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Dragonlance: Dragons Of Autumn Twilight (2007) [Region 1][NTSC] [DVD]
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DRAGONLANCE - DRAGONS OF THE AUTUMN DVD
Based on the first in a series of countless fantasy books by bestselling authors Margaret Weis and Tracy Hickman Dragonlance: Dragons of Autumn Twilight is the first animated feature-length film spun from the venerable Dungeons and Dragons role-playing game. The 90-minute feature hews as closely to the 400-plus-page source material as possible--in a nutshell, a group of adventurers seek to head off the evil plans of a multi-headed dragon goddess and her army with the help of a crystal staff--and there is plentiful swordplay and spellcasting to keep younger viewers entranced. And the voice talent, which includes Kiefer Sutherland, Xena's Lucy Lawless, and Michael Rosenbaum of Smallville, does a respectable job of making the heavy-handed dialogue sound believable. However, the animation (a mix of 2D and CGI) is truly dreadful, and brings the epic scope of the story down to the level of Saturday morning cartoons. Supplemental material might've helped make this middling DVD more palatable, but sadly, there's only a few clips of original test animation (which looks slightly better than the finished product) and a gallery of early character designs. --Paul Gaita --This text refers to an alternate DVD edition.See all Product Description
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The main problem is that the animation is awful. Really and truly awful. As has been said many times before the 2D animation would be passable for an 80's kids cartoon, but frankly is not acceptable by today's standards. The Dungeons and Dragons cartoon series had better animation and is over 20 years old now. The 3D animation is also lacking and really is quite pointless as it doesn't really fit well with the overall 2D style, though, bizarrely it does still have the same stuttering framerate. So this film is a dog to look at, but it's not all bad.
The soundtrack is pretty good. While it doesn't jump out at you fits well and really makes you wish they had the animation to match. The voice acting is variable. While Michelle Trachtenberg is unconvincing as Tika, Michael Rosenbaum is passable as Tanis, and Keifer Sutherland totally nails Raistlin (Raistlin is easily the best thing about this DVD).
The direction is amaturish though. Firstly the attempt to shorten it to 90 minutes was a mistake as many well loved scenes from the book had to be cut and those that are there are rushed through so quickly that it struggles and largely fails to build any drama. Plus they give away a big twist from later in the trilogy, proving they have no faith that they'll get a chance to complete the trilogy. I hope they do finish the trilogy though because it IS still salvagable at this point.Read more ›
I am now thirty years old, and while I can see the limitations of the book, I can still proudly say I love this story and world without feeling my affection is clouded by nostalgia. It is most definitely a story that would translate into a fun cinematic experience. For years I yearned to see a live-action version (at one point, in my late teens, I even tried to write an adaptation myself, but gave up as I didn't know what I was doing!) so when I saw that an animated feature was on it's way, my interest was understandably piqued. A mixture of 2D and 3D animation sounded interesting, initial concept art gave the impression that things were going in the right direction, and when casting decisions like Kiefer Sutherland as Raistlin were announced, my heart started to pound; could it be that I was at long last going to get the visual experience I had dreamed of for twenty years? The answer is `Good God, NO!' Not even close.
This is one of the clumsiest and most blatantly cheap movies - adaptation or otherwise - I have ever had the misfortune of sitting through. Where to begin?Read more ›
First off, the DVD was region 1 and not region 2 as listed. Not an issue for me but those with region locked hardware won't have been able to 'enjoy' their purchase. Then there's the film itself - whatever were they thinking? The animation is so poor that the original D&D Cartoon series was better presented. One reviewer mentioned the 80s offering "He-man", if only they aspired to such high production values! The voice acting was lacklustre at best and the quality of the widescreen print was just desperate.
Why mix flat animation with partial CGI? Why engage the likes of Keifer Sutherland to do the voice acting for Raistlin and then allow such a weak performance? Why do such a poor job that the story is now unlikely to be continued in film? All in all a dreadful effort and I suggest you don't bother with this film, especially if you're a fan of the Dragonlance books. I've given it two stars for the script which was faithful to the novel, otherwise I'd have been looking for a zero stars option.
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I've read the book several times over and this is a true(ish) reflection of it. Bits that I thought were important were not covered but most of the content was there. Read morePublished 17 months ago by RTB1602BLUE
Dragonlace-Dragons Of The Autumn Twilight is an animated film that is a branch off from the novel Dragons of Autumn Twilight by Margaret Weis and Tracy Hickman. Read morePublished on 19 April 2014 by Stella Carrier
I loved the books when I read them but can't understand why a team would decide to animate these books instead of say Lord of the Rings type of film, I think they have missed a big... Read morePublished on 14 April 2013 by James Proctor
Better than i had been led to believe, only downside is the level of abridgement but what could you expect from a book adaptation?Published on 9 Dec. 2012 by John P. Parkin
The animation is really terrible, it is very 80's looking as has been said many times before,but that isn't what bothered most. Read morePublished on 19 April 2012 by memmika
I've been a fan of Dragonlance for years and so of course a film of the books really couldn't fail to be a good thing. Read morePublished on 15 May 2010 by A. Mcclellan
Any fan of the books must see this film...but we warned...you will be disappointed. It's some fun to see well-remembered aspects of the story put into film. Read morePublished on 26 Feb. 2010 by PG Laughton