I found it ironic that Disney was the studio behind this film. The similarities between this movie and Aladdin are quite amazing. If the game didnít exist, a couple changes here and there and this could easily have become a live action Aladdin film. That said, one of the greatest parts about this film (and no doubt one of the most challenging for Gyllenhaal) was how true to form they made Prince Dastan. Not only did Jake look the part but they kept his fighting prowess and remarkable agility intact. The stunts, from running across the wall, to the jumping and the arrow climbing were exciting, awe inspiring and just plain awesome. They really paid close attention to detail here and it paid off.
When Iíd head Ben Kingsley was up for the role of Nizam I was immediately excited, not to mention Jake being up for the role of Dastan. Iím a big fan of both these actors and am happy to report that they (as well as the rest of this fantastic cast) did exceptionally well. Gyllenhaal handled the action like a champion and hereís hoping he takes on similar roles in the future. And as far as the action goes, Iím always impressed with Jerry Bruckheimerís vision. I remember being unsure what to make of the first PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN simply because it was being backed by Disney (and naturally felt the same way here a little) but thankfully theyíre able to keep a good balance, one thatís sure to make everyone happy.
PRINCE OF PERSIA: THE SANDS OF TIME is proof that thereís still hope for video game movies. Sure Iíd have been much happier seeing this film darker but as I said, a proper equilibrium was kept and I was satisfied with result. The dagger of time was obviously one of the coolest uses of special effects Iíve seen in awhile and shooting in the deserts of Morocco added a tremendous amount of character to the film and looked absolutely gorgeous on Blu-ray (and so did Gemma Arterton I might add). Gamers will quickly add that this isnít the best translation from game to film but they never really are, so my advice is to take from it what you can and enjoy the ride for what it is.
Delete Scene: Surprisingly there was only one short scene here but it was definitely well done and Iíd have loved to see it stay in.
Previews: There are a slew of trailers here and commercials for both Blu-ray and Disney.
This also happens to be a 3-disc combo pack featuring the film on Blu-ray, DVD and a Digital Copy.