- Format: NTSC, Import
- Language: English
- Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
- Number of discs: 1
- MPAA Rating:
- Studio: Simitar Ent.
- Release Date: Jan 20 1998
- Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
- ASIN: 6304622708
Too bad because what it's left of this film is really good. The english cast is superb with a special mention to Christopher Plummer whose performance as the Inca Atahualpa is really haunting. The slow motion technique used for the battle isn't gratuitous at all and is not only used to hide the fact that more than 2000 extras should have been hired in order to respect history.
As for the quality of the DVD, I can't but agree with the other reviewers. Shameful.
Although this isn't a long movie, the video is inexplicably recorded in Extended Play mode and the cartridge contains less videotape than a Macarena dance demo. As a result, the already out-of-focus film they used is made doubly blurry, reducing faces in the not-too-distant background to stacks of fuzzy lines. Whole segments of film are missing, and what is left is peppered with a constant rain of dropouts, scratches, missing frames, and even dust caught in the lens at one point. The "letterbox" lines at the top and bottom of the picture are not black, but blue--and idiotically distracting choice. And as if that weren't enough, the entire picture shifts down after about 40 minutes, leaving the top border significantly larger than the bottom border (did I mention that a line of distorted picture flanks the borders?). Eventually, the video transfer man wakes up and the picture creeps back up to the center.
Then there is the sound, which seems to have been processed through a fuzz box. The sound is so muddy and distorted, listening to this movie becomes a torture worthy of the Inquisition! Obviously, an optical soundtrack wasn't used, because there is also significant print-through. That means you will hear loud sounds about a second before they happen.
Simitar, the company responsible for this travesty, certainly lives up to its name: the Royal Hunt of the Sun is a real hack job.