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Default Mirror Mirror III



Reviewer: Dave
Review Date: October 8, 2000

Released by: Anchor Bay Entertainment
Release date: 10/24/2000
MSRP: $24.98
Region 1, NTSC
Full Frame 1.33:1



The Story

Anthony (David Drago) and Cassandra (Monique Parent) are true lovers that vow to be together forever. There is a problem, however. Anthony is a struggling artist, so he isn't exactly rich. Cassandra uses Julio (Richard Cansino), a drug dealer, to pay her bills. Cassandra possesses a magic mirror, which allows her to see into the future. In the mirror she sees Julio killing her, so she decided to beat him to the punch. She stabs Julio, but he soon overpowers her. The two disappear; no one knows whether they're alive or dead.

Anthony assumes that Cassandra has left him. He decides to move into the house that Cassandra and Julio were living in. Moving in with him is his brother, Joey (Mark Ruffalo). Helping with the move is his new girlfriend Carolyn (Elizabeth Baldwin), who also runs an art gallery that sells most of Anthony's paintings. Anthony soon finds the mysterious mirror and moves it into his bedroom. As Anthony is getting settled in he begins to have visions of Cassandra in his sleep. The visions are so real that he even has sex with her in them. Just as Anthony starts to get back to painting he gets a visit from Detective Kobeck (David Naughton), a local cop that is looking for the missing Cassandra. Kobeck has a bad leg, caused by a gunshot from Julio. There seems to be a bit more Kobeck is interested in then just the missing Cassandra.


When Anthony leaves for an art exhibit, Joey and Carolyn continue their affair behind Anthony's back. Of course, while they're having sex the mirror looms in the background. Soon Cassandra reappears and it seems she's not just a vision anymore. But everyone was convinced that she was dead. Is it truly her or just a demon from within the mirror? Anthony finds out soon enough...

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Ugh...after watching Mirror Mirror II I didn't think the series could get any worse. Mirror Mirror III proves me wrong - it's just plain awful. Even more so than Part II. At least in Part II the mirror actually had an important role in the movie. In this one it really doesn't. It seems they just titled it Mirror Mirror III to cash in on the name of a somewhat popular series. Yes, there's a few points in the story that involve the mirror, but those were just added in attempt to justify the usage of the Mirror Mirror title. Most of the film is people having sex in front of the mirror. I was actually tempted to review this one first, because I was interested in seeing David Naughton (David from An American Werewolf in London). Good thing I didn't because I probably wouldn't have even bothered to review the other two. Another problem is that the movie is very confusing - few things are actually explained in it. Not only that, but the acting is horrible. Follow my advice - rent the original Mirror Mirror and stay away from its two horrible sequels.

Image Quality

inline Image Anchor Bay presents Mirror Mirror III it's its original full frame 1.33:1 aspect ratio. This transfer boasts stronger, more vibrant colors than the first two Mirror Mirror films. The transfer is also cleaner, containing hardly any blemishes. Flesh tones were appeared accurate and well balanced throughout. There's some minor grain and I also noticed some scenes had minor MPEG artifacting in the background. The image is also a bit soft at times. Because of these problems, I'm only going to rate the image quality slightly higher than the first two films - B.

Sound

Mirror Mirror III is presented in Dolby Digital Stereo sound. Dialogue was clear without any distortion or background noise heard.

Supplemental Material

inline Image No extras are included on this DVD.

Final Thoughts

Another horrible Mirror Mirror sequel. Again, audio/video presentation is adequate but that doesn't make a bad movie any better. As with the first two DVDs, no extras are included. I said it before and I'll send it again - only the original Mirror Mirror is worth watching. The two sequels are just plain awful and should be avoided.

Rating

Movie - D-
Image Quality - B
Sound - A-
Supplements - N/A

Technical Info.
  • Color
  • Running time - 1 hour 31 minutes
  • Not Rated
  • 1 Disc
  • Chapter stops
  • English Dolby Digital Stereo
Supplements
  • N/A
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