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  • Actors: Emilie de Ravin, Hugo Weaving, Helen Mirren, Geoffrey Rush, Abbie Cornish
  • Directors: Zack Snyder
  • Format: PAL, Subtitled
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, Finnish, Norwegian, Icelandic
  • Dubbed: Norwegian, Icelandic, Finnish
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Audio Description: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: 11 April 2011
  • Run Time: 83 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (243 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0049EO10S
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 983 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Acclaimed filmmaker Zack Snyder (300, Watchmen) makes his animation debut with this fantasy adventure based on the beloved books by Kathryn Lasky. Young owl Soren marvels at his father’s epic stories of the Guardians of Ga’Hoole, mythic winged warriors who fought a great battle to save all owlkind from the evil Pure Ones. When he and brother Kludd fall from their treetop home and into the talons of the Pure Ones, it’s up to Soren to make a daring escape with the help of other brave owls. Together they seek the Great Tree, home of the Guardians--the only hope of defeating the Pure Ones and saving the owl kingdoms. The stellar voice cast includes Abbie Cornish, Miriam Margolyes, Helen Mirren, Sam Neill, Geoffrey Rush, Jim Sturgess and Hugo Weaving.

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Acclaimed filmmaker Zack Snyder (300, Watchmen) makes his animation debut with this fantasy adventure based on the beloved books by Kathryn Lasky. Young owl Soren marvels at his father's epic stories of the Guardians of Ga'Hoole, mythic winged warriors who fought a great battle to save all owl kind from the evil Pure Ones. When he and brother Kludd fall from their treetop home and into the talons of the Pure Ones, it's up to Soren to make a daring escape with the help of other brave owls. Together they seek the Great Tree, home of the Guardians – the only hope of defeating the Pure Ones and saving the owl kingdoms. The stellar voice cast includes Abbie Cornish, Miriam Margolyes, Helen Mirren, Sam Neill, Geoffrey Rush, Jim Sturgess and Hugo Weaving.

Customer Reviews

4.4 out of 5 stars

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81 of 82 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. Carrie Smith on 23 Jan. 2011
Format: DVD
I was not sure what to expect from this movie and was prepared to sacrifice my time in order to keep my 7 year old daughter happy. However, I was totally blown away by this movie. Firstly the animation is so spellbinding that I really felt like I was witnessing something new for the first time like Star Wars or Avatar. The story is based on the first 3 books of Katherine Lasky and my daughter has started reading these since watching the film. The characters are owls but they could very easily have been humans and it would have been a quest movie like Lord of the Rings. The plot is intricate and would be hard to follow for very young children. This is not necessarily a kids film, it just happens to be animated. There is violence in it and a few truly evil characters and so I would recommend it for over 7's. I cried and laughed and clapped at this film because I was so caught up in the story and didn't want it to end. If you buy this DVD, you will not be disappointed.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Paul Tapner TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 17 April 2011
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Legend of the guardians is a cgi animation movie which takes Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'hoole: Guardians of Ga'hoole, Books One, Two & Three, the first three books in a series of novels about a kingdom of owls, and condenses them down into one movie. Thus it's 'based on' the books because it's not got room for all of them.

The lead character is Soren, a young owl who has grown up on stories of the guardians. A noble group of warriors who fight the good fight for the sake of it. Soren loves these stories and tries to draw inspiration from them. His brother thinks they're childish and silly.

When the two are kidnapped by nasty owls who are trying to build an army in order to conquer the world, Soren's brother falls prey to the temptation and lure of evil. But Soren holds true to his principles and along with some new friends tries to escape and find the guardians so they can come and save the day.

But legends never quite match reality. And Soren is going to have to grow up fast.

This is a pg certificate. And the dvd tries to lure people in by mentioning the movie happy feet on the cover. But legend of the guardians isnt nearly as happy. It's an uneasy balance of kiddie friendly - via a couple of eccentric comic relief owls - and downright darker moments. So frankly it's really not suitable for young children.

Neverthteless, it does touch on some interesting and thought provoking concepts. The power of stories and legends. How they can teach us life lessons and inspire us. And how legends don't always live up to the reality. And how people can hold true to their principles in the face of evil or surrender to it.
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82 of 84 people found the following review helpful By Sam on 3 Nov. 2010
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Based on the best-selling series of books by Kathryn Lasky this movie culminates the excitement of the first three volumes into an absolutely outstanding specticle, using intricate and very much life like animation to bring alive the world of the owls and the epic adventures they face.
The story follows soren, a young barn owl who is captured by an evil tribe of owls, once imprisoned in a mountainous canyon he meets a small pigmy owl named Gylfie, these two new friends battle out of their captors claws and fly off in search of the great Ga'hoole tree in order to warn the guardians about the increasing danger that awaits. Along the way they meet more owls, twilight, digger and a very lady like snake. Once at the Ga'hoole tree they train to become guardians and to fight the evil owls of st aggies academy who plot to overrun the tree and forge their empire across the world.
Zak Snyder helms this movie and he does it well, his famous use of slow motion blends perfectly in this movie, one scene in particular, using slow motion in the rain makes for a very magical experience, he keeps the movie going at a fair pace and it never tires or becomes boring. The animation is the best i have ever seen, the detail is phenomonal, the birds move like owls should and the landscapes and set pieces are stunning. The final battle scene is mind blowing, loud, action packed, kind of brutal and thoroughly white knuckle. The script is well translated from the books and the characters are true to those that are portrayed in the eye of Kathryn Lasky. A brilliant voice cast accompany this movie including: Sam Neill, Helen Mirren, Geoffery Rush, Emile De Ravin, Miriam Marogoyles and Hugo Weaving.
I honestly cannot fault this movie in the slightest, awesome animation, brilliant voice cast, thrilling battle scenes, a true fantasy epic. The one thing i don't understand is why this didn't do brilliantly at box office, i enjoyed it much more than Avatar.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Benminx on 23 May 2011
Format: Blu-ray
Directed by '300's Zack Snyder, this is an exciting old-style adventure movie that combines the epic quest formula with the kind of old fashioned peril and bad guys usually found in the fantasy epics of the '80s.
When dreamer Soren and his brother Kludd are snatched by the 'Pure Ones' to serve an evil army, Soren determines to seek out his heroes, the legendary Owls of Ga'Hoole, while Kludd isn't so sure that their kidnappers are on the wrong side...
Breathtakingly beautiful, the animation possibly surpasses anything I've yet seen. Every feather and tuft of hair quivers in the wind and moves convincingly, while the colours and markings of the characters are so astonishingly intricate that I found myself often just looking at the birds with the same kind of marvel usually reserved for rarely seen animals in a zoo. Fortunately the animators haven't leant solely on this, and all of the main characters are extremely distinct and easy to tell apart with their various movement characteristics and their funny, quirky personalities.
The voice work and highly expressive faces draw us into the plot, and there's a healthy dose of humour in there, as well as some traditional sidekick bickering. Some of the characters are a little odd (a snake as a nursemaid to owls???) but I haven't read the books on which the film is based, so I'm not in a position to judge further than that. As far as plot goes, it's a rip-roarer of the old style, heavy with danger, heroism, treachery and excitement. The climax is especially dramatic and actually quite full of combat and violence. As such I wouldn't recommend this for the under 5's, as any especially young children might be upset by the comparatively brutal owl vs owl war scenes.
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