Adapted from a popular sword and sorcery series by an adolescent, "ERAGON" begs, borrows and steals from virtually every other sword and sorcery film before it, and this includes the bad and very bad ones, not just the good. The youngest viewers seem to enjoy it(at least the pre-teens we had watching it), having not seen any of the "LORD OF THE RINGS" trilogy yet. Eragon is a young boy, whom upon finding the last dragon egg, becomes a "dragon rider", aiming to free a kingdom from the tyrannical reign of Galbatorix. Yes, the names are this bad throughout. Worse, still, are basically every line of dialogue. Adults will find them "painfully" bad as well. Let's hope the gifted actor Jeremy Irons was well paid to submit himself to the embarrassing speeches he has to provide here.
That said, for kids alone, "ERAGON" does provide some great effects, action and generally obvious stands of right vs. wrong.
FOX has provided a 1080p/MPEG-2 transfer with the correct 2.35:1 aspect ratio. Colors are typically rich and vibrant. Even though the film is intentionally dark for many extended sequences, the clarity is excellent. Blacks and grays are much deeper than on the standard dvd. There are no artifacts.
FOX has provided a DTS-HD LOSSLESS 5.1 mix. It's a GREAT mix. Surround and panning effects are used effectively in virtually every scene. This mix features great quality in its dynamic range in scene after scene after scene! Treble and Bass are perfectly rendered. Dialogue is always intelligible and free from distortion.