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    Overall Customer Rating:
    92% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (1134 out of 1241)

    Synopsis


    The Dark Tower
    An imaginative boy (Tom Taylor) is transported to a fantasy realm, where he gets caught up in an epic battle between a noble gunslinger named Roland Deschain (Idris Elba) and a villainous figure known as the Man in Black (Matthew McConaughey). Later, Roland's quest to defend a magical tower from the Man in Black leads him to follow the boy back to Earth. Directed by Nikolaj Arcel (A Royal Affair), The Dark Tower was adapted from Stephen King's hugely popular series of fantasy novels. ~ Jack Rodgers, Rovi

    Cast & Crew


    • Idris Elba
      Idris Elba - Roland Deschain / The Gunslinger
    • Matthew McConaughey
      Matthew McConaughey - Man in Black
    • Claudia Kim
      Claudia Kim - Arra Champignon
    • Fran Kranz
      Fran Kranz - Pimli
    • Abbey Lee
      Abbey Lee - Tirana



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    Rating 4.3 out of 5 stars with 1241 reviews

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    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Like or hate the film, this is a great package

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      Sirik
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      This film is the culmination of many scrapped scripts, poorly drafted adaptations, and ultimately, one more terrible book-to-film adaption... As a film, it fails to capture the depth and breadth of the characters, the unique motivations, the amazing qualities of the world in which the story takes place. In short, it's a normal Hollywood rendition of multiple thousands of pages of writing, squashed down into a couple of hours, and it sucks. Pardon the rant, but find me somehow who has read these and disagrees to any significant degree. It's not the worst film, but it lacks a lot, which is why the new version is a reboot TV series, that will basically scrap this, regardless of how well Elba performed. As a librarian, I value the originality as well as how true it is to source material. They get points for somehow keeping this PG-13 (which it really shouldn't have been, but a more broad audience is a nice thought), AND for making a cool visual impact. As before, the validity when compared to source material is absolute rubbish, but this one gets more of the Star Wars VIII - The Last Jedi treatment, where either you can or you cannot look past the plot holes, and see it for its own merits, however few they may seem. As a product, this steelbook packaging is beautiful, with the "Pop Art" style, which is welcome, but not as fitting as the original book covers. The fit and finish are great, with no real issues either outside or inside the case. The 4K/UHD presentation with HDR is astounding, and the Dolby Atmos soundtrack was equally invigorating. And FYI, the HDR is done in Dolby Vision, in case your player, receiver, and/or TV need to be checked for compatibility. Altogether, I have chosen to grant this a full five stars; Beautiful packaging, stellar production value for the blu-ray and 4K disc. The film may be on the flimsy side, but not many action film-makers have the guts to cram this much content into a story, and even fewer come up faring any better.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

      Good but predictable

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      Francis12
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      An enjoyable movie with very little thinking required. Idris Elba is a fantastic actor and I love almost everything he does, but this is slower paced and very predictable and not a script that used his talents as well as they could have. Matthew McConaughey is menacingly evil but without any back-story, he is evil for evil’s sake. Kills without purpose and with amazing ease, almost too simple and transparent as the villain and minions were there just to be killed (but really when aren’t they). The child actor was okay, but unfortunately forgettable. On the plus side, this was visually and cinematically very well done, the closing fight scene was spectacular! The choreography was so well done I actually wanted to watch the extra features on this disc to see how they were done. Overall, if you don’t expect too much, you will not be disappointed, it was still very entertaining just not great.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      A Guilty Pleasure Adventure Film

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      BigBlue6
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      I can understand why this film will be hated. It's an EXTREMELY chopped up and trimmed down version of Stephen King's magnum opus. If I had read the books this would probably be a much more negative review. However you go in without having read the books and with the expectation that you're not seeing something on par with Lord Of The Rings.....more like Last Action Hero......you'll have a great time with it. Expectation will be the make or break for how well someone experiences a film like this. And technically speaking this is one of the most impressive 4K blurays you can buy right now. Not only was the film shot in 4K but it was mastered in 4K as well; a rarity in 4K blurays. The only parts that are less than 4K are the visual effects which are mastered in 2K but that's extremely common anyway. The closeups of the actors in this film are astonishingly detailed. When I pause on a closeup it looks like something I pulled off of the web. (I watched this with a XBR65X900E and an Xbox One S).

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

      Decent Adaption of an Classic Series of Books

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      Kairu
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      The Dark Tower series by Stephen King is a modern classic, but attempting to directly adapt its thousands of pages of text into a single film was basically impossible. Instead the film takes the basic premise and setting of the books and a handful of plot threads and adapts it into a solid if somewhat unremarkable film. You'll definitely get more out of the film if you've read the books, but you'll also likely be disappointed that it doesn't directly pull form the source material. Anyone unfamiliar with the books can still enjoy the movie for some great gunfights and solid performances by the two leads, Idris Elba and Matthew McConaughey. Though my biggest gripe with the movie is that the film almost demotes as much if not more time to the teenage character Jake played by Tom Taylor. He's not bad in the role, it just seems disappointing that he basically acts the main character and point of view for most of the film instead of Idri's character of Roland.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

      No great adaptation, but enjoyable with good A/V

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      HanaBi
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      Stephen King films have had a big resurgence, with the best example being IT. Yet King's most ambitious work, The Dark Tower series, has long eluded adaptation. What seems prime material for a big budget series has instead been shrunk down to a tight fantasy-action film. On those terms, it works pretty well, with a good cast and just the bare bones of the series: The Gunslinger, the boy with visIons of a Dark Tower at the center of different worlds, and The Man in Black who wants to destroy it all. Throw in a bunch of Stephen King Easter eggs, and that's about it. The Blu-Ray looks and sounds excellent, so if you like your apocalyptic face-offs on the light side, give it a spin. There are a few extras where cast, crew, and even King himself enthuse about the film, though you get the sense they all know a better adaptation of the books is still to come.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

      Great Friday night movie

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      weirdpooh
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      Great Friday night movie. I give this movie a thumbs up. Hard to cram a Stephen King novel into one neat little package. I've read the entire series and had medium expectations. I was pleased at some content and disappointed with other parts. The story line has enough of that 'King touch' to be interesting and the flick stands alone without that 'There's gonna be a squeal' ending. There's a lot more to this book series so I wouldn't be surprising if they manage another one. The character development made sense. Incorporates a couple of different elements from different books in the series but you don't need to know anything about the book to enjoy this movie. The way they protrayed the use of magic was almost slick. No hocus pocus buy the guy a wand stuff. I'd watch it again.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

      EH

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      KiethD
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      For those that have read the books by Stephen King, you will be extremely disappointed by this film. This film does not follow the story line of the book at all, and it does not utilize the darkness and cruelty that the book's plot has for the world of the Gunslinger or even for the Gunslinger himself. I can say that Idris and Mathew give good performances in their roles, but do not expect anything from them that is in anyway related to the books in the series. The movie is basically a Sci-Fi Western with cool CG gunfights and slow-mo shots following the bullets. My wife really liked this movie, but she is also a sucker for any action movie. This movie is good for a rental or better yet wait till it comes on Netflix.

      No, I would not recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      It was worth a watch.

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      Commando
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      I didn't get to see this in the theater but have been a fan of the graphic novel and since this was adapted for the Big Screen with some really good actors, I bit hook line a sinker when this came out on 4K UHD. Well, the visual and sound did not disappoint. It hit all the bench marks expected of a 4K movie with HDR. The thing I didn't like about the movie was the pacing. It seemed rather rushed with very little character development. For anyone not familiar with the novel would no doubt be lost with everything going on from the get go. So I am giving this a lower review than it deserves based on STORY and not the Quality of the presentation. Not my favorite movie but still for what it's worth It wasn't half bad.

      I would recommend this to a friend



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