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Eragon [Blu-ray] (2006)

Ed Speleers , Sienna Guillory , Stefen Fangmeier  |  PG |  Blu-ray
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  • Actors: Ed Speleers, Sienna Guillory, Jeremy Irons, John Malkovich, Djimon Hounsou
  • Directors: Stefen Fangmeier
  • Writers: Christopher Paolini, Peter Buchman
  • Producers: Adam Goodman, Chris Symes, Gil Netter, John Davis, Kevin Halloran
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Blu-ray, Anamorphic, Color, Dolby, DTS Surround Sound, Subtitled
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround), Spanish (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Dubbed: French, Spanish
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: 20th Century Fox
  • DVD Release Date: March 20, 2007
  • Run Time: 104 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (784 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000NIVJEU
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #25,128 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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While it owes much of its appeal and appearance to the Lord of the Rings trilogy, Eragon can stand on its own as an enjoyable fantasy for younger viewers. Faithfully adapted from the bestselling novel by teenage author Christopher Paolini, this boy-and-his-dragon tale offers clean, fast-paced family entertainment without compromising the darker qualities of Paolini's novel (the first in what is known as the "Inheritance" trilogy). The plot centers on 17-year-old peasant farmboy Eragon (played by appealing newcomer Ed Speleers) who discovers a mysterious blue object that turns out to be an egg that eventually hatches to reveal Saphira, a blue-scaled dragon that quickly grows to full-size. According to prophecy, Eragon is destined to be a dragon-rider like those who once protected a benevolent kingdom, thus reviving an ancient conflict against the army of King Galbatorix (John Malkovich), a former dragon rider who turned to evil, now in alliance with a! dark-magic "Shade" sorcerer named Durza (Robert Carlyle). While the movie serves up familiar fantasy elements and offers little if anything new to fans of the genre (or anyone who's read the books of Anne McCaffrey and Ursula K. Le Guin), it's visually impressive (especially the dragon scenes, with Rachel Weisz providing the telepathic "voice" of Saphira) and full of timeless wisdom, much of it delivered by Eragon's heroic mentor Brom (Jeremy Irons), himself a former dragon rider with memories of past battles and hope for Eragon's future. Add a fair warrior-maiden named Arya (Sienna Guillory) and you've got all the ingredients for a worthwhile (if not particularly original) fantasy that points directly to a sequel. Whether that's a good or a bad thing is up to individual viewers to decide. --Jeff Shannon

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In his homeland of Alagaesia, a farm boy happens upon a dragon's egg -- a discovery that leads him on a predestined journey where he realized he's the one person who can defend his home against an evil king.

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333 of 379 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars This could have been a masterpiece. March 14, 2007
Format:DVD
Honestly, I wanted to cry as I sat there in the theater watching this movie. What a waste of ten bucks. If you have read the books, and excitedly waited out the release of the movie, you are undoubtably as disappointed as I am. The books had such scope, like a Lord of the Rings junior. There was no way to get everything important shoved into an hour and a half movie. Why not go ahead and make a 2 and a half hour epic? I'd have watched it!!

Here is what you'll miss in the movie:

-The relationship between Brom and Eragon is very underdeveloped, so much so that when Brom dies, you're like, whoopdeedoo.

-Saphira ages from a tiny dragon into just about full grown in one ridiculous moment.

-Eragon's journey with Murtagh is like, 5 seconds long. No Hadrac desert, no bonding. Again, you could care less about Murtagh in the movie.

-The Dwarven kingdom was UNBELIEVABLY disappointing. If you read the book, you probably had quite a vision workded up in your head, with the Star Rose and all. The movie pretty much annihilates all that. And the dwarves themselves are stupid-looking. You can't slap some armor on a guy with a beard and call them a dwarf.

-Arya is an ELF. Did they really go over on the budget that they couldn't even give her POINTED EARS???

-The battle between Eragon and the Shade is like nothing. I was so bored.

Over all, this movie takes a perfectly paced book and puts it into hyperdrive, taking all the wonder and fun right out of it. You'll sit down to watch this movie and all you'll be able to do is watch in horror as they slaughter it. It is a terrible shame. Had they had a larger CGI budget, blatantly copied some LOTR stuff, and had Mr.
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31 of 33 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars So Disappointed December 19, 2006
By Ethony*
I know that they state in the movie that Eragon is based on the book, I ask WHAT Part? It is like they pulled all of the pages out of the book threw them in the air, stacked it back together and slapped it on screen. So frustrating. OK the names are the same, the dragon is blue but really that is about it.

1. Why did they say anything about Arya being a Princess? That is revealed in the second book and it is a big part of her story.
2. Were the Hell are the Dwarfs and who was that guy in with the Staff and the long beard, I have read the book and I could look him up but I should not have too.
3. Murtagh was put in a secure room with food and a bed and treated well for saving Eragons life and not a cell.
4. Who the hell cast Joss Stone as Angela, read the book before you cast, horrible acting, too young and her werecat, were was he?
5. Robert Carlyle was good but not great, he looked fantastic but just not menacing enough
6. Jeremy Irons was a good Brom, Brom was supposed to be older, but at least Jeremy's presence to the part made it believable.
7. Rachel Weisz's voice as Saphira sounded lovely, but it was ran through a computer for special effects echoing.
8. They never mentioned that Brom's dragon's name was Saphira and that Eragon named her without that knowledge. She did not name herself, nor did she morph into a large dragon in the period of 10 seconds.
9. The Vartan did not test Eragon at the entry and they did not just take Arya into the healers, they used her as a way to break Eragons stubbornness.
10. The relationship between Eragon and Saphira was more like a pet and owner than respectful partners.
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37 of 42 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Two Thumbs Down December 17, 2006
Eragon- While the actors and special effects were excellent, I couldn't get over the story line. I read and liked the book. They skipped and completely left the story line in the movie so often it was hard to keep up. If I were Chris Paolini I would be furious at how they butchered my story. The dumbest part was when Saphira was first learning to fly. She took off a baby dragon and came back full grown. This book's story was destroyed in the theater. Maybe my expectations were too high as I went to see the movie looking for Lord of the Rings quality and I got a USA up all night with Joe Bob Briggs movie. Had they made this movie 3 1/2 hours long and stayed with the story line it would have rivaled Lord of the Rings. As it is we may never see Eldest in theaters.
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51 of 62 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Star Wars meets Dragonheart December 27, 2006
I am the only member of my family who didn't read the books. That said, we all saw Eragon the movie together. It was noted beforehand that I alone had no expectations. The rest of this review is a spoiler, so proceed at your own risk.

I'm sorry to report that none of us enjoyed the movie. It was all about the animation. The story was recycled. The dialogue was inane. They repeated one line at least three times, and I'm told it was never in the books..."One part brave, three parts fool."

This project had the depth and imagination of Ralph Bakshi's "Lord of the Rings", meaning not much. My family (the Eragon fans) were intensely disappointed, outraged and offended. They said it was like taking a novel and condensing it to a four-frame comic strip. I wonder what the author, Christopher Paolini thought? There is mention of elves and dwarves, but you never see them...or so I thought. I was told afterward that the female lead character, Arya, was an elf. The movie never revealed that. At the end, I thought she was Minnehaha the Indian princess.

Personally, I did not hate Eragon as much as the others in my family, but I would not recommend it. I thought that as presented, this movie was a bold-faced rip-off of Star Wars; the king is a dragon-rider who turned against his brethren to gain ultimate power...there is a secret encampment of rebels, waiting for a leader to appear...that leader has no idea he is the chosen, or why...the hero's adoptive family is slain in the search for him by the evil king...the hero's mentor is slain by the evil king's more evil minion. Sound familiar? On and on it goes, a regurgitation of the same old thing. Even the dragons are reminiscent of the worms in Dragonheart and Dragonslayer, nothing innovative.

The computer graphics are very good, but that's about all you'll get in this offering. Given that, even the best of the CGs will remind you of Lord Of The Rings, but not as good.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Love this movie
Published 6 hours ago by Rosemary Bell
4.0 out of 5 stars Not the book, just a good movie
It's not the book so don't expect it. It's a very good movie on its own. My daughter loved it, and she read the book, too.
Published 5 days ago by climber
1.0 out of 5 stars Very poor rendition of the story in the book
Very poor rendition of the story in the book. I know it can't be exact by whoever wrote the screen play sucked.
Published 9 days ago by Monte Duncan
1.0 out of 5 stars I knew going in it wasn't good. Especially compared to the book
I knew going in it wasn't good. Especially compared to the book. But wow that was horrible. I really wish I hadn't watched it as it took away from my liking of the story in the... Read more
Published 10 days ago by Paul Vance
1.0 out of 5 stars READ THE BOOK--IGNORE THE MOVIE
Uggh! So disappointing! I just finished reading the book and was extremely disheartened by the movie. Read more
Published 12 days ago by Bruce R
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
I wouldn't mind seeing a sequal
Published 17 days ago by Gary A Gray
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
my wife loves this movie greatly
Published 18 days ago by mark Baldwin
2.0 out of 5 stars I just feel like it was overall a poorly written script
The storyline is all over the place. There is no background of how they get from one point to the other. I just feel like it was overall a poorly written script.
Published 20 days ago by Tralina S. Evanoff
5.0 out of 5 stars I love it
Happy to get it!
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5.0 out of 5 stars I love it
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how was it that bad!!!
Compared to the book, this movie was horrible. I was so disappointed when I saw it because I had been anticipating the release, but I walked out the movie theater wanting my money back. The whole thing was too rushed and the character development never happened. This movie had so much... Read More
Apr 10, 2007 by Amazon Customer |  See all 16 posts
Anyone see the extended edition?
That's my problem, too. I don't want to waste money on an extended version without knowing how many minutes it's been extended, 6 minutes of 10 to 15 seconds spread throughout the movie is pointless. Does the extended version add to the story or the frustration?
Apr 7, 2013 by J. Jarocki |  See all 2 posts
I liked It !
I did too, but I think many of those who've read the book (I haven't) feel cheated. This often happens when any book is made into a motion picture. I still, however, don't think this movie deserves all the one-stars it has gotten.
Nov 4, 2007 by Caesar M. Warrington |  See all 14 posts
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