The original "PATHFINDER," which this lousy remake is based upon, was close to being a "masterpiece." Set in an uncertain time period, where all identifiable surroundings were covered by snow or mountains, the time period for the tale could've just as easily been 2,000 years in the future as 2,000 years in the past. Filmed in the "Lapp" language, the film's rapid pacing, accessible narrative, and great direction, made it a real treasure for those stumbling upon it on laserdisc or elsewhere. The "new" version of "PATHFINDER" has absolutely "none" of the things going for it that were in the original.
Director Marcus Nispel has only helmed one thing worth notice, the "legend" background footage used for the backstory of "NATIONAL TREASURE." That footage was short, sweet, and visually impressive. For some reason, Nispel chose to set this tale in a very old Native America, where the invading Norsemen are covered in skull masks with horns and everything about the production design is dingy and dark, as the bad guys terrorize the good guys.(native americans). Fox has presented the "Unrated" version, running approximately 8 minutes longer than the original "R" rated theatrical version. While there's more violence in this cut, the extra running time makes a painfully slow film, more painful to endure.
Even with fast cuts, gore and action, the convoluted script, poor editing, poor direction and annoying cinematography make it almost impossible to tell what's going on at any given time. It's really a mess!
The annoying production design causes colors to be either dulled down or with bluish tint for most of the film. FOX has provided a 1080p/AVC MPEG-2 transfer for this BD50 release. There's a considerable amount of grain popping up throughout the film, but detail is generally impressive.
FOX has provided a DTS-HD Lossless 5.1 mix. It's an aggressive mix, loaded with surround activity. While discrete effects are hit or miss, the dynamic range is impressive and bass runs virtually through every scene. Dialogue is always intelligible and well balanced with the film's forgetful score.
The running commentary is boring, but the other features, featurettes, deleted scenes and more, are delivered in full high definition!