Title: Spirit Blade: Special Edition
Producer: Spirit Blade Productions
Type: Audio Drama
Availability: Paid – Spirit Blade Productions
Greetings, Audionauts – Captain Radio here with a review of Spirit Blade: Special Edition.
And there you have a taste of the sonic excitement of Dark Ritual, the second installment of Paeter Frandsen’s Spirit Blade Trilogy.
This scintillating, edgy PG-13 Christian-oriented sci-fi fantasy series follows the harrowing exploits of Merikk Venndarius, initially a disillusioned, self-doubting “one-hit” musician who very reluctantly is transformed into Merikk Scythe, the leader of the Underground Liberation. These futuristic Seekers of absolute truth find themselves outcast by a world dominated by deadly deceit, unbelievable technology, corporate power-mongers, mysterious “helpful” aliens, and plenty of soul-ravening demons. Hopelessly outnumbered by enemies and constantly on the run, Merikk and his small band of Seekers desperately attempt to recover the ultimate talisman to defeat Evil, the Spirit Blade, Frandsen’s cognate of Arthur’s enchanted Excalibur.
While creating Dark Ritual, Frandsen sensed his self-taught audio production skills had rapidly matured from the 2006 release of the original Spirit Blade installment. Audiences seemed to agree, reacting to the sequel as “the stronger” of the two productions. Thereafter, when Frandsen began work on Pilgrim’s Progress: Similitude of a Dream, he realized that this third effort would not exceed Dark Ritual in production quality. As Frandsen puts it, his skills had “leveled out to some degree.”
Frandsen then felt genuine concern that his production company’s eponymous flagship effort might likely be perceived by new listeners as less-polished than his subsequent work.
Mega-movie producer George Lucas could empathize. While producing the first of three Star Wars pre-quels beginning in the mid-90’s, Lucas decided to drop an extra $15 million on spiffing up the original three chronological productions. A disproportionate two-thirds of this sum went into upgrading the 1977 Star Wars. He re-released the trio as the Star Wars Trilogy Special Edition in 1997.
Determined to re-vitalize his own first installment of the Spirit Blade Trilogy, Frandsen returned to his production studio in Mesa, AZ, where he updated the musical score, remixed soundtrack songs, and added both new dialog and sound effects. Listen to a few before-and-after re-mastering samples:
While the Captain has not heard the original Spirit Blade in its entirety, after listening to both the new re-mix, then moving immediately into scenes from Dark Ritual, he can affirm for you, Audionauts, that Frandsen invested his redux time … well.
Also, be sure to listen to a sampling of Dark Ritual episodes here at Radio Drama Revival. Just search for “Spirit Blade”.
Until next time, Audionauts, …
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