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Beowulf [1998] [DVD]

Derek Jacobi , Joseph Fiennes , Yuri Kulakov    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
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Product details

  • Actors: Derek Jacobi, Joseph Fiennes
  • Directors: Yuri Kulakov
  • Format: PAL
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Brightspark
  • DVD Release Date: 19 Nov 2007
  • Run Time: 27 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000UYBP2I
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 38,006 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Video Description
Narrated by Derek Jacobi and Joseph Fiennes this is one of the most famous ancient saga's ever told, Beowulf tells the tale of a young Danish warrior called Beowulf who goes to the aid of King Hroðgar and his people, who are attacked by a half-man half-monster named Grendel.

An animated adventure for children and adults alike, Beowulf is an epic tale full of action, heroism, bravery and sacrifice.

Synopsis
BEOWULF is the story of the title hero and his battles against Grendel, the monster's mother, and a dragon.



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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Short, but captures the main points 8 April 2009
By Hectare
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
Excellent animation with a good eye for real and assumed historical detail, and some imaginative settings. This races through the main events of the epic poem, so some of the palpable fear, the oppressive demands of duty and the unstinting heroism of the main characters are a bit lacking, but as an accessible introduction I would give it 5 stars (1 star docked for brevity)
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34 of 37 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent 21 Jan 2009
Format:DVD
This is a delightful retelling of the Anglo-Saxon tale, which is set in Denmark and Sweden, and contains nothing English whatsoever, using animated graphics; half narrated, half enacted with the spoken voices of several well-known British actors, including Derek Jacobi and Joseph Fiennes. Quite short, at 27 minutes, it is infinitely more true to the original than the recent productions by Zemeckis and Sturluson. There are no silly interpolated extra characters, sub-plots, or post-modern interpretations of the story's "meaning". The monsters are traditional, shapeless, scary and mysterious. The mead-hall is splendid and magnificent. Beowulf is noble, brave and gentle. All aspects are left unexplained: things just happen and the viewer is free to read whatever interpretation he feels like into the events. Consequently it is really more intellectually stimulating than the big-budget films. Although it is violent, there is nothing distasteful about any of it, and should be suitable for older children as well as adults. I was left wishing it had been longer.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars beowulf 25 Jun 2008
Format:DVD
this is a short but faithfull film based on a classic story much better than the cgi tripe we now have , one for all ages to enjoy
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great version, but not a U 11 May 2010
Format:DVD
I bought this DVD to show my year 5 class when we were studying the Anglo-Saxons. The DVD itself is great, a little scary at times, but not too scary. However I was slightly irritated to discover that it is actually a PG: not a problem for most punters I know, but a pain when you have to ask parents' permission to show it.
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