ERAGON (two disc Special edition)
DVD Review by David Blackwell
DETAILS: 104 minutes, audio commentary, deleted/extended scenes, featurettes, storyboards, trailers, and more
VIDEO: 2.35:1 (Anamorphic Widescreen)
AUDIO: English 5.1 Dolby Surround, English 5.1 DTS, French 2.0, Spanish 2.0 DS
Subtitles: English, Spanish
STUDIO: 20th Century Fox/ Fox 2000
RELEASE DATE: 3-20-2007
PLOT (taken from Amazon.com description): Orphaned farm boy Eragon (Ed Speleers) destiny is sealed forever when a mystic
stone chooses him for its keeper, this is no ordinary stone, this is the last surviving egg of the dragon race. Eragon is
now the new Dragon Rider, the boy who will be savior to the repressed peoples of the Kingdom ruled by the wicked King Galbatorix
(John Malkovich) and his evil wizard Durza (Robert Carlyle). Running, hiding and battling across the lands with his mentor
Brom (Jeremy Irons) and the gracious dragon Saphira (voiced by Rachel Weisz), together, with the beautiful Princess Arya (Sienna
Guillory), this Band of Brothers learn more about themselves, their responsibilities and their destinies.
ANALYSIS: ERAGON comes off like a Cliff Notes versions of THE LORD OF THE RINGS in a generic kind of way. It is an entertaining
film, but sometimes the dialogue does lack something- coming off as simplistic. The beautiful scenry of Hungary leads to pleny
of fantastic cinematography. The cast does pull off their roles well (I do love Jeremy irons and Robetr Carlyle in this),
but I wish ERAGON was a half hour longer and more fleshed out. Due to poor US box office returns, I wonder if THE ELDEST (the
second in the trilogy) will ever be adapted into a film.
On the feature audio commentary, Director Stefen Fangmeier talks about the production and the story of ERAGON on disc 1.
Disc 2 has a map structure where you click on certain locations of Alagaesia to access different parts of the extras.
Inside The Inheritance Trilogy: The Magic of Eragon
Eldest- The First Two Chapters
The Inhabitants of Alagaesia- the director talks about the characters and the actors that play them. Lots of images
and pre-production art.
Vision of Eragon: Original artwork Gallery/ Original Animatic sequence (with optional director audio commentary)
Original and Lost Storyboards- the lost storyboards are sequences that were dropped and never filmed.
7 Extended and Deleted scenes (with optional director audio commentary). The director said he cut some for pacing,
but I would have liked to see some left in because they had to the texture of the story that was a little missing.
Saphira's Animation Guide (with director audio commentary)
Eldest- Christopher Paolini Interview- skip it if you haven'rt read the second novel because the author gives many spoilers.
Teaser and Theatrical Trailers/ Creating teh Video Game/ Fox trailers for Planet of The Apes, MGM DVDs, and Kingdom Of
19 Special Efffects featurettes about how they created the special effects in the film.
FINAL ANALYSIS: ERAGON is a generic fantasy film that is good for 90 minutes of entertainment only to be forgotten soon
after. The extras make the SE worth owing if you liked the film and are a fan of the books.
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