The Last Witch Hunter (2015) (Blu-ray/DVD Review)
Directed By: Breck Eisner
Starring: Vin Diesel, Elijah Wood, Rose Leslie
Rated: PG-13/Region A/2:40/1080p/Number of Discs 2
Available from Lionsgate
The modern world holds many secrets, but the most astounding secret of all is that witches still live amongst us; vicious supernatural creatures intent on unleashing the Black Death upon the world. Armies of witch hunters battled the unnatural enemy across the globe for centuries, including Kaulder, a valiant warrior who managed to slay the all-powerful Queen Witch, decimating her followers in the process. In the moments right before her death, the Queen curses Kaulder with her own immortality, forever separating him from his beloved wife and daughter in the afterlife. Today Kaulder is the only one of his kind remaining, and has spent centuries hunting down rogue witches, all the while yearning for his long-lost loved ones. However, unbeknownst to Kaulder, the Queen Witch is resurrected and seeks revenge on her killer causing an epic battle that will determine the survival of the human race.
The Last Witch Hunter isn’t a movie that will be setting the world on fire, but it ends-up still being a solid enough movie that you can watch with anyone and still get some enjoyment out of it. Vin Diesil in our leading role doesn’t overly do a whole lot, but he’s as solid as you’d want here anyway. He’s also backed up here by a near all-star case of Elijah Wood, Rose Leslie, and Michael Caine. Wood plays a character that brings the movie some comedic moments, but he also sort of vanishes for most of the movie and only seems to show up mostly around the start and the later part of it. Rose Leslie on the other hand might be the best the film has to offer from an acting side of things, but anyone who has seen her in anything shouldn’t be too surprised at that news. In the fantasy world this movie presents to us, nothing seems to be overly complex and is full of perhaps some typical fantasy fluff, but that isn’t a bad thing either if you really break it down. That kind of makes a lot of the film predictable just a bit, but for what this movie is, you could do a whole heck of a lot worse.
Of course some of the effects are questionable. This isn’t new news to anyone and I’m sure you’ve heard a few people publicly state the CGI could easily be what one would call spotty. I tend to hate CGI anyway, but I mostly just dislike it being used in horror movies and am way more tolerable to such things being used in a fantasy film like this. So, yes, it sorta looks bad in some spots, but these days you can’t make something like this without CGI and I guess I’ve seen worse, so I won’t dwell on that too much. Outside that, this movie looks pretty darn solid in HD and I’m sure when all you folks jump on over to the 4K releases, that this is one everyone will be praising, even if the looks are totally a bit overshadowing of the actual film in general. Bottom line is, you can have fun with the whole family with The Last Witch Hunter. It isn’t going to be a movie that blows you away, but if you like the fantasy stuff, it is solid just enough.
– Crafting the Magic: The Last Witch Hunter
– Animated Short Films: The Origins of the Axe and Cross
– The Last Witch Hunter Sizzle Reel/Paint It, Black
– Commentary with Director Breck Eisner
Quality of Transfer: 100%