Scorpion King: Book Of Souls

Featured In Issue 234, December 2018

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In "Scorpion King: Book Of Souls," the legendary Scorpion King returns. In Egypt, the evil warlord, Nebserek (Mensah) discovers a cursed sword that makes the one who wields it more powerful with every soul it strikes down. Determined to stop his power from growing, the Scorpion King (McGowan) joins forces with Tala (Thusi), the Nubian Princess, Amina, a mysterious woman with a magical and tragic secret, and her golem guardian (Jones) to find the one thing that can defeat Nebserek: the Book of Souls. (Gary Reber)

Special features include upfront previews and a Movies Anywhere digital copy code.

The 1.78:1 1080p AVC picture, reviewed on a Sony Bravia Z9D 4K Ultra HD HDR display, upconverted to 2160p with greater resolution and luminance, was photographed digitally and sourced from a 2K master Digital Intermediate format. As with past editions, the picture is robustly stylistic with a dynamic color palette and exhibiting vast desert vistas of white sands under bright blue skies and dark scenes in underground places. Hues are nicely saturated throughout with deep reds, yellows, blues and deep blacks. Fleshtones appear natural, often with implied ancient warrior cosmetic treatment. Contrast is quite good with a vivid range of intensity enhanced with deep blacks and shadow delineation. Resolution is excellent with fine detail exhibited throughout n facial features, skin pores, hair, beards, costumes, swords and knives, and object textures, particularly during close-ups. The imagery exhibits excellent detail in the various settings and environments, which enhances the overall look. While a digital production, the picture is vividly engaging throughout. (Gary Reber)

The DTS-HD Master Audio™ 5.1-channel soundtrack is effectively produced with realistic dynamic atmospherics and sound effects that frequent the enveloping, aggressive surround soundfield. Such effects are directionalized, to enhance the sense of dimension. The dominant orchestral music score is nicely recorded with a wide and deep soundstage that extends aggressively to the surrounds with a heightened presence. Deep bass is punctuated in the .1 LFE channel with sub-25 Hz frequencies to fortify the hand combat battle scenes and atmospherics. Sound effects are nicely panned and positioned in a sweeping wide soundstage. Dialogue is often ADR but generally decent spatial integration, though, some segments are wanting in realistic integration. This is a really active, aggressive holosonic® soundfield experience that is sonically satisfying, with a dynamic presence. (Gary Reber)