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Learn more about Beowulf (Director's Cut Widescreen):

Format: DVD
Sku: 206807019
UPC: 097361323145
UPC 14: 00097361323145
Rating: UR
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|A Robert Zemeckis Film.
The warrior beowulf must fight and defeat the monster grendel who is terrorizing towns, and later, grendel's mother, who begins killing out of revenge.

"...a solemnly gorgeous, at times borderline stolid piece of Tolkien-with-a-joystick mythology.  Owen Gleiberman, Entertainment Weekly
"Zemeckis springs so many pow 3-D surprises you'll think Beowulf is your own private fun house.  Peter Travers, Rolling Stone
"...power and depth...a thrilling dragon fight...and a naked monster who looks a lot like Angelina Jolie.  Richard Corliss, Time
"The monsters of "Beowulf" have haunted human imagination for more than a millennium; the ones in this film will easily provoke a few nightmares.  Shawn Levy, Portland Oregonian
"...an astonishing experience that borders on 'must-see'...  Tom Ambrose, Empire
"...a lot more fun than the mythic adventure most of us read in school.  Claudia Puig, USA Today
"As dazzling a feast for the eyes as the hungriest eyes can take.  Jack Mathews, New York Daily News
"Exhilarating storytelling. Cutting-edge moviemaking.  Leonard Maltin, ET

Editor's Note
Director Robert Zemeckis mines the epic Old English poem for his latest action adventure to feature performance capture animation. The medieval tale was adapted for the screen by Neil Gaiman and Roger Avery, and no doubt it bears little resemblance to the text you studied in high school. So the story goes, King Hrothgar (Anthony Hopkins) and his people are being terrorized by the horrific monster Grendel (Crispin Glover). Hrothgar puts out a call to any brave man who can come and slay the monster. Enter Beowulf (Ray Winstone) and his brave band of soldiers. Beowulf is a mighty warrior, and he quickly dispatches Grendel, but in doing so he enrages Grendel's mother--played here by an extremely sexy and serpentine Angelina Jolie. Beowulf journeys out to lay waste to Grendel's mother as well, but soon finds his resolve tested by great temptation. His choice ultimately brings about a new curse--one far worse than Grendel--and he must live with regret, until the day finally comes when he is given a chance for redemption.

Zemeckis first utilized performance capture in the magical Christmas story POLAR EXPRESS, but one certainly shouldn't expect any dancing elves in BEOWULF. The film features enough gore and bloodshed to rival a teen slasher film, and in the 3D versions, the viewer is sometimes given the perspective of blood actually raining down upon them. However, if one can stomach the ooze and innards, the 3D effects are truly something to behold, as spears and dragons seem to soar mere inches from your face. No doubt poetry purists will have much to haggle with in this violent, sexed-up version of the tale, but teenage boys everywhere are likely to queue up multiple times--if not to see Grendel, then to eyeball his mother.

Features

Video Features DVD, Widescreen, Unrated, Director's Cut

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Release Information
Video Mfg Name Studio: Paramount
Video Release Date Release Date: 8/24/2010
Video Play Time Running Time: 114 minutes
Video Release Year Original Release Date: 2007
Video CategoryId Catalog ID: 323145
Video UPC UPC: 00097361323145
Video Number of Discs Number of Discs: 1

Audio & Video
Video Original Language Original Language: English
Video Audio Spec Available Audio Tracks: English
Video Color Spec Video: Color

Aspect Ratio
Video Aspect Ratio Widescreen  2.35:1

Cast & Crew

Video Cast Info Alan Silvestri - Original Music By
Video Cast Info Alison Lohman - Voice Of
Video Cast Info Angelina Jolie - Voice Of
Video Cast Info Anonymous - Based On Poem By
Video Cast Info Anthony Hopkins - Voice Of
Video Cast Info Brendan Gleeson - Voice Of
Video Cast Info Crispin Glover - Voice Of
Video Cast Info Doug Chiang - Production Designer
Video Cast Info Greg Papalia - Art Director
Video Cast Info Jeremiah O'Driscoll - Editor
Video Cast Info John Malkovich - Voice Of
Video Cast Info Neil Gaiman - Screenplay
Video Cast Info Neil Gaiman - Executive Producer
Video Cast Info Ray Winstone - Voice Of
Video Cast Info Robert Presley - Cinematographer
Video Cast Info Robert Zemeckis - Producer
Video Cast Info Robert Zemeckis - Director
Video Cast Info Robin Wright Penn - Voice Of
Video Cast Info Roger Avary - Screenplay

Awards


MTV Award (2008)
   Video Award Name Angelina Jolie, Nominee, Best Villain

Professional Reviews

USA Today
3 stars out of 4 -- "As envisioned by director Robert Zemeckis, BEOWULF is a sight to behold: The landscape and visuals are powerfully sweeping..." 11/16/2007 p.1E

Entertainment Weekly
"[A] soulfully spectacular medieval monster movie....Solemnly gorgeous..." -- Grade: B 11/23/2007 p.58

Rolling Stone
3.5 stars out of 4 -- "[A]s humans battle monsters, Zemeckis springs so many pow 3-D surprises you'll think BEOWULF is your own private fun house." 11/29/2007 p.90

Empire
4 stars out of 5 -- "BEOWULF is a massive step forward, with an immersive depth and clarity of vision..." 01/01/2008 p.72

Sight and Sound
"BEOWULF blends pre-modern storytelling and the latest virtual cinema technology....A major progression in the cinema of simulation..." 01/01/2008 p.61

Ultimate DVD
4 stars out of 5 -- "[T]he cast all deliver fine performances, with Ray Winstone perfectly capturing the animalistic, testosterone-drenched Beowulf." 04/01/2008 p.79

ReelViews 8 of 10
Beowulf delivers everything one could reasonably expect from it. It's the kind of film that will appeal immensely to the 300 audience, although it's not as visceral or as grandiose as the earlier production. Spectacle and high-wattage action interweave in the movie's two most impressive fight scenes: Beowulf's battle with Grendel and the soaring, dipping, weaving sequence with the dragon near the end. Zemeckis makes sure the camera takes in everything with a flourish. There are plenty of showy tracking shots and one could argue that the concept of a static camera is unknown to the filmmakers. We don't watch the action from a safe distance; we are put into it...The actors are all well-chosen. Ray Winstone is bombastic enough and, via the magic of animation, he is de-aged and given a physique that Arnold Schwarzenegger would envy. Anthony Hopkins adds a little prestige to the production; it's always nice to have an Oscar winner in the cast. Angelina Jolie gets to shed a few years and grow a tail. Rumor has it that, while she didn't film her scenes in the nude, the animators referred back to some of her earlier efforts in the name of verisimilitude. Robin Wright Penn, Brendan Gleeson, and John Malkovich are on hand in supporting roles. - James Berardinelli

Variety 7 of 10
Further advancing the much-vaunted performance-capture technology he unleashed with "The Polar Express," director Robert Zemeckis delivers a muscular, sometimes stirring but ultimately soulless reinterpretation of "Beowulf." For all its visual sweep and propulsively violent action, this bloodthirsty rendition of the Old English epic can't overcome the disadvantage of being enacted by digital waxworks rather than flesh-and-blood Danes and demons...Compensating somewhat for the mostly torch-lit interiors, Zemeckis and cinematographer Robert Presley (who also shot "Polar Express") orchestrate visual flourishes -- majestic crane shots of the frozen Nordic landscape, fiery-blue strobe effects for Grendel's first attack -- that are especially striking in 3-D. Doug Chiang's production design and Gabriella Pescucci's costumes are scaled appropriately to the primitivism of the setting...Again and again, this "Beowulf" references how its hero's deeds will become the stuff of legend, forever enshrined in bards' songs, in plays and, by extension, in the movies. Too bad Zemeckis, striving for the immortality of myth, is unwilling to simply let his characters be mortal. - Justin Chang

Product Attributes

Product attributeActor:   Jolie,Angelina
Product attributeLabel:   Paramount Home Video
Product attributeMusic Format:   DVD
Product attributeVideo Format:   DVD
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