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The Gamers: Dorkness Rising

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All Lodge wants is for his gaming group to finish their adventure. Unfortunately, they're more interested in seducing barmaids, mooning their enemies, and setting random villagers on fire. Desperate to rein in his players, Lodge injects two newbies into the distrust: a non-player character controlled by Lodge, who the power gamers immediately distrust, and the rarest gamer of all -- a girl. Can the group overcome their bickering to save the kingdom, or will the evil necromancer Mort Kemnon triumph unopposed? A parody of fantasy films and the adventure gaming community, The Gamers: Dorkness Rising is a hilarious romp through the world of sword and sorcery -- in this case, a world of exploding peasants, giant house cats, and undead roast turkeys. Game on!

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  • Directors: Matt Vancil
  • Format: Color, Dolby, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Dead Gentlemen Productions
  • DVD Release Date: August 19, 2008
  • Run Time: 105 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (149 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000MR9EQM
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #154,330 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Gamers: Dorkness Rising" on IMDb

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82 of 88 people found the following review helpful By D. Eastham on September 2, 2008
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Unlike many of the reviews currently posted for this film, which concern themselves with the "Red Shoe Diaries," I am actually going to review the film that is actually on this page!

The Gamers: Dorkness Rising is a fantastic feature film with the best of both sides of gaming. We get to have a look at both the fantasy world these people are creating for themselves, as well as follow their lives back in the real world.

Unlike other gaming films this one actually has a real point to it... Of course they are still out to storm the castle and save the damsel in distress (figuratively speaking), but the film is also about the game master publishing his first mod.

Unlike many independent fantasy films which come across as awkward, this one was like a breath of fresh air. It's not just for the people who game, as the writer/director Matt Vancil easily makes the content accessible to anyone who might watch the film! Even my parents, neither of whom game, watched and enjoyed this film... how many people can say that about other gaming films... *cough* Dungeons & Dragons *cough*?

All in all, it's a fun ride from beginning to end with an even balance of life in the real world as well as life inside the fantasy completed with a little surprise in the middle... I wont give it away, but let me just say that "Everything is better with pirates!"
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39 of 41 people found the following review helpful By Cinderrific on September 3, 2008
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This movie is awesome! It's clearly made by people who love gaming and understand all the little quirks that make the hobby unique. If you like games, dorks, fantasy or even just laughing out loud, you'll love this movie!!!!
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29 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Meneldir on September 10, 2008
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This movie is both a fun send-up of gaming and the fantasy genre in general, but also a well-written, well-paced comedy with ingenious gags and wonderful performances by the actors. Despite not having a huge budget or well-know actors, this movie has a lot of heart, and a high amount of professionalism. Check it out; you won't be disappointed.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Adam B. Krenn on January 13, 2010
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I had never heard of this film and stumbled across it on an "instant download" pay viewing site. I have been a RPGer and Wargamer for about 30 years so I thought I would give this a look. I expected a low-budget romp that captured many of the idiosyncrasies and minutia of my hobby much the same way as "Fellowship of the Dice" did. I expected to generally like it but nothing too special (as the aforementioned FotD, which I did overall enjoy). When I viewed this I found myself literally laughing my butt off at genuine comedy sequences both RPG specific and humorous in a more generic way. This film had the goods! I was floored! A better comedy than Hollywood has put out in years! Low Budget? Yes. Some hammy and/or poor acting? Yes. Did that detract from my enjoyment of this film? Not in the least. If anything, it added to the flair of realism. Despite its shortcomings most of the acting was actually serviceable or better and one guy "Brother Silence" (Played by Brian Lewis) was a stand-out! The comedy writing was tight and even razor-sharp in several instances. I may sound like I'm gushing but I gave it a second watch a few days later, just to be sure. One other thing, the people involved in the making of this film were obviously having a blast and you can tell. Their fun is felt in the viewing. I loved it! Rarely has a movie come from nowhere and made me feel this way and I am thankful to Dead Gentlemen and Matt Vancil. Now I proudly have this film in my collection. It's fun, it's entertaining and it made me feel good! What more can you ask of a film!
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By A. Whitehead on March 24, 2009
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Dead Gentlemen Productions started life as a bunch of friends goofing around and making zero-budget movies for their own amusement. However, after the success of their first project, Demon Hunters, in 1999 they got slightly more ambitious for their second, The Gamers, which was released in 2002. The Gamers gained a sort-of sequel, Dorkness Rising, released last year, which was a quantum leap forward in quality.

By the time the team came to make the sequel, their fortunes had increased. The success of their first two films plus another one in the interim (Demon Hunters: Dead Camper Lake) had led to them being able to put substantially more resources into The Gamers: Dorkness Rising. This time the movie is 90 minutes long and features much larger numbers of actors and extras, as well as considerably more impressive effects, costumes, make-up, sets and locations. Also, whilst references in the first movie to the actual game they were playing were deliberately kept generic, this movie is sponsored by several major companies, allowing real gaming products to be used.

This time around the plot is more involved. The dungeon master, Lodge, is trying to write an adventure for official publication, but his party keeps getting killed whilst running it. Power gamer Cass is determined to beat the game no matter what, and the party decides they need two more members to be strong enough to beat the game. Cass' ex, Joanna, joins the group and immediately brings about a change in gameplay, as she is more focused on developing her character then min-maxing her skills. Unable to attract other players (due to the group's 'reputation'), Lodge has an NPC paladin join the party (portrayed as being played by himself during the in-game sequences).
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Dorkness Rising is not David Duchovny
Indeed. The Gamers: Dorkness Rising is 2008, and is in no way related to the Red Shoe Diaries in story or concept. What needs to happen to get this updated and corrected?
Aug 27, 2008 by Steven Wolbrecht |  See all 3 posts
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