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LIBRARIAN III - CURSE OF THE JUDAS CHALICE: DVD

SYNOPSIS:
Flynn Carsen (Noah Wyle) is having a difficult time coping with his career as a Librarian. Desperate for a little R&R he heads to New Orleans and stumbles deep into the heart of darkness! Flynn finds love in the form of the beautiful Simone (Stana Katic) and together they journey through Southern Bayous and ghostly cemeteries, battling vampires who thirst for blood. But just who is Simone? And what secrets does she hold? Faced with dangers and mysteries beyond mortal reasoning, will Flynn finally learn to accept his role as The Librarian?

Review by :
This TNT made for cable movie franchise has been a surprise hit - it may not have been meant as a franchise, but the first one, The Librarian: Quest for the Spear, worked so well they made a sequel, The Librarian: Return to King Solomon's Mines, and now this. Noah Wyle again stars as Flynn Carsen, the ordinary bookworm who, through extraordinary circumstances, becomes a heroic figure, a guardian of precious artefacts in the library (like Excalibur, Noah's Ark, etc), to ensure that baddies don't get to use them for their own evil ends on his watch. As soon as the opening credits begin, spurred on by Joseph LoDuca's 'adventure' score, we know we're in Indiana Jones territory - but Indy has left the building and the filmmakers have their tongues firmly in their cheeks.

And cheeky he is, too, this Flynn Carsen, somewhere between dashing and in a rush ... and infuriatingly well versed in antiquities, artefacts and historical trivia, which he sprouts at will, even during sword fights. Especially during sword fights.

Noah Wyle is a good sport in this role, Jane Curtin and Bob Newhart are lots of fun as the librarian's bosses (Newhart is ageless), Stana Katic is enchanting as the singing, flirting, sexy and mysteriously empowered Simone, and all the supports are first class, happily fitting into the slightly skewed world of The Librarian, with its frivolous style. And with its audacious story that brings together Vlad the Impaler (aka Count Dracula aka Dracula), New Orleans nightlife, and the chalice made of the 30 pieces of silver for which Judas betrayed Jesus. Oh, and a mad Russian exKGB, exMinister, Sergei (Dikran Tulaine, terrific), with grand plans for Russia - and Vlad.

This is such fun, gently blending spoofiness with dramatic tension for an engaging and entertaining result. [Just a brief alert: the short black pauses in action at a few chapter breaks signifies tv commercial break opportunities; don't worry, they aren't disruptive.]

DVD special features include before and after visual effects, deleted scenes and VFX sequence.

Published January 15, 2009

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LIBRARIAN III - CURSE OF THE JUDAS CHALICE: DVD (M)
(US, 2008)

CAST: Noah Wyle, Bob Newhart, Jane Curtin, Bruce Davison, Stana Katic, Dikran Tulaine, Joe Knezevich, Jason Douglas

PRODUCER: Noah Wyle, John Rogers

DIRECTOR: Jonathan Frakes

SCRIPT: Marco Schnabel (characters by David Titcher)

CINEMATOGRAPHER: David Connell

EDITOR: David J. Siegel

MUSIC: Joseph LoDuca

PRODUCTION DESIGN: Robb Wilson King

RUNNING TIME: 90 minutes

PRESENTATION: 16:9; DD 5.1

SPECIAL FEATURES: Before and after visual effects; deleted scenes; VFX sequence - Burning Torso

DVD DISTRIBUTOR: Beyond

DVD RELEASE: January 6, 2009







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