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Tales of an Ancient Empire [DVD] [2010] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]


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  • Actors: Michael Pare, Ralf Moeller, Kevin Sorbo
  • Format: AC-3, Closed-captioned, Colour, Dolby, DVD-Video, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: R (Restricted) (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Studio: Lions Gate
  • DVD Release Date: 24 Jan 2012
  • Run Time: 89 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0062KMDPM
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 111,196 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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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 Par), 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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By chrisisstressed on 6 Feb 2012
Format: DVD
Now let me be clear, I enjoy a lot of low budget movies. In fact, among my guilty pleasures I count Dungeons and Dragons 2 and Beastmaster 3, and I genuinely enjoyed The Midnight Chronicles for an interesting story and take on the fantasy genre. I can even watch In The Name Of The King every now and again and find things to enjoy about it. So understand that I'm not some moron trying to compare Tales of An Ancient Empire to Gladiator or Kingdom of Heaven and complaining that it doesn't measure up, but believe me when I say that Bloodrayne out performs this movie.

This movie's only plus is Kevin Sorbo but unfortunately he is not a saving grace for it. That's not to say that HE isn't good. The great thing about Mr Sorbo is that he has charisma and you can tell he enjoys his work, which always leaves you with a bit of a smile. Unfortunately, the movie was a third to nearly halfway through before he showed up.

Watching this mess, I can't honestly blame the actors - even though many give less than sub-par performances - most seem to be actually trying to take their jobs and lines seriously. Saidly though, the lines let them down. The cinematography lets them down. The direction, editing and the same thirty-second sample of guitar music repeated so regularly that it ceases being the only cool thing in this movie before Sorbo even shows up... let them down. The entire film has that feeling of a bad piece of fanfiction written by someone under the age of twelve, or one of a hundred Star Wars prequels shot by fans wearing big coats for cloaks while they slow-fight with plastic lightsabers in the trees behind their house - you can feel the childlike silliness, as though it was put together by someone who really didn't know what they were doing.
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At the very end of Albert Pyun's 1982 classic 'The Sword and the Sorcerer' there was a tantalising tag line... "Talon will return in Tales of an Ancient Empire" Well after nearly 30 years Albert kept his promise and the world he created for the first movie is once again brought back to life with a few surprises thrown in along the way...

This version of 'Tales' however tells of a band of new heroes... With Kevin Sorbo (Hercules, Andromeda) leading the action.

An ancient curse in the form of deadly Vampire Queen Xia has been brought back by some unwary treasure hunters... She now intends to destroy the beautiful city of Abelar whose ruler helped imprison her in her unholy tomb...

She unleashes her army of the dead upon the city, and under instruction from the Queen, her sister, Princess Tanis (played by the beautiful Melissa Ordway) must raise a group of mercenaries to stop Xia opening a portal to the Demon Realm and destroy everything humanity holds dear!

Tanis meets with Aedan (Sorbo) her half brother and two other siblings (plus a niece!) all fathered by a sword wielding adventurer who helped put an end to Xia's original reign of terror... They now set about tracking him down, but are captured by day walking Vampires (one of whom is also a half sibling) and can only wait for rescue...

That rescue may come on the points of a familiar looking three bladed sword...

This movie is good solid Sword and Sorcery fun in the 'Conan' tradition... Theres plenty of action, gore, humour and nudity to keep the audience interested and the Vampires are superb creations!

The half sibling sisters look great and Sorbo plays a really likeable sleazebag! Theres also some black humour and a guest appearance from the director's dog!!!
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0 of 3 people found the following review helpful By James Wyatt on 9 Sep 2011
Format: DVD
One of Kevin Sorbo's latest movies 'TALES OF AN ANCIENT EMPIRE'. Is AWESOMELY GOOD !!!!!! Although it did take 35 minutes before Kevin Sorbo appeared in the film ! It took this long setting the scene, although stuff did happen, vampires, blood and gore. A very cinematicly filmed movie, with some tinting or colouring and effects. Very good ! A tale of vampires and rivalries in the ancient world. There's several attractive actresses in this movie, as well as the heroic Kevin Sorbo. I was beginning to wonder where Sorbo was in this movie to start with, but once Sorbo appears he makes up for his 35 minutes non appearance in what is his movie - star billing above the title, main character on the DVD cover. It has a brilliant ending, with Kevin making a one line quip, then cut to black ! I have to admitt that I've got to admire a movie with nearly 16 minutes of end credits !!!!!! But you get to listen to some epic music. Next 'TALES OF AN ANCIENT EMPIRE - RED MOON' it said at the end. The version I bought was from Thailand. It comes in a slip case, very nicely packaged. It is official, just Region 3, NTSC. With Dolby 5.1, 16:9 Widescreen. In English language, with subtitles. Slightly different cover. Paradox (2010)Kull The ConquerorAvenging Angel [DVD] [2007] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
Worst. Movie. Ever. 5 Feb 2012
By amster - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD
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.
18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
Albert Pinhead shouldn't be allowed to direct any more movies! 27 Jan 2012
By Ghostwolf - Published on Amazon.com
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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...
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Lota video for an audio book 4 Feb 2012
By Jonathan D. Peifer - Published on Amazon.com
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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.
10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
Great film if your blind 24 Jan 2012
By Finders6 - Published on Amazon.com
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.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Who? 7 Feb 2012
By lecudedag - Published on Amazon.com
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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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