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2.0 out of 5 stars Hasn't aged well, 21 Oct. 2007
This review is from: Warlords Of Atlantis [DVD] (DVD)
I loved these Doug McClure/Kevin Connor creature features movies when I was a kid, but that was back in the '80s, when I was a lot less discriminating and special effects were of a much lower standard.

I give the filmmakers an A for effort for attempting a good old-fashioned adventure/fantasy yarn, but the execution just doesn't do it justice. Connor's directorial style is bland and of the static, tripod-based "point and shoot" variety. Hardly any camera movement or interesting compositions to speak of here. The actors are all enthusiastic, but the script doesn't give them much to work with. The Atlanteans are laughable in their shiny outfits and Medieval-fair haircuts. And the special effects - oh dear - dodgy, obvious miniatures and rubber puppets for the monsters. Stop-motion would have been a better option. The sound effects aren't much better, with the ankylosaurus-type monsters being dubbed with JAGUAR sound effects. It sounds ludicrous to have these huge armoured reptiles utter big cat snarls.

As I mentioned, I loved these movies as a kid, and they're still reasonably fast-paced and imaginative, so I tend to cut them a lot of slack nowadays, but in the post-"Jurassic Park" world, I think they'd only offer escapism to very young children or major nostalgia buffs. To anyone else, "Warlords" is just going to look dated and silly.

On the plus side, the giant octopus is a reasonably well-done monster (compared to the ridiculous "shot out of a tennis ball ejector" flying piranhas or whatever they are), and the print used for the DVD transfer is remarkably free of dust and scratches, although the colour and contrast are a bit washed-out and the picture isn't particularly sharp overall. But for a 30-year-old movie, it looks decent enough. If you loved these Doug McClure movies as a kid, or you have a 5-year-old to entertain for 90 minutes and don't want to show them a movie with bloodletting, swearing and nudity, this might be a good pick.
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