Dungeons And Dragons [DVD] 
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DVD Special Features:
2 Original Featurettes
Let the Games Begin - a profile and history of adventure gaming
The Making of Dungeons and Dragons
Original Theatrical Trailer
Special effects deconstruction - 4 multi-angle scenes
English Dolby Digital 5.1
DVD-ROM: Dungeons and Dragons role playing game and fully playable-game demo of Baldur's Gate II: Shadows of Amn
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
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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.
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.
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'...
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. :(
Most Recent Customer Reviews
If anything cannot be worth the celluloid it's printed on this is it. Even Disney would barf. The acting tries too hard to be campy. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Bernie