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Brotherhood of the Wolf (2002)

Christophe Gans  |  R |  DVD
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (470 customer reviews)


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  • Directors: Christophe Gans
  • Format: Import, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Dubbed, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Dubbed: English, French
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Universal Studios
  • DVD Release Date: October 1, 2002
  • Run Time: 144 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (470 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00006ADEM
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #15,942 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Brotherhood of the Wolf" on IMDb

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Editorial Reviews

A dangerous, thrilling mystery of chilling proportions, Brotherhood of the Wolf leaps from the screen with breathtaking action and incredible suspense blended with high-flying martial arts excitement. When a mysterious beast ravages the countryside, two unlikely heroes are called in to fight the evil. The only way they can save the land from this unspeakable terror is to face their greatest fears, unearth a dark power and reveal a deadly secret. Harry Knowles of Ainticoolnews.com raves, "A Remarkable Film. As Cool As They Come!" Jami Bernard from The New York Daily News praises it as "An Unexpected Touch of Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon."

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70 of 76 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars HOLLYWOOD ARE YOU WATCHING? January 22, 2002
Apparently based on a true story (or at least a true myth) Brotherhood of The Wolf is a wonderful movie full of surprises. Part pre-revolutionary French period drama (complete with scantily clad peasant maidens with heaving bosoms and creepy aristocrats), part political allegory, part martial arts movie, and complete with gothic trimmings (a la Hammer House of Horror - secret societies, castles and candle-lit cellars etc.). Brotherhood of The Wolf is no euro art-house movie but it really is a must see.
I'm not generally a fan of foreign movies but that's probably because this is only the third foreign movie I've seen on the big screen (the other two were `Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon' And `Amelie'). This movie received such universal high praise that I just felt compelled to go and see it and I must admit that although I initially struggled with the subtitles during the more conversation filled early scenes, after only twenty minutes I had completely forgotten that I was watching a foreign movie with subtitles, so immersed was I in the movie.
I don't want to give too much of the plot away, particularly as part of the joy of this movie is its surprise element - just when you think you have the movie sussed it moves in a different direction. Set in France, in 1776, and entirely told in flashback, an unknown and rarely seen beast is terrorising the French rural district of Gevaudan, by killing its women and children. So, King Louis XV dispatches young scientist Gregoire de Fronsac (Samuel Le Bihan) accompanied his Iroquoi native American companion, Mani (Mark Dacascos) to find the uber wolf.
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72 of 81 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous original fairy tale of the old style April 10, 2003
Format:DVD
As an American I was apalled at the cheap DVD release they did of this film in the states, especially after hearing about the French release. Imagine my delight to see that Canada also had a 3 disc set that I could buy.
I've studied French since I was young and while not conversant in it I still have some basic understanding of this beautiful language. I enjoyed all the extras and only wished my French was much better so I could listen to the commentaries. But the good news is that most of the extras have subtitles so if you do not speak French do not worry!
I also much prefered the English subtitles to the English dubbing. The dubbing sounded phoney, and it chops the dialogue up much worse than subtitles do. When are people going to actually hire voice actors who sound convincing as the charcters of the film? Anyway...
This is one of the most facinating films I have ever seen, not since Neil Jordan's "The Company of Wolves" has a film so captured the spirt of the fairy tales and legends of old, not the sanitized versions we now see today. The cast is brilliant especially Monica Bellucci and Vincent Cassel both were just riveting. The plot was intriquing to the very end. If I have to criticize anything I think the sword fight at the end felt too forced and a bit artificial due to the special effects of the blade not being convincing enough. Other than that I will always consider this one of the best films I have ever seen!
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75 of 86 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Special Features January 6, 2004
Format:DVD
3 DISC SPECIAL EDITION
Special Features
(all special features are in French WITH English subtitles unless otherwise noted)
:: Two Commentaries (in French with NO English subs)
:by actors Samuel Le Bihan and Vincent Cassel
:by director Christophe Gans
:: Deleted Scenes
:: "The Guts of the Beast" Documentary - 78 min.
:: "Behind the Scenes" Documentary - 78 min.
:: Filmographies
:: Trailer
:: "The Legend" Documentary
:: Storyboards
:: Photo Gallery
:: Production Notes Booklet
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32 of 35 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars This director's cut could have been better September 30, 2008
Format:DVD
Don't get me wrong, I love the movie. Brotherhood of the Wolf ( Le Pacte Des Loups ) is an entertaining stew that mixes period costume drama, monster movie, martial arts action and political thriller. Every frame is beautiful to look at and it's a lot of fun.

In fact, if you haven't seen it, or only have the single disc domestic edition, I would definitely recommend picking this up. However ...

Some time ago, I picked up the canadian TVA films 3 disc collector's edition, which comes with a booklet and DTS sound - good stuff.

This "director's cut" version released by universal has most of the same features as the 3 disc collector's edition from TVA ... but ultimately lacks what is necessary to be called an improvement. The only reason to buy this is : as a step up from the single disc domestic edition.

The problems

1. There is no collectable booklet and no DTS sound.
2. The subtitles are poorly translated - enough to distract me.
3. No significant improvement in picture quality.
4. It is not properly formated for the current 16:9 screen aspect standard ( second line of subtitles cut off ).

I would think, in this day and age, that any dvd release of a widescreen foreign movie would take advantage of the widescreen TV format and still have both lines of subtitles viewable. Nope. Formated to be viewed in 4:3 ( unless you want to watch it dubbed in english ). Sure, you can use some alternate picture mode on your 16:9 TV - but then you have to trade off having the picture distorted in order to use the full width and have both lines of subtitles visible at the same time. They had a chance to fix that issue for this edition and blew it.

If you love this movie like I do, buy a used copy of the 3 - disc collector's edition instead of this "director's cut" - same features as this edition + DTS + better subtitle translation + collectable booklet. 'Nuff said.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars great movie
I just love this movie.. I have watched it a ton and every time I am not disappointed my kids really like it as well.
Published 8 days ago by Jesse R Thomas
5.0 out of 5 stars GREAT movie!
I saw this about a decade ago on pay per view cable and was thoroughly impressed by the acting and storyline (actor Mark Dacascos, who is usually consigned to playing in cut-rate... Read more
Published 15 days ago by Floralcy
1.0 out of 5 stars one sickening movie
i have never watched a movie that was so boring it was not worth the .01 cent let a lone the $3.99 for shipping i would really hate to see any one wast that much money unless you... Read more
Published 28 days ago by henry beghtol
1.0 out of 5 stars IT's in french only
This is a great movie but this copy is all in French only. If you speak French you will be fine lol
Published 1 month ago by Magick13
4.0 out of 5 stars Howling good time!
This movie is extremely original and until you hv seen it, you never know what is what. The plot it good and the twists are even better. Love this movie.
Published 2 months ago by Michael A. Rigsbee
4.0 out of 5 stars good stuff
its a French film guys, so the lips don't match when they talk for English dub... but its a good movie. new condition, I got what I wanted here.
Published 2 months ago by jesse earl
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent purchase.
Love this movie. Mystery, intrigue, action, romance, suspense. And Amazon had it at a price I couldn't say no to.
Published 2 months ago by Michael Williams
2.0 out of 5 stars Fun to watch up to a point
This movie one should know is a foreign film with English dubbed over most likely French. The plot is to find a wolf that's been murdering the kings people, but this animal is... Read more
Published 3 months ago by frank
5.0 out of 5 stars It is one of my favorite movies. Period.
Fun, a suspension of disbelief, and love of striking aesthetics are all a must when you watch this movie. You will love it.
Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
1.0 out of 5 stars I learned the Hard Way
This one I bought before I knew to check for the zoning of videos. The video does me no good, and the cost to send it back was not worth it, but the lesson learned was well worth... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Fearless Velocity
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