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Dragon Age: Dawn of the Seeker (Blu-ray/DVD Combo) (2012)

John Swasey , Pam Dougherty , Fumihiko Sori  |  NR |  Blu-ray
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (66 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: John Swasey, Pam Dougherty, Christopher R. Sabat, R Bruce Elliott, Brina Palencia
  • Directors: Fumihiko Sori
  • Format: Animated, NTSC, Widescreen, Multiple Formats
  • Language: Japanese, English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Dubbed: English
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 3
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Funimation
  • DVD Release Date: May 29, 2012
  • Run Time: 90 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (66 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0074B2MMW
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #37,366 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Editorial Reviews

The highly anticipated feature Dragon Age: Dawn of the Seeker (2012) is based on the popular role-playing video game, which has already been adapted to novels, web comics, and action figures. Tough-as-press-on-nails Cassandra wields a deadly sword as a member of the Seekers, an elite group of knights charged with defending the religious organization the Chantry and its leader, the Divine. She's forced into a reluctant alliance with the mage Galyan, when they discover a conspiracy to overthrow the Divine, hatched by a coven of evil sorcerers lead by Frenic (who looks suspiciously like Darth Maul). An utterly predictable series of betrayals, confrontations, sword fights, and nick-of-time rescues concludes with Cassandra being acclaimed as the savior of the realm--and the hint of a possible sequel. Dawn of the Seeker demonstrates the very different requirements of a successful game and a feature film. A player distracted by swinging a sword or firing blasts of magic in a duel to the death probably won't be bothered by limited animation or clunky dialogue. But a viewer watching a film is stuck with the ineffective facial expressions, awkward movements, and clichéd speeches ("Hate can only breed more hate"). The filmmakers concentrate on the motion-capture sword fights and stunts, which are better animated than the dialogue segments. But the look of the characters shifts disconcertingly between two and three dimensions mid-scene. Director Fumihiko Sori relies too heavily on elaborate camera moves and rapid cutting to prop up the threadbare story. The extras include a standard making-of documentary and a rather self-congratulatory tour through BioWare, the Canadian studio that created the original game. (Rated TV MA F FV: graphic violence, violence against women, grotesque imagery, potentially offensive religious imagery) --Charles Solomon

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In a land where battles are fought with swords and magic, a young heroine rises to glory as Templars, mages, and dragons clash. Cassandra, a brash and beautiful warrior, must stop a conspiracy that threatens the realm's most powerful religious order. Accused of treasonous crimes and hunted by friend and foe, Cassandra must clear her name and overcome her rage in order to save the day and take her place in legend.

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23 of 26 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Pleasantly surprised. June 21, 2012
By Miche
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
First off, I would like to state that yes, I am a woman, and a fan of the game series. That led me to purchase this title from amazon. I had no real idea about what the film would be like, apart that it was set in the world of Dragon Age.

The aninmation style was very different that what I was expecting. Every image had an almost ethereal glow. It made everything almost too pretty, but after a bit, I got used to it.

The story itself could have been taken from Dragon Age Origins, and I liked that. It should fit in that well.

The bad guy was pretty 2 dimensional, though, I wish we'd had at least a minute or two of backstory on how he became so hideous looking, apart from the whole "I are a blood mage! RAR! I kill you all!" thing.

Would I recommend this to people who have not played the games? Yes. The story is easily accessible, and enjoyable.
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17 of 22 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining May 11, 2012
By Jaelus
I saw the premiere of the English version of this at PAX East on April 7th 2012. I found it to be pretty entertaining. The story takes place between Dragon Age and Dragon Age II and the plot was good (no spoilers). I know some people didn't care for it, but I thought the voice acting and animation were just fine as well. Towards the end of the movie things get a little far fetched, but it's all in good fun, and hey, this is Dragon Age so some crazy heroics are expected. All in all the movie works because it doesn't take itself too seriously. It's funny at times, dramatic at others, and moves along at a good pace. Well worth the preorder price for sure.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Pretty Good for a Video Game Movie June 26, 2012
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Let's face it, it's a video game inspired movie. It isn't something that is going to be up for Academy Awards in the US.
That said, it is definitely on the good end of the spectrum for a Video Game movie.
Personally, I like the animation style, though I can see where some might not care for cell-shaded animation.
It is definitely better than Dragon Age Redemption, though I do not fault Felicia Day or Knights of Good for the limitations of that production. Dragon Age is simply something that cannot be done on a limited budget as a live action production.

The story is predictable, and some of the voice acting isn't that great; but, again, it's a straight to DVD/Blu-Ray (atleast in the US) videogame movie made by a Japanese Studio based on a Western RPG and then dubbed with english speaking voice actors.

In the end, you probably know whether you're going to like the movie before you even read any reviews. If you're not familiar with Dragon Age, or tend to not like movies based off video games, or don't like anime you should probably skip this movie. Otherwise, you probably won't regret watching it at least once.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars on the subtitles June 3, 2012
By Lydia
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Disc 1 of this set contains the English language version of the film with optional subtitles for the hearing impaired and all of the special features. Disc 2 contains the Japanese language version of the film with optional translation subtitles.

The opening of the film has a brief history of the major religion, the Chantry. For anyone interested in the Japanese version do not panic when you put it in and this opening is in English. The rest of the movie is in Japanese after the narration is over. I don't know why they did it this way. I found it completely unnecessary and lazy. This movie was shown in Japanese theaters, so I find it hard to believe they had an English opening there.
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33 of 46 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable! April 12, 2012
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As long as you aren't expecting spectacular graphics, the very best in English voice acting (didn't get a chance to see this in Japanese), nor a half-decent storyline. I got a chance to see this at the Sakura-con anime convention recently. I'll admit, this isn't very best. But then, I wasn't expecting the very best.

What this movie did offer was the following:
- Lots of action
- An okay storyline
- Good voice acting
- And a few amusing scenes

I expected mindless action with amusement here and there and to be honest, it delivered and I was very entertained.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Better for fans than not. May 31, 2012
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This movie is definitely meant for the fans more than those who have no idea what Dragon Age is.

As a fan of the games I have to admit I was pleasantly surprised. When I first saw it advertised here, I had a bit or morbid curiosity. For the most part Anime has been on a severe decline in quality of story telling and visuals lately, so I was none to pleased to see a Japanese studio handling it. CGI animation has never really been Japan's strong point. Even some of the better CG movies I have seen from them look pretty poor when compared to an American made one. (Appleseed vs Anything by Pixar.) Only exception I can think of I have seen is Final Fantasy Advent Children. I was also concerned about how well a country who's RPG's tend to be of a totally different flavor than western ones, would handle it.

I can say happily that they exceeded my expectations.

The animation and designs are good. Maybe not great. (would have rather seen it done like the game models used for cutscenes.) but they avoid looking totally stiff and lifeless.

The battle sequences. Yeah they fit the dragon age setting. Pretty much everything seen in the movie can be done in the game, or is shown in a game cut scene.

So for any fans of Dragon Age I can highly recommend.

On another note. Buy the Blueray, even if you do not have a player for it. It comes with the movie on DVD as well and as of May 31st 2012 is almost $10.00 cheaper than the DVD version.

For people who do not know much about the games or the setting, it does not rate as high. (3 stars there) It's still an entertaining watch, but you would probably get the feeling one gets when they start reading a book series halfway through. You may like what you see but you are totally lost on who is who.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Great movie
This is an excellent movie, you have a strong female leading character with a strong supporting male character, great story line and the animation and CG is simply amazing for the... Read more
Published 18 days ago by Robert D. Massie
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Stuff
This is what i expect from EA. Well written story. Concise. And LOTS of extra content. I loved the interviews especially.
Published 1 month ago by Michelle D. Tracey
1.0 out of 5 stars Just... Ugh. No.
Terrible. Just terrible.

If you are going to phone in a candy movie just to feed a game story line, at least stay true to the mythos. This movie was barely accurate. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Colin Morrison
2.0 out of 5 stars What a waste.
Sorry to be harsh, but this was severely disappointing to me.

Let me start by saying that this film is so bad that it doesn't matter if you enjoy the games or not, you... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Mr. Cap
5.0 out of 5 stars I like this story line it stay true to the dragon ...
I like this story line it stay true to the dragon age story line from the game with a little more added but this movie need to be longer and I think the shooed added this to the... Read more
Published 4 months ago by T.C.
3.0 out of 5 stars Dragon Age
Expected much more from this title. Although it was entertaining it was less then spectacular. I would recommend it for fans of the franchise though.
Published 4 months ago by Rory Fry
5.0 out of 5 stars Skeptical, but proven wrong.
I was very excited when they had announced that there would be a DA animated movie. I was put of though when the animation style showed up. Read more
Published 6 months ago by jugarte
3.0 out of 5 stars The animation was good.
The story line could have been better, and they could have explained a lot more. You couldn't really like any of the characters. The best part was the animation.
Published 6 months ago by Amber
5.0 out of 5 stars Word is not enough, you need to watch it yourself
It live up the "dragon age" name, stay true to the lore and great graphic, it's a must own product for DA fans
Published 7 months ago by Andy
4.0 out of 5 stars Not as good as I thought
With that being said, it was a good movie but as I played the game first I was disappointed in the main character. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Kendra Long
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