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Relying on the same motion capture technique he utilized in "The Polar Express," Zemeckis has crafted an entirely computer generated film that has an appropriately surreal look. This is especially true of the characters, which exist in a gray area between the realistic and the fantastic; they don't look phony by any means, but they're not completely authentic, either. I suppose part of this can be blamed on the limits of computer technology, which still isn't able to fool an audience despite major advances. The thing is, I don't think the film should have looked too realistic, simply because it's telling an unrealistic story. "Beowulf" is a purely imaginative piece, and as such, the film needed a purely imaginative look. Zemeckis chose to make the entire thing one big special effect--there are no individual effects that enhance live-action scenes.
Taking place in the sixth century, Ray Winstone voices the title character with the perfect mix of pride, arrogance, and youthful impulsiveness.Read more ›
There is something to admire in that fearless definition of heroism held up high in the original tale. Something even more endearing about this ultimate clash between good and evil.Read more ›
There are three groups who will want to see Beowulf no matter what reviewers think: those who loved the Polar Express (same creators, same animation style), those who love mythology and war movies, and those who love Angelina Jolie. And yet the real reason to see this movie should attract a much wider audience: this is a visually stunning "video game" on the movie screen. While any new take on a classic tale will upset purists, this movie is worth suspending disbelief for the entertainment value.
The animation of the film is very "cartoon" and "video game like." While that may not satisfy those who are looking for entirely realistic CGI effects, it is an artistic form that is very compelling when seen in Imax 3D. Clearly, the technology will improve in future movies. Regardless, the creativity and artistry of this movie should be appreciated for what it is.
There are many 3D elements that leap out at viewers. If they added smells and water spray it would be very similar to some Disney World 3D movies. My only curiousity is how (if at all) they plan on making the 3D experience available to home viewers
The score is very well put together and complements the movie experience. There is a lot of driving heart pounding composition, almost operatic in nature. And there are also soft pensive songs. In any case, the music is also well appreciated in a theatre, and sets this version apart from previous ones all on its own.
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Very well done version of the poem. Was looking for a movie to supplement visual studies for my history project of ancient BritonPublished 8 days ago by lanie
eh for what it is it's ok. It was made for entertainment and that it is, to a degree. I was looking for something to download to amuse myself and completely missed the part where... Read morePublished 12 days ago by T. Lee Burger
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|differnce from theatrical version||
I just watched the Director's Cut, and I didn't see anything at all that was different from the theatrical version. No change in dialogs, no extended or altered scenes... I'm really confused what was changed.
Feb 28, 2008 by J. Friant | See all 7 posts
yea i saw beowulf in 3-d and it was good. i am also gonna wait it out hopefully a 3-d version will come out shortly.
Feb 24, 2008 by Oscar Portillo | See all 10 posts
|when do preorders ship||
It will ship on the release date. Sometimes they ship the day before, but you still won't get it until after the actual release date.
Feb 13, 2008 by The Face of Boe | See all 4 posts
|Wheres The Blu-Ray Version?||
First of all, Paramount is the studio behind Beowulf and Universal Pictures is the studio responsible for American Gangster, and they both pretty much supported HD DVD from the beginning (referring to the Paramount 18-month contract with HD DVD). Even though HD DVD is technically dead, this film... Read More
Mar 1, 2008 by Watcher | See all 4 posts
|Equilibrium on HD DVD "OOP"||
Its not OOP just yet but its limited availability!
Mar 27, 2008 by J. Smith | See all 2 posts
|Beowulf: My DVD has no Chapters/Scenes/T... Selections||Be the first to reply|
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