National Lampoon’s The Legend of Awesomest Maximus Blu-ray Review
- Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
- Video Codec: AVC/MPEG-4
- Resolution: 1080p/24 (23.976Hz)
- Audio Codec: English Dolby Digital 5.1
- Subtitles: English SDH, Spanish
- Region: A (Region-Locked)
- Rating: Unrated
- Run Time: 91 Mins.
- Discs: 1 (1 x Blu-ray)
- Studio: Image Entertainment
- Blu-ray Release Date: March 20th, 2012
- List Price: $29.99
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The Legend of Awesomest Maximus tells the story of Awesomest Maximus (Will Sasso), Troy’s greatest general. Married to Princess Hottessa (Kristinna Loken) (and yes, I’m not making up that name…that’s her character), who just so happens to be the daughter of King Looney (Rip Torn). Disappointed by his son, and heir, Orlando (Gary Lundy), Looney sends his son and Maximus on a diplomatic mission to Greece. Their job? Well, I’m not really too sure as the film doesn’t really mention exactly why they’re sent to Greece. Anyhow, upon Orlando’s and King Erotic’s (Khary Payton), arrival, Orlando meets Princess Ellen (Sophie Monk). The two hit it off (mainly over fashion) and Ellen decides to run off with Orlando, thus starting the infamous war between Troy and Greece.
Ever watched that movie you knew was going to be bad, but then it ended up being so bad you can’t even fathom why anyone would want to make it? Yep, that’s The Legend of Awesomest Maximus. The kind of movie that literally doesn’t have any of real merit or worth to it. What’s exactly wrong with this film? Well, the jokes are lame. Seemingly the producers/writers think that if you throw dick/fart jokes our way a million times, we’ll eventually laugh. The acting is formulaic and the actors consistently have this bland look to them. It’s almost as if they knew they didn’t need to really act, but just be motionless. The story is so laughably bad, that you almost end up feeling bad for everyone involved. Truly, this may be one of the WORST films I’ve ever had to sit through.
The 1:78:1 framed, AVC MPEG-4 encoded transfer is fairly solid. Shot using Red One cameras, the mix of the film’s CGI effects with live action are quite good. Even though the effects themselves are quite cheesy, I will give credit where credit is due to DP Jon Darbonne. I’m sure he knew he was involving himself with a really poorly made film, but he still made the best of what he was given. With that said, the film does feature a color palette with mostly brighter colors. Reds, blues, yellows all dominate here and, for the most part, they do look good. Grain is virtually absent as are any other anomalies like video noise, EE, DNR, etc. It’s just that the film itself is so horrendous, I just couldn’t find myself enjoying the film’s transfer, despite it being better than expected.
The film’s provided Dolby Digital 5.1 track is very underwhelming. Dialogue, as mundane as it is, is well reproduced via the center channel. Discrete effects are quite limited, as the budget of the film was rather low. Outside of the occasional background dialogue or added in ‘effect’ like swords clanging or water, there really is no atmosphere to speak of. LFE is absent even when the score does creep up (the score is your normal over-the-top adventure type.) Really, even looking at the encode rate of 384kbps, I was wondering if I was watching the DVD counterpart of this film, not the Blu-ray. All in all, this is a rather bland effort from Image. I can’t really fault them as I’m sure they knew this disc wouldn’t be THAT popular to warrant investing more money into it.
The included supplements are presented in HD.
- Trailer – The film’s trailer (2:33) is shown.
The Definitive Word
I do suppose if you like torturing your mind and ears, then Legend of Awesomest Maximus may be just the film for you, however, if you’re a genuinely smart person, you’ll avoid this film at all costs. I’m talking about even stopping at the shelf and picking up the film. There really is nothing of any real warrant here. Completely avoid this mess at all costs.
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