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So, did anyone catch the premiere of Dark Kingdom on the SciFi Channel? It is also known as Ring of the Nibelungs, based loosely on the Volsunga saga of Sigurd Sigmundson (Siegfried) and the Nibelungenlied, which were also Wagner's inspiration for Der Ring des Nibelungen.

I liked it almost as much as the Hallmark Entertainment versions of The Odyssey (which I rated 9 out of 10) and more than Merlin (which seemed too compressed in time, like the Cliff's Notes of Arthurian Legend or Troy, and which I gave 8 out of 10). "Sigurd the Barbarian" takes a little getting used to, though.

Worst line: "Fafnir, come out, you worm!" (Benno Fürmann's accent sounds like a cross between those of Christopher Lambert's Connor MacLeod and that guy from the new VW commercials.)
Best line: "We will fight a duel with double-bladed axes. If you win, I will wed you. If I win, it will cost you your life." (Kristanna Loken of Terminator 3 makes a pretty good Brynhild, IMO.)



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Mar. 31st, 2006 12:37 pm (UTC)
Dang it I *knew* I was missing something.
Mar. 31st, 2006 03:53 pm (UTC)
You'll see it again
"... there are many copies".

Monday night, they showed: Part 1 (2000-2200), Part 1 (2200-0000), and possibly Part 1 a third time
Tuesday night, they showed: Part 1 (1800-2000 CST), Part 2 (2000-2200), Part 2 (2200-0000), Part 2 (0000-0200)

They'll probably rebroadcast it this coming motnh as April is "Miniseries Month".

Mar. 31st, 2006 03:18 pm (UTC)
The DVD version of Merlin is better than the VHS version, which I assume was what was broadcast. There's more details, and is about 3.5 hours long. Have you seen that version?
Mar. 31st, 2006 03:29 pm (UTC)
Well now if I had known it was a Nibelungenlied incarnation I would have been all over it. Now I feel like I really missed out... drat. ^^
Mar. 31st, 2006 04:20 pm (UTC)
You didn't, 'cause they'll run it again ad nauseum. :-)

I'm still mildly annoyed that the marketing people chose to downplay the fact that it was the Nibelungenlied to the point where it was nonexistent. They didn't even have anyone addressing anyone else by name in the promos. All I can think is someone decided that the very concept would scare away American viewers unless it involved Bugs and Elmer. :-P
Mar. 31st, 2006 04:05 pm (UTC)
There are many copies....
Indeed there are...I have in fact already have tivo all set to record the next showing. Yay.
Mar. 31st, 2006 04:18 pm (UTC)
I was bored out of my mind for most of the first half, but it picked up a bit in the second. (I think I made two fairly superficial posts actually about it, plus one linking to a transcript of Anna Russell's eternally hilarious "analysis" of the Ring cycle, if you're curious.) From poking around the Web, it appears there's a theatrical release version that's only 132 minutes. I'm wondering if it's paced better.

I wasn't too sure about Kristanna Loken, but she ended up being probably the best fit of anyone in the cast.
Mar. 31st, 2006 04:48 pm (UTC)
I caught part of it when it was aired. The part I caught? "Fafnir, come out, you worm!" I was not all that inspired to watch more at that point.

But my husband taped the whole thing, so I imagine I'll have a chance to watch it in its entirety this weekend.

I wish they had been more clear about what this movie was based on. All I caught was "BEFORE Lord of the Rings! BEFORE Something Else That's Really Popular! BEFORE George Lucas ruined the original Star Wars movies!" It never occurred to me that they were doing Ring of the Nibelungs.
Mar. 31st, 2006 06:49 pm (UTC)
someone came into the library this week trying to find the book of this and it took me forever to first find out that it wasn't actually based on a novel and even longer to explain that to the patron. I did find out that it's already available on Amazon.com and the US airing is shorter than the regular version of the film which had a theatrical release abroad! crazy!

Apr. 1st, 2006 08:31 pm (UTC)
*weeps for lack of Sci-Fi*

*pets BT*
Apr. 1st, 2006 09:12 pm (UTC)
BitTorrent w00t
LOL, what a cute icon! Meepysheepy!

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