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Reign of Fire
Director: Rob Bowman
Screenplay: Gregg Chabot, Kevin Peterka, Matt Greenberg
Producer: Bruce Moriarty, Chris Chrisafis, Dean Zanuck, Derek Evans
Cast: Matthew McConaughey, Christian Bale, Izabella Scorupco, Gerard Butler, Scott Moutter
Genre: Action & Adventure

Running Time: 101
Aspect Ratio:  2.35:1 (NTSC Widescreen)
Sound: Dolby
Subtitles: Spanish
Studio:  Touchstone / Disney DVD Region:  1 PG-13
DVD Release:  Nov 2002 Discs:  1 (Cloud) [$14.99]
Reviews:  "The Road Warrior" meets "Dragonslayer" in the briskly entertaining post-apocalyptic action thriller "Reign of Fire". "Reign of Fire" exists primarily to give us a bigger and better dragon than the Vermithrax Pejorative of 1981's classic "Dragonslayer", and in that regard, the special effects are mightily impressive; the reptilian fire-breathers are stupendously convincing. While the earlier film offers a richer, more whimsical medieval adventure, "Reign of Fire" is a fast-moving tale of man versus dragon that takes place in the charred England of 2020, after Earth has been scorched by rapidly multiplying dragons and the aftermath of a futile nuclear counterstrike. Mixing high-tech gadgetry with primitive survivalism, "X-Files" alumnus Rob Bowman makes the most of his midlevel budget, establishing a lavish castle base for the rugged, adversarial teaming of Christian Bale and Matthew McConaughey as dragonslayers on the brink of extinction. With a steady supply of crowd-pleasing highlights, "Reign of Fire" is a pyrotechnical treat. "--Jeff Shannon"

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