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Genre: Family
Rating: PG
Release Date: 21-JUL-2009
Media Type: DVD

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  • Actors: Dalton Mugridge, Ciara O'Hanlon, Christopher Fazio, Roddy Piper
  • Directors: Mark McNabb
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: MTI HOME VIDEO
  • DVD Release Date: July 21, 2009
  • Run Time: 90 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 1.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0028QM25A
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #206,678 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By PositiveLastAction on August 7, 2009
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
Oh CANADA!!!!....Canada is one majestically, mystically, epically beautiful Country, there is no doubt about that, yet one simply cannot use these same adjectives for their cinematic efforts. Needless to say "the Mystical Adventures of Billy Owens" is neither epic, nor magical, or mystical in any way shape or form. In fact, it is the worst Canadian family film well....since the last Canadian family film, whatever that was. The prosaic narration from Billy's young female friend and counterpart is pretty typically "Canadian". (again, no offense CANADA..your forests, lakes, critters and parks are enchanting) Before feasting mine own eyes on this piece of Canadian history (could not help myself to rent this after seeing the "Potter" clone cover box on the video store shelf) I had read a review saying it was very different from "Harry Potter"...but of course that review came from some Toronto based local community newsletter. The fact is...it is a complete and utter "Potter" rip-off! (save for the good acting, decent script, awesome musical score, amazing special effects and about a thousand more factors that Potter offered us)...although I must concede that the special effects (or should I say THE special effect...as there really is only one) are amazing....amazingly amateurish that is! There is basically only ONE special effect throughout the whole of this masterpiece...golden sparkles that emanate out of a of a wand that was easily done by someone's Dell home PC......oh, and there is this "dragon" creature which I really cannot even call a special effect as it looks more like a cartoon...I have seen more realistic dragons in a 1975 Atari video game. Now, to the acting....ah.....acting!!....there is a lot of "acting" going on here...Read more ›
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By JabberJaw on February 8, 2010
Format: DVD
OK, so we took a chance and rented this. This film had some promising parts and couple good laughs from the energetic kids, but many parts were just badly done and badly acted. The kids for the most part were ok, particularly the lead boy who I think was fun to watch. But some of the the adult actors...unbelievably emotionless and very difficult to watch. Roddy Piper was not bad, a little over the top sometimes, but he would have been a good addition to a talented cast...however, this was for the most part not a talented adult cast. The film started off going downhill with CG effects that made me shake my head (think Pete's Dragon from 1977). The plot was just plain difficult to follow. What really killed it for me was when totally unbelievable things happened, and the parents and other adults and even the "bully" kid were completely unfazed...like this stuff happens every day...totally emotionless.

All I can say is this had a couple decent parts but could have been much better with an understandable plot that made any kind of sense and some serious acting improvement. One Star!
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By B. M. Block on January 1, 2010
Format: DVD
OK- I'm giving this two stars instead of one only because I applaud Mr. "Rowdy" Roddy Piper (who is an Associate Producer on this film) and the film makers for trying to make some kind of "family friendly entertainment"

The cover of the DVD seduced us to rent it, but the film is laugh-out-loud BAD throughout. The film was obviously a VERY, VERY LOW BUDGET attempt to capitalize on the popularity of Harry Potter, but without any of the charm, character development, dialogue, actors, or the special effects budget of the Potter films.

The children in the film are stiff and unnatural, and the adults are even MORE stiff and unnatural. The acting is just plain terrible, but who can help it with dialogue like this? Mr. Roddy Piper is actually the only one with any acting chops whatsoever in the film...if that tells you anything.

Even the kids (7 & 10) laughed out loud at the poor execution of parts of the film- it became fun to watch only for making fun of how poorly it was done.

The story itself actually seems rather original...if you can follow it! It's a convoluted and confusing mess about Viking runes and a river dragon and being born on November 11th. Some stand out dialogue includes:

"All I can tell you about the key is...it's the key."
"There is an air of promise in the air. Can you feel it?"
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By C. S. Porter on October 15, 2009
Format: DVD
This movie was good if it's a homemade movie. Not so good if it's an independent film. And down right horrible if it was professionally done! It looks like a movie a bunch of kids made, and young kids at that. I've seen teens do a much better job at homemade movies. The only funny part was the fat security gaurd getting stuck at the library, otherwise very, very boring. Our 9-year old fell asleep watching it. The older kids kept hoping it would get better. I'm doubting the sequel will be any better, but we can always hope so.
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On his 11th birthday, a boy purchases a wand at a second-hand shop and learns that he can do magic with it. He has two friends - a boy who isn't the brightest or the bravest - and a girl who is an annoying know-it-all.

This film is an excessively poor knock-off of the Harry Potter stories. Special effects are barely present and very amateurish. There is an animated dragon that must be fought...I have seen scarier kittens.

Samples of the far less than stellar dialogue include:

1) "All I can tell you about the key is...it's the key."
2) "There is an air of promise in the air."
3) "Did you know that friendship is the strongest bond between two friends?"

The one redeeming bit of dialogue:

"Real heroes aren't knights in armor or men in capes. Heroes are those people who are willing to fight for what's right, not knowing if they can do it or not. Billy knew he had to try and we knew we had to help him."

Do not let that last quote fool you. This movie is complete rubbish. I had to fight to stay awake. The acting ranged from simply reciting lines to being flat, emotionless, overacted, etc. Very two-dimensional.

To add insult to injury, the film "ended" with "To Be Continued" across the screen.

No, thank you. I have had enough. Please do not waste your time or money. If you think the general premise is interesting, you should read/watch Harry Potter, where you can find an actually compelling, thought-out story, with complex characters and intriguing plot developments.
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