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The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones

Score: 83%
Rating: PG-13
Publisher: Sony Pictures Home

Region: A
Media: Blu-ray/2
Running Time: 130 Mins.
Genre: Action/Fantasy/Romance
Audio: English 5.1 DTS-HD MA,
           English-Audio Descriptive Track
           5.1 Dolby Digital

Subtitles: English, English SDH, Spanish


  • Bringing Them to Life - Filmmakers and Cast Discuss the Characters of The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones
  • Descendants of the Cup - A Look at the Stunts and the Cast's Transformation Into Shadowhunters
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Music Video - "Almost Is Never Enough" by Ariana Grande Featuring Nathan Sykes
  • Interactive Lineage Tracker - Blu-ray Exclusive
  • Deadly Attraction - Lilly Collins and Jamie Campbell Bower on Their Roles as Clary Fray and Jace Wayland - Blu-ray Exclusive
  • Entering the Shadow World - Creating the Extraordinary Creatures of the Shadow World - Blu-ray Exclusive
  • Into the Shadows - From Book to Screen - Blu-ray Exclusive

The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones, based on the bestselling young adult fantasy series by Cassandra Clare, follows a teenaged girl named Clary Fray (Lilly Collins) as she becomes pulled into the mysterious world of the Shadowhunters, a group of half-angel/half-human beings that hunt demons in the city of New York. Clary becomes deeply troubled when she canít seem to stop herself from drawing a specific symbol over and over, a trait her mother, Jocelyn (Lena Headey, Game of Thrones) canít help but notice and fear. For years, Jocelyn and her dear friend Luke (Aidan Turner) have fought to protect Clary from her lineage as a Shadowhunter, but when Jocelyn is spirited away, Clary has no choice but to turn to a group of strange beings she has recently been seeing.

Her best friend Simon (Robert Sheehan) isnít too keen on Clary hanging around with these seemingly dangerous people, but Clary finds herself drawn to them, especially the enigmatic Jace (Jamie Campbell Bower, Sweeney Todd). Jaceís companions, Isabelle (Jemima West) and her brother Alec, (Kevin Zegers) are none too pleased when Jace brings the confused and frightened pair of "mundanes" (average humans) into the hidden world of the Shadowhunters. They explain that their jobs are not only to protect the world from demons, but also to protect the three Mortal Instruments, one of which is the cup that the angel Raziel gave to his children. It is a very powerful object and a dangerous Shadowhunter named Valentine (Jonathan Rhys Meyers, The Tudors) has been hunting the cup for years, even as Jocelyn has been protecting it. Even though they are putting themselves in harmís way, Jace, Isabelle, Alec, Clary and even Simon must do whatever it takes to locate the cup and rescue Jocelyn from wherever she is being kept. They may find the cup and Jocelyn, but they just might find love along with way, along with a whole slew of information they never wanted to know.

The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones is a fun action movie with some good fight scenes. It falls squarely into the Twilight category with the all-important components of paranormal teen romance, danger and yes, even a love triangle, but I enjoyed the movie. The actors played their parts well and had good chemistry, even though some of the teen angst-ridden lines were a bit clunky. CCH Pounder was especially enjoyable as Claryís psychic neighbor, but everyone was believable.

There are a nice handful of special features including deleted scenes, a music video, five featurettes, plus a lineage tracker, which helps if you are new to the series. Quite a few of the special features are Blu-ray exclusives as well, so keep that in mind when deciding which media to purchase. The movie looked quite good on Blu-ray and from watching the featurettes, I learned that they utilized as many practicals as they could to give it a more realistic feel. Those scenes that were clearly CG, like the one with the portal, looked really good though.

This movie isnít going to appeal to you if you donít already enjoy fantasy films, but those that do will probably really like it. I never found myself aggravated at the attractive cast because they didnít seem so one dimensional like the characters from Twilight. If you are already a fan of the books, youíll already have this one on your Christmas list, but if you enjoy fantasy action flicks that arenít completely drenched with teen love, check out The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones.

-Psibabe, GameVortex Communications
AKA Ashley Perkins

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