A breakout film for the French, Brotherhood of the Wolf
combines elements from martial arts films, fantasy, and horror to recount an old French tale of a huge beast that attacked the countryside long ago. It also has a nice dose of political intrigue and mystery to boot. We follow two men sent by the King to hunt down the beast and the strange and amazing adventure that unfolds. Christopher Gans gives the film a surreal feeling with beautiful, color-saturated scenes that meld into incredibly well edited fight scenes.
While the movie rocks, this DVD is a real disappointment after the amazing
3-disc set released in Europe. Here in the US, we get a single disc with stagnant
menus and a very bare listing of special features.Deleted Scenes
Watch these for the extended cut of the beginning fight scene. There are some
interesting bits and pieces here, but mostly Christopher Gans talking about
shooting these scenes and why they were omitted.
Cast and Filmmakers Bios
Not much to say, but they're here.
All 5 of them are here. It is not that interesting of a feature.
Worth seeing since I had never seen it before (probably
because it did not do so well in the US).
The anamorphic transfer (2.35:1) is nice and crisp. The color practically screams from the screen. The movie has a real Tim Burton feel and the DVD quality lives up to it.
This movie will give your sound system a real kick. You will hear every raindrop hit Mani's leather jacket and every punch he delivers to the bad guys.The 5.1 Dolby Digital surround soundtrack is clear, beautiful and really well done. You couldn't ask for a better quality soundtrack.
THE FINAL WORD
Brotherhood of the Wolf
was one of the most beautiful and exciting films of 2001. Unfortunately, it got thrown into the indie circuit, like so many other foreign films, and forgotten. The film itself is so vivid and well produced that it's a surprised how few features were put on the disc. Rumor has it that a special edition will be released later in 2003. Because of this, I recommend people wait a bit before buying this DVD. The movie just deserves better.