Director: Joe Lynch
Cast: Ryan Kwanten, Steve Zahn, Peter Dinklage
Release Date: Now Available on Blu-Ray & DVD
A Review By: Kevin Lovell
Film Rating: 8/10
Disc Rating: 9/10
Live-action role players conjure up a demon from Hell by mistake and they must deal with the consequences.
‘Knights of Badassdom’ is a film that I along with many others have been waiting years to see. Throughout this time rumors have spread about the film being completely ruined from Joe Lynch’s vision, though I personally have yet to see any official confirmation on this fact, especially since these initial rumors mentioned this supposed version as being a mere 70 minutes when the version released is 86. Regardless of this fact or not, this movie was in no way the convoluted and confusing mess so many claimed and even more than that it was incredibly fun and well done. Ignore the comments from those who say all of the gore was removed and the movie makes no sense because absolutely none of that is true in any way shape or form. The plot and all elements of it are perfectly understandable and the gore level is higher than a lot of full on horror films.
The film delivers laughs, gore and fun all in huge quantities and it’s an incredibly fun ride from start to finish. The cast here could not possibly be more accurately placed and they all do great in their respective roles. Ryan Kwanten, Summer Glau, Peter Dinklage, Steve Zahn as well as a number of other familiar faces all contribute to the genuine fun and feel of the film and Joe Lynch delivers a pretty fantastic horror comedy mixed with a bit of nerd and I’m quite excited to see how his career as a director builds because I think he really has some unique ideas and a lot of talent.
My personal advice is to ignore the rumors and all of the haters that continue to badmouth this film and just give a shot. I really loved it and have yet to talk to any others whose opinions I trust that didn’t love it as well, so do yourself favor and give it a whirl. I think you will be quite thrilled that you decided to.
The Blu-Ray release of ‘Knights of Badassdom’ features a full 1080p High Definition presentation utilizing the film’s original 2.40:1 Cinemascope Aspect Ratio. The video is sharp around the edges, smooth within the borders, detailed and overall looks pretty great without any significant faults noticeable throughout. I think most will be more than satisfied with the high definition video presentation on this Blu-Ray release.
The Blu-Ray release features a lossless 5.1 channel DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack which actually hits pretty hard and certainly adds another level of fun to the experience of the film as a whole. All five channels are frequently utilized in nice and fun ways, especially during action and intense sequences, while always allowing the dialogue to be more than audible. This lossless multichannel soundtrack definitely holds up, everything is discrete, in place and sounds pretty great overall.
The Blu-Ray release of ‘Knights of Badassdom’ brings a pretty decent collection of bonus content. Included on the release are a segment from the San Diego Comic-Con panel, Interviews with Peter Dinklage, Steve Zahn and director Joe Lynch, ‘Summer Glau: Hottie Montage’ in addition to Behind The Scenes Featurettes. There is certainly a nice chunk of extra goodies that fans of the film will likely want to check out.
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Film Rating: 8/10
Disc Rating: 9/10
‘Knights of Badassdom’ is now available to own on Blu-Ray & DVD from Entertainment One.