LIBRARIAN TRILOGY - MOVIE [Blu-ray]
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Netherlands released, Blu-Ray/Region A/B/C : it WILL NOT play on regular DVD player. You need Blu-Ray DVD player to view this Blu-Ray DVD: LANGUAGES: English ( Dolby Digital 5.1 ), English ( DTS-HD Master Audio ), Dutch ( Subtitles ), WIDESCREEN (1.78:1), SPECIAL FEATURES: 3-DVD Set, Interactive Menu, Scene Access, SYNOPSIS: The Librarian: Quest for the Spear (2004)
Flynn an over 30 'professional student,' is banned from more classes, since he already has 22 degrees. Unexpectedly hired by a mysterious library, he's soon pursuing a stolen artifact from the library, a pursuit taking him to far off lands.
The Librarian: Return to King Solomon's Mines (2006)
An adventurous former librarian sets out in search of the legendary mines of King Solomon in this epic sequel to The Librarian: Quest for the Spear starring Noah Wyle, Gabrielle Anwar, Bob Newhart, and Olympia Dukakis. Flynn Carsen (Wyle) was a quiet bookworm whose 12 bachelor's degrees, six master's degrees, and four Ph.D.'s weren't earned by risking his life at the far corners of the globe. But now school is over, and the only way to uncover some of history's most exciting secrets is to travel into the field and set out on the adventure of a lifetime.
The Librarian: The Curse of the Judas Chalice (2008)
The Librarian: Curse of the Judas Chalice is the third and final film in The Librarian trilogy of movies starring Noah Wyle as a librarian who protects a secret collection of artifacts from Vlad Dracula and his vampire hordes. ...The Librarian Trilogy - 3-Disc Set ( The Librarian: Quest for the Spear / The Librarian: Return to King Solomon's Mines / The Librarian: The Curse of the Ju
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The DVD set contains all three movies, Quest for the Spear, Return to King Soloman's Mines, and Curse of the Judas Chalice. Only the movies are included, there are no extras like deleted scenes, commentaries etc. I will not go into detail of the plots of the movies, but they mainly involve Wyle's character and usually a gorgeous female co-star to provide a love interest for Flynn trying to track down and recover some artifact that in the wrong hands could destroy the world, so it can be taken to the Library for safekeeping. None of the movies are all that deep, nor do they take themselves all that seriously. If you know that going into them, and that would not bother you, then chances are you will enjoy them.
The set is available on blu-ray, but given the price difference between the blu-ray set and the DVD set (over $30 vs less than $10), you may just want to get the DVDs or stream them. Given that the special effects are on the lower-budget side and would not really be enhanced all that much by the higher-definition media, nor are there any extras or special features included, it really does not make it worth shelling out the extra money for the blu-rays. In my opinion anyway. All-in-all they are good, but not great movies. They also set up the world of the Librarians TV series, which is currently airing on TNT, and is, in my opinion, better than these original movies.
WARNING. These discs are SUBTITLED in a foreign language (German? Dutch?) and my eyes are drawn to the indecipherable captions EVERY TIME. It is VERY distracting. The subtitles CANNOT be turned off, they are part of the video...
I would have given 5 stars, except for those annoying captions, which ruin the immersion in the movie.
Many other people enter those doors with the crouching lions in front, but only a special few get to access the REAL library behind hidden doors. The real library has artifacts of myth and legend. As Judson, head of the library tells Flynn, "Some of the items in the library violate the known laws of science. But that is only because our brains are so small we haven't come up with laws to explain them."
One of those items is one of three parts of the Spear of Destiny. Whoever joins the three parts has a spear of awesome power and can take over the world. On Flynn's very first night, ninja's break into the library and steal it's spear part. Flynn's mission, as explained by Judson and Charlene, the library administrator, is to use an ancient book and recover all three parts of the spear for the library. Good thing the bumbling Flynn isn't sent into the wild alone.
That is "Quest for the Spear", the first of "The Librarian" made-for-TV movies, first airing on TNT. The other two movies follow the same general formula. This is family fare in the vein of the the movies shown on "The Wonderful World of Disney" (1969–1979). Though I don't think any of The Librarian movies are as good as the best of Disney.
The first movie originally aired in 2004. "Return to King Solomon's Mines" followed in 2006, with "Curse of the Judas Chalice" in 2008. The movies are comedy-adventures with adequate bad guys and far-fetched fantastical plots. Bob Newhart and Jane Curtin are good as Judson and Charlene. The first movie has Kyle Maclachlan as the man out to rule the world. Sidekicks are pretty good. See Stana Katic in the third movie, just before she became Detective Kate Beckett on "Castle" (2009-2016).
English subtitles are available on all three movies. "The Curse of the Judas Chalice" has four Bonus Features:
...A... "Deleted Scenes" (7 minutes) Three extended scenes.
...B... "Visual Effects Deconstruction Sequences" (7 minutes) For 11 scenes in the movie, they show the green screen as filmed and the actual altered scenes.
...C... "A Look Behind the Monastery Scene" (3 minutes) A short video of a rehearsal.
...D... "Previews" Trailers for 5 other movies.
I didn't dislike the three Librarian movies, they are OK, with the 1st, "Quest for the Spear" better than the rest.
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of course some charters different
on its own is a great set of films
but is not a before season story