(Anna Torv, Thomas Jane, Alfred Molina, et al / DVD / NR / 2014 / Cinedigm)
Overview: Nariko's clan has long protected the Heavenly Sword, a god s blade of immense power that drains its wielder of their life force. A power-hungry ruler known as the evil King Bohan seeks to obtain the sword to gain its devastating power. As the impending apocalypse nears, it remains to be seen how long Nariko can resist the swords deadly curse.
DVD Verdict: For those not in the know, 'Heavenly Sword' is an film animation from the popular game on the PS3 (Play Station) about a heroine and her sister, with an unbreakable bond, that set off on a journey to to find their long lost brother chosen by fate to wield a sword of the the Gods.
Phew! Okay, well, the story concept of this film is an extraordinary story, specially taken from a games own storyline, but sadly this animated film has a lot of flaws which lets this film down. The voice acting is good, but some of the animation lets this down. Anyone that has played this game will know this story all to well. The only problem is I can't give anything else away about this film because, sadly, there are just so many things wrong with it compared to the video game.
It was, for me, basically the overall physics of the animation that were off at times and things were sometimes way to fast for what they ought to be. But I think this was down to rendering, The animation is pretty poor for this film, which suggest a very low budget as the film feels like long game cut scenes movie between game play. I feel the CGI could have been done better specially with the fight scenes. Indeed, if you're going to have blood in a scene at least show how the person is been cut and not simply just have blood spurt out willy-nilly! This is a Widescreen Presentation (1.85:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs with the Special Features of:
The Making of Heavenly Sword