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Anyone watch Dark Kingdom: The Dragon King on Sci Fi?

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Wednesday, March 29, 2006 6:11 AM

BROWNCOAT1

May have been the losing side. Still not convinced it was the wrong one.


So, did anyone catch this mini series on Sci Fi Monday & Tuesday? What did you think?

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Wednesday, March 29, 2006 6:26 AM

COPILOT


Forced to watch some of it and found it dull. Maybe I missed too much cause I only saw the last installment (at least it seemed like the last).

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Wednesday, March 29, 2006 6:31 AM

MATTCOZ


Saw the first half, was somewhat interesting.

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Wednesday, March 29, 2006 6:41 AM

RAT


Aside from the lorry at the end, it was fine!

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Wednesday, March 29, 2006 6:48 AM

KUANGZHEDE


I had been waiting for this to come out. All in all, it was very disapointing. The acting was pretty terrible in my opinion and it dragged on and on. I found that I could not figure out who the main actor looked like. From one shot he looked like David D. from X-files (i am not butchering his last name, hince the reference) From another angle he looked like the love child of Kevin Sorbo and Jared Leto, and still yet another angle alot like Daniel Craig (the new 007). It was frustrating




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Wednesday, March 29, 2006 7:12 AM

CEDRIC


I watched the first half and tivo'd the second half because I had to work.

All in all, I liked it. The guy playing Sigfried underwhelmed me, both with his weird look and his lack of acting, but otherwise, I thought it was a fun retelling of the story from Das Niebelungenlied. The production values weren't bad for a "made-for-TV" show. And the blonde chick was quite easy on the eyes.

Considering that this was a "Sci-Fi Original" from the same station that brought us that terrible space-cowboys-fighting-vampires flick--which was like three Joss shows in a blender, minus the good dialogue and acting--I was generally pleased.

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Wednesday, March 29, 2006 7:22 AM

PROSERPINE


I think I would have enjoyed it more if I didn't already know the story upon which it was based because I spent the whole time going, "Wait a minute - what? How are they doing this?"

Also, the poor German dude they had playing Siegfried had the WORST accent I've ever heard from a German speaking English. It wasn't thick - it was just weird enough that every single thing he said made me laugh hysterically, and normally I really like German accents. (Real ones - not the ones Nazis have in movies) I think they're pretty! Also, his facial expressions were really funny. It's hard to feel sympathetic towards the main character when he seems like such a doofus.

I liked the costumes and the scenery, but these two things do not a good fantasy film make.

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Wednesday, March 29, 2006 7:38 AM

DAYVE


I watched the mini-series without any knowledge of the story it was based on. I thought the production was well done. The acting was hit & miss as it sometimes is in these kinds of programs. Benno Furman - the dragonslayer - had an odd appearance and I kept trying to figure where i had seen him before - (never did). I liked the actress who played the Queen of Iceland - Kristanna Loken - and would like to see more of her work. Poor old Max Von Sydow seems to get stuck with less than memorable parts lately, although i thought his was the best acted part in the series.

Going in without any expectations, I was impressed with the story. Not the typical happy ending you normally get with tv dramas, and there were enough plot twists to hold my interest (although i did doze off a couple times in part two)....

Overall I would rate it a B or B+ for television - which is really good to be coming from me.

Then....i saw some commercials for upcoming shows on Sci-Fi....Ghost Hunters & Psychic something or other...and i thought, this crap instead of a great program like Firefly....what's up with that? Other than Dr. Who & some of these mini series i may watch, Sci Fi channel really has nothing to hold my interest. And I was so happy to be able to finally get that channel. What a waste.

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Wednesday, March 29, 2006 7:40 AM

DAYVE


And one more thing...did anyone else think that Julian Sands was made up to look like Jimmy Smits???? sure looked like him to me

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Wednesday, March 29, 2006 8:02 AM

BROWNCOAT1

May have been the losing side. Still not convinced it was the wrong one.


Benno Furman really was disappointing in the role of Siegfried I thought. His acting was flat & his facial expression rarely changed. He reminded me a lot of Arnold Schwarzenegger & that killed it for me.

I think that Kristanna Loken did a good job as Brunhild. As Cedric said, she is a beautiful lady and I think she fit the role well.

I have read the tale of the Nibelung & this mini series did not follow it too closely.

All in all, it was okay. Not really up to the hype, but okay for a Sci Fi original.

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Thursday, March 30, 2006 1:09 AM

BREWSKI


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Originally posted by Dayve:
I liked the actress who played the Queen of Iceland - Kristanna Loken - and would like to see more of her work.


Kristanna Loken was the TX in Terminator 3... and she didn't do a bad job at that either. She was also the lead (Rayne) in the video game remake BloodRayne this year.

I watched the entire miniseries on Tuesday Night (from 7 to 11) and I was partly impressed by Dark Kingdom. Kristanna Loken as Queen Brunhild was a bit cold and emotionless to me... I didn't really feel for her character. Max Von Sydow (Eyvind) did however make the whole first part of the miniseries quite enjoyable, as did Sam West as King Gunther. Benno F├╝rmann was a letdown to me too as Eric/Seigfried, but what did I expect coming from SciFi? Not terribly much.

I wished there was more depth to the story as I found it quite predictable, but in the end I found it kind've like watching Willow in the sense of watching the fantasy element of a bunch of medievil cultures mashed together.

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Based on the Germanic myth "Das Nibelungenlied" and the Nordic "Volsunga Saga"

Any way to get my hands on these tales? I would love to know the inspirations of Tolkein and other writers of medievil lore.

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Thursday, March 30, 2006 2:22 AM

ARCLIGHT


I watched it and was remarkably un-disappointed. Sci-Fi Channel original stuff is usually pretty bad (as in unwatchable).

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Friday, March 31, 2006 5:06 PM

PEULSAR5

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I agree with Arclight. I wasnt too impressed but it was better than the gose Sci-Fi shows for their Saturday night movies.

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Sunday, April 2, 2006 5:20 AM

LESATHER


What I did watch...I watched ONLY for Alicia Witt. She is a talented and beautiful actress who needs to work more!!!

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Sunday, April 2, 2006 5:29 AM

LESATHER


I find it interesting that Sci-Fi is promoting Dragon King as a "Sci-Fi Original Mini-series" when it was originally made in 2004 and released overseas commercially in theaters as: "Ring of the Nibelungs".

Of course the Sci-Fi Channel are also the people who removed the end credit to the Battlestar Galactica series stating that it is co-produced by SKY-1 of the UK.

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Sunday, April 23, 2006 2:13 PM

FREEBAGEL


For those not able to put their finger on who the actor playing Sigfried reminded them of, I too had the same issue for a bit until it clicked.

He reminds me a lot of Keanu Reeves with the whole always looking like he's daydreaming about something else look.

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Saturday, February 2, 2008 8:32 PM

JANEEYRE


Yes, it's a great mini series. I want to purchase it. Despite what someone mentioned about
Siegfried's accent(Benno Furmann), he's a great actor and he has a wonderful accent. The movie is definately worth watching and purchasing. Also, to get more information about Benno Furmann goto www.bennofurmannfans.com or email me at Jane_Eyre@freedom.usa.com

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Saturday, February 2, 2008 8:38 PM

JANEEYRE


Girlfriend, I don't know what's wrong with you. He's the reason I kept watching the movie and to se TX-Kristanna kick butt. Siefried's character is superb because Mr. Furmann's a superb actor. I loved the mystery, I had never heard the legendary story of the SWORD OF XANTEN: aka RING OF THE NIBELUNGS.


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