is B grade frequenter Johnathon Schaech, there is the hot Australian dude from SPARTACUS, Liam McIntyre, and I have to mention Luke Newberry, I love the guy, he is the lead from the UK zombie show, IN THE FLESH. You will also recognise Kenneth Cranham, an old guy that pops up in everything. Generally I do not even remember these guys after seeing the film because in the end I just gave up and allowed myself to hypnotised by Lutz’s chesticles and his monotonic, no personality talking.

 

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There is one standout in this film and I feel I really need to say something positive about it. The 3D and CGI of this film is outstanding. I mean, just brilliant. It is impressive when a film actually shoots in 3D as post production 3D can be disastrous – *cough CLASH OF THE TITANS. THE LEGEND OF HERCULES uses the steroscopic filming with aplomb and it would appear the film’s budget favoured the effects and 3D over all else. I thoroughly enjoyed watching this film on my uber TV in 3D and think, regardless of how crap you may find this film, you will tip your hat to the visuals. This is where POMPEII failed, both the films are crap, but whereas POMPEII has nothing going for it (OK – that freaking case of beer pack of Kit Harrington excluded) this film had awesome chesticles AND impressive visuals. If only they gave Lutz more prep time, acting lessons and a rewritten script with a director who wanted the film to be grand, then this film could have been epic!

 


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With special thanks to ROADSHOW ENTERTAINMENT to win one of the 5x 3D BLU RAYs (2D version included) of THE LEGEND OF HERCULES you need to either like and share this post on Facebook or retweet/ favourite it on Twitter, you then need to answer the following question. 

Firstly, just an FYI on how to increase chances of winning a salty comp; commenting on the review generally holds you in better stead of winning as opposed to just comp sexing :)

WHAT IS YOUR GUILTY PLEASURE FILM YOU LIKE TO WATCH FOR THE ACTOR’S BODY AS OPPOSED TO THE STORY? I admit I watched Twilight for Jacob, I won’t include Leo because he is perfect, I watch Zac Efron for Zac Efron, screw the story, and I love INTO THE BLUE for the dearly departed but once divine gorgeous Paul Walker. Talk about film confessions 🙂 Your turn 🙂 

If you do not have Facebook and Twitter then you can still enter, leave your entry below and email me at jkdigitaldesigns@gmail.com telling me you don’t have social media 

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The prizes will be sent in the next week or two. Good luck! Oh, and minor housekeeping – huge apologies for overseas readers, this competition is only available to Australian residents.

 

 

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