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The Prince & Me 3: A Royal Honeymoon(2008)
When King Edvard (Chris Geere) and his new bride, Queen Paige (Kam Heskin), honeymoon in the idyllic woodland of Belavia, they discover that Prime Minister Polonius (Todd Jensen) is secretly planning to ruthlessly level the forest and drill for oil. Now the royal couple must fight for Belavia's lovely ecosystem before it is destroyed forever.
For more about The Prince & Me 3: A Royal Honeymoon and the The Prince & Me 3: A Royal Honeymoon Blu-ray release, see the The Prince & Me 3: A Royal Honeymoon Blu-ray Review published by Martin Liebman on February 14, 2010 where this Blu-ray release scored 2.0 out of 5.
Starring: Kam Heskin, Chris Geere
Director: Catherine Cyran
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The Prince & Me 3: A Royal Honeymoon Blu-ray Review
First comes love, then comes marriage, then comes...an environmental message?
Reviewed by Martin Liebman, February 14, 2010
It's of note to mention that by its very nature any review of The Prince & Me 3: A Royal Honeymoon contains spoilers for the previous film, The Prince & Me 2: The Royal Wedding, but considering the third film's title is itself a spoiler, it would seem a reviewer has been given the right to proclaim that, yes, Prince Edvard (Chris Geere here, Luke Mably in part the deux and numero uno) and Wisconsin med student Paige Morgan (Kam Heskin in parts two and three, Julia Styles in the original) have indeed tied the knot at the end of The Prince & Me 2 and are starting their happily-ever-after journey together and, as the title of this film suggests, heading off for an adventurous honeymoon that's bound to be filled with thrills, spills, chills, and plenty of laughs...or not. Neither as charming nor endearing as The Royal Wedding, A Royal Honeymoon is saddled with a lackluster plot, paper-thin villains, predictable story arcs and developments, and an environmentally-conscious message that gives the movie some direction but feels monkey-wrenched into the plot to make the picture a bit more timely and, supposedly, relevant outside its cushy little direct-to-video world.
Danish King Edvard (Chris Geere) and his new bride Paige (Kam Heskin) are on their way to the fun and sun of the Caribbean for their much-deserved honeymoon, but at the last moment they instead decide to head to the Danish protectorate of Belavia to escape a hounding press and fulfill Paige's wish for a white Christmas. Not soon after they arrive does Paige run into an old high school flame, Scott (Adam Croasdell), a journalist who happens to be working in the same area. The happy couple's honeymoon is further interrupted by their uncovering of a plot to rid Belavia of much of her natural resources in a search for oil underneath her forests; Danish Prime Minister John Polonius (Todd Jensen) and his lackey Oliver (Joshua Rubin) find themselves under fire from none other than King Edvard himself, angry not only because he wasn't consulted before bulldozing Belavia's natural treasures, but because he and Paige both find the potential act reprehensible. Along with Belavia's Prince Georgiev (Valentin Ganev), Edvard vows to prevent the sacking of the land, but Polonius, Oliver, and a third mystery ally do all they can to sabotage Edvard's stay in Belavia and prevent him from intervening before the bulldozing can commence.
The history of the Prince & Me films is as convoluted as Danish law and the marriage of a European nobleman to a nobody Wisconsin girl, with changing actors and actresses in every movie, sacrificing continuity but not exactly to the detriment of the pictures. Luke Mably was the only major holdover in The Prince & Me 2, and now that he's abandoned the franchise, the honeymoon sees two completely new people embarking on the wondrous journey of marriage together, the couple of Mably and Julia Styles from the first film magically morphing into Chris Geere and Kam Heskin for this third outing. Fortunately, continuity in cast isn't as important to these throwaway direct-to-video films as the promised charm, romance, and laughs, and while The Royal Wedding delivered just enough of all three to be a passable experience, A Royal Honeymoon fails to capture a similar spirit, the film a more obvious attempt at milking a franchise rather than coherently and logically progressing the story as presented in the original film. Then again, such is a rather unnecessary argument considering that story matters little in such movies when compared to the need to arrive at the expected happy ending, leaving but a singular factor to determine just how successful a movie like A Royal Honeymoon can be: entertainment value.
Unfortunately, the absence of charm and the surprising lack of humor outside the usual token and unoriginal physical gags and verbal jokes leaves A Royal Honeymoon floundering in most every scene, the picture settling into a stale and routine tone early on and never developing into anything more than a third-rate third entry into a series that's but a second-tier franchise to begin with. The picture hedges its bets on a dull villain and an even duller central conflict, but for as routine and audience-friendly the film's environmentally conscious overtones may be, the political message is fortunately kept to minimally invasive levels and never becomes at all preachy. The weakest link in A Royal Honeymoon comes from its dreadful pacing; while its predecessor was a fun and quick if not somewhat unoriginal little picture, its successor seems to play out as twice as long, the picture's oft-repetitive feel, dull characters, and lame plot not helping matters much, either. Additionally, the performances are all no better than merely satisfactory, from top to bottom the film showcasing acting that never once goes beyond the necessary work to give the picture a halfway plausible feel and realistic tone. On the plus side, A Royal Honeymoon is a far better-looking film than The Royal Wedding; Director Catherine Cyran seems more confident and delivers a picture that's somewhat more engaging from a visual perspective, and what seems a slightly larger budget gives the movie a bigger feel, though it still retains something of a generic made-for-television look about it.
The Prince & Me 3: A Royal Honeymoon Blu-ray, Video Quality
The Prince & Me 3: A Royal Honeymoon arrives on Blu-ray with a stable 1080p, 1.78:1-framed transfer. Proving far superior to the transfer accompanying The Royal Wedding, A Royal Honeymoon's Blu-ray sports a better-defined and sharper picture, though it still doesn't look worlds better than a very good unconverted DVD. The excess of noise isn't quite as prevalent here, either, though some snow-covered vistas and other solid-colored backgrounds do appear particularly abuzz. Colors are more vibrant, too, and the transfer enjoys a semblance of depth that was absent in the previous film's image. Faces are still rather pasty and flesh tones veer towards an unnaturally pink shade, but they do offer more detail and texture than any seen in The Royal Wedding. Though not even close to being even an above-average Blu-ray transfer, A Royal Honeymoon nevertheless offers a fairly strong upgrade over its predecessor and doesn't prove a total embarrassment on Blu-ray.
The Prince & Me 3: A Royal Honeymoon Blu-ray, Audio Quality
Much like The Prince & Me 3: A Royal Honeymoon's high definition Blu-ray transfer, its Dolby TrueHD 5.1 lossless soundtrack proves a serviceable but forgettable experience that's also a slight upgrade over The Royal Wedding's soundtrack. The mix sports a token back-channel support structure, particularly during its musical cues. Notes bleed into the back but the front handles the bulk of the material with a surprisingly satisfactory and clear but never all that robust of a presence. Musical delivery is smooth and distortion-free but plays out with a rather inconsequential feel, the lossless mix delivering every note well but not exceptionally so. Additionally, the track boasts an occasionally hefty low-end accompaniment to various musical numbers. Atmospherics are rather limited with, again, a few throwaway surround and directional effects, but most of the track is cemented across the front. Finally, dialogue reproduction sharp, clear, and consistently intelligible. A pleasant sonic experience, A Royal Honeymoon sounds rather good on Blu-ray all things considered, and it makes for a nice little upgrade over the fledgling soundtrack offered with the previous film in the series.
The Prince & Me 3: A Royal Honeymoon Blu-ray, Special Features and Extras
The Prince & Me 3: A Royal Honeymoon delivers no extras of note, despite the back of the box listing the presence of "The Making Of" and "Deleted Scenes." Aside from a collection of 480p previews for The Prince & Me 2: The Royal Wedding, Christmas Caper, The Apostles of Comedy, Frank, and Finding Rin Tin Tin, the only relevant extra here is The Dance Sequence (480p, 6:41), a collection of several scenes from the film edited together and available to watch without the hassle of finding them in the film. Considering this is hardly a "bonus," the disc receives a "zero" for its supplemental score.
The Prince & Me 3: A Royal Honeymoon Blu-ray, Overall Score and Recommendation
Lacking the spirit and innocence of The Royal Wedding, The Prince & Me 3: A Royal Honeymoon drags its heels and succumbs to an unwieldy plot, uninteresting characters, bland acting, and a sluggish pace, all despite greater production values. With a cast that's now completely revamped from the first film and a story that seems off-message and absent the spirit of the first two pictures, The Prince & Me franchise appears to be on life support, but that hasn't stopped the filmmakers from giving it one more go in The Prince & Me 4: The Elephant Adventure (no, that's not a joke). If the series were still relevant, Fonzie's famous jumping of the shark might have had to give way to Edvard's riding of the elephant as the go-to pop-culture reference for a series that's lost its way and with no hope of a return to former glory. First Look's Blu-ray release is, from a technical point of view, far superior to The Royal Wedding, but it still doesn't offer a technical presentation that places it in the same league as the giants of the Blu-ray format. Unfortunately, the promised bonus materials as listed on the packaging are nowhere to be found, leaving this disc best enjoyed as a rental.
The Prince & Me 3: A Royal Honeymoon Blu-ray, News and Updates
• Sequels for The Prince & Me Coming to Blu-ray - June 23, 2008
First Look Studios has announced that they are bringing 'The Prince & Me 2: Royal Wedding' and 'The Prince & Me 3: A Royal Honeymoon' to Blu-ray on October 28th, the later being day-and-date with the DVD release. Both films are direct-to-video sequels to the 2004 ...
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