Eragon Blu-ray: Review By Evan "Mushy" Jacobs

While a lot of this movie has the "we've seen it before" quality, that doesn't mean that it isn't good.
  • OVERALL
    2.5
    WORTHY
  • Feature
  • Extras
  • Replay Value
THE GOOD
While a lot of this movie has the "we've seen it before" quality, that doesn't mean that it isn't good.
THE BAD
There is a lot missing, Extra's-wise, from this release compared with the Standard one.
THE FEATURE
Eragon is the tale of a young boy who, like a lot of young boys in these fantasy movies, comes to realize that he has greater purpose in this world than he ever thought possible. Eragon (Ed Speelers) plays the title character who comes from modest means. Then one day he finds a dragon's egg and his life changes forever. He realizes that he is to become a dragon rider and will fight against the bad king who rules the land. What ensues is the classically told tale of the heroes' journey. There are swordfights, flights of fancy through the sky and the requisite moments to qualify Stefen Fangmeier's movie as pure fantasy of the highest order.

I think the reason why Eragon wasn't a bigger movie is because it really isn't giving viewers anything we haven't seen before. At every turn I knew what was going to happen and having never known anything about this tale before I saw the movie (or the Christopher Paolini books upon which it is based), I don't think that that really bodes well for it's chances of being memorable.
THE EXTRAS
Director's Commentary

Now, I could tell you what director Stefen Fangmeier said during this commentary but I think you would be better served to click here and read an interview I did with him talking about the film.
THE VIDEO
Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1 Anamorphic - Enhanced for Widescreen TVs. Film in 1080p HD resolution. If all you want is a DVD to show off your Blu-ray set up, I would clearly suggest picking this one up. I feel this way because this is a film with all those fantastical movie moments that make it something that should play on the big screen. Chances are if you have a Blu-ray set up it is more than adequate to accommodate that.
THE AUDIO
Audio: English: DTS HD 5.1 / French: Dolby Digital 5.1 / Spanish: Dolby Digital 5.1. They have created the audio in such a way that it plays quite full on this release. I found that on the Blu-ray system that I screened it on things played solidly. There is a lot of kick to this soundtrack with the moments paced out very well across it.
THE PACKAGE
The main cast of this movie is presented here with a dragon fussing around in the background. I have to be honest, the cover of this release reminds me somewhat of NWA's Straight Outta Compton record (although that cover didn't nearly have the gloss that this one does). The back cover gives users a description of what this release is about, a Special features listing and system specs.
THE FINAL WORD
At its best, Eragon should play as an inspiring movie for kids. As I am somewhat older than the normal demographic for this movie, I would say that I just didn't get it. I have seen too many other movies like Star Wars, The Beastmaster, etc., to get excited about a film that just seems like it took the best parts of all those movies and presented them here. This doesn't mean that Eragon is a bad movie, rather it just seems like this film might have benefitted from trying to change things up a little bit. What it could have done remains to be seen but something tells me a poll of the potential audience could have generated fresh ideas.

All in all, Eragon might end up being really appreciated some years from now. As it stands now, this is just one of those movies that failed to meet studio expectations.

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Comments (2)

  1. ed_wood

    I liked this one, it was fun to watch.

    5 years agoby @ed-woodFlag

  2. Shelley

    I am older than the normal demographic for this film but still loved it. I understand what you mean in your review, I am just one of the exceptions.

    5 years agoby @shelleyFlag