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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 (278 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Lucy Lawless, Kiefer Sutherland, Michael Rosenbaum, Fred Tatasciore, Michelle Trachtenberg
  • Directors: Will Meugniot
  • Format: AC-3, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround), English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Dubbed: 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 (278 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000Y7U996
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #35,122 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

Editorial Reviews

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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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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162 of 176 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Rent before you buy January 14, 2008
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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199 of 255 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Tentative First Steps in a Greater Journey December 3, 2007
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 53 people found the following review helpful
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.

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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5.0 out of 5 stars My kids thought this was Great!!!!
Will have to look and see if i can find some more like this one, my kids thought this video totally ruled!
Published 5 hours ago by FairyGoddess
5.0 out of 5 stars Nice animation
This video stays true to the book, but was lacking in detailing of character development, however was a fun video to watch and I hope they make more for the rest of the books in... Read more
Published 1 month ago by George Wolfingbarger
2.0 out of 5 stars You must watch this to believe
This is possibly the worst adaptation of a book ever made. It gives away things from later books in the series. It's poorly animated and even more poorly written. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Susan
1.0 out of 5 stars Wouldn't play on my DVD player
GuessI have to move to Pakistan to play this. not worth the trouble to send it back. if you live in the usa don't buy
Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
3.0 out of 5 stars Dissatisfied DragonLance Fan
The animation is rather poor, the characters didn't match that well with the book, and the movie didn't follow the book closely enough, left alot out.
Published 3 months ago by Shadow
5.0 out of 5 stars My Fav
The book that started it all. A must read for Fantasy lovers! Memorable characters both good and evil! might even find yourself in one of these people!
Published 3 months ago by Scott W. Symons
1.0 out of 5 stars A complete waste of money
I bought this DVD a few years ago when it first came out. This movie was awful, there was absolutely nothing good about it.
Published 5 months ago by Not a fan
5.0 out of 5 stars Lucy Lawless is Awesome!
Lucy Lawless was awesome on this animation. It also stars a friend of mine named Ben McCain.... Ben, you were great as well.
Love Lucy Lawless in this one. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Angela M. Pavlica
1.0 out of 5 stars Be careful
E retailer I bought this from says be mindful of the region code, of which I had never heard of. And no where can you find the elusive region code on the product description. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Louis
1.0 out of 5 stars Buyer Beware
When I heard about the release of this item, I was excited. I am a fan of the story and the book that this movie is based off of. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Enjoyment!
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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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