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Dungeons & Dragons

Dungeons & Dragons

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Director: Courtney Solomon, Justin Whalin, Marlon Wayans, Zoe McLellan

Cast: Courtney Solomon, Justin Whalin, Marlon Wayans, Zoe McLellan


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One of the few feature-length films to be based on a game, Dungeons and Dragons comes to DVD with a widescreen anamorphic transfer that preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 1.85:1. Closed-captioned English soundtracks are rendered in both Dolby Digital 5.1 and Dolby Digital Surround. English subtitles are accessible. Supplemental materials include


One of the few feature-length films to be based on a game, Dungeons and Dragons comes to DVD with a widescreen anamorphic transfer that preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 1.85:1. Closed-captioned English soundtracks are rendered in both Dolby Digital 5.1 and Dolby Digital Surround. English subtitles are accessible. Supplemental materials include a pair of audio commentaries recorded by director Courtney Solomon, actor Justin Whalin, cinematographer Doug Milsome, and one of the original creators of the game, Dave Arneson. Also included are a pair of behind-the-scenes documentaries, an explanation of the special effects, and deleted scenes. This is a great disc from New Line, no matter what one thinks of the film itself.

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Barnes & Noble - Gregory Baird
There aren't many dungeons, but there are plenty of dragons in this fantasy-adventure extravaganza. Based on the phenomenal role-playing game, Dungeons & Dragons is set in a magical world of elves, trolls, and the like, with the story following a pair of thieves (Justin Whalin and Marlon Wayans) caught in the middle of a power struggle between an enchanting empress (Thora Birch) and a malevolent magician (Jeremy Irons). The characterizations are clean and simple: Birch is the quintessence of sincere idealism; Whalin is handsome and brave; Wayans provides requisite sidekick humor; and Irons is just plain evil. But characters take a backseat to spectacular sword fights and some nifty special effects, including magic spells and swarms of flying, fire-breathing dragons that, when earthbound, stomp around with the same earth-shaking authority as the dinosaurs in Jurassic Park. It's a two-hour dose of pure fantasy. The New Line DVD includes deleted scenes, a making-of documentary, and a featurette on the history of adventure gaming.

Product Details

Release Date:
Original Release:
New Line Home Video
Region Code:
[Wide Screen]
[Dolby Digital, stereo]

Special Features

Widescreen version of the film; 5.1 and Stereo Surround Sound; Two audio commentaries featuring director Courtney Solomon, cinematographer Doug Milsome, game co-creator Dave Arneson, and actor Justin Whalin; Two original documentaries: "Let the Games Begin," a profile and history of adventure gaming; a behind-the-scenes look at the making of the movie; Deleted scenes; Special effects deconstruction; Interactive menus; DVD-ROM features:; Game demo of Baldur's Gate II: Shadows of Ann; Original D&D Fastplay printable roleplaying game; Original theatrical website

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Justin Whalin Ridley Freeborn
Marlon Wayans Snails
Zoe McLellan Marina Pretensa
Thora Birch Empress Savina
Bruce Payne Damodar
Jeremy Irons Profion
Kristen Wilson Norda
Richard O'Brien Xilus
Tom Baker Halvarth
Lee Arenberg Elwood Gutworthy
Edward Jewesbury Vildan Vildir
Robert Miano Azmath

Technical Credits
Courtney Solomon Director,Producer
Peter Brodsky Casting
Justin Caine Burnett Score Composer
Carroll Cartwright Screenwriter
Allen Crawford Associate Producer
Bob Dahlin Associate Producer
Abra Edelman Casting
Ann Flagella Co-producer
George Gibbs Special Effects Supervisor
Elisa Goodman Casting
Thomas M. Hammel Producer
Mark Holding Sound/Sound Designer
Kia Jam Producer
Jindrich Koci Art Director
Nancy Koester Associate Producer
Barbara Lane Costumes/Costume Designer
Mark Leahy Co-producer
Nelson Leong Executive Producer
Topper Lilien Screenwriter
Mirek Lux Asst. Director
Douglas Milsome Cinematographer
David Minkowski Co-producer
Bryce Perrin Art Director,Production Designer
John Raczka Associate Producer
Steve Richards Producer
Conrad Riggs Co-producer
Caroline Ross Editor
Joel Silver Executive Producer
Matthew Stillman Co-producer
Sean Stratton Co-producer
Justin Whalin Associate Producer
Allan Zeman Executive Producer
Jeremy Zimmerman Casting

Scene Index

Side #1 --
0. Scene Selections
1. The Power of the Immortals [6:43]
2. Profion's Plan [3:38]
3. The Magic School [7:07]
4. Framed and Hunted [2:59]
5. A Map, A Meal, and Mayhem [6:12]
6. Committed to a Quest [3:50]
7. The Thieves' Guild [5:24]
8. The Maze [5:43]
9. Dishonor Amongst Thieves [3:50]
10. Caught by the Law [2:49]
11. Interrogation [5:15]
12. Ridley & Snails to the Rescue [12:01]
13. Defying the Council [3:55]
14. The Struggle for Balance [6:31]
15. Into the Dungeon [8:47]
16. Captured [2:55]
17. Ridley's Revenge [4:11]
18. Profion's Destiny [5:17]
19. A Last Gift [:56]
20. End Credits [:48]


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Dungeons & Dragons 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
It all starts with 2 boys, Ridley and Snails, breaking into the magic school. There they meet Marina, a librarian. Together, the trio must embark on the adventure of a lifetime...
Guest More than 1 year ago
I was very impressed after watching this. It was full of action, comedy, and surprises. I love sci-fi movies and this one certatinly wasn't a disappointment.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Critics say this movie has a cheap look and is badly directed. Despite the presence of talented actors, the performances are really bad, and additionally, some people are offended at Marlon Wayans' character, calling it a racist throwback to black stereotypes. With the release of Lord Of The Rings, we (D&D Fans) were FINALLY able to come out of the closet. It is a glowing moment for us after years of ridicule from co-workers... family.... peers.... etc from the age of 12. The Dungeon & Dragon's movie released in 2000 only ADDED to that pain! After watching LOTR with people unfamiliar with Wizards of The Coast products, I was able to broach the topic and get some of my friends interested in playing the D&D game. The ONLY amusement this movie has given us as fans is it's RIDICULE factor.... and even that pales after a minute or so. I'm baffled that there is talk of a sequel. Please read the 200+ reviews on 'another' site that lists reviews of this movie before wasting your money on this DVD. I suppose for those in the age range of 13yrs or younger will give this movie more than 1 star. Instead get Hawk the Slayer. It's low budget but at least it was an 'honest' attempt at making a good B movie unlike this one.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I love fantasy stories, and this is no exception. They're's action, adventure, and no shortage of humor and a dash of romance between Marina and Ridely. The end is wonderfully creative, but sadness does seep in. If I could have gave this movie 10 stars, I would have.
Guest More than 1 year ago
An excellent movie. It has ton of awesome special effects and an awesome storline and amazing dragons. However, you mostly see most of the dragons toward the end of the movie during the big battle when they are flying all over the place. This movie will probally intrest those who like the game or if your like me and never played the game before you will still enjoy it if your in to fantasy and all that sort of stuff. This movie is highly recommended. 5-stars!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago