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Dragonlance - Dragons Of The Autumn Twilight (2007)

Lucy Lawless , Kiefer Sutherland , Will Meugniot  |  PG-13 |  DVD
2.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (287 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Lucy Lawless, Kiefer Sutherland, Michael Rosenbaum, Fred Tatasciore, Michelle Trachtenberg
  • Directors: Will Meugniot
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround), English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Paramount
  • DVD Release Date: January 15, 2008
  • Run Time: 90 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (287 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000Y7U996
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #40,907 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Dragonlance - Dragons Of The Autumn Twilight" on IMDb

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  • Original test animation
  • Initial character design

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After 300 hundred years of peace, the world of Krynn has descended into darkness as the evil goddess Takhisis and her army of dragons threaten to dominate the lands. Can a small band of heroes, including the wizard Raistlin (Kiefer Sutherland), the priestess Goldmoon (Lucy Lawless), and the half-elven warrior Tanis (Michael Rosenbaum), save the world before all is lost? Based on the New York Times best-selling novel, DRAGONLANCE: DRAGONS OF AUTUMN TWILIGHT is an epic tale of might, magic, and monsters!

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Based on the first in a series of countless fantasy books by bestselling authors Margaret Weis and Tracy Hickman Dragonlance: Dragons of Autumn Twilight is the first animated feature-length film spun from the venerable Dungeons and Dragons role-playing game. The 90-minute feature hews as closely to the 400-plus-page source material as possible--in a nutshell, a group of adventurers seek to head off the evil plans of a multi-headed dragon goddess and her army with the help of a crystal staff--and there is plentiful swordplay and spellcasting to keep younger viewers entranced. And the voice talent, which includes Kiefer Sutherland, Xena's Lucy Lawless, and Michael Rosenbaum of Smallville, does a respectable job of making the heavy-handed dialogue sound believable. However, the animation (a mix of 2D and CGI) is truly dreadful, and brings the epic scope of the story down to the level of Saturday morning cartoons. Supplemental material might've helped make this middling DVD more palatable, but sadly, there's only a few clips of original test animation (which looks slightly better than the finished product) and a gallery of early character designs. --Paul Gaita

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164 of 179 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Rent before you buy January 14, 2008
Format:DVD
Whooo..where to start? I've been a fan of these books for about 20 years or so. Needless to say that I was psyched to hear of an animated project based on the books. Unfortunately, this falls prey to the typical "book/video game to movie" standard.

The animation is about on par with late 80s/early 90s Marvel Saturday morning stuff and at times, the original D&D cartoon. It does not work well for the story being told, IMO.

The movie is PG-13, likely due to some of the violence/blood which is not always at the same level for every fight scene. One fight they show people that were impaled on stakes, people being cooked by fire breathing dragons and blood when creatures are killed. Another fight there's no blood and the creatures are kind of just conked around.

Another thing is the too many seconds spent on Tika's bouncy lady lumps. I get that Caremon is checking her out but it just doesn't work, it feels wrong. Maybe I'm too stuck relating the animation to the cartoons of my youth, where this would be way out of place.

And then there are the dragons and draconians which are all done in CGI. I don't know if you've ever seen CGI characters and traditionally animated characters intergrated in the same scene successfully, but here they aren't. It looks like a bad special effect from a live action movie. The CGI is of the kind you'd find in a Hot Wheels commercial.

The voice acting is not too bad. At first I didn't like Keifer Sutherland as Raistlin, but it grew on me as it went on. He really gets the right attitude down.

For 'extras' you get some character designs and a preliminary animation test. Oh, and some trailers!
If you're familiar with the story and you like it, I'd say rent it...and even then get it from Redbox for $1.
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203 of 261 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Tentative First Steps in a Greater Journey December 3, 2007
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Dragonlance is a journey ... and was from the beginning.

Dragons of Autumn Twilight was and remains a first in so many ways: it was the first novel together for Margaret and me, it was the first attempt at doing a classic fantasy story for a game setting, and the first book publication for TSR. Looking back on it now, after twenty years of polishing our writing, that first book looks rough and imperfect ... but it was the first step down a road that lead us to great wonders. Flawed as it appears now ... it is deservedly beloved.

Since before the publication of Dragons of Autumn Twilight, we have seen Dragonlance in cinematic terms. We wrote the books visualizing them as movies and dreamed that one day, our visions would be realized on film.
Now, thanks to Paramount Pictures and Epic Entertainment, that dream has been realized and with it, we take our first step down the new road of Dragonlance films.

Recently, Paramount sent to Margaret and me a copy of the film on DVD so that we could preview the final cut. It is quite a thrill watching our characters come to life and hearing the familiar story begin anew. Michael Rosenbaum and Fred Tataciore bring life to the opening scene on their way to meet their friends in Solace. The voice casting in this film is phenomenal. Lucy Lawless gives Goldmoon wonderful depth and even newcomer Caroline Gelbert brings a freshness to Laurana that is breathtaking. The heart of Dragonlance has always been its characters, and the movie shines especially in two of the stories most intriguing personalities, Tasslehoff and Raistlin ... each brought vividly alive by the incredible talents of Jason Marsden and Keiffer Sutherland.
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43 of 54 people found the following review helpful
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Based on the much acclaimed novel, Dragons of Autumn Twilight by Margaret Weis and Tracy Hickman, the new Dragonlance movie of the same name is both a disappointment and a treasure. The novel Dragons of Autumn Twilight was an instant best seller starting off the Dragonlance series based in the fantastical realm of Krynn with all its dragons, wizards, and light handed kender. As the years have passed, the series has grown and expanded creating a uniquely complex and somewhat logical realm with a solid character base and a penchant for creativity. Along the way, Dragonlance has gained a vast audience of fans varying in ages from young to old. So, of course, it has long been expected that a movie encompassing the delightfully destructive realm of Krynn would be forthcoming. Twenty years later we get a straight to DVD low budget production that, despite the obvious lack of effort, still held a certain magical something that encapsulated the viewers' desperate dreams of dragons.
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The story sticks surprisingly close to the novel it was based upon, including all the major events and not deviating from the original storyline even slightly. It begins with rumors of a wicked army, ruled by the evil goddess Takhisis, amassing in the north, ready to end the 300 years of peace that has reigned over Krynn since the Cataclysm. This army has successfully awakened an ancient evil: dragons. Long thought to be creatures of legend, they have returned to Krynn and in the wake of their fiery breath, millions of innocent citizens are dying. But, the gods of good have not forsaken Krynn and in the wake of evil, they send a crystal staff that holds the key to salvation.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Dragons of the Autumn Twilight = *1* star and all you one star people...
I guess you can see why all the *1* stars it got. This Animated Film looks like
the cartoons we watched back in the 70's but they were even better than this
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Published 19 days ago by Robert Pylant
4.0 out of 5 stars I really enjoyed the film
I really enjoyed the film, classic D&D from a world with characters readers will be familiar with. I noticed some blurriness around the characters eyes at first but got used to it. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Krylos
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Wish they would do the whole series like this.
Published 1 month ago by truegentlmn2000
5.0 out of 5 stars Great!
I've been a big fan of the books sense like...forever and I liked this little movie just fine! Love to see the rest of the trilogy done!
Published 1 month ago by RealGreen
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
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Published 1 month ago by Robert F. Lasich
2.0 out of 5 stars I loved the book
I loved the book. This movie was really poorly done. The animation was poor and the screenplay sucked. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Michael S.
3.0 out of 5 stars Could have been worse?
I was really excited when I found out about this movie existed. I hadn't read the books in years; too long, really, so it was like a story I knew was great was going to be new to... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Formal Treehouse
5.0 out of 5 stars Long time fan.
After reading the books for the millionth time the animated film was very interesting.
My children enjoyed it immensely. Wonderful!
Published 4 months ago by ricky hicks
5.0 out of 5 stars Mystical Mission
Dragonlace-Dragons Of The Autumn Twilight is an animated film that is a branch off from the novel Dragons of Autumn Twilight by Margaret Weis and Tracy Hickman. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Stella Carrier
1.0 out of 5 stars This movie will rape your childhood. Avoid it at all costs.
Complete and total crap. No redeeming qualities. Everything is at teh crappiest level it could posibly be. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Brendon Lamoreaux
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They paid ONE AND A HALF MILLION for this pathetic excuse of a film?!

(My bet was on $0.02 for the script, $0.08 for the animation, and a box of donuts for the voice talent.)
Mar 22, 2008 by Kate |  See all 9 posts
match the animation!
While I can sort of forgive the inevitable shortcuts in story that compressing the Novel into a Movie comes with (although Jackson proved that long is fine if the story is good!!) I feel sorely let down by the animation as rendered in this hodgepodge mix of animation and CGI. I'd have rather... Read More
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