'Beowulf: The Director's Cut' is a thrilling animated actioner that expands the classic tale with intriguing additions to the story and the characters. Zemeckis's changes may not always work as intended, but the film soars more often than it stumbles. But regardless of your take on the film itself, the triple threat of a five-star video transfer, audio experience, and supplemental package makes for an incredibly impressive HD DVD release. It's a shame that the death of the HD DVD format will cause many fans to abandon this eleventh hour, technical masterpiece. Hopefully, 'Beowulf: The Director's Cut' will be one of the first titles announced by Paramount when they begin releasing Blu-ray discs later this year.