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The Scorpion King [Blu-ray] (2002)

Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson , Kelly Hu , Chuck Russell  |  PG-13 |  Blu-ray
3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (296 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson, Kelly Hu, Michael Clarke Duncan, Steven Brand, Bernard Hill
  • Directors: Chuck Russell
  • Writers: Stephen Sommers, William Osborne, David Hayter
  • Producers: Stephen Sommers, Sean Daniel, James Jacks, Kevin Misher, Vince McMahon
  • Format: AC-3, Blu-ray, Color, Dolby, DTS Surround Sound, Dubbed, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1), French (DTS 5.1), Spanish (DTS 5.1)
  • Subtitles: French, Spanish
  • Dubbed: French, Spanish
  • Subtitles for the Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Universal Studios
  • DVD Release Date: July 22, 2008
  • Run Time: 92 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (296 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001A4VH3Y
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #41,064 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Scorpion King [Blu-ray]" on IMDb

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There's nothing original in The Scorpion King, but this derivative action franchise gets off to a rousing start by cleverly stealing from a lot of better movies. Capitalizing on his brief cameo in The Mummy Returns, Dwayne Johnson (a.k.a. World Wrestling Federation star the Rock) stars as Mathayus, an Akkadian assassin in the age preceding Egyptian pharaohs, who vows to avenge his brother's murder by an undefeated warlord (Steven Brand) prophesied to become the desert-ruling Scorpion King. Their battle for supremacy comprises most of the film's brisk 95-minute running time, punctuated by comic relief from Mathayus's obligatory sidekick (Grant Heslov), romance with a beautiful sorceress (Kelly Hu), and alliance with a massive Nubian (Michael Clarke Duncan) on the eve of their climactic showdown. There's no rhyme or reason to the film's depiction of ancient civilization (the costuming is particularly ludicrous), but the Rock demonstrates adequate action-star potential, and director Chuck Russell (The Mask) wraps it all in a slick, professional package. --Jeff Shannon

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Adventure rules! The spectacular Mummy series explodes into a new realm of breathtaking, non-stop action in The Scorpion King! Unleashing WWE superstar The Rock as the most fearsome warrior of the ancient world, The Scorpion King plunges you into a sweeping tale filled with stunning fight sequences, awe-inspiring battles and pulse-pounding thrills. It's the ultimate special effects-powered epic and the must-see-and-see again adventure of the year!

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39 of 43 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Oddly charming and surprisingly enjoyable April 22, 2002
I went into "The Scorpion King" with pretty low expectations. Being a lover of the first two "Mummy" films, I was terribly disappointed, like many, to learn that the next film in the series would be a prequel and not involve the usual charming cast of Brendan Fraser and Rachel Weisz. I also went in expecting The Rock to be boring, cheesy, and annoying. It seemed to me that "The Scorpion King" would serve one purpose, to show off The Rock's fighting ability (like we don't know already).
Boy was I wrong! "The Scorpion King" turned out to be a top quality action flick! It was funny and filled with plenty of the witty humor that made "The Mummy" and "The Mummy Returns" such enjoyable films. The story was actually quite exciting and involving, quite the opposite of what I expected!
Believe it or not, The Rock was oddly charming in his role as Mathayus, The Scorpion King. I actually ended up really loving him! Mathayus's jittery sidekick, Arpid (Grant Heslov) steals the show! Heslov is so charming and utterly hilarious, it's almost as if he was made for this role! My only complaint as far as acting goes is that of Kelly Hu, who plays the sorceress (and Mathayus's love interest). Her lines were cheesy to begin with, but an actress of greater talent could've delivered them with more enthusiasm and character.
The movie begins rather unimpressively with Mathayus rescuing his brother from some barbaric enemies. The fight sequence was fantastic, but what really turned me off about this scene (and made me question how good the rest of the film would be) was when Mathayus came barreling in to save his brother with his bow in hand and said "Boo" and everyone started screaming. Come on; how cheesy and clichéd is that line? Thank God the rest of the movie isn't like that!
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25 of 28 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Great action, good story. April 18, 2002
When WWF superstar 'The Rock' decided to use his worldwide wrestling stardom as a segue into acting it was an enormous risk that paid off in 'The Mummy returns', but now it's time for Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson to step out in his own film, a prequel to the 'Mummy', 'The Scorpion' king.
The film was released on the 17th April in Australia and I had the chance to catch the first session in the country, and I have to admit I was very exited. I mean who wouldn't be? 'The Mummy' and 'The Mummy Returns' that have been dubbed `silly' by many were I feel two fabulous films. A wonderful mixture of action, comedy, romance and overall fun. 'The Scorpion King' follows this same formula, but misses the mark ever so slightly and thus loses marks in my books.
The film takes place before any of the pyramids have been built, back in the ancient land where warlord Memnon has conquered all the lands of the Old Kingdom, and where few people stand to fight his forces. When the scorpion king and his brother are sent to assassinate Memnon's sorcerer (who provides much of his power) they are caught and the scorpion king's brother is killed. This needless to say makes him very mad, and yearning for revenge. The story from here takes a turn when the scorpion king kidnaps the sorceress and consequently they fall in love.
The biggest plus the film offers is the amazing fight scenes, which are some of the best seen in a long time. In fact for a movie that has a run time of 110 minutes, probably 40 minutes of this is just the fighting. Wrestling fans may perhaps be disappointed that 'The Rock' doesn't do one 'Rock Bottom' or a 'People's elbow' is the course of the film, but in my mind this may have made the film feel a little hokey, relying on the wrestling angle too much.
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21 of 24 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Charge! December 4, 2002
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I went into this movie cold. I had no idea who "The Rock" was (I'd read about him, but somehow did not connect him with this film) I did not know "The Scorpion King" was supposed to be a prequel of the Mummy movies, neither of which I had seen. So me and my popcorn had a clear, unbiased mind.
The setting is long, long ago. Gommorah is still in business and gunpowder has yet to be invented. Arkkadian Assassin Mathayus (the Rock) has been hired to kill a sorcerer whose predictions are far too dependable. Mathayus' brother is tortured to death, and he vows revenge. When he discovers the sorcerer is a gorgeous young lady in a harem costume, he "liberates" her. His steed is a camel, the odds against him are never less than 50 to 1, and he lays them out like dominoes. After 90 minutes of mayhem, the good guys win the kingdom, the castle and the babe.
Dwayne Johnson was a charmer in this potboiler. He has almost too good a sense of humor (I thought he was going to crack up a few times over his ridiculous lines. Shades of Crosby and Hope in a "Road" picture!) His face is expressive, his movements agile, and he is definitely eye candy. I wish him well in a movie career. I think he would be a fine action hero. I felt sorry for his sidekick, Philos (Bernard Hill). The script was so bad that the feeble jokes he was forced to utter wouldn't get a giggle out of a pre-schooler. With the exception of a few reprehensible villains and mighty Balthazar (Michael Clarke Duncan), the cast was uniformly beautiful right down to the starving children.
The action is non-stop, so time passes quickly and all in all, I had a good time. "The Scorpion King" makes a good non-think rental. Laugh along with The Rock.
-sweetmolly-Amazon.com Reviewer
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5.0 out of 5 stars the scorpion king
another good movie with dwayne johnson! i mean kicking butt and loooookin' good doing it! love the bow and knives and getting the bad guys too.
Published 13 days ago by kenogirl
4.0 out of 5 stars Very Good Movie
This is a really good movie and I would highly recommend it to anyone who loves this genre. It Rocked. lol
Published 1 month ago by Colleen C.
4.0 out of 5 stars Exciting
An Exotic trip into suspenseful past that urges you to the edge of your seat. A slice of not-so-much reality.
Published 1 month ago by Holly
5.0 out of 5 stars Action filled
This movie was great, and the Rock,in it was a bonus, good will always over come evil. Kids enjoyed movie.
Published 1 month ago by Tracy
5.0 out of 5 stars Part of the mummy series
I had this movie on dvd and, I wanted it on blu-ray this is a excellcent movie. I would getting all the Scorpion King series also, this is why! I give this blu-ray 5 stars.
Published 2 months ago by Thomas E. boyd
5.0 out of 5 stars Love it
My mom had this movie got it pretty scratch up because she ever keeps it in the case but now she's good I bought this movie for her and she loves it
Published 2 months ago by Allen
5.0 out of 5 stars Great
The movies that I purchase on amazon are always working and in great condition. It is easy to review content and make decisions for purchase. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Jeff Bruhn
4.0 out of 5 stars A fun movie.
A good entertaining tale. The usual Dwayne Johnson performance. Good special effects, a movie for a quiet week-end with plenty of pop corn.
Published 3 months ago by Walter Durling C.
4.0 out of 5 stars scorpion king
this movie was a fast moving wild ride, not near as good as THE MUMMY, but still a fun movie, lots of movie tricks in it
Published 4 months ago by edith l. retell
5.0 out of 5 stars Scorpion King
I really like to order the tapes that show in full screen so much better than regular or Blu-ray. the Blu-ray and regular only show part of the picture. Read more
Published 8 months ago by my man
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