Sam Neill, Miranda Richardson. Attempting to bring Camelot back to its splendor by finding and restoring the Holy Grail, Merlin returns and solicits the help of a young beggar endowed with his own sense of unruly magic. 2005/color/2 hrs., 56 min/NR.
A fanciful sequel to the successful 1998 miniseries Merlin, this 2005 multi-part series benefits greatly from Sam Neill's return performance as the legendary wizard. Taking place some 50 years after the first film, Merlin's Apprentice partners the magician with a young thief with untapped magic powers of his own (engaging Canadian actor John Reardon) in a quest to recover the lost Holy Grail, which holds the key to Camelot's protection and survival. Miranda Richardson, who enlivened the '98 production as the ferocious Queen Mab, also returns to provide some necessary drama as the Lady in the Lake. Solid production values (bolstered by the lovely Vancouver locations), confident direction by Hong Kong veteran David Wu (Bride with White Hair 2), and an abundance of fantasy-action make this a worthwhile adventure for fans of the first miniseries and sword-and-sorcery features in general.
- Actors: Jennifer Calvert, Clint Carleton, Lindsay Collins, Garvin Cross, Michael Daingerfield
- Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
- Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1), English (DTS 5.1)
- Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
- Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
- Number of discs: 1
- Rated: NR (Not Rated)
- Studio: Echo Bridge
- DVD Release Date: March 14, 2006
- Run Time: 176 minutes