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ASSASSIN’S CREED

Blu-ray review by David Blackwell

 

DETAILS:  115 minutes, featurettes, deleted scenes, galleries, theatrical trailers, DVD, digital HD copy

VIDEO:  2.39:1 (Anamorphic Widescreen) 1080p High Definition

AUDIO:  English 7.1 DTS-HD Master Audio, English 5.1 Descriptive Audio, French 5.1 Dolby Digital, Spanish 5.1 DD, Portuguese 5.1 DD, Thai 5.1 DD, Hindi 5.1 DD, Indonesian 5.1 DD

Subtitles: English SDH, French, Spanish, Portuguese, Danish, Suomi, Norwegian, Svenska, Hindi, Indonesian

 

STUDIO:  20th Century Fox/ Regency Enterprises/ Ubisoft Entertainment/ New regency/ Ubisoft Motion Pictures/ DMC Film

RELEASE DATE:  3-21-2017


Callum (Michael Fassbender) saw his father kill his mother when he was 8 years old.  Thirty years later, he is sentenced to death by the state of Texas, but he wakes up at an Abstergo Foundation facility where he is told he is the descendant of the assassin Aguilar (Fassbender) by Sophia (Marion Cotillard).   Sophia and her father Dr. Alan Rikkin think putting Callum in the Animus where he can live the genetic memories of Aguilar, one of the Assassin’s Creed, that they can find the Apple of Eden which has the genetic code for free will.   The ancient battle between the Creed and the Templars is at its height in 1492 Spain as Aguilar and his fellow assassins must stop the Templars and the Church from getting the Apple from the Turks..  In the present day, descendants of some of the other creed plan t stop Callum from finding the Apple’s locations and revealing to the Templars.

 

ASSASSIN’S CREED has a fine cast with some incredibly well shot choreographed action scenes.   Director Justin Kurzel has shot a very visual film like his version of MACBETH which also starred Michael Fassbender and Marion Cottilard.   Given all the attention to detail in the production design, story, costumes, and action, fans of the video games will love this movie.   I just hope they make another one and I have read they have plans for a sequel is it is given a go ahead.

 

SPECIAL FEATURES:

CONVERSATIONS WITH JUSTIN KURZEL where he talks with the composer (his brother Jed) about the score, the editing of the film with the film’s editor Christopher Tellesen, the visual effects, and the story with one of the scriptwriters

 

TAKE THE PLEDGE: BEHIND THE SCENES OF ASSASSIN’S CREED is a series of featurettes totaling about 41 minutes:

LEGACY OF ASSASSIN’S CREED-

BECOMING AN ASSASSIN

TOOLS OF THE TRADE- costume design and the weapons of the film

IN THE REALM OF REALISM- see the production film on location in Malta to recreate 15th century Spain and film on the soundstages of Pinewood

SWIFT MOVES AND STEALTH MANEUVERS- a behind-the-scenes look at the stunt training and the stunts of the movie

 

The deleted scenes are split into two sections: one where you can watch all ten cut deleted scenes (about 15 minutes) and the other option (20 minutes) where you see director Justin Kurzel and editor Christopher Tellefsen talk about the deleted character of Lara who was cut to clarify the relationship between Callum and Sophia in addition to an alternate ending

 

Galleries for Concept Art, Costumes and Weapons, and Unit Photography

Two theatrical trailers

Sneak Peeks of Discover Digital HD, LOGAN, LEGION Season 1, Morgan, and VIKINGS Season 4 Part 2

 

The movie in standard definition on DVD and a code to stream and/or download a digital HD copy through multiple devices (TV, tablet, computer, smartphone)

 

FINAL ANALYSIS:   ASASSIN’S CREED is an enjoyable movie adapted from a video game and I wouldn’t mind seeing another one in this series.  The extras give plenty of insights into the making of the movie and why some scenes (and even one character) were cut.

 

This review is 4-4-2017 David Blackwell and cannot be reprinted without permission.  Send all comments to feedback@enterline-media.com

 

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