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We rented this as a DVD called "Darkest Knight," based on the DVD cover and the description, which implied it featured dragon battles (it appealed to our five-year-old). Within a minute of watching, it was apparent that this was a TV series, not a movie.
The acting is frighteningly over the top. Ben Pullen was very charming in the romantic comedy "The Intern," but here he chews the scenery up -- but not as much as the show baddie, Mordour (yes, someone was reading Tolkien). All of the acting is beyond earnest -- old-school theatrical, and not very good, either.
The story of Ivanhoe is interesting enough on its own, but this series tries in vain to affect the location, style and appeal of the HERCULES and XENA series, but is, in reality, humorless.
The special effects are really laughable -- there's much better supernatural effects to be found on BUFFY and ANGEL. It's closer to "Power Rangers" than it is anything remotely like what Ivanhoe should be like.
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