How To Train Your Dragon 2

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SFX: The Sci-Fi and Fantasy Magazine - - Dvd & blu- ray - Ed­die Rob­son

Re­lease Date: 17 Novem­ber

2014 | PG | Blu- ray/ DVD Di­rec­tor: Dean De­Blois Cast: Jay Baruchel, Amer­ica Fer­rera, Cate Blanchett, Ger­ard But­ler Though it bore only a pass­ing re­sem­blance to the nov­els it was nom­i­nally based on, How To Train Your Dragon was the best thing DreamWorks has yet made, of­fer­ing con­vinc­ing ev­i­dence that the company is now as good as Pixar. De­vi­at­ing from the books was the right decision for that first en­try: the books didn’t start by telling the tale of how dragons were tamed, and this made for a neater and more sat­is­fy­ing story. Un­for­tu­nately, there’s no sim­i­larly neat story for the se­quel.

Pit­ting our he­roes against an evil hunter who’s build­ing a dragon army to con­quer the world, it’s good en­ter­tain­ment, funny, and has loads of dragon ac­tion. The hard work that went into de­sign­ing the crea­tures con­tin­ues to pay off – they’re won­der­fully ap­peal­ing. Vis­ually, it’s in­cred­i­ble, its huge vis­tas bril­liantly re­alised. It also in­tro­duces a great new character in Valka, the long- lost mother of our hero, Hic­cup ( although Cate Blanchett’s ac­cent wan­ders), and has a pleas­ingly un­sen­ti­men­tal side to it. But it doesn’t quite hit the spot the first film did. Ex­tras: Com­men­tary by the di­rec­tor and three of his col­leagues; four good kid- friendly fea­turettes, each pre­sented by a dif­fer­ent character and ex­plor­ing a dif­fer­ent as­pect of the film’s world; a thing about the dragon races; the usual Mak­ing Of, deleted scenes, trail­ers and gallery.

Also out: another vol­ume of DreamWorks Dragons, fea­tur­ing the fi­nal ten episodes of sec­ond sea­son De­fend­ers Of Berk.

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