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HIGHLANDER: THE FINAL DIMENSION

Considering their cult status and how much sword and sorcery fun was contained in the first two HIGHLANDER films, I thought that the third outing would be an equally pleasing diversion. Well, I'm sorry to report that HIGHLANDER: THE FINAL DIMENSION doesn't live up to the promise of its predecessors. HIGHLANDER: THE FINAL DIMENSION seems more of a marketing idea to capitalize on the popularity of the character, than an actual continuation of the saga. Christopher Lambert returns to the role of Connor MacLeod- the immortal Highlander. Lambert does a good job, proving to be better than the film's story line.

The plot centers on Kane (Mario Van Peebles), an evil immortal that has been entombed for centuries. Kane finally manages to escape and goes looking for his old enemy- MacLeod. Since Kane has stolen the magic of countless others sorcerers, his magic makes him an almost unstoppable force for MacLeod to battle in the requisite showdown. Like Lambert, Van Peebles is able to rise above the material, thus making the villain more interesting than he should be. Deborah Unger portrays MacLeod's love interest in two eras and her beauty makes up for some of the other areas where the film is lacking.

HIGHLANDER: THE FINAL DIMENSION is available on DVD in a director's cut version of the film. Dimension Home Video offers HIGHLANDER: THE FINAL DIMENSION in the Letterboxed format, however this recreation of the 2.35:1 aspect ratio does not include the anamorphic enhancement for wide screen televisions. Since this film is a few years old, as is the transfer this title isn't up to the standard that Dimension Home Video/Buena Vista has set with their newer releases. Not that HIGHLANDER: THE FINAL DIMENSION looks bad, the film just isn't as razor sharp as I've grown accustomed. Also, hot colors aren't as stable as they appear on newer titles, especially reds, which were a tad fuzzy. There were no serious issues with digital compression artifacts.

The film's soundtrack is two-channel Dolby Digital, which decodes into standard Dolby Surround. Once again, being spoiled by Dolby Digital, the standard Dolby Surround track comes up somewhat short. The track was quite ambient and bass reproduction was better than expected. However, directional effects seemed somewhat weak and off kilter. English captioning has been provided on this DVD.

The interactive menus provide access to the standard scene selection feature, plus a theatrical trailer.

All reviews are Copyright 1998 THE CINEMA LASER and may not be copied or reprinted without the written consent of the publisher.
THE CINEMA LASER is written, edited and published by Derek M. Germano.


 
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DVD reviews are Copyright 2008 THE CINEMA LASER and may not be copied or reprinted without the written consent of the publisher.
THE CINEMA LASER is written, edited and published by Derek M. Germano.


 

 

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