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sol77's picture

They updated the official site for the movie. Go check it out.
There is a new trailer and new pictures.

http://www.inthenameoftheking.com/

Sharkull's picture

Interesting... Do the "allies" that attack out of trees in the trailer make anyone else think of Dryads?

volkan's picture

Tell January to hurry up and get here. ^^

Let's hope the movie is better made than the website. A lot of the links don't work properly, e.g. the three pages of still images are all the same page, the link for the actor playing Farmer gives you a profile for an actress, etc.

Just like any movie site, it's all Flash and no competence.

sol77's picture

Yea.. they hired the wrong guy for the job. That's a shame.

Sharkull's picture

sol77 wrote:
Yea.. they hired the wrong guy for the job. That's a shame.

Would you be talking about the web developer, or the movie director...? Wink :P

The problem may be that they hired one guy, and they needed a second to check his work. Even I make misteaks, but someone else always notices them, so getting another person to review is always a good idea.

Giovanna_del_Arco's picture

Yes, Sharkull, I was very much impressed by the similarity of the allies from the trees (who seemed to be led by Kristanna Loken's character) to the idea of Dryads. They seem to have been all female, and there might have been some leaves intertwined with their hair, though I'm not sure about that. I don't know that they were ever named in the movie. I'm looking forward to the dvd release, maybe it will provide some answers to those questions. I thought the movie was rather good.

Giovanna_del_Arco's picture

I was looking at SciFi.com (the website of the SciFi channel), and found an older article in which Kristanna Loken's character is referred to as "Elora, a tree nymph." See the article (from 30-MARCH-07) here
http://www.scifi.com/scifiwire/index.php?category=1&id=40812&type=0

A more recent article, from last month, also deals with the movie:
http://www.scifi.com/sfw/screen/sfw17898.html

Sorry if these have already been seen, but I don't remember links to these articles being posted before, so I thought they might be of interest to those who don't frequent the website in question. There are a few other articles on Dungeon Siege (games as well as the movie) on the site, if you want to take a look using the search feature.

Thanks Giovanna, that's just what I wanted to see..

- an optomistic review of the film..

- I don't care for the C- rating it's been given..
- I've never had time for those things, anyway..
- 'prefer to make up my own mind..

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For the first time in many years, I checked my watch during a movie.
Gamers and fans of Renaissance Faires might find this movie fun,
but it went on about an hour too long for me.

..forget that last bit - to me that's a hearty recommendation...!! :woot:

Giovanna_del_Arco's picture

sol77 wrote:
Yea.. they hired the wrong guy for the job. That's a shame.

I found this through Siege Network's feeds:

http://www.horror-movies.ca/horror_10563.html

There is an odd statement in the article:

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Previously Boll would finance his films through German Tax Shelter funds. Dungeon Siege was the last film bankrolled by that fund and has now been banned in Germany. Now Boll is being forced to do it like everyone else through pre-sales.

"Banned in Germany"??? Why? There is no overtly sexual content (hints, but nothing graphic), and the violence (particularly compared to some of Boll's other films) was rather tame. There are no symbols associated with Nazism. On what grounds would the film be "banned in Germany"? Gibt es ein Deutscher anwesend? Was bedeutet das „banned in Germany“? Warum?

Also of interest are the comments on the article:

http://www.horror-movies.ca/Forum/viewtopic.php?id=7819

Some of the people commenting note that Boll's work has improved, that they liked "In the Name of the King," that it was "pretty good," that one of them "gave Uwe Boll the 10/10 for his improvements as a director," that people ought to see more of his work before writing him off. The comment that I think needs to be given some attention is this one:

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He really only has 3 films that people base their theories off of, House of the Dead, BloodRayne, and Alone in the Dark. Most people arent fair and say all his movies suck without seeing them (BloodRayne 2 comes to mind which was better than the first for those who havent seen it)

Personally, I liked BloodRayne. Yes, I've mentioned the excessive blood and gore more than once (although the blood should probably be expected in a film that is not only about vampires, but also titled "BloodRayne"), but it wasn't a bad movie otherwise; it had a good cast and a captivating storyline (and nice attire for Kristanna Loken as Rayne). I have seen one or two other films he did (I can't think of which at the moment, but I don't remember thinking they were all-around crap, like some folk seem to be saying), and I'll be catching (an edited-for-television-and-interrupted-by-advertisements version of) "BloodRayne 2" this evening (on the Sci Fi channel).

I haven't seen the movie yet, but plan to ASAP.

Giovanna_del_Arco wrote:
Also of interest are the comments on the article:

http://www.horror-movies.ca/Forum/viewtopic.php?id=7819

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He really only has 3 films that people base their theories off of, House of the Dead, BloodRayne, and Alone in the Dark. Most people arent fair and say all his movies suck without seeing them (BloodRayne 2 comes to mind which was better than the first for those who havent seen it)

Personally, I liked BloodRayne. Yes, I've mentioned the excessive blood and gore more than once (although the blood should probably be expected in a film that is not only about vampires, but also titled "BloodRayne"), but it wasn't a bad movie otherwise; it had a good cast and a captivating storyline (and nice attire for Kristanna Loken as Rayne). I have seen one or two other films he did (I can't think of which at the moment, but I don't remember thinking they were all-around crap, like some folk seem to be saying), and I'll be catching (an edited-for-television-and-interrupted-by-advertisements version of) "BloodRayne 2" this evening (on the Sci Fi channel).

i have house of the dead and bloodrayne on dvd and both were good, for the 5 bucks i paid to get them. I especially liked the vampire orgy and the fact Bloodrayne got laid Tongue
i actually saw the In the Name of the King movie and it wasnt all that bad if ya like to see krug head cut off hehe. I think most of the negativity towards Boll is the fact he doesnt follow the games very well he adds his own content that doesnt appear in the games and that makes it bad. His use of the top talent actors in In the Name of the King wasnt very good, it seemed Burt Reynolds got alot of air time for his King character, course i imagine Burt Reynolds insisted on that, he probably thought he was the star of the movie too, but still this is a must have for dungeon siege fans to have this dvd in thier collection. Im sure if movies werent limited to base 2 hours and were given as many hours as the game then the movie would of been better, but trying to put 40+ hours of a game in 2hours is hard, so action was there.

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Giovanna_del_Arco's picture

Giovanna_del_Arco wrote:
I'll be catching (an edited-for-television-and-interrupted-by-advertisements version of) "BloodRayne 2" this evening (on the Sci Fi channel).

Update: BloodRayne 2 was (imo) better than the original, as some have said. Unfortunately, Kristanna Loken did not reprise her role as Rayne, but the actress who did (Natassia Malthe) resembles her enough that the cast change didn't really have a negative impact on the sense of continuity, and she did justice to the role.

As for DVDs and the movie about our game, I got "In the Name of the King: A Dungeon Siege Tale" on the day it was released. Like Darkelf said, it's a must-have for any DS fan.

I also agree that if the movie had been longer, it would have been better, because there would have been more room for character development, and because the ending of the movie seemed a bit rushed to me.

But as for Burt, I thought he did a great job.

One thing I noticed on the DVD packaging was that all the "big names" were mentioned except for Kristanna Loken, which seems wrong to me. I don't like to see people being slighted, whether it's intentional or not.

Quoted from Boll's interview on TV:
http://kotaku.com/340903/uwe-boll-on-larry-king-live

Boll concedes that In the Name of the King is by far the best movie he's ever made with the best cast and the best script he's ever worked with.

"I already have the director's cut DVD version in my head, which will be much longer and have more character development," said Boll. "The theatrical release is really action-driven, which works for the big screen. It's already 2 hours and 10 minutes long. The director's cut will be a much better movie."

Other than the character of Farmer and the krugs, Boll admits that he took almost nothing from the Dungeon Siege videogame, although he worked closely with the game's developer, Gas Powered Games, which had a representative on set while filming in Vancouver, British Columbia.

"The very beginning of the film has Farmer tending to his crops, but that's about it from the game," said Boll. "The Dungeon Siege game didn't have a real story. Chris Taylor at Gas Powered Games likes the movie and they're really behind the film. I think gamers will be happy with this film even if it's not really based on the game's story at all. It's a good fantasy film. I'm just happy to get it out on 2,500 screens. I don't think it will be a disaster like BloodRayne was."

- I hope he goes ahead with the lengthened version.. :woot:

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Blondin235 wrote:
Quoted from Boll's interview on TV:
http://kotaku.com/340903/uwe-boll-on-larry-king-live

Boll concedes that In the Name of the King is by far the best movie he's ever made with the best cast and the best script he's ever worked with.

No offense to his other films, but I have to agree that it's the best Boll film of those that I've seen, and not just because I'm a DS fan.

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"I already have the director's cut DVD version in my head, which will be much longer and have more character development," said Boll. "The theatrical release is really action-driven, which works for the big screen. It's already 2 hours and 10 minutes long. The director's cut will be a much better movie."

I had read that there would be a longer version on the DVD, but the DVD I got was, as far as I can tell, the same version as I saw in the theater (on the birthday of Robert E. Howard, btw). That there will be more character development in the director's cut is excellent. I'm looking forward to it.

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Other than the character of Farmer and the krugs, Boll admits that he took almost nothing from the Dungeon Siege videogame, although he worked closely with the game's developer, Gas Powered Games, which had a representative on set while filming in Vancouver, British Columbia.

Well, there was a scene right out of the Kingdom of Ehb map, namely, that shattered bridge that would have taken our characters to Stonebridge. I did like the solution that Farmer came up with, even though it didn't quite work out the way he hoped. I wonder if GPG will consider more of this sort of action for Dungeon Siege 3; many of us have mentioned that we would like to be able to explore more of the maps, that swimming might be a fun addition, that sailing would be cool, that leaping might come in handy, that flying would be a good option (magically or via flying mounts; after all, we did see, in the intro film to DS2, that the concept is not totally alien to the world of Aranna), etc. Maybe some sort of gymnastic/acrobatic skills could be introduced as well.

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- I hope he goes ahead with the lengthened version.. :woot:

I'm with you; although I already bought the theater version on DVD, I'm willing to buy the director's cut as well.

Giovanna_del_Arco wrote:
Well, there was a scene right out of the Kingdom of Ehb map, namely, that shattered bridge that would have taken our characters to Stonebridge. I did like the solution that Farmer came up with, even though it didn't quite work out the way he hoped. I wonder if GPG will consider more of this sort of action for Dungeon Siege 3; many of us have mentioned that we would like to be able to explore more of the maps, that swimming might be a fun addition, that sailing would be cool, that leaping might come in handy, that flying would be a good option (magically or via flying mounts; after all, we did see, in the intro film to DS2, that the concept is not totally alien to the world of Aranna), etc. Maybe some sort of gymnastic/acrobatic skills could be introduced as well.

- y'know, that's what I liked about DS1/LoU - it went further..
- it'd be really fantastic to see DS2 reach that level of development..

..never mind the weather, just as long as we're together!

In the name of the king..

- have to say, I thought it was totally brilliant..!!
- should have been about an hour longer.. :woot:

- any news on the extended version, yet..?

sol77's picture

I don't know about brilliant but it wasn't bad at all. ^^
No clue about the extended version.

sjr's picture

The extended version has been available for quite some time now. It is only available in Blu-ray.

sjr's picture

I just got the blu-ray version and it is 162 minutes long compared to the 127 of the dvd/theatrical release version. Since it has been like 18 months or more since I saw it in the theater I don't remember enough to say exactly what was different. Either way I am pretty sure there was a bit more set up to what was going on with the added 35 minutes.

sjr's picture

If anyone noticed In the Name Of the King was on SyFy this evening.

sjr wrote:
If anyone noticed In the Name Of the King was on SyFy this evening.

Wish I had SciFi channel....I still haven't had a chance to see it yet. >_<