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Reign Of Fire [DVD] [2002]

3.8 out of 5 stars 90 customer reviews

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  • Actors: Matthew McConaughey, Christian Bale, Izabella Scorupco, Gerard Butler, Scott Moutter
  • Directors: Rob Bowman
  • Writers: Gregg Chabot, Kevin Peterka, Matt Greenberg
  • Producers: Bruce Moriarty, Chris Chrisafis, Dean Zanuck, Derek Evans
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: Dutch, Bulgarian
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 12
  • Studio: Buena Vista Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 9 Jun. 2003
  • Run Time: 98 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (90 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00006AGGY
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 14,752 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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In present-day London, twelve-year-old Quinn watches as his mother, a construction engineer, inadvertently wakes an enormous fire-breathing beast from its centuries-long slumber. Twenty years later, much of the world has been scarred by the beast and its offspring. As a fire chief, Quinn (Christian Bale) is responsible for warding off the beasts and keeping a community alive as they eke out a meagre existence. Into their midst comes a hotshot American, Van Zan (Matthew McConaughey), who says he has a way to kill the beasts and save mankind - a way Quinn's never seen done. Directed by Rob Bowman (The X-Files), Reign Of Fire fuses a medieval past with a post-apocalyptic future in this ass-kicking, dragon-slaying tale of adventure and survival.

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Not quite the large-scale epic it promised to be, Reign of Fire is still an enjoyable entry in the post-catastrophe genre. It opens in present-day London with a boy witnessing the rebirth of the race of dragons, who are supposed to have wiped out the dinosaurs and now devastate the world again. Skipping the collapse of society with a montage of magazine articles about the world in flames, we jump into the future where the remnants of humanity cower in enclaves and fire-breathing raggedy-winged bat-lizards prowl the land. Christian Bale commands a castle in Northumberland, trying to preserve humanity, while Matthew McConaughey is an iron man warrior intent on tracking down and destroying the dragon king, making for a hero-against-hero clash of values which, for a change, finds the British preserver of life, rather than the Yankee animal-killer, getting the girl and the glory.

The film consists mostly of scrabbling about in the ruins, and it rather skimps on the big dragon battles the script seems to demand. There's little here that hasn't been done before in The Day of the Triffids on television or that slew of Italian Mad Max imitations of the early 1980s. But director Rob Bowman (The X-Files) and a good cast handle themselves well, and the few times that the dragons do show up they deliver an acceptable burst of fiery horror. --Kim Newman

On the DVD: Reign of Fire has a fairly perfunctory set of additional features on disc. A brief (under 10 minutes) making-of documentary consists mainly of computer geek animators obsessing about CG effects; back in the real world, "If You Can't Stand the Heat" looks at the on-set pyrotechnics. Director Rob Bowman chats affably about the project in a separate interview. Trailers for the movie and video game form the balance. The subdued (ie. gloomy) colours come up well in the anamorphic widescreen print, and the evocative soundscape is suitably full of sub-woofer-friendly rumblings, thuddings and explosions. --Mark Walker

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This had the potential to be another terrible dragon flick, but it's actually pretty good, and an all star cast deliver a film that's much better than the sum of its parts.

Christian Bale and Gerrard Butler appear alongside Matthew McConaughey and the gorgeous Isabella Scorupco, and as you'd expect the acting is solid from Bale who (as always) gives 110% in the lead role. McConaughey character is a little over the top - but hey - just go with it.

The scorched earth scenery looks great on screen and the dragons look good too. The story isn't incredible but it's solid, watchable and sets up the premise for a film with dragons in a new a interesting way. All in all the whole thing is very watchable.

I'm not going to do a huge in depth review for this. It doesn't really warrant it. All you need to know is that this film doesn't deserve to be scoffed at. It's certainly no B-movie and is actually very credible. If you found this review helpful please give it the thumbs up. Thanks :-)
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By Spike Owen TOP 500 REVIEWER on 17 Jun. 2011
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Reign of Fire is directed by Rob Bowman and collectively written by Gregg Chabot, Kevin Peterka and Matt Greenberg. It stars Christian Bale, Matthew McConaughey, Izabella Scorupco and Gerard Butler. Cinematography is by Adrian Biddle. Story is set in Apocalyptic England 2020, and fire breathing dragons rule the skies as mankind threatens to become extinct. But in the North a small community of humans, led by Quinn (Bale), do their best to survive. Into their lives comes Dragon Slayer, Denton Van Zan (McConaughey) and his small band of American soldiers, it upsets the equilibrium of the community, but if they can pull together? Then maybe there is hope for mankind to once again thrive.....

It's one of those films that has a reputation, or internet rating, that's difficult to pin down as to how true to form they are. Reign of Fire without a doubt has a premise that's actually better than the film ultimately is. There is scope there for a big budgeted sequel/prequel or certainly for another big summer popcorn blockbuster where dragons rule the Earth. Bowman's film, I believe, was let down badly by the publicity junket that accompanied it. The trailers promised untold delights of dragons fighting mankind, dueling with helicopters and laying siege to man at his most vulnerable. The posters suggested a sky lit up by fire as London comes under attack by a number of winged beasties, the artwork stunning in its presentation. Sadly, as those who have seen the film can attest, neither promise is met, thus expectation levels were never going to be met. So is the low internet rating, and indifferent critical opinions, calling it on its own terms?
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I love this film. It shows the very human struggle to survive after they've been knocked from the top of the food chain. It blends medievil mythology with a modern era breathlessly. Definately an original take on Man vs Dragon. Now to get this straight, this is a film about Humans, not about Dragons. The dragons merely supply the unique reason for the apocalypse. This is a film about the post-apocalypse, not the apocalypse. It's not about skies full of Dragons turning worldwide armed forces into ash on an epic scale. It's not about Dragons setting the world, quite literally, on fire. It's about after all that's happened.

Which is a shame this was advertised as a film about Dragons burning all life as we know it. Of course, everyone goes in expecting to see 90 minutes of Dragons destroying everything. If this had been advertised as a more human film about after these Dragons have completely wasted eveything, I really think this could've been seen as a good film. It unfortunately set expectations high in the wrong sort of viewers by a mind-blowingly epic trailer.

Christian Bale, Gerard Butler and Matthew McConaughey all deliver their role superbly, and the script isn't as bad as it's made out to be either. The effects were great and the Dragons do look pretty realistic, to the point I almost believed this was a documentary. Okay, so there are some plotholes, but it doesn't take a rocket scientist to fill those in yourself. I mean, does everything have to be explained so obviously?
The only reason this film gets 4 stars and not 5 is because, being a film about human struggle, it could've done with a bit more character development. Other than that, it's a deeply entertaining, well-acted, suspenseful film.

Don't knock it before you see it for yourself.
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I consider this to be one of the best films of its type ever produced... the effects are excellent and the 'extras' are interesting and informative.... not 'padding' at all.
It's true that the story-line isn't exactly mind-numbingly convoluted but it's believable in a way.
No 'message for mankind' here, just good clean(ish) fun.
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I think this film us unfairly rated. This film was never meant to be particularly challenging to the mind; it's a full out war between man and dragons, that's all there is to it! Nothing complex about that whatsoever! Obviously this is not a particularly new concept for any film and it has no doubt been done before, if not with dragons then with some other species. I was expecting an action film and that's what I got, plain and simple. The CGI of the dragons is great and I think underrated also, the soundtrack isn't that bad and neither is the acting. The setting of the film is rather bland and dull, but this is to be expected when you have dragon flying around torching everything to ash! Neither are the dragons particularly colourful, but why would they need to be?

As long as you aren't expecting any plot twists ( which there is only 1 of that I can think of...which isn't too alarming xD ) or any challenging of your mental capabilities and you enjoy a good shoot up/action/fantasy/war/dragon film, you should get on with this movie =)
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