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Reviewed May 27th, 2001 by John Randall


For many many years now D&D is wildly popular. Maybe in the last 10 years or so it has been replaced more with video games and Pokemon, but legion of fans will always remain to play this highly imaginative game. The game itself has been through the ringer since its conception with people claiming that is was evil and stories that people acted out the game in real life and have killed people only added to the flame. Many people played in hiding for years.

A lot of people were real intrigued when it was announced that a movie was going to be made. Fans had hoped that it would renew the interest in the game. Unfortunately, the film ended up pretty much flopping at the box office, which was a major disappointment to a lot of Dungeon Masters out there.

The D&D world is full of dragons, thieves, magic and heroism. Its pure fantasy.

The movie is has great stars in it like Thora Birch, Jeremy Irons, Marlon Wayans and Justin Whalin. Oh, and don't forget the some very incredible use of CGI effects. All the references to Star Wars and Indiana Jones were quite boring though. Side note: it was good to see Richard O'Brien from Rocky Horror fame.

The video is presented in 1.85:1 anamorphic widescreen and once again New Line does it more than right. Near perfect.

The audio is presented in Dolby Digital 5.1 and 2.0. The 5.1 mix rocks - enough said.

Extras include two audio commentaries, two featurettes, special effects feature, 11 deleted scenes w/ commentary and a trailer.

The movie has its flaws, but the DVD does not. It really isn't that bad of a movie for a lazy Sunday afternoon - especially if you like fantasy movies.


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