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 »KNOWING THAT HE IS HEIR TO ATHRONE.« less
Lots of great actors but I did not really like this movie.
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.
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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."
Darren Fox | USA | 03/30/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"In an age where Hollywood feels it can slice and dice books to make a movie, especially with classical myths & legends, I thought Sci-Fi Channel did an exceptional job with this film.
Tragedy, deceit, scripting (except for Siegfried's lines - when he was just Erik the Smith's son, I could understand his being a punk but when he discovered he was a King, that should have ended his immaturity) - legend and fantasy all rolled into one miniseries.
Unlike the critics here pointing out minute details of inaccuracies and inconsistencies, I watch a movie for one thing: escapism. Can you escape in the movie? Yes. Easily so. It's not campy at all even when the prince's pals take on Erik in the town square and he bests them. It's not a long fight sequence and it doesn't distract from the film's overall feel.
The fight scene with the dragon (an overgrown komodo-like dragon) was quite classic and without the typically Hercules/Xena crap of defeating it.
Max Von Sidow did a superb job as Erik/Siegfried's father. He taught the lore of steel to his son, taught him to use weapons, to forge weapons, to learn the lore of the Gods, to respect the Gods, to be troth, and to stand up to the scrutiny of the christian "Our-God-is-better-than-your-gods" type of mentality.
The dwarf and his magic made sense. In many native cultures, those born deformed were believed to have been touched by the Gods/Spirits and often ended up becoming Shamans, Magicians or Varlokkurs. And making Julian Sands character a son-of-a-dwarf (something he despised) was truly superb.
The Seeress (Brunhilde's advisor) while somewhat historically accurate, didn't have historically accurate Runes staves. Iceland had 16 known Runes and these would have been carved on wood or possibly bone but not engraved in steel or metal. The way she held them and then cast them to read the omens from Odhinn was accurate.
Also the use of the ravens for communication is accurate. This is an old Shamanic technique that has been found in many native cultures. I was quite surprised to find this mini-series using such things.
Again, minor differences. SCA people usually note discrepncies in fighting techniques, weaponry and costuming. Historians look for slipping away from original story lines - this one from the Sagas.
I disagree that Siegfried should have been cast as a big ape of a guy. That was done in "The Viking Sagas" and it didn't work as well. Few big actors have the training to pull off good roles as they focus more on toning muscles and physical prowess rather than delivering their lines convincingly enough. Erik was acceptable in my opinion. Brunhilde was also very strikingly beautiful with an air of coldness about her. She definitely had that aura of the Saga Brunhilde to me - fat or not. The girl IS beefy.
If you haven't seen this film get it. I'm going to order a copy but also tape the one on Sci-Fi on VHS since I hear they've cut parts I like. The dragon head in the wagon was terrific! It's exactly what I'd do if I were in his boots so why cut it? Oh yes, the "special edition crapola" on the DVD. Yes let's CUT the movie to put on 'director's comments' or silly video games. Ugh."