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Midnight Chronicles [DVD] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]

Steve Sweere , Charles Hubbell    DVD
2.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Steve Sweere, Charles Hubbell, Matt Amendt
  • Format: Colour, DVD-Video, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: Unrated (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Studio: Platinum Disc
  • DVD Release Date: 12 July 2011
  • Run Time: 100 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004Z0QYWO

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Non-english speakers, beware 20 Aug 2009
Format:DVD
As has already been pointed out, this movie is the pilot episode of "Midnight Chronicles", a future (let's hope) TV series based on the Roleplaying Game "Midnight". It's very different from the traditional fantasy movies: there are only two fighting scenes, and the first one is very short and... well, lame. However it's a must see for the fans of the RPG game and for those who are looking for something different.

But here's a warning for non-english speakers: this version of the DVD has no subtitles whatsoever (not even in english). Just so you know.
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33 of 36 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Terrible, absolutely terrible 10 Jun 2009
Format:DVD
Easily the worst film I've seen in a long, long time.

From the cover and desciption, you'd think you were getting an epic LOTR type of film, in fact you're getting a cheap, poorly written, badly acted steamer of a film with no redeeming features at all.

The cover shows dragons, battalions of orcs letting off clusters of arrows, armies of men marching off to battle, flags held high..... none of which are in the film.

This in itself is a disgrace, but, what makes it worse, the story is dull beyond belief, the `action' scenes are so bad they are laughable and the acting is on par with one of those cheap US soaps.

People moaned about In The Name Of The King.
That was like Citizen Kane compared to this rot.

Do not buy this, I implore you. You'll just encourage a sequel and you can't hate the world that much.

Please.
For the love of God..........
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars COULD WE HAVE ONE QUEST THAT ENDS IN PLEASURE? 3 Jun 2013
By The Movie Guy TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:DVD
The film gives you a quick background into the good vs. evil aspect then thrusts you into a story where it takes you a while to figure out the good guys from the bad guys. It copies some of the LOTR aspects in that it includes orcs (bad), elves (good) and humans on both sides. Priests who serve the Shadow are called "legates" with Charles Hubbell playing the lead role of questioning loyalty.

There is a prophecy which The Shadow fears, that is where a group of diverse characters lead by one man on a quest will overthrow him and rule Middle Earth er uh.. Baldur's Gate, no wait the world of Aryth. The one legate side kick had a sense of humor and was the only worthwhile character in the group.

The dialouge was otherwise dull and dry: "He has help me hide what must remain hidden." Or "In the shadow of the shadow he shall dance with the beast..." There is one scene with the side kick and Chuzara where we get to see the microphone overhead. The elves use bows (how did they come up with that?) and speak with bad poetic syntax. We never got to see the "little people."

Very little fighting. This appears to be just the first part. A real disappointment of a film. The acting was sad too.

No swear words, sex, or nudity.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars bad 7 April 2012
Format:DVD
Someone mentioned buying a bin so as put this in. Do yourself a favour, and just put the bin on your head so you can't see it. Better, stuff you're ears with cheese so you can't hear it either. And there's a lot of cheese around this movie. Honestly, it's pretty bad. I could wax lyrical about all the faults, but that would require me trying to recall what there were, but they were instantly forgettable.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars This is the pilot 28 Jun 2009
Format:DVD
This is based on the setting for a role play game called Midnight. The premise is that the Dark God was cast down onto the world and then sealed off. This has the effect of the mortals being cut off from the other Gods. The Dark God Izrador wages war and eventually wins. In Lord of the Rings terms Sauron won - advance 100 years.

This is a very small budget film, more accurately a pilot that the makers hope to turn into a series. It obviously does not have the gloss of the Middle Earth films. At times the budget shows but there are some nice effects in there. I thought the acting was fine, in terms of TV grade, there's no Hollywood stars here.

It's not perfect but a decent attempt. I want to see more, preferably as a series. There is a rich detailed setting that could really be fleshed in a series. It gets 3 stars. One deducted as it does lack a little gloss and the other deducted for the cover as whilst it's accurate to the setting, you don't see anything like that in the film
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Format:DVD
First things first: I admit to being a gamer and already being vaguely familiar with the Midnight setting before seeing this, how that affects your opinions of my review are your own concern but don't say I didn't tell you.

Midnight Chronicles is an interesting, almost thoughtful, fantasy movie that departs from the traditional Sword & Sorcery standard where everything is all about the action. The plot follows an investigation which, unfortunately, leaves a lot of hanging questions - presumably with the intention that the hoped for TV series would gradually uncover these new answers. Despite the disappointment of these loose ends the film works very well, introducing us to some interesting characters who, while they ARE cliched in parts, are more familiar to fantasy gamers and readers than viewers. This is fantasy as we see it in books and not the two-dimensional ciphers normally found in films.
The plot can, at times, be a little slow but it still rewards watching by viewers willing to think about the program in front of them - the pacing is what you would expect from a TV Pilot such as this was intended to be, it doesn't clip along like a purpose-made movie would but it is still interesting. There is more to it than just the visual popcorn of most fantasy movies but the payoff here is that you lose out on the high action that movie audiences have come to expect, it's not a film for everyone.
The acting is variable. Some of the cast, including the lead protagonist (I won't call him a "hero"), deliver performances that are a cut above the norm and avoid the stereotyped performances we are used to, others deliver exactly those stereotypes and yet others are flat and smell distinctly of amateur dramatics.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Don't
Save your time and go do something useful - like watch some paint drying.

Poor production, bad characterisation and mediocre acting. Read more
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Published 6 months ago by hombre65james
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Published on 6 April 2011 by PENNY BOWDEN
1.0 out of 5 stars Midnight diabolicles
Appalling. If Tolkien was alive today he'd sue them for the rip-offs. Dreadful acting, dreadful script, dreadful everything. Read more
Published on 11 April 2010 by Mr. Adrian Holloway
5.0 out of 5 stars great movie - if you mind the story and not the action
This is no "Lord of the Rings" - even though the film got some pretty nice landscape shots. But the budget did not allow big effects. Read more
Published on 2 Dec 2009 by Ferdinand Von Schenk
3.0 out of 5 stars Midnight
Although extremely low budget, this did have interesting characters and not a bad story. Role-players will probably get the most out of this.
Published on 29 Nov 2009 by R. Gray
2.0 out of 5 stars Midnight Slow Boat
Very slow film. Does not say that it is only part 1 of a story. Good effects but a bit disappointing.
Published on 9 Aug 2009 by H. Seabridge
1.0 out of 5 stars Midnight Chronicles
Very disappointed in this film, the story line was a bit confusing, slow action, no build up, not very good acting and then it ended, still unwise as to what this was trying to... Read more
Published on 9 July 2009 by Mrs. Carol A. Cronwright
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