New on DVD/Blu-ray: Prince of Persia – The Sands of Time (2010)

Jake Gyllenhaal as an action hero? You will believe when you see Jake parkour’ing his way through thet desert in Disney’s big-budget action-adventure movie “Prince of Persia”, their live-action adaptation of the popular videogame. And oh yeah, Gemma Arterton looks cute in it, too. “Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time” heads home in a 3-Disc Blu-ray Combo Pack (Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy), 1-Disc Blu-ray, and 1-Disc DVD and Movie Download on September 14, 2010 from Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment.

In the spirit of the Pirates of the Caribbean trilogy, Walt Disney Pictures and Jerry Bruckheimer Films transport you to the mystical lands of Persia for this wildly entertaining, epic action-adventure. It‘s a race against time when a rogue prince (Jake Gyllenhaal) reluctantly teams up with a rival princess (Gemma Arterton) to safeguard a magical dagger that gives its possessor the power to reverse time and rule the world. Filled with death-defying escapes and unexpected twists at every turn – Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time is a fun-filled adventure that will keep your pulse pounding long after the credits end.

Movie Review:

Movies from uber producer Jerry Bruckheimer usually have common threads: big-budgets, established actors, and an ultimate goal of giving the audience their money’s worth. “Prince of Persia” certainly qualifies as a Bruckehimer movie. As a bonus, the grand desert vistas of the film’s Middle East locations aren’t too shabby, either.

Jake Gyllenhaal is surprisingly convincing as the action-oriented Prince Dastan, and Gemma Arterton is cute and spunky as Princess Tamina. The film’s “time” concept is a bit of a stretch, but then again, reality isn’t exactly the order of the day here. Director Mike Newell handles the big-budget and expansive locations well, though he never really delivers anything on an epic level. There are enough action, adventure, and romance to please most viewers.

“Prince of Persia” is one of those movies that is entertaining and fun to watch, but you probably won’t think too much about it afterwards. Despite all the fighting and warfare, the film is mostly bloodless, so younger viewers should enjoy it as well as adults.

Blu-ray/DVD Combo Review:

Blu-ray Bonus features:

CineExplore: The Sands Of Time – Take control of the dagger and use it to unlock secrets behind your favorite scenes! Turn back time and uncover over 40 spellbinding segments – Including “Walking Up Walls”, “Filming In Morocco”, and “Ostrich Jockey Tryouts” – with this exclusive interactive feature. Blu-ray puts you in control!

116 mins. Blu-ray exclusive. The above description pretty much explains it. Lots of behind-the-scenes featurette stuff from the movie, though you’re essentially watching the movie again, except this time with prompts to learn more about a particular scene, etc.

Deleted scene: The Banquet: Garsiv Presents Heads

2 mins. A longer version of the banquet scene. Nothing revealing, just kind of, well, disgusting.

DVD Bonus feature:

An Unseen World: Making Prince Of Persia

15 mins. Behind-the-scenes featurette on the making of the film. Lots of cast/crew interviews and an in-depth look at what went into making the film. In a word: you couldn’t do this in your backyard.

“Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time” arrives on DVD/Blu-ray September 14, 2010 from Walt Disney Video.