Sheena (1984) (Blu-ray Review)
Directed By: John Guillermin
Starring: Tanya Roberts, Ted Wass, Donovan Scott
Rated: PG/Region A/2:39/1080p/Number of Discs 1
Available from Mill Creek Entertainment
Journey to deepest, darkest Africa for thrills, romance, and high adventure! Orphaned in Zambouli territory, the blonde Sheena (Tanya Roberts) is raised by a noble tribe and taught to communicate telepathically with all creatures. She gets a firsthand lesson in love from Vic Casey (Ted Wass), a wisecracking TV journalist. In Africa for a story on a royal football player, Prince Otwani (Trevor Thomas), Vic soon finds himself embroiled in a web of political intrigue. And when the evil prince decides to invade the Zamboulis’ land, it is up to Sheena to rescue Vic and save her idyllic kingdom! Starring Tanya Roberts, Ted Wass, and Donovan Scott.
Before we dive into what you could call the most none-PG, PG movie ever made, let’s talk about the transfer on this one. While the transfer isn’t at all perfect and spotty in areas, I’m not totally upset about how this one looks. Yes, other sources might be out there but until they pop-up on Blu-ray, I’ll take this one here over the old DVD any day of the week. It does look uneven and it has some bad moments, but I still think it looks good enough. So we have a movie rated PG from a time when you could get boobs and still score a PG rating. I’m not going to complain because the leading lady in Sheena, Tanya Roberts, is a perfect fit for the lead role and delivers on all fronts for me. It has some of your run of the mill portions like many movies of this nature from this time had, but I find it to be an interesting little movie and it mixes a few different types of films I like together in some ways as one.
Despite what you might think heading into this one, this isn’t really all that campy of a movie. This is a straight-up action-adventure tone and it might take its self a bit too seriously in spots but still has enough action to appeal to a wide range of viewers. We have a very atmospheric movie that takes place in a cool setting that only adds to the overall experience of the movie. I would have liked to have had some extras on the disc, but as it is, I think a slightly spotty transfer and a cool VHS style cover is more than enough reason to give this one a watch. Just go into this one with an open mind and some snacks and you will have a fun time in front of the Blu-ray player. Just don’t go into this one expecting too much from the movie or the transfer.
QUALITY OF TRANSFER: 83%