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The Kid Who Would Be King is a decent enough, family-oriented fantasy film that takes the old tales bringing it to a newer generation.



The Kid Who Would Be King

Genre(s): Family, Fantasy, Aventure
Fox | PG – 120 min. – $34.99 | April 16, 2019

Date Published: 05/01/2019 | Author: The Movieman

Directed by: Joe Cornish
Writer(s): Joe Cornish (written by)
Cast: Louis Ashbourne Serkis, Tom Taylor, Rebecca Ferguson, Patrick Stewart
Features: Featurettes, Deleted Scenes, Music Video
Slip Cover: Yes
Digital Copy: Yes
Formats Included: Blu-ray, DVD
Number of Discs: 2
Audio: English (DTS-HD MA 7.1), French (Dolby Digital 5.1), Spanish (Dolby Digital 5.1)
Video: 1080p/Widescreen 2.39
Subtitles: English SDH, French, Spanish
Disc Size: 41.41 GB
Total Bitrate: 32.30 Mbps
Codecs: MPEG-4 AVC
Region(s): A

Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment provided me with a free copy of the Blu-ray I reviewed in this Blog Post.
The opinions I share are my own.


Old-school magic meets the modern world when young Alex (LOUIS ASHBOURNE SERKIS) stumbles upon the mythical sword Excalibur. He soon unites his friends and enemies, and they become knights who join forces with the legendary wizard Merlin (ANGUS IMRIE/PATRICK STEWART). Together, they must save mankind from the wicked enchantress Morgana (REBECCA FERGUSON) and her army of supernatural warriors.



This release comes with a semi-glossy slip cover. Inside is a redemption code for the Digital HD along with the DVD.

Deleted Scenes (4:03) – There were a few scenes removed likely for pacing issues.

Origins of a King (11:48) is a behind-the-scenes featurette on the origins of the story from writer-director Joe Cornish and includes interviews with the filmmakers and cast.

Young Knights (12:07) looks at the young cast that comprises the legendary knights of the roundtable.

Knight School (10:03) shows the training for these young actors in preparation for the action scenes.

The Two Merlins (11:48) looks at the actors who played the young (Angus Imrie) and old version (Patrick Stewart) of the Merlin character.

Meet Morgana (12:02) is a profile on the film’s main villain played by Rebecca Ferguson.

Movie Magic (13:33) looks at the beautiful filming locations.

Hair, Makeup & Costume Tests (2:58) – Just some test footage with the kids just having some fun.

Under Promotional Material, we get some short featurettes: Merlin’s Magic: Duplication (0:52), Merlin’s Magic: Mind Control (0:53), Merlin’s Magic: Portals (1:00), Merlin’s Magic: Popcorn (0:34), and the Music Video (2:38) for “Be the King” by Lay Lay.


VIDEO – 4.5/5

The Kid Who Would Be King takes the throne on Blu-ray presented in the film’s original 2.39 widescreen aspect ratio and has been given a 1080p high-definition transfer. The picture quality is on par with most new releases with sharp detail throughout and a good array of colors blended with some of the darker elements. There were no obvious instances of artifacting, aliasing or other flaws so it is a clean looking transfer.

AUDIO – 4.5/5

Fox still only provides a DTS-HD Master Audio 7.1 track while its UHD counterpart is Dolby Atmos, but even so this is an impressive sounding track. Dialogue comes through with great clarity and when the action picks up, every speaker is used to the fullest potential. Nothing I’d call reference quality, but still imposing enough.


OVERALL – 3.5/5

Overall, The Kid Who Would Be King is a decent enough, family-oriented fantasy film that takes the old tales bringing it to a newer generation. That said, a lot of the humor didn’t quite work, perhaps because of my age and this is geared more toward a young audience. The Blu-ray release offers up great video/audio transfers and a good selection of bonus features.




Check out some more 1080p screen caps by going to page 2. Please note, these do contain spoilers.

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