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In the age of heroes comes the mightiest warrior of them all, Beowulf. After destroying the overpowering demon Grendel, he incurs the undying wrath of the beasts ruthlessly seductive mother who will use any means possible to ensure revenge. The ensuing epic battle throughout the ages, immortalizing the name Beowulf. Academy Award® winner director Robert Zemeckis tells the oldest epic tale in the English language with the most modern technology, advancing the cinematic forum through the magic of digitally enhanced live action. A stellar cast is led by Ray Winstone ("The Departed," "Sexy Beast") in the title role. Joining him are Academy Award winner Anthony Hopkins as the cursed King Hrothgar, John Malkovich, Robin Wright Penn, Brendan Gleeson, Crispin Glover, Alison Lohman and Oscar Winner Angelina Jolie as Grendels mother.
The process of creating Beowulf was more interesting than the movie itself--though many of the movie's fans will be disappointed that the "making-of" featurette does not include Angelina Jolie in her skin tight motion-capture suit. We do, however, get to see Ray Winstone (who admits he has a less than heroic physique), live horses bedecked with plastic dots, a "Robo-Grendel," wire props painted fluorescent pink and orange, and a poor production assistant whose job is scooping up horse poop. Other featurettes discuss the monster design (including giving a sea monster a single eye because, apparently, cyclopean creatures have mythological street cred); how excited the filmmakers were to combine Winstone's gruff voice with a preposterously burly bod; and a brief bit discussing the original epic poem, how much director Robert Zemeckis hated it, and the various liberties the screenwriters took with it. But for anyone interested in computer animation, the most interesting extra feature may be the deleted scenes. Because they were cut long before the animation was finished, they show the process at a variety of different stages--at some points the faces don't even move, making Beowulf look like a Thunderbirds-style puppet movie. --Bret Fetzer
Little-to-no relationship to the actual epic! I showed this to my class, and it was befuddling. Also, I had to rent it three times, because every time I tried to log back into my... Read morePublished 2 days ago by A.F.o.T
The movies great. If you've studied the book, it keeps all the same themes, including the tension between Christianity and the pre-christian north, the uncertainty of judgement... Read morePublished 11 days ago by Sierrah DeBoer
Great movie. I'm kind of curious as to why it was called Beowulf though. It's only vaguely similar to the book, and the plot was completely foreign. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Steven H. Hoskins
It doesn't do any justice to the epic poem Beowulf, but the film is a entertaining and fun.Published 2 months ago by My-2-cents
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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
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