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Deathstroke: Knights And Dragons: The Movie Blu-ray Review

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“Deathstroke: Knights And Dragons: The Movie” is as clumsy as its title.

To describe the plot of “Deathstroke: Knights And Dragons: The Movie” would be too spoilery. Instead, I’ll just say it revolves around Slade Wilson (whose alter ego is the “super” deadly assassin/mercenary Deathstroke), his wife and son, an evil organization known as H.I.V.E. (led by the mysterious Jackal and the H.I.V.E. Queen) that is making Slade’s life a living hell, kidnappings, and a whole lot of violence. Seriously, this movie is R rated for a reason. Expect a high body count, shootouts, sword fights, and lots of blood soaked action involving everything from guts to body parts flying through the air. 

While it’s nice to see a different character receive an animated movie for a change (especially one who isn’t so black and white), “Deathstroke: Knights And Dragons: The Movie” does not do the popular DC comic book character justice. The tedious J.M. DeMatteis scripted story is less about Deathstroke and more about his family. It’s also riddled with twists that are only twists if you’ve never seen a movie before. I understand wanting to give the character more of a backstory, but I sure don’t think of marital squabbles and a “sins of the father” story when I think of a character nicknamed The Terminator. To say these elements bog the film down is an understatement. It would have been nice to see a solo adventure or even one that brought in other major DC players to liven up the story more. 

If you’re going into this film hoping for bloody action, you at least get that. Thanks to Sun Jin Ahn’s assured and stylized direction, the action is nothing short of intense. It’s the only aspect that does not disappoint here.

Video/Audio:

Presentation: 1.78:1 1080p. How does it look? Even though the animation is incredibly cheap looking, this is a solid transfer.

Audio Track: 5.1 DTS-HD MA. How does it sound? Everything from the dialogue to the sound effects sounds sharp. 

Extras include: A digital copy, a DVD copy, WB/DC trailers and a nearly 14 minute featurette on the character’s mythology titled “Deathstroke: One Man Death Machine”

August 9, 2020 - Posted by | Blu-Ray review | , , ,

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