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directed by Anne K. Black
USA 2015

 

Young Marek (Melanie Stone) is a crippled but bright slave owned by a brutal master (Michael Flynn, CHOKE CANYON), but she has been studying magic under local wizard Gojun Pye (Kevin Sorbo, COFFIN) who is exiling himself away from his greedy and power-mad customers. When she robbed by charming thief Dagen (Jake Stormoen) and late returning from an errand, Marek is beaten by her master and accidentally kills him with some innate dark magic she did not realize she possessed. Forced to exile herself or be hanged as a runaway slave and a necromancer, Marek follows Gojun's advice and heads to the Hammerhead Inn, the hangout of questors (of various species) and seeks employment with its proprietor (Christopher Robin Miller) but is turned down. When high priestess Teela (Nicola Posener, AXED) is also turned away when she comes seeking a team of adventurers, Marek boldly offers her services. Teela reluctantly accepts the help and Marek assembles a team consisting of herself, Thane (Adam Johnson, FROZEN) - the drunkard Vitalon guard jailed for defending her from an influential pimp (Robert Jayne, DR. ALIEN) - and Dagen who they rescue from a murderous cuckolded husband. The four take to the road, battling Orcs and various beasts in an effort to find Teela's sister Caeryn (Natalie Devine) who disappeared during an Orc raid on their temple along with a magical stone. When they meet up with the giant ogre who abducted Teela, the team become separated and Marek may have to use her unhoned magic and confront the inner darkness that Teela has sensed in her. "Created by" Jason Faller (OSOMBIE) and Kynan Griffin (VAMP U), the first installment of the five part MYTHICA series of films is derivative of so many fantasy fiction films, shows, and books that its specifics are uninteresting but its over-familiarity allows for a relatively quick and painless setup. Since the first film is the setup for four other feature-length adventures - with some incidental events presumably expanded upon later - both Caeryn and the magic stone turns out to be a bit of a McGuffin. Stone makes for a likable lead and the performances are mostly of a standard that is not distacting at best and stiff at worst. Top-billed Sorbo appears in a single scene, and may possibly have shot all of his scenes for the series at the same time. Production values and effects (apart from a couple practicals) are sub-Asylum and the film is at its best when exploiting the Utah landscapes.

Eric Cotenas

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Theatrical Release: 8 December 2014 (USA)

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DVD Review: Arrowstorm Entertainment - Region 1 - NTSC

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Arrowstorm Entertainment

Region 1 - NTSC

Runtime 1:32:06
Video

1.78:1 Original Aspect Ratio

16X9 enhanced
Average Bitrate: 4.23 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s

NOTE: The Vertical axis represents the bits transferred per second. The Horizontal is the time in minutes.

Bitrate

Audio English Dolby Digital 5.1; English Dolby Digital 2.0 stereo
Subtitles English SDH, none
Features Release Information:
Studio: Arrowstorm Entertainment

Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen anamorphic - 1.78:1

Edition Details:
� Making-of (8 parts with 'Play All' option, 16:9; 26:42)
� Music Video 'I'll Be Free' (16:9; 4:23)
� Trailer (16:9; 2:21)
� Trailers of 'Mythica: The Darkspore' and 'Mythica: The Necromancer'

DVD Release Date: November 10th, 2015
Amaray

Chapters 12

 

 

 

Comments

Arrowstorm's single-layer DVD features a rather too-low bitrate progressive, anamorphic encode that looks good in well-lit scenes but soft and dull in darker sequences (particularly the day for night-tinted scenes in the middle). Presumably the HD streams and import Blu-rays offer a modest improvement. The Dolby Digital 5.1 track fares better but is not too elaborate a track. Optional English subtitles ably transcribe the dialogue (including the endless use of the fictitious profanity "fyke"). Extras consist of a comprehensive eight-part behind the scenes featurette, music video for the end title song, and trailers for the feature and the subsequent two entries.

  - Eric Cotenas

 


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