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|Dark Kingdom - The Dragon King|
Actors: Benno Fürmann, Kristanna Loken, Alicia Witt, Julian Sands, Samuel West
Director: Uli Edel
Genres: Action & Adventure, Indie & Art House, Drama, Science Fiction & Fantasy
IN THE TRADITION OF THE LORD OF THE RINGS COMES A BRAND NEW EPICFANTASY.A FANTASY-ADVENTURE STORY BASED ON NORDIC MYTHS OF THERING OF THE NIBELUNGS ABOUT THE SON OF A SIMPLE SWORDSMITH WHOREPEATEDLY SAVES HIS COUNTRY, NOT ... more »
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Sarah F. (keanupattinson) from INDIANAPOLIS, IN
Reviewed on 7/28/2009...
It was okay, entertaining to say the least. I only bought it because Robert Pattinson is in it but truthfully, he wasn't in it that much. It's alright I guess.
3 of 3 member(s) found this review helpful.
Entertaining -- but cut
F. Bergrath | Frankfurt, Germany | 03/12/2006
(3 out of 5 stars)
"Compared to the region 2 DVD, where the film has 2 parts (as it was shown on European TV) and runs about 177 minutes in PAL (which equals 184 minutes in NTSC), this version was obviously cut by about 50 minutes. The title (UK: Ring of the Nibelungs) was also inexplicably changed, lest any U.S. viewers be put off by the similarity to the Wagner opera cycle. The fact is that the operas are based on the same source material, an ancient (about 800 year old) Germanic saga, similar to the British Beowulf legend and other myths. The "Nibelungenlied" has been filmed several times (there is even a silent movie version), but this latest TV adaptation has been updated to match the tastes of today's audiences. There is plenty of swordplay, some good special effects, and a fine story. Some younger viewers might be surprised that someone had ideas like that 750 years before Tolkien. Kristanna Loken is great to look at and quite adept at handling a sword. Since the cast is international (German, Swedish, America-Norwegian), there is a weird mix of accents, but apart from that, the movie is quite entertaining and deserves some recognition. The soundtrack is also good, and the DVD offers a decent 5.1 sound. The opening map places the action (as in the original saga) in Burgundy, a region that straddles today's border between France and Germany. The movie was shot in South Africa, although the landscapes are digitally made to resemble Scandinavian ones."
If you want the un-cut version...
Anthony Pw Smith | 06/25/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"...and can view region 2/PAL, then it's available on amazon.co.de and is titled 'Die Nibelungen: Der Fluch Des Drachen'. Amazon.co.de will take your amazon.com password and settings and the page layout is the same - so even with minimal to non-existant German you should be able to get it.
Comes with both English and German sound tracks and is 177 minutes long.
There's no point in me reviewing the story as so many others have done so better than I could.
It's worth tackling the German as from the other reviews I gather a lot has been hacked out of the US release. (My rating is based on the German release)."
Boo! Why did they cut it?
John Wrathall | Minneapolis, MN USA | 05/11/2006
(2 out of 5 stars)
"What was the point in cutting 50 minutes from what was otherwise a powerful and enchanting film? We ordered the DVD because we saw the full version on the Sci Fi Channel and loved it. The edited version is still a decent film, but we found it impossible to enjoy as much as we enjoyed the original because of the numerous gaping holes in the story.
If, like us, you wanted to buy this film because you saw it on Sci Fi, WAIT! Until they release the complete, original version."