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5.0 out of 5 stars A Tale wanting to be told..., 1 Feb. 2012
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This review is from: Tales of an Ancient Empire ( Abelar: Tales of an Ancient Empire ) (DVD)
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!!!

However this version of 'Tales' is only the rough cut... a longer version with a new intro has been relesead by Lionsgate in the USA, so if this has left you wanting more (as it did me) then thats a DVD to get hold of! Don't be put off by this version though as its terrific! Albert Pyun on fine form with some good actors who look as though they are enjoying the fantasy mayhem!

For lovers of fantasy, horror, Sci-Fi, the bizzarre and Sword and Sorcery then this is a must see! You don't have to have seen 'The Sword and the Sorcerer' to enjoy this movie... but it wouldn't hurt...

A great ride, worth seeing and enjoyable...
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