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Dragon Wars [DVD] [2008]

Jason Behr , Amanda Brooks , Hyung-rae Shim    Suitable for 12 years and over   DVD
2.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (74 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Jason Behr, Amanda Brooks, Robert Forster, Craig Robinson, Aimee Garcia
  • Directors: Hyung-rae Shim
  • Producers: James B. Kang
  • Format: Subtitled, PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, Greek, Spanish, Hindi, Italian, French, Arabic
  • Dubbed: French, Spanish, English, Italian
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.40:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 12
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 19 May 2008
  • Run Time: 107 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (74 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0011W2IM4
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 34,520 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Stunning computer-generated special effects are the main selling point of Dragon Wars, a Korean-made fantasy about ancient monsters wreaking havoc in modern Los Angeles. The complex plot, based on legend, pits an evil serpent and its demonic army against a young woman (Amanda Brooks) who is the reincarnation of a young woman imbued with the heaven-sent power to transform the creature into an all-powerful dragon. Jason Behr (The Grudge) is the reporter who discovers that he too is a reincarnated warrior bound to prevent Brooks and her power from falling into the wrong hands. The elaborate premise isn't helped by the script, which delivers absurd dialogue and situations with child-like naivete. Thankfully, the presence of Robert Forster (as another reincarnated hero) and solid actors like Elizabeth Pena, Craig Robinson and Chris Mulkey, help smooth over the frequent moments of unintentional humour. But this won't matter much to fantasy fans and (especially) younger viewers, who will tune in for the film's riot of special effects. Director Shim Hyung-rae and his talented team offer scene after scene of exceptional CGI creations, most notably an aerial dogfight between helicopters and winged lizards in the skies above downtown L.A., and a climactic battle which makes good on the title's promise. The DVD includes a making-of featurette which outlines Shim's four-year struggle to complete the project, as well as storyboard galleries and an animatics display. -- Paul Gaita

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Jason Behr Dragon Wars


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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Its does what it said on the cover !! 23 Nov 2008
Format:DVD
After being told by various people that this was a terrible film i decided to shell out 5.00 and to be honest, its very well spent !! I kicked back for a short mindless journey into a great world with fantastic effects and what i thought was a really great film if you dont want to think to much...
Its so cheap now, how can you not buy it ?
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars More Lukewarm Than Actually Hot. 11 Aug 2010
Format:DVD
This film is one that both my sister and I watched the other night and ended up sniggering through most of it.
Here is the UK it is called DRAGON WARS, although confusingly it is called D-WAR in North America and WAR OF THE DRAGONS in the Far East.
The plot, as you may have guessed by now concerns Dragons, although you don't actually see a "proper" one until the final few minutes of the film.
The DVD casing boasts that it cost over $75 million to make, although a few minutes watching confirmed my suspicions that a very large proportion of this went on the large quantities of CGI used with whatever pocket change was left over going on the actors.
Basically the plot is as follows. In order for a wyrm to become a dragon, it first has to be chosen by heaven then wait for a chosen girl to become 20 so her lifeforce can merge with it. This is great for the dragon, but not so great for the girl who then as far as I can see dies.
As is revealed in a flashback WITHIN a flashback the last time this could occur was 500 years ago, but followers of a bad wyrm attack the village where she lives to try and grab her first. Oddly they only check for the woman AFTER nearly wiping the village from the surface of the earth, obviously not thinking that the chosen one is just as likely to get flattened by a giant fireball from the skies as anyone else.
Although she is captured, she and her lover take their own lives before she can give her life force to anyone, and so the stage is set for a rematch 500 years later in what is presumably Los Angeles.
Things start ominously with a giant snake munching down elephants at the local zoo, then it appears elsewhere in the city (how does it get around without being seen?
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Waste of Money 7 Jan 2009
Format:Blu-ray
Do your self a favour and do not purchase this terrible movie. My 6 and 9 year old thought it was great but I am sorry, terrible story, action "so-so" acting, totally apalling.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Weak story but great effects 9 Jun 2008
By C. Verspeak VINE VOICE
Format:DVD
Theres not much about Dragon Wars that is particularly novel - many of the ideas have been done before. But what Dragon Wars does is take a lot of cool things you've seen in other films and amps them up, polishes, and perfects them. So, take the best bits from Godzilla, Independence Day, Starship Troopers, and a bunch of other sci-fi favorites from the late 90's, add a bit of Cloverfield, ramp up the numbers and graphic polish, and you get Dragon Wars.

It does start off a little slow. Lots of exposition of Korean legends and a glimpse of the bad guys - some guff about an evil serpent who wants to become a all-powerful dragon. Then we're in the present day and get to meet the current incarnations of the hero and heroine before the serpent itself also reappears. Its the same giant snake we met before but its a whole lot more p***ed off, especially with Apache helicopters shooting at it. And thats when the effects really kick in. All the CGI looks great and there are some genuinely impressive scenes, particularly the aerial battle between dragons and choppers. The story remains pretty transparent and predictable right up to the end though but I think the quality of the visuals just about make up for this.

With its strong Korean flavour and lack of any star names Dragon Wars was never going to be a massive mainstream hit over here. But if you like monster action movies this really is a must see. Not a novel feature to be seen, but definitely a Gold Standard movie for any future creature features.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars dragon wars 10 Jun 2009
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
bought this title on blu ray after seeing it on a tv channel that was selling hi def tvs the special effects on this movie are as good as any ive seen on other titles well worth the money i payed for it in 1080p its fantastic only thing about movie is the plot line is quite weak but still 7 out of 10 movie but is well worth watching for stunning special effects
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars not bad! 19 Jun 2008
Format:DVD
i will make it short and brief.o.k the script wasn,t brilliant.o.k. the acting wasn,t perfect.
watched it the first time around and thought,yeah, watchable.watched it a second time around with my children,they loved it.
alwright, now i am not being brief,but just don,t think about the plot too hard and it is afun film.the more you watch it the more it grows on you and its much better than all the crud on telly.
IT,S JUST A BIT OF ESCAPISM AND THE EFFECTS ARE GOOD DESPITE WHAT OTHER PEOPLE SAY!
there is only one critic and that is yourselves.give it ago!
if you like monster movies you will probably like it.
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22 of 25 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Almost great 23 Aug 2008
Format:DVD
I don't know why this movie is getting such bad reviews. Man, do you really think that a film named Dragon Wars is going to win an Oscar? An apparent 75million dollars was spent making this, which I'll agree sounds a bit suspicious considering it's just a big shoot-em-up B-movie. Still, shame on the people who bout the DVD just because it mentioned a massive budget in the blurb.

The writers have tried to create some kind of long and complicated plot-line / back-story, but it's not that important... Basically, a load of dragons attack a city. The effects are pretty good, but sometimes they look a bit off- which is understandable though, as they take up about half the running time. There are a few half-famous faces on show here too, who play their roles quite well.

While not being in the same league as King Kong, but also not sinking to the level of AvP2: Requiem, Dragon Wars sits comfortably in the middle: it's not great, but it's certainly not terrible, either.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars great action film
great action film good plot love it
Published 1 month ago by John W.
1.0 out of 5 stars Bad
Another pitiful failure. I thought that the movies through Amazon would be good and was greatly disappointed. It was terrible.
Published 3 months ago by julie hockema
1.0 out of 5 stars Strange and bad
The FX was nice but absolutely not nice enough to make up for a stupid script and annoying actors (though they didn't have much chance of saving the script).
Published 4 months ago by Neo
5.0 out of 5 stars dragon wars
seen this film a few years ago , very entertaining ,still as good as when it first came out,what more can one say.
Published 5 months ago by James Kilmartin
1.0 out of 5 stars Don't Waste Your Money
Terrible film starts well, and seems to be a very good film but then they just seem to give up at the end. Very poor.
Published 8 months ago by Jason Mantell
1.0 out of 5 stars worst film ever made
acting - awful. plot - awful. dialogue - awful. special effects - awful. it is without a doubt the worst movie ever made. Read more
Published 12 months ago by tobyonekenobi
2.0 out of 5 stars B-movie monster madness
Woefully poor acting and clumsy flashbacks drag this CGI laden effort downwards. If the acting was halfway decent then it might have been a contender but even for a monster movie... Read more
Published 15 months ago by Mr. S. Storey
1.0 out of 5 stars Very very bad
Just don't even bother. I had hoped for some enjoyible action and effects but the action and effects are just lost in the sea of diarrhoea that this movie is made of.
Published 17 months ago by Torasan
5.0 out of 5 stars More like this
good film love fantasy films they should make many more or revamp things like the arabian knights more dungen and dragons, magic and mayhem
Published 19 months ago by Mr D Reid
2.0 out of 5 stars It dragged on..
It promised much, but delivered little.. a loony story, strange characters and overall sense of 'what the hell is all this about?!!' . Having said that the effects are v. Read more
Published on 17 May 2012 by I. P. Terry
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