The Legend of Awesomest Maximus (National Lampoon's) (2010)

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Released 28-Feb-2011

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Details At A Glance

General Extras
Category Comedy None
Rating Rated MA
Year Of Production 2010
Running Time 87:14
RSDL / Flipper No/No Cast & Crew
Start Up Menu
Region Coding 1,2,3,4,5,6 Directed By Jeff Kanew
Studio
Distributor

Beyond Home Entertainment
Starring Jason Burinescu
Kristanna Loken
Rip Torn
Shalaina Castle
Sophie Monk
Will Sasso
Ian Ziering
Case Amaray-Opaque
RPI $19.95 Music Scott Glasgow


Video Audio
Pan & Scan/Full Frame None English Dolby Digital 2.0 (192Kb/s)
Widescreen Aspect Ratio 1.78:1
16x9 Enhancement
16x9 Enhanced
Video Format 576i (PAL)
Original Aspect Ratio Unknown Miscellaneous
Jacket Pictures No
Subtitles None Smoking Yes, the weed
Annoying Product Placement No
Action In or After Credits No

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Plot Synopsis

†††† Awesomest Maximus (Will Sasso) is the general of the Trojan army, married to the haughty Hottessa (Kristanna Loken), daughter of King Looney of Troy (Rip Torn). The kingís son, Orlando (Gary Lundy), is keener on boys than girls and Hottessa has plans to become Queen of Troy. Maximus and Orlando visit the court of King Erotic (Khary Payton) and his wife Ellen (Sophie Monk) in Greece. Orlando just loves Ellenís dress sense and persuades her to return with them to Troy. King Erotic collects an army including the invincible fighter Testiclees (Ian Zierling) and attacks Troy to get Ellen back. During the fighting Maximus is captured by slavers, sold to Approximo (Eddie Pepitone) and returns to fight as a gladiator in the games commissioned by King Erotic. Can Maximus defeat Testiclees, avert the destruction of Troy, and get into his wifeís bed?

†††† National Lampoonís The Legend of Awesomest Maximus is a spoof set in the ancient world, with three parts Troy, two parts Gladiator and bits of 300 and Braveheart thrown in for good measure. King Erotic, for example, is costumed to resemble Xerxes in 300, the Ephors put in an appearance, and the pre-battle speech from Braveheart gets a workout. The mixture of plot-lines is pretty silly, the sets are minimal, the dialogue (except that taken directly from the other films) full of profanities and the acting, even from veterans like Rip Torn, deliberately hammy. Kristanna Loken, perhaps best known as the female terminator in Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines, is basically superfluous to the plot and has nothing to do. The names of the characters alone show that much of the humour is very juvenile and sections are indeed gross out, yet there are certainly some laughs to be had and some scenes, such where Testiclees (costumed exactly like Brad Pittís Achilles) and his men approach the Trojan beach recycles some of the dialogue from the same scene in Troy with funny results. A further attraction is the beautiful topless women on show.

†††† The Legend of Awesomest Maximus is very uneven. Many of the jokes are juvenile and fall totally flat, some are gross, the sets are shoddy and the acting indifferent but there are enough amusing moments to keep the film moving along. While not high art, it is not as bad as some reviews made out.

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Transfer Quality

Video

†††† The Legend of Awesomest Maximus is presented in an aspect ratio of 1.78:1 and is16x9 enhanced. The original theatrical ratio is not listed in the IMDb but this looks to be pretty close to the original ratio.

†††† There is no problem with the print. It looks soft, but detail, brightness and contrast are fine. Colours and flesh tones are natural, blacks and shadow detail good. Artefacts are mostly absent.

†††† There are no subtitles.

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Audio

†††† Audio is a Dolby Digital 2.0 track at 192 Kbps, surround encoded. It is quite good and gets the job done. Dialogue was easy to understand while the surrounds were used constantly for effects and music. There was no sub woofer use.

†††† The score by Scott Glasgow is suitably stirring and Gladiator like and fits the intentions of the film.

†††† I did not notice any lip synchronisation issues.

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Extras

†††† Absolutely nothing

R4 vs R1

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†††† The Region 1 US release is apparently similar although details are sketchy.

Summary

†††† National Lampoonís The Legend of Awesomest Maximus is a spoof set in the ancient world. It is juvenile and gross but does have some laughs and topless women. While not high art, it is not as bad as some reviews have made out. The video and audio are acceptable, there are no extras.

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© Ray Nyland (the bio is the thing)
Monday, May 16, 2011
Review Equipment
DVDSony BDP-S350, using HDMI output
DisplayLG 42inch Hi-Def LCD. This display device has not been calibrated. This display device is 16x9 capable. This display device has a maximum native resolution of 1080p.
Audio DecoderNAD T737. This audio decoder/receiver has not been calibrated.
AmplificationNAD T737
SpeakersStudio Acoustics 5.1

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