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Beowulf (Illustration von Alan Lee, 1984) "Beowulf" ist ein Mythos, der vielen heutigen Fantasy-Stories als Vorlage diente...

Erzählt wird die Geschichte des jungen Helden Beowulf, der zu Schiff aus Schweden kommt um dem Dänenkönig Hrothgar gegen das Ungeheuer Grendel beizustehen. Er bezwingt das Untier in wildem Kampf und besiegt kurz darauf auch Grendels Mutter, die voll Schmerz und Rache die Trinkhalle des Königs heimsucht. Ein kurzes Zwischenspiel gibt über die darauf folgende 50-jährige Herrschaft von König Beowulf Rechenschaft. Am Ende seines Lebens muss er noch einmal das Schwert ergreifen und sich einem Feuer speienden Drachen entgegenstellen - eine fürchterliche Auseinandersetzung mit legendärem Ausgang...

"Beowulf" (1999) mit Christopher Lambert (u.a. "Highlander") ist SF-Fantasy-Trash erster Güte, und hat mit der Sage kaum mehr als den Namen gemein...

"Beowulf & Grendel" (2005) mit Gerard Butler in der Rolle des Beowulf lief erstmals im September 2005 beim Toronto Film Festival - den Film gibt es hierzulande nur auf DVD...

Robert Zemeckis' "Die Legende von Beowulf" ist ein aufwendiger Animationsfilm - nach einem Drehbuch von Roger Avary und Neil Gaiman - und kam am 15. November 2007 in die deutschen Kinos...

Und dann war da noch das engagierte Filmprojekt "Beowulf: Prince of the Geats", das 1 Million US-Dollar für die Krebsforschung einspielen will und am 28. Januar 2009 in den USA seine DVD-Premiere feierte...



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"Die Legende von Beowulf" auf DVD & Co. !!!
Am 14. März 2008 erschien "Die Legende von Beowulf" als Einzel-DVD, Doppel-DVD, HD-DVD und Blu-ray Disc... Jetzt bei Amazon bestellen !!!



[26.01.2009] PrinceOfTheGeats.com meldet...
The controversial Cincinnati film, "Beowulf: Prince of the Geats" is celebrating its DVD completion with a release party at Bootsy's, 631 Walnut St. in Cincinnati, Ohio at 6pm Wednesday, January 28th.
The film, written, produced and directed by 4 time Emmy Award winning filmmaker Scott Wegener, portrays the viking hero as the son of an African explorer who settled in the frigid north. This twist on the oldest English epic poem touched off an international firestorm of hate mail, death and bomb threats as well as attempts at a world wide boycott of the film's sponsors.
None of this was intended by Wegener, who set out to produce an all volunteer motion picture to benefit the American Cancer Society. The film was shot in six states and Norway with over 500 volunteers working with literally no budget. The project's goal is to raise $1 million worldwide through the sale of broadcast rights and DVDs. Because there are no production debts to repay, 100% of all profits go to this goal.
Wegener, along with stars Damon Lynch III, Bob Elkins and Ben Lee will be available for interviews at the release party.
Bootsy Collins, who performs a cameo in the film as a tribal elder, may be in attendance depending on his schedule.
BPOG is Wegener's third film since moving to Cincinnati in 1986. His previous all volunteer films, 'THE MUTANTS,' THE SPIDER'S WEB,' and 'THE GOLEM,' have earned 6 Emmy nominations and four Emmy awards.


[28.11.2007] CS! meldet...
IMAX Corporation today announced that "Beowulf: An IMAX 3D Experience" grossed $2.95 million on 84 domestic IMAX screens during its second weekend, setting a new record for the highest grossing second weekend in IMAX history. IMAX® theatres contributed more than 17 percent of the weekend's overall domestic box office of $16.5 million on less than 2 percent of the screens, with a per screen average of $35,076. The ten-day domestic total for the IMAX® 3D release was $8.8 million, with a per screen average of $104,500. Further, 45 of the 50 top-performing domestic locations playing Beowulf were IMAX theatres. The worldwide IMAX total for Beowulf has reached $11.1 million. [...]

[25.11.2007] Heute um 23.00 Uhr zeigt Pro7 "Beowulf" mit Christopher Lambert... Die Wiederholung läuft um 3.30 Uhr...

[19.11.2007] Bei IESB gibt es ein Video-Interview mit Angelina Jolie... Und bei AICN eine Kritik von Capone... Und CS! berichtet über die US-Einspielergebnisse...
[...] Paramount's Beowulf earned an estimated $28.1 million from 3,153 theaters to easily top the box office over the three-day weekend. The Robert Zemeckis-directed epic, written by Neil Gaiman and Roger Avary, features the performances and voices of Angelina Jolie, Anthony Hopkins, Ray Winstone, John Malkovich, Brendan Gleeson, Dominic Keating, Alison Lohman, Robin Wright Penn and Crispin Glover. The film marks the widest release yet of a digital 3-D film, with 40% of the total coming from ust 740 3-D screens. The movie was made for about $150 milion. [...]

[16.11.2007] Bei IESB gibt es eine Kritik zu "Beowulf 3-D"...

[15.11.2007] Heute startet Robert Zemeckis' "Die Legende von Beowulf" in den deutschen Kinos...

[14.11.2007] Bei CS! gibt es Video-Interviews mit Ray Winstone, John Malkovich, Crispin Glover und Alison Lohman...

[13.11.2007] IESB berichtet vom roten Teppich, inkl. Video...

[11.11.2007] Bei AICN gibt es eine Kritik von Harry Knowles...
[...] Now I know BEOWULF’s characters have looked less than life like - and the overall look isn’t quite the FRANK FRAZETTA painting that we had hoped for, but here’s the secret of this film.
It seems nobody in advance of production thought to look at the film from the stand point of which sequence to get ready first to get folks the absolute most excited for the film. What was shown at Comic Con was ill-conceived as a clip. The "Austin Powers" Beowulf with Grendel’s arm - a truncated battle scene and Angelina Jolie appearing are not the moments that you come away with at the end of the final product.
What strikes me is this... In the entire history of American Animated/Mimed/Puppeted films... we’ve never seen an adult story told. And in this case, we’re literally dealing with one of the greatest stories, myths or legends ever told - re-interpretated by the co-quills of Neil Gaiman and Roger Avary. [...]


[09.11.2007] "Beowulf" IMAX 3-D Trailer & Featurette sind online !!!

[08.11.2007] Mehrere "Beowulf" Clips / Ausschnitte sind online...

[07.11.2007] Bei IESB gibt es ein Video-Interview mit John Malkovich... Ausserdem zeigt IESB Bilder von der Weltpremiere...

[05.11.2007] Bei AICN gibt es eine Kritik von Moriarty...
[...] I’m not sure I’d call BEOWULF one of the deepest films of the year, and I’m not even sure I’d call it one of the best, but it’s a singular experience, something you absolutely have to witness for yourself in the theater, and it lingers in all the right ways. I feel like I saw the future in that theater tonight... at least one of the paths the industry will follow... and I find myself still reeling from it a bit even now, four hours later. This is the best Zemeckis film in well over a decade, and a rousing adventure that I suspect will win over even the most jaded of viewers. [...]

[03.11.2007] Bei AICN gibt es eine Kritik von XiMan...
[...] Flat out, one of the best animated films ever made. Tour de force performances, that only first-rate actors could help bring to life. Heart-pounding action sequences and a good dose of edge of your seat scares (especially in the first hour). [..] I'm telling you, it's a fucking MASTERPIECE!!! [...]

[28.10.2007] Ein neuer "Beowulf" TV-Spot ist online...

[23.10.2007] Bei IESB gibt es ein Video-Interview mit Ray Winstone...

[12.10.2007] Bei GT gibt es einen weiteren Trailer zum "Beowulf"-Videospiel...

[05.10.2007] Bei GT gibt es einen Trailer zum "Beowulf"-Videospiel...

[02.10.2007] Der "Beowulf" International Trailer #2 ist online und bietet ein paar neue Szenen...

[21.09.2007] Ein weiterer "Beowulf" Trailer ist online !!!

[05.09.2007] Ein neuer "Beowulf" Red Band US-Trailer ist online und enthält ein paar grausige Szenen...
Mit Dank an Goody

[24.08.2007] Der "Beowulf" Restricted US-Trailer ist online und enthält ein paar neue Szenen...

[26.07.2007] Der erste "Die Legende von Beowulf" Trailer ist online !!!

[10.07.2007] Bei film ick gibt es ein paar Szenen aus dem Drehbuch zu lesen und mehr... SPOILER !!!

[03.07.2007] Bei AICN gibt es folgenden Bericht von der Cinema Expo in Amsterdam...
[...] I felt I should let you know about an exclusive world premiere of footage from the movie that I saw last wednesday on CinemaExpo: after a screening of ´No Reservations´ (which was suprisingly good eventhough I didn´t expect anything from it!) we got to see the full second reel of Beowulf, 10 to 15 minutes long, and about that same amount of minutes into the movie. I´m afraid I have to dampen your enthusiasm a little bit, basically you can summarize what we saw as "300 meets The Polar Express".
I have to say the animation doesnt look like anything you´ve seen before, it´s actually done so well that it takes you a few minutes before you realize the actors are animated as well (or actually it looks more like animation-effects have been painted over actual live footage). This is intriguing at first but quite soon the characters start looking quite dead, just like the ones in ´The Polar Express´.
If you want to know what we saw storywise, here we go,
SPOILER ALERT: Beowulf has just beaten Grendel in a fight. Grendel looks like a dark blue Gollem and since Beowulf almost literally tore him to pieces you see the inside of his body which is like some lavacoloured crystal. His other carries him to a cave, scene is POV from his mom so you dont get to see her. We see a scene where Anthony Hopkins and Robin Wright Penn have a talk together and only when you see mrs Penn´s face up close you realize she hasnt had massive botox injections but you´re watching CGI. Hopkins looked more lifelike, still a bit dead as well though. But I´m afraid as soon as the De Laurentiis family see the CGI-animated Hopkins they straight away want to make ten more Hannibal sequels. Then we see a scene where Beowulf gets visited by Grendel´s mom in his sleep, in the disguise of a beautiful woman (not yet as Angelina Jolie). She beckons him and then changes in to a vampire like monster, very Van Helsing. When Beowulf wakes up all the men in the same room with him have been slain, their corpses hanging upside from the ceiling. He goes out for revenge and knows it´s grendel´s mother he needs to look for. he finds her in the cave with a lake we saw earlier through Grendel´s mom´s eyes. A suspenseful scene starts where Beowulf is looking for her, and we see glimpses of her tail - since she is a golden seamonster. Then suddenly her head rises out of the lake, and it is Angelina Jolie. No I am not kidding and I might be from Amsterdam but I was not on drugs, we really saw a massive CGI-d version of Angelina Jolie´s head rising out of a lake as the head of a seamonster. This sounds silly and i think thats what it was.
SPOILER ENDING
All in all, eventhough the animation looks impressive, the footage gave me such a strong feeling this project has been greenlit to cash in on the succes of 300, maybe on that of lord of the rings as well. Swords&sandals are hot, fantasy is hot, throw the two together and it´ll get even better. Ray Winstone as Beowulf looks a bit like Disney´s Hercules (nothing like the He-man you see on the posters) but seems a bit too similar to Leonidas, including the way they enhanced his muscles with CGI.
Based on the footage I saw I´m far from sure about Beowulf. The footage was received well with a big applause but right now it reminds me more of that other historical swords&sandals-movie we saw Angelina Jolie and Anthony Hopkins in, you know Oliver´s Stone´s Alexander biopic with Colin Farrel [...]


[30.06.2007] Bei Filmfocus.nl gibt es sehenswerte Poster zu Robert Zemeckis' "Beowulf", welche die Hauptcharaktere enthüllen !!! Und CS! berichtet über die IMAX-Version...
IMAX Corporation, Paramount Pictures, Shangri-La Entertainment and Warner Bros. Pictures today announced that Beowulf, [...] will be released domestically in IMAX® 3D simultaneously with the motion picture's premiere in conventional theatres on November 16, 2007. The film will be released internationally within three weeks of the domestic launch.
Beowulf will be digitally converted into IMAX 3D and re-mastered into the unparalleled image and sound quality of The IMAX Experience® through IMAX DMR® (Digital Re-mastering) technology. [...]


[15.06.2007] Quint von AICN sprach mit Neil Gaiman, u.a. über "Beowulf"...

[25.05.2007] CS! meldet...
Ubisoft announced that it will develop and publish the video game based on Paramount Pictures' and Shangri-La Entertainment's Beowulf, the upcoming feature film from Academy Award®-winning director Robert Zemeckis. [...]
"Ubisoft is excited to be partnering with Paramount Pictures and Shangri-La, and the creative teams at ImageMovers, to leverage the 'Beowulf' movie assets and storylines and extend them into the interactive video game universe," said Yves Guillemot, chief executive officer of Ubisoft. "Ubisoft has quickly become an industry leader in creating high-quality movie-based video games that deliver a compelling experience to both casual and hardcore gamers alike." [...]
"'Beowulf' is particularly well-suited for the video game format," adds Robert Zemeckis. "Not only does the film have a compelling story and strong visual style that will translate well into a game, but because the film is entirely digital, we are able to share our assets with Ubisoft. Audiences will be able to make a seamless transition between the film and the game." [...]
The game is expected to release in conjunction with the movie's planned opening in November 2007. [...]


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