The Last Witch Hunter Blu-ray Review
“The Last Witch Hunter” is far from magical.
In the distant past, Kaulder (a witch hunter) defeated the evil Witch Queen, but in the process, he becomes cursed with immortality. As the story cuts to present day, we (the audience) learn there is a peaceful truce in place and that witches are unable to use magic against humans. Well, it wouldn’t be much of a movie if the truce lasted so, as you can probably guess, all hell breaks loose when Kaulder’s handler (Dolan 36) is nearly killed by a witch. As Kaulder investigates who is responsible, he soon discovers that an evil plot to resurrect the presumed dead Witch Queen. Now, Kaulder has to team up with Dolan 37 and a young witch with a special gift (Chloe) in order to stop this from taking place.
Vin Diesel (a noted “Dungeons and Dragons” player) clearly has an affinity for the fantasy genre so it’s no surprise that he wanted to create his own action fantasy film franchise. Alas, as history has often shown, the fantasy genre is a tough nut to crack in cinema and “The Last Witch Hunter” sadly proves that making a winner is easier said than done.
While “The Last Witch Hunter” is watchable in a sort of late night cable kind of way, it’s strangely lacking in originality and excitement. The mythology feels made up on the spot, the script feels labored, the action sequences are overloaded with CGI, and the entire project is disappointingly formulaic.
As for the cast, it’s a strange one to be sure as it contains the likes of Vin Diesel, Elijah Wood, Michael Caine, and Rose Leslie of “Game of Thrones” fame. Diesel (who has a lot of action cred with the “Fast and Furious” series) is oddly a bit stiff as Kaulder. Intentional or not, it does seem like he is playing a roleplaying game here rather than starring in a blockbuster. Rose Leslie steals the show as Chloe as she proves to be the most interesting character in the entire story. Wood and Caine have little to do here and don’t make much of an impression.
Presentation: 2.40:1 1080p. How does it look? An absolute pristine transfer. You can spot so many little details with the Blu-ray version.
Audio Track: DTS: X. How does it sound? This track certainly kicks it up a notch in the audio department. Very layered to say the least.
* Lionsgate trailers.
* Digital copy and DVD copy.
* 2 deleted scenes.
* “Crafting The Magic: The Last Witch Hunter”- A half hour featurette that contains film clips, interviews, set footage, discussions about story, characters, and visual f/x, and much more.
* “Animated Short Films- The Origins of The Axe and Cross”- 4 mythological prequel animated shorts titled “Before Mankind,” “The Witch Lords,” “The Witch Hunter,” and
“Witches Live Amongst Us.”
* “The Last Witch Hunter Sizzle Reel/Paint It Black”- A sizzle reel that sells the film with a “Paint It Black” cover playing over it.
* A solo commentary by director Breck Eisner. Worth a play if you like the film.
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