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  • Actors: Justin Whalin, Jeremy Irons, Zoe McLellan, Bruce Payne, Marlon Wayans
  • Directors: Courtney Solomon
  • Writers: Carroll Cartwright, E. Gary Gygax, Topper Lilien
  • Producers: Allan Zeman, Allen Crawford, Ann Flagella, Bob Dahlin
  • Format: VHS
  • Language: English
  • Classification: 12
  • Studio: Eiv
  • VHS Release Date: 10 Dec. 2001
  • Run Time: 108 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005MKW5
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 353,175 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

Product Description

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Film version of the classic sword and sorcery game. In the Empire of Izmer power rests in the hands of the Mages - a group of elite magic users - and the lower classes live a life of poverty and subjection. When Izmer's ruler dies, his daughter Savina (Thora Birch) is sworn in and vows to put an end to these inequalities. But the evil Mage Profion (Jeremy Irons) wants to claim power for himself, and tricks the Mages Council into believing Savina is unfit to rule. Savina then bands together with a group of adventurers and goes in search of the magic rod which will help her overcome Profion and bring justice to the Empire.

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A sword and sorcery fantasy, Dungeons and Dragons the film is based on the role-playing game first introduced in the 1970s. It delivers some of the same kind of fantasy and fun the game offered, as its youthful heroes journey through a magical kingdom battling with the forces of evil. One or two scenes (such as someone having their brain sucked out by a nasty thing with tentacles) might upset very young children. But many of the special effects look tame compared to state-of-the-art films like The Matrix (the dragons in particular are rather wimpish), and though you do need full-blooded acting for this sort of thing, Jeremy Irons goes way over the top as the wicked wizard Profion. Marlon Wayans is supposed to provide some street-wise comedy, but is simply annoying. If you enjoyed playing the game you might like this, but there's a lot of competition in the fantasy film genre these days, and Dungeons and Dragons isn't really up to it. --Ed Buscombe

On the DVD: This one disc is packed full of extra features. The film and special effects are breathtaking in needle-sharp Widescreen (1.85:1) Anamorphic transfer. As for the soundtrack, you haven't heard a dragon roar until you hear it in Dolby 5.1 or 2.0 Surround. The director Courtney Solomon, Justin Whalin who plays the hero Ridley, and the Dungeons and Dragons game co-creator Dave Arneson, offer one commentary track, which is a bit inane and doesn't really add anything to the film. However, the second commentary with Solomon, Arneson and cinematographer Doug Milsome is much more intelligent and offers some great info about the filming of specific scenes. Along with the UK trailer, there are two special features--a 20-minute "Making of" featurette, with some entertaining stuff about how Solomon secured the rights to the D&D universe and the creation of the special effects, CGI, costumes and make-up and a 14-minute special feature on the legacy of Dungeons and Dragons. There are 12 deleted scenes, most of which are pretty near completion (save a few blue screens here and there) and the more adrenalin-pumped scenes are broken down in stages to show how the SFX were created. For those who have seen the film and want to play the game, on the DVD-ROM there is also a playable demo of Black Isle's computer game sequel, Shadows of Amn. --Kristen Bowditch

Customer Reviews

2.9 out of 5 stars

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By M. Brunton on 23 May 2007
Format: DVD
...but it's hard to find much positive to say about this movie. Jeremy Irons must have needed the money, but at least he gurns his way through this in a professional fashion; his sidekick can at least do vaguely menacing, although it must have been hard not to giggle when the blue lipstick went on.

The lead characters are drawn with all the subtlety one would expect of a man who has been allowed to write the script with red crayons on the back of some old wallpaper. They are by turns, appallingly naff and simply appalling. Marlon Wayans manages a new low in eye-rolling sidekickness. When one 'hero' is thrown from a tower by the blue-lipsticked villain, I found myself cheering for the Forces of Darkness.

However, if bad movies are your thing, there are bits to savour and enjoy: Tom Baker's wonderful slice of ham as the Elf King (surely the lardiest elf in the history of the world!) and Richard O'Brien's splendidly camp performance as the master of the Thieves' Guild are there to treasure. Feel the love at these points because you'll want to stab yourself in the face with forks during the rest. In the long run, the forks are a more rewarding experience. :(
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mr Horse on 9 Sept. 2007
Format: DVD
...It is far better (and I mean FAR BETTER) than this utter drivel of a movie! Jeremy Irons makes an appearance in this movie, but his performance sucks... NO, make that the whole cast! The acting is really, really dire, but it doesn't end there. The sets, soundtrack, story, plot etc... are all terrible. As for the special effects, they are VERY unconvincing... even the dragons looked like they were made on a cheap old PC rather than a proper supercomputer!

A VERY pathetic attempt at making a movie based on a phenominal franchise. I love the original D&D game, and a fan of dragons in general. Please do not buy this as you'll be wasting you money.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer VINE VOICE on 4 May 2003
Format: DVD
I bought this in anticipation of Fellowship of the Ring, to see what could be done with a fantasy film. The script is painful, the characters are annoying and Jeremy Irons looks like he wants to strangle his agent. The dragon battle is spectacular. The dwarf and elf characters are terrible. The main character has to go into the "dungeon" alone, totally opposite to the teamwork principle of the game that inspired this film.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By "mazeman11" on 10 Jan. 2002
Format: VHS Tape
This is one of the worst mainstream movies made in recent years. Given the unimaginative, insultingly cliched nonsense that's come out over the last few months alone, that's actually quite a claim. It's two hours of purified drivel, filled with bad acting, shameless mugging, unfantastical fantasy, and, apparently, a script written by gerbils. (Not even gerbil intellectuals; in fact it could have been a hampster, or perhaps even a small vole). Jeremy Irons (or however this fallen man spells his name) shames himself utterly as an evil wizard, and that girl from American Beauty (the one who isn't Mera Survara) should DEFFIANTELY get herself a new agent.
The annoying thing is, this actually had quite a lot of potential - vast potential in fact, as the size of the dungeons and dragons universe(s) are so huge. There's so much literature (well, writing, at least) describing the worlds, characters, plots, adventures, and so on, there must have been SOMETHING half-decent out there already.
As it turned out, it would have been so much better even to have seen a live action version of Uni, Venger, Bobby,Dungeon Master et al. And while the effects weren't bad, it would have been so much cooler to see a CGI of that multi-coloured, multi-headed dragon-thing that was the real star of the (entirely unrelated) cartoon of the same name.
What a waste. What a terrible waste.
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15 of 18 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 13 Jan. 2002
Format: DVD
This whole dvd is awful.
Firstly the film. The acting is terrible, the dwarf is as tall as the main characters, Jeremy Irons is definately thinking "That pays for a new house!", The plot is disjointed, the editing is dreadful, items re-appear after being left behind ages ago(the eye of the dragon). I could go on.
On the Plus side, The final dragon fight is good, as are a few other CGI bits. The maze sequence is OK, and the elf tracker woman is cute.
The DVD extras are as bad as the main feature.
The deleted scenes should have been deleted, as they add nothing to the dvd, the "play the game" featurettes make the RPG Hobby sound 5000 times more nerdy than it actually is(some achievement there!) The "making of" short contributes nothing to anyones knowledge of how a film is made, and the director came across REALLY badly.
I rented this movie as a last resort, I see why it vanished at the box office, My son, who shouldnt really have watched it found it dull and, in parts, laughable
A sad outing all round, and the D&D hobby deserved a better thought out, bigger budget, well plotted, and well acted movie than this.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on 22 July 2009
Format: DVD
this product was fun to watch with my family and friends but i think the rating is to high a pg would fit it perfictly the story line was good and i could understand it the whole way through but the 2nd in the chronicles
was a bit dull and boring no tag line at all but this one was perfict
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12 of 15 people found the following review helpful By G. Francis on 7 July 2002
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
I've been a Sci-Fi/Fantasy fan all my life, and am an avid fan of the Star Wars saga, Lord of the Rings and stuff of the likes. This film looked promising, with Jeremy Irons among those cast, and the single biggest lure for me was the fact it promised Dragons.
But I was wholly disappointed by this product...
The film is terrible. It has decent special effects, but nothing not seen before, and wouldn't do but to entertain a child audience - unfortunately, it's rated 12, so that option's a no-go.
The story is messy and weak, and all the characters are irritating, except possibly for Iron's villainous 'Profion'(sp?). There were hardly any dragons in the film until near the end, and the whole affair was so corny and poor that I felt utterly stupid for buying this DVD - the decent artwork on the DVD cover betrays the film, and makes it look alot better than it is.
The only consolation is that the extras are okay on the disc - but what's the point of extras if the film is bad?
If you're looking for something like Lord of the Rings or Harry Potter, then there's no substitute for the real thing. This is as corny, poor and cheesy as they come, and I advise you to steer clear and to keep to the films that are truly worthy of the sc-fi/fantasy genre. Bring on 'The Two Towers' and 'The Chamber of Secrets'...
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