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.

Specifications

Studio Paramount
SKU 206807019
UPC 097361323145
UPC 14 00097361323145
Format DVD
Release Date 8/24/2010
Rating UR
Aspect Ratio
Widescreen  2.35:1
Actors
Name Jolie,Angelina
Link Search Link
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
Awards
MTV Award (2008) Angelina Jolie, Nominee, Best Villain
Reviews
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.
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ReviewPage
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.
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Reviewer Justin Chang
ReviewRating 7
Features
DVD, Widescreen, Unrated, Director's Cut
Product Attributes
Actor Jolie,Angelina
Label Paramount Home Video
Music Format DVD
Video Format DVD
Quotes
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 ...an 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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