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Merlin's Apprentice
Merlin's Apprentice
Actor: Sam Neill; John Reardon; Meghan Ory; Tegan Moss; Christopher Jacot; Garwin Sanford; Alexander Kalugin; Jennifer Calvert; Andrew Jackson; Duncan Fraser; Miranda Richardson
Director: David Wu
Genres: Action & Adventure, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Television
NR     2006     3hr 5min

The Search for the Holy Grail is on. The great sorcerer Merlin has returned to Camelot, a kingdom now vulnerable to ill fates and war since the theft of the Holy Grail, its greatest gift and protection. With the help of Ja...  more »
     
     

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Actor: Sam Neill; John Reardon; Meghan Ory; Tegan Moss; Christopher Jacot; Garwin Sanford; Alexander Kalugin; Jennifer Calvert; Andrew Jackson; Duncan Fraser; Miranda Richardson
Director: David Wu
Genres: Action & Adventure, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Television
Sub-Genres: Action & Adventure, Fantasy, Television
Studio: Echo Bridge Home Entertainment
Format: DVD - Color,Full Screen
DVD Release Date: 03/14/2006
Release Year: 2006
Run Time: 3hr 5min
Screens: Color,Full Screen
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 7
Members Wishing: 0
MPAA Rating: NR (Not Rated)
Languages: English
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Carol V. from DUNSMUIR, CA
Reviewed on 4/23/2010...
I loved this movie! It is an excellent story, the acting great. A continuation of the King Arthur and Merlin tradition that will keep you fascinated by the interesting character representations and the story line all through both parts of the tale. If you are a fan of Camelot, you won't want to miss this movie.
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Maybe it will make a good bookmark
Ishak Ivatar | 10/08/2006
(1 out of 5 stars)

"I am a huge fan of fantasy movies and am always looking for another. There never seem to be enough out there. I can hardly relate how excited I was to find what I thought was a sequal to Hallmark's Merlin.

This movie is anything but that. I could have forgiven the lack of plot connection to its predecessor, but my problems iwth it don't end there. It was gloomy pretty much all the way through, with almost no special effects (and the few there were turned out to be quite disappointing). The acting, too, was absolutely terrible. I'm usually quite forgiving when it comes to acting -- one has to be if one's into fantasy movies these days -- but the acting in this film was absolutely rediculous. Highschool actors could have done a better job! Especially the guy who played the apprentice... his acting was so hokey I just wanted to slap him.

Most importantly, however, this movie lacks the adventurous spirit and imagination of its predecessor (or of any fantasy film/miniseries that I would consider worth watching). It just drags on and on and on, nothing new happens... I kept waiting for this to get good, but it never did. Half is in the decrepit, dusty Camelot, and the other half puttering around in an ordinary, boring forest. No enchanting underworld realm (as in Merlin), no magical creatures, nothing. And the way the film is shot makes it very claustrophobic... along the lines of Excalibur (though THAT was a good movie).

From reading other reviews here, I get the idea that many others feel similarly to me. Moreover, after watching the special features, I get the impression that Sam Neil was dissapointed with the way this film turned out. I wouldn't blame him. I'd be embarassed just to be in this. For that matter, it's almost embarassing to own it. Maybe it will make a good bookmark.

This movie is so bad it almost tarnishes the earlier one."
Really bad sequel
Newton Ooi | Phoenix, Arizona United States | 09/02/2006
(1 out of 5 stars)

"This reviewer is a fan of the King Arthur movies. Having seen the first Merlin, and being a fan of Hallmark movies, I rented this DVD the first chance I got. It was quite disappointing. The storyline does not mesh with the original Merlin and the entire foundation of this movie conflicts with the original. For instance, in this one Merlin wakes up in cave after a very long sleep alone, whereas the original leaves of with Merlin finding his love Nimue. Also, this movie mentions that Arthur had found the Grail, when in the original, Galahad had found the Grail. The castle at Camelot also looks quite different.

Even taking aside the discrepancies in the storyline, this movie is not that good. The music was lackluster and altogether forgettable. Second, the romance scenes between Nimue and Merlin in the first movie were good, but were almost nonexistent here. Third, the dialogue was quite cheesy; especially the part about saving Camelot in the end. Fourth, the sword fight scenes looked all too choreographed. Last, the part about the Grail hidden behind a waterfall was too fake. All in all, not really worth the time to watch this movie."
Inspiring if you can ignore a little of its cheesiness
Pine Breeze | Washington, USA | 04/01/2006
(4 out of 5 stars)

"As a previous reviewer mentioned, it doesn't really pick up where the last movie left off. In fact, the first movie does a great job of giving you the impression that the story is finished and that there is nothing left.

That aside, the new movie is very enjoyable if you like this type of fantasy legend with idealism. There were many good one-liners and aphorisms one could live by.

Near the end, it's a little too "Cinderella" in its idealism and the special effects look like old Disney effects in a way. But upon watching it for the second time, the message came shining through past some of the little problems.

I am glad I bought it and have the first Merlin as well. It's no Lord of the Rings production, but the story behind this movie is golden and worth pondering.

Very nice."