Age of the Dragons appears in an aspect ratio of approximately 2.35:1 on this Blu-ray Disc. Despite the movie’s low-budget origins, the Blu-ray looked pretty solid.
Sharpness was consistently good. Little to no softness interfered, as the flick always seemed well-defined.I saw no issues with jaggies or moiré effects, and edge haloes failed to appear. Source flaws were non-existent.
In terms of palette, Age stayed with a decidedly chilly set of colors. Only a few shots boasted any moderately vivid tones – usually via blood reds or flashbacks - so these were rare. Otherwise, this was essentially a monochromatic, grayish affair. Blacks were dark and dense, while shadows were fairly clear and concise; a few low-light shots came across as a little flat, but those weren’t the rule. Overall, this was an attractive image.
I also felt reasonably impressed by the lively Dolby TrueHD 5.1 soundtrack of Age. The soundfield created a pretty good sense of place and threw out natural action when appropriate. Music always offered good stereo imaging, and various scenes were consistently convincing. These melded together well, though I did notice a little bleeding at times; this mostly came via some dodgy localization of speech, but effects could be a bit iffy in terms of spatial integration. That wasn’t a big concern, though, so the mix was usually well-composed.
Audio quality always seemed fine. Effects were dynamic and clear, with deep bass and good punch. Music showed similar strengths, as the score was lively and full. Speech came across as natural and concise. For the most part, I liked this track and thought it added to the movie
When we shift to extras, we begin with an audio commentary from director Ryan Little and actors Corey Sevier and Sofia Pernas. All three sit together for a running, screen-specific look at sets and locations, story and characters, cast and performances, stunts and action, audio and effects, and a few other production topics.
While not the most insightful chat – expect a lot of happy talk here – the commentary does prove to be reasonably informative. It moves along at a nice pace and provides a decent to good overview of the shoot. I’d like to know a bit more about the adaptation and story subjects, but this is still a fairly useful piece.
Under Outtakes, we find a two-minute, four-second reel. It shows goofs and silliness from the set. That makes it a standard blooper collection without much of interest on display.
Two featurettes follow. We get Behind the Scenes (9:15) and Visual Effects (3:21). Across these, we hear from Sevier, Pernas, producer Steven A. Lee, writer/producer McKay Daines, executive producer Peter Urie, visual effects supervisor Matt Hoffman, VFX producer Ammon Jones, and actors Danny Glover, David Morgan, Vinnie Jones, and Kepa Kruse. “Scenes” examines the story and its adaptation, stunts and action, cast and performances, props and sets, locations and effects, Little’s work on the shoot, and dragon design. Neither featurette boasts a ton of info, but they give us enough material to merit a look.
In addition to the film’s trailer, the package includes a DVD copy of Age. This offers a retail version of the DVD, so it has some value.
I like the idea of Age of the Dragons, a fantasy adaptation of Moby-Dick. Unfortunately, I don’t like the execution of it, as the bad acting and awkward script make it tough to endure. The Blu-ray offers very nice picture and generally positive audio along with a smattering of supplements. As a Blu-ray, this is a good product but the movie itself lacks much to make it worthwhile.