Dragon Age: Redemption [Blu-Ray]

Dragon Age: Redemption [Blu-Ray]
Only the most dedicated fanboys will find any reason to watch Felicia Day's (The Guild) mini-web series set in the world of Bioware's Dragon Age II videogame, most likely because of the writer/actress's prominently displayed cleavage. In what is essentially a filmed bonus mission, Day plays an elf assassin named Tallis, who teams up with other traditional character class types (a Templar and a Mage) to uncover a plot that threatens the realm. Instead of investing the characters with distinct personalities or personal motivations, Day's script relies on the tension between established conflicting ideologies based on broad class lines from the game's extensive mythology. It all amounts to what feels like a group of live action roleplaying enthusiasts acting out some dedicated fan-fiction, with a few decent actors and an above-average costume budget. Unsurprising for such a low-budget labour of cross-marketing love, the DVD contains an abundance of extras and little quality control, much of it focusing on the tie-in downloadable game mission featuring Day's Tallis. These take the form of a couple super-cheap "Bioware TV" interviews with Dragon Age Creative Director Mike Laidlaw, lead designer Aidan Scanlan and Felicia Day, including some footage of the actress being filmed for motion capture. An assortment of behind-the-scenes features round out the bonus content, with special attention paid to costuming, of which it's obvious more care went into than little things like plotting and character development, though there's no explanation for why they couldn't be bothered to colour-match Day's elf ears to her skin tone. A segment where Day explains her preference for the Rogue character type is rather slight, but a look at the stunt work depicts a performer putting in the work to become a convincing physical presence. It's a shame Day didn't put the same effort into her acting. Of more entertainment value than anything intentionally filmed is a great moment on the blooper reel where Doug Jones (Hellboy), in full demon make up, can be seen hamming it up and playing rock paper scissors with other monsters. Also included: Previews for Dragon Age games and downloadable content, a script PDF and a director/producer commentary. (eOne)