Beowulf (Director's Cut Widescreen)

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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.


Studio Paramount
SKU 206807019
UPC 097361323145
UPC 14 00097361323145
Format DVD
Release Date 8/24/2010
Rating UR
Animated Characters
Animated Worlds
Theatrical Release
Editors Note
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.
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
Robert Zemeckis
Ray Winstone
Anthony Hopkins
Angelina Jolie
Cast & Crew
Alan Silvestri - Original Music By
Alison Lohman - Voice Of
Angelina Jolie - Voice Of
Anonymous - Based On Poem By
Anthony Hopkins - Voice Of
Brendan Gleeson - Voice Of
Crispin Glover - Voice Of
Doug Chiang - Production Designer
Greg Papalia - Art Director
Jeremiah O'Driscoll - Editor
John Malkovich - Voice Of
Neil Gaiman - Screenplay
Neil Gaiman - Executive Producer
Ray Winstone - Voice Of
Robert Presley - Cinematographer
Robert Zemeckis - Producer
Robert Zemeckis - Director
Robin Wright Penn - Voice Of
Roger Avary - Screenplay
Technical Info
Original Release Date 2007
Catalog ID 323145
UPC 00097361323145
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 114 minutes
Color Color
Original Language English
Available Audio Tracks English
Aspect Ratio
Widescreen  2.35:1
MTV Award (2008) Angelina Jolie, Nominee, Best Villain
ReviewSource ReelViews
Review 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.
Reviewer James Berardinelli
ReviewRating 8
ReviewSource Variety
Review 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.
Reviewer Justin Chang
ReviewRating 7
DVD, Widescreen, Unrated, Director's Cut
Product Attributes
Actor Jolie,Angelina
Label Paramount Home Video
Music Format DVD
Video Format DVD
Owen Gleiberman, Entertainment Weekly ...a solemnly gorgeous, at times borderline stolid piece of Tolkien-with-a-joystick mythology.
Peter Travers, Rolling Stone Zemeckis springs so many pow 3-D surprises you'll think Beowulf is your own private fun house.
Richard Corliss, Time ...power and depth...a thrilling dragon fight...and a naked monster who looks a lot like Angelina Jolie.
Shawn Levy, Portland Oregonian The monsters of "Beowulf" have haunted human imagination for more than a millennium; the ones in this film will easily provoke a few nightmares.
Tom Ambrose, Empire astonishing experience that borders on 'must-see'...
Claudia Puig, USA Today ...a lot more fun than the mythic adventure most of us read in school.
Jack Mathews, New York Daily News As dazzling a feast for the eyes as the hungriest eyes can take.
Leonard Maltin, ET Exhilarating storytelling. Cutting-edge moviemaking.

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