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part of a small rebellion | by maryann johanson

the oh-no! DVD of the week: ‘Princess of Persia’

If you’re hoping your straight-to-DVD fantasy action flick is gonna ride the coattails of a big Hollywood blockbuster, you should probably pick your big Hollywood blockbuster better: it doesn’t pay to hitch your wagon to a flop.

The epic true story of one woman’s battle to save a nation. King Xerxes is leading the Persians in a brutal war with the Greeks. At his side is the beautiful Esther, a woman transformed from peasant to princess. As the battle intensifies, an unlikely chain of events forces Esther into an impossible position to choose between all she has ever dreamed of and the fate of her people. Can she defy an empire and save a nation on the brink of destruction? Featuring breathtaking action and performances from an all-star cast including Omar Sharif (Lawrence of Arabia, Doctor Zhivago), Peter O’Toole (Lawrence of Arabia, Troy) and Jonathan Rhys-Davies (The Lord of the Rings trilogy), The Princess of Persia is this year’s must see epic experience.

Oh, poor John Rhys-Davies: He’s been stuck in crappy fantasy action films since The Lord of the Rings. And Peter O’Toole? Oh dear…

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  • Dokeo

    This actually looks better than I’m expecting Prince of Persia to be! But it looks like it’s sequel to “One Night With The King [which] chronicles the life of the young Jewish girl, Hadassah, who goes on to become the Biblical Esther, the Queen of Persia…” ( http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0430431/ ) and bible stories aren’t my cup of tea.

  • bats :[

    Dokeo, is there a chance that this IS “One Night with the King,” only with a new title? When I read the cast list (and squinted at the DVD case image to see some of the other members of the cast), I immediately thought of that piece o’ cinematic poo.

    ….and yes, indeedy do! Same poo, different name: http://www.dvdactive.com/news/releases/princess-of-persia.html

  • MaryAnn

    Whatever it is, it’s clearly meant to cash in on the *Prince of Persia* mania… a mania that actually isn’t happening — but it was supposed to be happening!

  • Dokeo

    Well then, let’s hope the poo stops here. Or at least at MacGruber. ;-)

  • Kenny

    Holy shit! Omar Sharif!

  • Kenny

    Well, at least they only paid for the re-release…

  • Kenny

    MaryAnn, I used this post as a citation on Wikipedia..
    We’ll get you notable yet.

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