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In the Name of the King: A Dungeon Siege Tale

Comparison:

  • Theatrical Version
  • Extended Director's Cut
Release: Jul 03, 2009 - Author: Mike Lowrey - Translator: Mike Lowrey - external link: IMDB
The film:
The screen adaptation of the popular role-playing game made by controversially discussed director Uwe Boll (House of the Dead, Far Cry) was – as well as prior projects – pulled to pieces by film critics around the world. Boll's most expensive film with a budget of nearly 60 million Dollars can offer some established faces but despite the starpower of Jason Statham and others it was a desastrous flop. Still, if you're familiar with Boll (and his director's commentaries on the DVDs) you'll know that this doesn't bother him and he will go on producing and directing.

The director's cut:
Believing the publisher's advertisement, Boll invested more than half a year in the works on the extended director's cut of Dungeon Siege. Looking at the mass of changes and new material, this looks pretty reasonable. While the theatrical release had a runtime of 127 minutes and was heavily tightened to meet cinema standards, the DC has nearly 34 minutes of additional footage to offer. Yet when the theatrical release was announced rumors had it that Boll had planned to split the film into two parts and release them separately. However, this was cancelled and the DC was released 6 months after the theatrical version. This version apparently improves the film in many ways.

While the theatrical release went almost 2 hours already, many aspects still seemed shortened and without enough draft. The DC concentrates more on the characters, every figure gets more screentime, which is positive although not every extension seems necessary. The plot profits as well, some aspects get more attention and furthermore there's a big change in the DC. The fight sequences were extended as well although gorehounds should not expect more blood and guts.


If you already liked the theatrical version of Dungeon Siege (and keep in mind not to expect a fourth part of Lord of the Rings) you should definitely give the DC a shot. It's ultimately the clearly better version of the film.

Comparison between the theatrical version (PG-13) and the unrated extended cut.

93 changes

33 extended fight scenes
32 extended scenes
13 additional scenes
14 extended scenes with alternate material
1 shifted scene


The unrated extended cut runs 2030,64 seconds respectively approx. 33 minutes 51 seconds longer than the theatrical version.

(For this comparison, the German DVDs were used, the runtime is thus given in PAL)
Extended scene with alternate material
TC/DC: 0:01:59: Both versions are different here, the theatrical cut gives more information than the DC.
Gallian's line to Muriella is only audible offscreen while the camera moves over a landscape with burning ruins. Then, Merick appears and looks at the scene. He is furious about Gallian and teleports himself into the ruins where he finally sees the Krug-army. (This scene comes an hour later in the DC). Then, one can see Farmer harvesting.

The DC shows Gallian saying his line vis-à-vis to Muriella. They kiss and he absorbs more energy of her. This is followed by a different and short shot of the burning ruins. Furthermore, you see Farmer harvesting a little longer.
The DC runs 9,16 Sec. longer


Director's Cut:
Theatrical Version:



Additional scene
DC: 0:04:48: Farmer is shown longer carrying the basket. Then there's a cut to a scene where they all sit at the table eating. This is longer in the DC. They talk about the food and whether Zeph gave the pig a name.
15,64 Sec.



Extended scene with alternate material
TC: 0:04:56
DC: 0:05:17
: Norick answers to Zeph's line in a different way in the DC. He tells him that Zeph misunderstood him and that it would be easier for Farmer to feed his family if he joined the King's army.
The DC runs 10,12 Sec. longer


Director's Cut:
Theatrical Version:



Extended scene
DC: 0:05:34: Farmer states that only dumb men would risk their lives for the King while Norick answers that only dumb men woud risk to die of hunger just because the weather changes.
7,6 Sec.

Extended scene
DC: 0:06:20: Farmer and Solana talk a bit longer. Solana is worried that Farmer does too much on his farm. He tells her that he will stop farming when everything is harvested.
19,52 Sec.



Extended scene
DC: 0:07:24: Farmer and Solana kiss each other a bit longer. Then, an entire new scene follows. Farmer tells Zeph that he is proud of him being his son.
26,88 Sec.



Extended scene
DC: 0:08:45: Another dialogue extension. Solana and Zeph talk about Farmer's past as a young boy when he got picked on. We further learn that his parents died and couldn't give him a name.
33,68 Sec.



Additional scene
DC: 0:10:32: Muriella sits outside reading a book. Merick comes to her and they talk Merick is worried because times have changed and the world order is at stake. Muriella states that she wants to see and experience more. Merick tells her that her dead mother wanted that as well and he didn't want Muriella to have the same fate. Then Merick is called by the king and Muriella is left behind looking disappointed.
101,52 Sec.



Extended scene
DC: 0:12:28: The shot is longer in the DC.
5,96 Sec.

Extended scene
DC: 0:12:37: Solana und Zeph can be seen some frames longer in the DC.
1,44 Sec.

Extended scene
DC: 0:13:01: Solana gives Zeph another basket and tells him that it's heavy. She takes another basket and walks around with it.
11,36 Sec.



Extended fight scene
DC: 0:15:40: Farmer kicks the Krug some more.
2,64 Sec.



Extended fight scene
DC: 0:15:43: Farmer gets free by kicking his enemies but then gets cornered by them.
6,84 Sec.



Extended fight scene
DC: 0:16:00: Farmer kicks his enemies to the ground. Then there's a scene change with Zeph and Solana at the house of her parents. Bastian tells Zeph that he's brave and strong just like himself."
22,72 Sec.




Extended scene
DC: 0:18:08: Farmer tells Norick that it's more safe for him to stay here but Norick reminds him angrily that his house just burned to the ground.
9,2 Sec.



Extended scene with alternate material
TC: 0:15:34
DC: 0:19:32
: Tarish teaches Muriella swordfighting. Then, Duke Fallow enters the scene and a dialogue follows. This scene can be seen in the theatrical version as well but it's shorter there.
As Tarish goes off the scene, he spits on the ground in the theatrical version, in the DC, he doesn't do that. Futhermore, Fallow insults Muriella for being dressed like a boy.
The DC runs17,6 Sec. longer



Extended scene with alternate material
TC: 0:15:35
DC: 0:19:53
: The scene with the clock tower has a different order of shots in both versions. The DC offers more material.
Zeph asks Trumaine about the tower and Solana says that the sales on the market went well.
The DC runs 52,2 Sec. longer



Additional scene
DC: 0:21:29: Farmer and Norick are seen riding in a bird's perspective.
4,4 Sec.

Extended fight scene
DC: 0:22:37: Farmer kicks his opponent and throws him into the arms of two more enemies.
1,84 Sec.



Extended fight scene
DC: 0:24:54: The Krugs set the market on fire.
3,2 Sec.



Extended fight scene
DC: 0:25:04: Norick beats a Krug to the ground.
2,12 Sec.



Extended fight scene
DC: 0:27:10: The Krugs attack the inhabitants a little more.
8,12 Sec.



Additional scene
DC: 0:31:00: King Konreid, Merick, Tarish and some soldiers ride on a hill and look at the battlefield. Merick thinks that this is made by Gallian which Konreid refuses to think as well. Then a soldier reports that the Krug attacks continue and urges Konreid to go back to the castle. He refuses and says that they have to go to the battlefield and honor the dead.
57,8 Sec.



Extended scene
DC: 0:32:35: Gallian and Fallow talk about Farmer. Fallow becomes impatient and wants results. Gallian assures him that they will follow.
20,24 Sec.



Extended scene
DC: 0:33:30: King Konreid talks to the survivors a bit longer.
18,04 Sec.



Additional scene
DC: 0:35:24: Muriella sits at the table dining alone. Fallow enters the room and tries to get near her. They argue and finally Fallow gets mad and leaves the room.
120,92 Sec.



Additional scene
DC: 0:38:30: Farmer, Norick and Bastian start their journey. Bastian tells his wife where the food stocks are.



This is followed by another new scene with King Konreid and Merrick.
Merick tells Konreid that he cannot join him in the next battle because he has some important things to do. Konreid eventually unterstands and accepts that.



And a third scene, this time between Gallian and Muriella. Gallian tells her that he's worried about her safety. Then they start kissing. Gallian absorbs more energy from Muriella and she wants to stop but Gallian urges her to continue.
133,96 Sec.



Extended scene
DC: 0:40:50: Farmer, Norick and Bastian ride through the woods and finally come to a destroyed bridge where they leave their horses.
25,84 Sec.



Extended scene
DC: 0:43:15: Farmer rescues Norick and Bastian via his rope out of the river.
46,8 Sec.



Extended scene with alternate material
DC: 0:44:07: Norick is seen in different angles in both versions.
The DC runs 0,2 Sec. longer

Extended scene
DC: 0:44:11: King Konreid and his entourage arrive at the castle and find a sleeping guard there. Tarish takes his sword and touches the guard's ear but he just puts it away and is still asleep. Konreid tells Tarish to try it once more.
16,32 Sec.



Extended scene
DC: 0:45:56: Konreid asks himself why the Gods have left him.
13,68 Sec.



Extended scene
DC: 0:47:28: Muriella and her maid have a short dialogue. The maid tells Muriella to enjoy life. Muriella asks her if she never wanted something bigger. The maid answers that she wouldn't want that if it prevents her from cherishing what she has now.
43,88 Sec.



Additional scene
DC: 0:50:08: Die caravan with the prisoners can be seen a bit longer. This is followed by a new scene with Farmer, Norick and Bastian. They discuss whether it is suitable to rest for a couple of hours. Farmer refuses first but then accepts it.

The next morning, Farmer puts out the fire and packs his things.
Am nächsten Morgen tritt Farmer das Feuer aus und packt seine Tasche. Norick asks him if he slept but Farmer replies that he sees his dead son every time he closes his eyes. Then, Norick wakes up Bastian.
105,72 Sec.



DC: 0:53:59: Here, the scene, where Merick discovers the Krug troops was inserted in the DC.
33,6 Sec.

Extended scene with alternate material
TC: 0:44:09
DC: 1:00:58
: Both versions offer different angles as Tarish tells Merick that Fallow fled from the castle and took two legions with him. The theatrical cut is a bit longer here.
The theatrical version runs 0,32 Sec. longer

Director's Cut:
Theatrical Version:



Extended scene with alternate material
TC: 0:44:58
DC: 1:01:47
: Merick looks at Muriella and realizes that the collaborated with Gallian. He's mad at her and she tells him that Gallian promised her opportunities for her life and she felt that she mattered to someone for the first time.
The DC runs 56,08 Sec. longer

Additional scene
DC: 1:05:36: Merick and Tarish have a new scene in the DC. Merick tells Tarish that King Konreid is mightier than normal humans and that Gallian is already in the castle. He visualizes this for Tarish by touching the side of his head. Tarish gets a vision.
35,92 Sec.



Additional scene
DC: 1:07:18: And another new scene between Merick and Gallian in the DC. Merick confronts Gallian with his betrayal against King Konreid while Muriella secretly overhears their talk.
51,96 Sec.



Extended scene
DC 1:08:30: The DC shows Tarish and the legions that stand under Fallow's command. He rides in front of them.
11,4 Sec.

Additional scene
DC: 1:08:49: Fallow and Tarish talk to their troops. The DC changes between the speeches. While Fallow tells his troops that Tarish poisoned the king and needs to be destroyed together with his troops, Tarish reminds his troops of Fallow's guilt and their duty for the king.
58,8 Sec.



Additional scene
DC: 1:10:06: Fallow tells his troops that everyone who gets killed under his command is blessed.
16,08 Sec.



Additional scene
DC: 1:10:55: Konreid is exhausted, Tarish and Merick suggest that he should rest in the tent but Konreid tells him that his men cannot die because an old man is weak. Konreid says that he will not rest until his nephew is captured.
41,16 Sec.



Extended scene with alternate material
TC: 0:54:39
DC: 1:15:58
: The scene between Muriella and her maid is seen in slightly different shots. Also the line that Muriella says is different.
The DC runs 16,04 Sec. longer

Extended scene
DC: 1:18:35: Merick goes into the tent and talks to Farmer who just woke up. Farmer states that he feels a lot better. Merick answers that he has some abilities...
18,88 Sec.



Additional scene
DC: 1:19:36: A new scene in the Krug camp. A Krug commander who is controlled by Gallian enters the tent where Fallow is about to make out with two women.

Gallian tells Fallow that he wants him to burn down the castle of Ehb. Fallow refuses but is reminded by Gallian that Fallow's reign wouldn't be possible without him. Fallow agrees and then continues his action with the women. The Krug commander is no longer controlled by Gallian but is still standing in the tent. Fallow sends him away.
111,04 Sec.



Extended scene with alternate material
TC: 1:02:07
DC: 1:25:53
: Both versions show Tarish's speech in different angles. Futhermore, the speech is longer in the DC. Farmer joins the troops, Tarish welcomes his decision.
The DC runs 36 Sec. longer

Extended scene
DC: 1:27:01: Farmer is seen longer. The next shot begins with a view on the sun-drenched wood glade.
7,8 Sec.

Extended scene
DC: 1:27:21: Some Krug warriors jump about in front of Fallow who just stares at them ironically. Gallian enters the scene and orders them to go away.
22,68 Sec.



Extended scene
DC: 1:27:51: The DC features an additional shot of the soldiers.
3,84 Sec.

Extended fight scene
DC: 1:30:03: The forest floor gets stirred up a bit more towards the king's troops. They break out of formation and stab into the ground with their spears.
5,04 Sec.



Extended fight scene
DC: 1:31:36: The Krugs get another order to attack.
2 Sec.



Extended fight scene
DC: 1:32:16: Tarish stabs a Krug and bounces into another one.
4,4 Sec.



Extended fight scene
DC: 1:32:26: The soldier. whose helmet was just punched off the head is lifted in the air by a Krug and thrown against a tree.
3,56 Sec.



Extended fight scene
DC: 1:32:39: Farmer fights a bit longer against his enemies.
1,92 Sec.

Extended fight scene
DC: 1:32:42: Ditto.
2 Sec.

Extended fight scene
DC: 1:33:05: A minimal extension in the swordfight.
2,36 Sec.

Extended fight scene
DC: 1:33:14: Tarish is surrounded by Krugs but can free himself in a deadly manner.
11,6 Sec.



Extended fight scene
DC: 1:33:42: General Hallette strikes down two more enemies.
1,88 Sec.



Extended fight scene
DC: 1:34:14: The Krugs install a gigantic sling between the trees and catapult one of their own as ammunition. He then gets thrown into the battlefield and crashes into a tree.
16,84 Sec.



Extended fight scene
DC: 1:35:38: The king's soldiers kill the last Krugs at the catapult.
7,52 Sec.



Extended fight scene
DC: 1:36:23: Tarish again kills some Krugs.
8,68 Sec.



Extended fight scene
DC: 1:36:50: Some soldiers almost reach Fallow but are then killed by a soldier that is ordered by Fallow to defend him. Fallow tells him to go east to get a new formation.
18,8 Sec.



Extended fight scene
DC: 1:37:29: The fight between the soldiers and the Krugs continues. Again, Tarish kills some enemies.
10,72 Sec.



Extended scene
DC: 1:41:00: Solana tells Tawlyn that soon everything would be over.
11,68 Sec.

Extended scene
DC: 1:42:03: Fallow tells his soldier that Ehb castle will burn tonight.
7,64 Sec.

Extended scene
DC: 1:44:55: Solana and Tawlyn hide from the Krug guards. Solana tells Tawlyn that they're going home. They then continue their way through the corridor.
24,08 Sec.

Extended scene
DC: 1:45:38: Solana, Tawlyn and Bastian search each other a little longer in the DC.
8,2 Sec.

Extended fight scene
DC: 1:45:55: Bastian meets a Krug and kills him. After that, he hides from some more Krugs. The theatrical cut is illogical here because it suddenly has dramatic music and they begin to flee although nobody was discovered yet.
14,72 Sec.



Extended fight scene
DC: 1:46:21: In the DC, Bastian tries to fight against the Krugs but they are too many and bring him to the ground.
6,36 Sec.

Extended scene with alternate material
TC: 1:24:08
DC: 1:51:54
: Muriella says in both versions that Fallow will face justice. But here's a little hint to what happens in both cuts. While Muriella and Tarish smile in the theatrical cut, their faces are more serious in the DC. It's a sort of foreshadowing of Fallow's destiny.
21,04 Sec.
Director's Cut:
Theatrical Version:



Extended scene with alternate material
TC: 1:27:44
DC: 1:55:52
: Here's one of the major differences storywise. In the theatrical cut, Merick says that Fallow poisoned the king and that Farmer is the king's long lost son who will now enter the throne. The theatrical cut then shows the surprised looking Fallow and how he gets arrested. The DC shows Tarish cutting Fallow's throat from behind. Some blood splatters and Fallow falls dead to the ground.
The DC runs 29,36 Sec. longer
Director's Cut:
Theatrical Version:



Extended scene
DC: 1:57:06: Tarish is suprised and looks around. Everyone knees around for the new king. Then, farmer and Merick are on their knees as well.
12,8 Sec.



Extended scene
DC: 1:57:23: Tarish turns around minimally longer.
1,64 Sec.

Extended scene with alternate material
TC: 1:29:39
DC: 1:58:31
: The theatrical cut shows Gallian's angry face while he throws something through the room screaming in the DC.
The theatrical cut runs 0,04 Sec. (1 Frame) longer

Extended scene with alternate material
TC: 1:31:14
DC: 2:00:14
: Bastian and Tawlyn talk longer in the DC. Bastian asks Tawlyn about her parents. She tells him that they're dead. Bastian answers that his parents are dead as well and that they will take care of each other.
The DC runs 29,52 Sec. longer



Extended scene
DC: 2:02:34: Muriella and Merick have a little dispute. Muriella wants a more important role, Merick tells her to do what he tells her as her father.
7,32 Sec.

Extended scene
DC: 2:03:25:
Muriella leads Farmer to Elora who lives in the woods.
28,64 Sec.



Extended scene
DC: 2:04:05: General Backler has doubts if they can beat the Krugs. Tarish reminds him of the strength of their duty and their place in history.
40,52 Sec.



Extended scene
DC: 2:04:58: Merick, Farmer und Co. arrive at a stone pit where they have to leave their horses. Merick is not happy about that.
40,36 Sec.



Extended scene
DC: 2:08:12: Tarish and some motivated soldiers are seen. They chant prior to the beginning of the battle.
10,2 Sec.



Extended fight scene
DC: 2:09:16: Some more Krugs are killed by arrows shot by the human armies. They cheer and Tarish raises his arm in victory. Then, the next wave of Krugs moves towards the army. They have catapults and Tarish tells his troops to be ready.
71,68 Sec.



Extended fight scene
DC: 2:14:41: Shots of the troops and the Krugs.
4,64 Sec.

Extended scene with alternate material
DC: 2:14:47: The king's army waits a little longer until the Krugs are near enough. Then the battle starts.
The DC runs 10,84 Sec. longer

Extended scene
DC: 2:15:46: Muriella says that she has to get into the rock.
4,84 Sec.



Extended fight scene
DC: 2:18:40: Various soldiers die in combat.
12,92 Sec.



Extended fight scene
DC: 2:20:54: Again, some more soldiers are killed by the Krugs.
13,8 Sec.



Extended fight scene
DC: 2:21:13: The Krugs stab a soldier lying on the ground.
1,04 Sec.



Extended fight scene
2:21:18: Tarish attacks another enemy.
2,88 Sec.

Extended fight scene
DC: 2:22:29: Hallette and Tackler fight longer in the DC.
7,56 Sec.



Extended fight scene
DC: 2:22:45: Tarish fights some more in the DC.
4,2 Sec.



Extended fight scene
DC: 2:22:50: The Krug commander pulls his sword out of General Tackler and lets him fall to the ground. The theatrical cut shows as well how Tackler falls to the ground but the DC also offers a shot of the Krugs stabbing Hallette.
5,88 Sec.



Extended fight scene
DC: 2:23:00: Only the DC shows the dead body of Hallette. The theatrical cut omits the information about his death.
0,88 Sec.

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