Reign of Fire

Reign of Fire

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Director: Rob Bowman, Christian Bale, Matthew McConaughey, Izabella Scorupco

Cast: Rob Bowman, Christian Bale, Matthew McConaughey, Izabella Scorupco


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Rob Bowman's futuristic dragon film Reign of Fire comes to DVD with a widescreen anamorphic transfer that preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 2.35:1. English soundtracks are rendered in both Dolby Digital 5.1 and DTS 5.1, and a French soundtrack recorded in Dolby Digital 5.1. Spanish subtitles are accessible, and both English soundtracks are


Rob Bowman's futuristic dragon film Reign of Fire comes to DVD with a widescreen anamorphic transfer that preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 2.35:1. English soundtracks are rendered in both Dolby Digital 5.1 and DTS 5.1, and a French soundtrack recorded in Dolby Digital 5.1. Spanish subtitles are accessible, and both English soundtracks are closed-captioned. Supplemental materials include an interview with the director, the original theatrical trailer, and a pair of featurettes concerning the technical aspects of special effects and their production. This is a solid release from Disney/Buena Vista.

Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Ed Hulse
Yet another sci-fi movie presenting a bleak vision of post-apocalyptic civilization, Reign of Fire breaks from tradition by introducing a menace more suitable to sword-and-sorcery fantasies than futuristic thrillers. The film is set in 2020, some years after a horde of fire-breathing dragons have emerged from the earth's bowels. Having all but obliterated mankind, these flying foes have established their dominance over the world -- but they're about to get their first serious challenge from English survivor Quinn (Christian Bale) and rugged American soldier Van Zan (Matthew McConaughey). Thanks to the expertise of computer-graphics experts, Reign's dragons are the most hideously realistic that have ever graced the screen, and director Rob Bowman (The X Files) shows commendable restraint in keeping them off screen whenever possible, which maximizes the effect of scenes in which they do appear. Bale's character is not your typical sci-fi hero: He doesn't have all the answers, he can be downright surly, and he's only effective when being goaded into action by McConaughey's character. Izabella Scorupco registers solidly as one of Van Zan's warriors, and unlike most genre heroines, her contribution to the film is more than decorative. Ingenious art direction sustains the illusion of mass destruction and desolate landscapes, and the fine cinematography combined with clever lighting effects helps establish mood. Extremely well paced and studded with truly spectacular action sequences, Reign of Fire is one of 2002's best genre films.
All Movie Guide - Michael Hastings
A creaky B-movie plot is given an A-list treatment in director Rob Bowman's future-primitive action flick, which delivers just enough thrills and eerie atmosphere to put it above the ranks of the usual, uninspired summer fare. Reign of Fire doesn't try to subvert or mock the conventions of the creature-feature, instead, it approaches them with just the right balance of stone-faced seriousness and levity. The dialogue is threadbare but functional, giving stars Christian Bale -- in his first big-budget action lead -- and Matthew McConaughey plenty of room for appropriate, unapologetic scenery-chewing. And what scenery it is; the real star here is Wolf Kroeger's production design, awash in orange, black, and gray, offering up one of the most vivid, lived-in post-apocalyptic landscapes since the Mad Max series. Reign of Fire's sole drawback -- and it's a big one -- is its last act, in which the tension dwindles just as it should be taking off into the stratosphere. It's here that the script fails Bowman and his game cast. Unlike James Cameron's B-masterpiece Aliens, the scattered plot points don't inform the finale in a satisfying way; instead, it's a warmed-over reenactment of Jaws, with a fire-breathing dragon standing in for a Great White.
Entertainment Weekly
The season could do with more grinning, spinning, un-self-important, happy-to-be-B throwback movies like this one. Lisa Schwarzbaum
New York Times
It has a jamming B-picture buzz -- the kind of swift filmmaking and high spirits that have been missing from movies for a while. Elvis Mitchell

Product Details

Release Date:
Original Release:
Touchstone / Disney
Region Code:
[Wide Screen]
[DTS 5.1-Channel Surround Sound, Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]
Sales rank:

Special Features

Closed Caption; "Breathing Life into the Terror" featurette; "If You Can't Stand the Heat" pyrotechnics featurette; Conversations with director Rob Bowman; Original theatrical trailer; French language track in Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound; Spanish subtitles; DTS and Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound; Widescreen

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Christian Bale Quinn Abercromby
Matthew McConaughey Denton Van Zan
Izabella Scorupco Alex
Gerard Butler Creedy
Scott James Moutter Jared Wilke
David Kennedy Eddie Stax
Alexander Siddig Ajay
Ned Dennehy Barlow
Rory Keenan Devon
Terence Maynard Gideon
Ben Thorton Young Quinn
Alice Krige Karen Abercromby
Laura Pyper Lin
Benny Nieves Alvarez

Technical Credits
Rob Bowman Director
Ian Bailie Art Director
Gary Barber Producer
Joan Bergin Costumes/Costume Designer
Adrian Biddle Cinematographer
Roger Birnbaum Producer
Justin Brown Art Director
Gregg Chabot Original Story,Screenwriter
James Flynn Co-producer
Jonathan Glickman Executive Producer
Matthew Greenberg Screenwriter
Kieran Horgan Sound/Sound Designer
Priscilla John Casting
Wolf Kroeger Production Designer
Bruce G. Moriarty Associate Producer,Asst. Director
Thom Noble Editor
Kevin Peterka Original Story,Screenwriter
Marcia Ross Casting
Edward Shearmur Score Composer
Alan Tomkins Art Director
Lili Fini Zanuck Producer
Richard D. Zanuck Producer

Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Opening Credits/The Dragon [10:21]
2. Jeopardizing the Community [9:16]
3. Alarm! [5:39]
4. The Americans Arrive [14:06]
5. A New Form of Defense [11:17]
6. The Draft [7:36]
7. Off to London [3:28]
8. Castle Under Attack [6:44]
9. Preparing for Magic Hour [1:34]
10. Attack! [9:43]
11. Starting Over/End Credits [9:47]


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Reign of Fire 3.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 28 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Reign Of Fire had all the makings of a modern day sci-fi gem. A great plotline, excellent cast, and magnificent special effects. The plotline of Dragons as the dominate species with mankind struggling to stay alive in modern times is great. The cast led, by Christian Bale, Matthew McConaughey,and Gerard Butler is excellent. The FX are great too. But somwhere the film loses it's juice. In certain spots the Reign of Fire is a action fans dream. The airborne assault to kill dragons is exciting and the film could have used more of it. The opening sequence involving the awakening of the master dragon and the destruction of civilization is well done also, capped with a narration by Bale. But the film loses it's pace off and on in the film. The dragons are not shown enough. The opening sequence should have been longer, showing how the dragons physically destroyed earth. The climax involving the master dragon was a real disappointment. The film could have used more action sequences, more dragons, and a longer running time.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I remembered I saw this at a friend's house and just fell in love with Christian Bale (well Little Women was the first I saw him in but this and that are my favorites). He looks better with longer hair and sometimes with a beard. I love dragons and liked the movie. The special effects weren't that bad either. This is the story of a group of survivors after dragons have taken over.
Guest More than 1 year ago
the dragon's fire so realistic and it seemed as though they were actually afraid for they're lives for bringing the mythological to life disney is ahead of they're time....
Guest More than 1 year ago
RoF has a great sense for what would happen if the Earth was overrun by dragons, it ain't pretty. The movie shows off it's grafics well, and even if there is no villan on set, the cuts are great. I found two problems. 1 - the rubber gun prop bent and they didn't cut it out. 2 - The Apaches on the poster aren't in the movie, what a disapointment.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have to give Rob Bowman (The X-Files) some credit here. The movie has enough action to satisfy any actioner. The special FX are very appealing to the human eye, but it could've been more. Hey, I'm not saying I was disappointed; I enjoyed it a lot.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Some of the FX are good, but this movie is absolutely the WORST film I have ever seen. The acting is execrable. I like Christian Bale, but this is definitely NOT his finest hour. Matthew McConaughey chews the scenery with brio, and is the only one I really liked in this, primarily because he just seemed to be having a good time. I saw this film with a friend of mine, who said afterwards that if this were the inflight movie on a plane and they were giving away the headsets, he would decline. Wouldn't you know...the next time he flew, Reign of Fire was the inflight movie!! Ever since we saw RoF, it has been our measure of a bad movie. So far, we haven't found one that can top it for being bad.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie is a journey into the world of pure entertainment. Forget about the plot, forget about the reality, this movie takes you on a rollercoaster ride for 1 1/2 hours. Dragons, castles, guns & heroes. Dosen't leave much room for much else. So sit back, enjoy the ride & take it for what it is. An adrenaline ride into the world of myth & legend, mixed with 20th century weapons.This movie is a must see & worth every penny.
Guest More than 1 year ago
In this movie it shows many kinds of characters (and their ways of living) clash together so they can beat the dragons plaguing the world. This movie is a great movie and there's no violence or any really gorey parts......
slimikin More than 1 year ago
I'm a bit of a sucker for movies with dragons in them---I even watch those terrible low-budget dragon films...or try to watch them, anyway. So of course Reign of Fire, a theater-released dragon film with special effects and one of my favorite actors, was a must-watch. I found it to be a little darker than I was expecting, but definitely enjoyable. The film's concept of dragons, that they create ash because it's what they eat and that they die off and come back in cycles just as locusts do, is convincing and unique and eerie. The acting is great: Matthew McConaughey was so unlike his usual self that I didn't realize he was in it until almost the end of the movie. And the action sequences are clever and just intense enough that they drew me in without completely overwhelming me. Overall, Reign of Fire is a fun dragon film I'd enjoy watching more than once.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Great movie, but the poster was very misleading. It showed multiple Apachies or Cobras, im not shure which. However, in the movie there was only one helecopter and it was a standerd type. Mayby a Bell. I think the movie would have been alot better if they had showed a few major fight scenes before socioty went under. I'm not shure weather it would have worked, but it would have made me happy.
Guest More than 1 year ago
As Bart Simpson would say, this movie both Sucks and Blows ! While the dragon effects are cool, nothing else is in this movie, which should've been titled "SuckFest 2020." The concept is interesting, but the "plot" is hackneyed, the acting bad, and it just gets worse from there. They couldn't even be honest in the commercials. Matthew McConaughey is not the star of this movie, it's Christian Bale (two roles of which were as a psycho killer in the universally panned American Psycho, and as a JFK Jr. clone in the fairly awful re-make of Shaft. THAT's star power, baby! The new Batman will be trying to live down this fiasco as well). Particularly good is the unending use of every tired cliche in the movie book. Post-Apocalyptic world? Let's make it look like Mad Max/the Road Warrior, and give everyone an Australian/British accent. Who comes to save the day? Americans, of course. Let's make sure the two heroes neither like nor trust each other... until they have to team up to defeat the bad guy at the end, of course. Add one attractive female for a love-interest. And the teenage boy who won't listen to Dad, and wants to fight himself. Or the tough-as-nails, always screaming, army sergeant, chewing the stub of a cigar. And there are just too many inconsistencies, even for a fantasy "dragon" movie. For people who are starving to death and are, as they say "leading lives of quiet desperation," they sure know how to party when they kill a dragon: with lights and wine and Jimi Hendrix's "Fire" blasting from the stereo. (For people who watched dragons burn up the whole world, would YOU be blasting "Let me stand next to your fire" ?) And where IS the stereo in this bombed-out Keep / Castle / Cave they're living in? And where is the electricity, or how do they make it? And with no water source around, where do they get water for drinking and their fire-hose equipped trucks ? And all these "starving" people have quite a bit of muscle-tone, don't they? Where do the Americans get the fuel to run their helicopter and tanks, and whatever troop carrier they used to get from the U.S.A. to London, England? It's movies like this that made TV popular in the first place. * * * * * * * * * * Rating: D
Guest More than 1 year ago
I admit this movie wasn’t designed to win any Oscars, it was meant to enjoy. Reign of Fire is a horrific vision of the future where mankind struggles to survive as dragons rage across the planet, destroying all they come across. Only a few humans have managed to live, by going underground and living a hand to mouth existence. I won’t give away much more because I don’t want to blow the movie with any spoilers. Mathew McConaughey transformed himself in this movie, looking different than ever before, playing against his normal type, and it works to perfection. Christian Bale is also strong in this movie. As the leader of the British survivors, he shines in his quiet heroism. The special effects aren’t anything earthshaking, but they’re good. My only question with the special effects was why do the dragons have holes in their wings? The story line leaves a few plot gaps, but like I said, it wasn’t meant to be art, it was meant to be what it is: an action charged, explosive packed, fun filled, blood and fire packed movie, that’s great for the action movies buff in all of us. Highly recommended!
Guest More than 1 year ago
worst dragon movie. too slow and boring. not even worth a look.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The citics didn't care for this movie but I really enjoyed it. It's too bad more people didn't see it at the theatre. The action and special FX were great. All the actors did a fine job as well. A dirty, gritty movie with a slam bang ending.
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