Jul 292021

Royal Deceit is a period piece taking liberties with Shakesepeare but does feature a great cast that includes Christian Bale, Helen Mirren, Kate Beckinsale, Gabriel Byrne and Andy Serkis in his feature film debut.



Royal Deceit

Genre(s): Adventure, Drama
MVD| R – 103 min. – $19.95 | July 20, 2021

Date Published: 07/29/2021 | Author: The Movieman

Director: Gabriel Axel
Writer(s): Gabriel Axel and Erik Kjersgaard (screenplay)
Cast: Christian Bale, Gabriel Byrne, Hellen Mirren, Brian Cox, Kate Beckinsale, Tom Wilkinson, Andy Serkis

Features: Theatrical Trailer
Slip Cover: No
Digital Copy: No
Formats Included: Blu-ray
Number of Discs: 1

Audio: English (PCM 2.0)
Video: 1080p/Widescreen 1.78
Subtitles: English SDH
Disc Size: 23.94 GB
Total Bitrate: 28.01 Mbps
Codecs: MPEG-4 AVC
Region(s): A, B, C

MVD Visual provided me with a free copy of the Blu-ray I reviewed in this Blog Post.
The opinions I share are my own.


A young prince (CHRISTIAN BALE), after discovering that his father has been murdered, vows to avenge the death and regain the crown. Plotting his revenge, he cleverly bides his time waiting and watching – and hoping – for the precise moment to execute the deadly plan.



The release includes a Theatrical Trailer.


VIDEO – 3/5

Royal Deceit debuts, at least in North America, on Blu-ray through MVD’s “Marquee Collection”, presented with a 1.78 widescreen aspect ratio and a 1080p high-definition transfer. For the most part this looks fine however it is rather flaw in any texture or colors. In addition, there are many instances of dust marks and specs that permeate just about every scene and especially noticeable in the darkly lit shots. At the very least detail isn’t bad on the close-ups and skin tones appear to be well balanced.

AUDIO – 3½/5

The movie comes equipped with an adequate PCM 2.0 track that outputs clear dialogue and some so-so depth for the battle sequences. On the plus side, I didn’t really detect any significant pops or hisses, but as a whole it is pretty basic.





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

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