I was slightly dubious about this release. Post lord of the rings I wondered if anything would ever compare... However - this film (more so than the first D&D film) had one thing the LOTR trilogy didn't have... it was D&D through & through...
The acting is great, the special effects fantastic & the storyline was typically D&D... They have iconic charater classes too... A Human Fighter, Human Mage (who later duals as a Cleric), a Human Cleric of Obad-hai, an Elven Mage, a Human Barbarian & a Human Thief... together the band is set.
The film, whilst enjoyable in itself for non D&D fans, really shines if you know the rule set... It has it all there... down to spell components & somatic hand gestures & subtle integration of skills & feats. There are gust of wind spells, barbarian rages - I had great fun!!! And the more you watch it, the more things you pick out! As a big fan of the mage class - I can honestly say both mages were amazing!!! It made me want to get out my rulebooks & start playing!!!
Don't miss the extras either as they have nice touches (like character sheets for the main players!)... Seriously - if you're a D&D fan - you want this film!!! (Just make sure you can play Region 1 DVDs!)