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Tales of an Ancient Empire (2010)

Melissa Ordway , Michael Pare  |  R |  DVD
1.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Melissa Ordway, Michael Pare
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Lions Gate
  • DVD Release Date: January 24, 2012
  • Run Time: 89 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 1.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0062KMDPM
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #90,843 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Swords clash and destinies collide in this epic story of bloodlust and vengeance. Xia, a demonic sorceress, has sworn to destroy Queen Ma'at and her kingdom of Abelar. As Xia and her army of vampires terrorize the land, the queen dispatches Princess Tanis to find the one man who can stop Xia, Oda (Michael Paré), a cold-blooded mercenary who is revealed to be Tanis's biological father. Joined by a thieving rogue named Aedan (Kevin Sorbo), Tanis begins a danger-filled quest that pits her against the sister she never knew, a half-human, half- vampire creature determined to kill Oda.

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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Worst. Movie. Ever. February 4, 2012
By amster
That was the worst POS I have ever watched in my life. I thought that Yor, The Hunter from the Future was the worst film ever made, but at least it had genuine action scenes, a linear plot, and something vaguely resembling a point. Tales of the Ancient Empire fails at even the most rudimentary things that people take for granted, things that exist even in bad films. If I had bought this, I would have returned it and demanded my money back on the grounds that Lionsgate is fradulantly deceiving the public into believing they were buying a movie. It's not, except in the sense that it contains some moving photographs and has people doing stuff. I believe that the filmakers simply ran out of money before completing the film and put together what footage they had. There's no other explanation. Entire passages, including both the prologue and climax, are done through narraration and ink drawings, with the actors stepping in to deliver dialogue. Everything is out of sequence, but not in a cool Taratino sort of way, but apparently done because it was the only way to splice the footage together. The CGI is laughable. They apparently didn't have the resources or money to do a proper render on their sequences, so they just used the test renders instead. I'm truly speechless. There's not a single sword fight in the entire film. And with the exception of a brief cameo by Lee Horsely (looking rather embarrased and pathetic, and still sporting that Matt Houston mustache), and a few passing references to Edan and Micah, this film has absolutely nothing to do with The Sword and the Sorceror. Shame on Lionsgate for even releasing this. Avoid this POS like the Black Death.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
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This has to be one of the worst sword and sorcery movies I have ever seen. I am a big fan of "The Sword and the Sorcerer" so I was expecting something to be at least similar in production quality.

What you get is a disaster from beginning to end. The acting is horrid for most of the actors, half the scenes are shot in front of a green backdrop, the computer generated graphics (such as the ship) is worse than you would see in a video game.

The story was non-existent, and at a point the movie just ends. They pretty much tell you the ending instead of filming it...Or I think that is what happened. I couldn't really say, it was that bad of a sequence - which I think they showed you about 3 times..

If the opening titles don't scare you from watching the rest of the film, you must be dead.

I'm not a big Kevin Sorbo fan and when I found out he was in this movie, I almost didn't get it. But, like the other reviewer said, he wasn't bad in this film. Lee Horsely (I noticed they renamed his character from Talon to "The Stranger" should have declined to be in this film. Why try to connect "Sword and Sorcerer" with this garbage. It really had nothing to do with the first film.

Total, total garbage...Stay away and recommend to people you hate...
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Great film if your blind January 24, 2012
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Never seen a film that was 10 minutes introducing itself. Also was made out of focus and colored most of the time in sepia. Should have award for poor everthing.
Best thing about this film is the dvd cover.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Who? February 7, 2012
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A dreadful mess. The film starts with "Kipp Downing presents..." and I'm thinking "Who?" Given this is only the second film he's associated with I'm not sure his name is on everyone's lips.

Names; there are two associated with this lemon. Kevin Sorbo and Michael Paré as Oda. Oda is a vampire killer. He decides to spare one (Xia played by Whitney Able) and they consummate their union (in cartoon form) and she becomes pregnant.

In cartoon form? Yes, the opening of the film - 10 minutes of opening credits involve still pictures - cartoons done in a Japanese style as Hekate (Cazzy Golomb) appears at talks directly to you (breaking the fourth wall), narrating the back-story.

Hekate appears again at the end to narrate the story, and more cartoon stills appear in place of any action. Hekate appears now with blacked out eyes (she's a vampire, apparently) only the eyes are blacked out digitally and really badly so as her head moves slightly you see the blackness not quite in place where the eyes are.

Digitally done sequences such as a ship in a storm are done so bad it looks like someone using a program based on Windows 95.

The vampires all appear with their fangs permanently extended (except Hekate, for some reason) and they can appear in the day time. To hide their fangs they wear a kind of hajib that covers the mouth.

Kara (Victoria Maurette) is beautiful but you don't see enough of her or anyone to give this a second star. The film's over-all plot is executed so badly but Albert Pyun (the director of Cyborg) might not be to blame. Perhaps the fact at least 10 people have a producing credit is the cause of this mess.

The closing credits is another 10 minutes.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Lota video for an audio book February 3, 2012
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Ive never written a review on amazon before. I loved the Sword and the Sorcerer. I'm a fan of Kevin Sorbo. I also usually am VERY forgiving of movies. I can let alot go and enjoy things. With all that in mind i was severely disappointed in this movie. I liked a couple of the FEW scenes actually in the movie. the rest was all explaining and bad graphics. i mean i went into this expecting to be bad or cheesy but not like this. Everything that Oda did should have been Talon. The damn necklaces the kids used to find each other were little talons. Lee should have been and played the father considering Pare only had a few more scenes anyway. I just got lost when the movie would stop and they would try to explain things then stop again.

So yeah its basically like an audio book with some moving pictures.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
Published 5 months ago by BRYANT
4.0 out of 5 stars video storytelling
The DVD is like a graphic novel. And a move. If you never saw this type of movie. You might like it or not!
Published 6 months ago by Amazon Customer
1.0 out of 5 stars Very poorly done
Very poorly done, difficult to follow. Poor acting. Poor story line. It really had some good possibilities but never caught on.
Published 6 months ago by Thomas
5.0 out of 5 stars Thanks 2 all the parents who complained & nagged how Horror films were...
What, can I say.... I'm a freak when it comes to Vampires, Werewolves, Warlocks, & Witches. They make the best Horror movies but, the don't make movies like they use to cause now &... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Cathy S. Tachera
1.0 out of 5 stars UGH
A disappointment. Not one of Kevin's better movie roles. :( If you love Kevin Sorbo like I do, this will be a disappointment for you as well.
Published 7 months ago by Diane
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
Received the movie the next day, brand new and excellent condition just as promised, still waiting on the first part. Hope the movie is decent.
Published 11 months ago by Esteban Pagan
1.0 out of 5 stars Albert Pyun's skills have Abandoned him
The Sword and the Sorcerer, in 1982, was one of my favorite films as a kid, and it still is years later. Read more
Published 13 months ago by SiamSam
4.0 out of 5 stars Who doesn't love swordplay?
I purchased this DVD as I am a fan of Lee Horsley and hunky Kevin Sorbo. It was not the best sequel but plenty of action
Published 14 months ago by Geri
1.0 out of 5 stars Like listening to a bad audiobook
Double Wow, this was supposed to be a sequel to Sword and the Sorcerer. Lets not Romanticize it, it was a B movie, but a good one with a clear plot line, unlike this. Read more
Published 18 months ago by Matthew T. Harrison
4.0 out of 5 stars Innov - Improv Ride for a hackneyed genre
A lot of viewers don't like this film for the cheapness of its stage sets and special effects, which makes the story presentation more akin to the video theater as opposed to a... Read more
Published 19 months ago by Brooser Bear
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