The Scorpion King [WS] [Collector's Edition] [DVD] [2002]

Even if you aren't a fan of wrestling, there's no disputing The Rock's magnetism and charisma in front of the camera. The Scorpion King his first leading role, showcases his physical ability and animal magnetism without restraint. The DVD is widescreen and is loaded with extras including a sneak peek behind the scenes at his next big role in the movie Helldorado, video commentary with The Rock as he shares stories about the making of The Scorpion King. The DVD also offers alternate scenes that you can view as you watch the film, a shot-by-shot choreography of a fight sequence as it happens from story-boards to rehearsal. There's a commentary track with director Chuck Russell, a making-of documentary, a visual -effects discussion with the effects team, the "I Stand Alone"music video by Godsmack and more. There is also a pretty interesting DVD-Rom feature called "Universal Studios Total Axess" that gives the viewer access to regularly updated commentaries, behind the scenes footage and lots more. The Scorpion King is also available in a version which includes the soundtrack to the film.
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Overall Customer Rating:
Rating 4.25 out of 5 stars.
93% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (24 out of 26)

Special Features

  • Alternate version in enhanced viewing mode
  • Feature commentary with The Rock: see the Rock as he records the commentary live
  • Feature commentary with director Chuck Russell
  • Outtakes
  • Godsmack music video "I Stand Alone"
  • Preparing the fight: A look at the process of shooting a fight sequence
  • The making of the Scorpion King
  • The special effects
  • The Rrock and Michael Clarke Duncan
  • Ancient world production design
  • Working with animals
  • Scorpion King: man or myth?
  • DVD-ROM features including total axess
  • Closed Captioned


The Scorpion King
The Rock has his first starring role in this prequel to The Mummy films, which was developed while The Mummy Returns was still in production. The film takes place in ancient times, when a mighty swordsman, Memnon (Steven Brand, making his film debut) ruled over nearly all the known world. Memnon, a brutal tyrant, defeats his enemies in battle with the help of a beautiful sorceress, Cassandra (Kelly Hu), who can predict the future. The last of the "free tribes" form a fragile alliance to fight Memnon, and hire a trio of Akkadian assassins, led by Mathayus (pro wrestler The Rock, who made his big-screen debut as this character in The Mummy Returns), to kill the sorceress and thus remove Memnon's advantage. Balthazar (Michael Clarke Duncan of The Green Mile), the powerful leader of the Nubians, objects to hiring mercenaries, but the plan goes forward. The assassins are betrayed by Takmet (Peter Facinelli), the son of one of the tribal leaders, and Mathayus finds himself unable to kill Cassandra. Thanks to the unlikely machinations of Cassandra, and the aid of a horse thief, Arpid (Grant Heslov of True Lies), Mathayus escapes to the desert. He eventually abducts Cassandra, who explains that Memnon was holding her against her will. Mathayus thwarts Memnon's efforts to re-capture Cassandra, then uses his newfound sense of justice to convince the surviving tribal leaders to join forces again to defeat Memnon. The Scorpion King was directed by Chuck Russell. Jonathan Hales (Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones) was credited with the story, and WWF owner Vince McMahon has an executive producer credit. The film, which was shot in the U.S. (very unusual for a big action film), reportedly underwent extensive re-shoots when the first cut came in with a running time of 70 minutes. ~ Josh Ralske, Rovi

Cast & Crew

  • Steven Brand
    Steven Brand - Memnon
  • Michael Clarke Duncan
    Michael Clarke Duncan - Balthazar
  • Kelly Hu
    Kelly Hu - Cassandra
  • Bernard Hill
    Bernard Hill - Philos
  • Grant Heslov
    Grant Heslov - Arpid

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