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DOG SOLDIERS revolves around a squad of British soldiers on a training mission in the Scottish highlands. Soon strange things start happening. They encounter a badly wounded Special Operations officer, whom they take with them. Attacked by werewolves, the squad suffers the first casualties but manages to make a narrow escape with the help of a young woman. After reaching a remote farm, things turn from bad to worse when their car is destroyed by their devilish furry foes. Besieged, with no radio or phone connection, despairetly trying not to panick and running out of ammo, a fierce fight ensues with the almost invincible werewolves...
WOW! WOW! And again WOW! To my point of view DOG SOLDIERS is one of the greatest horror films of all time, exceptionally well written, fastpaced with a strong storyline and likeable characters, who are not the mere monsterfodder as usual. You actually care for the sympathetic guys ( with the exception of the special operations officer ). It is a real pleasure to watch a fright flick without the usual cast of annoying teens. I also found it refreshing that DOG SOLDIERS lacks the silly humour considered indespensable by so many directors. The plot is very inventive and makes good use of the locations. DOG SOLDIERS is relatively violent and gory ( the disembowellment of the sergeant made me wince) but it is not splatter for splatter's sake. And a horror movie without CGI is a real viewing pleasure in itself.
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You can choose between a widescreen and a fullframe presentation.Read more ›
No one really believes in werewolves anymore. The whole business about people changing into bloodthirsty wolves when a full moon comes out just doesn't seem as scary in a world of serial killers and terrorism. And shooting a beast through the heart with a silver bullet or stabbing them with a silver blade? C'mon! Something as easy as that wouldn't even turn Jason Voorhees's head for a second! Yep, in today's world you will need something much more involved than a couple of hairy brutes roaming around in the woods once a month. Fortunately, you get much more with "Dog Soldiers.Read more ›
A couple professional touches lift this little flick way above the low-budget pack.
First, the pacing is lickety-split; everything the viewer learns about what's happening, and who it's happening to, occurs while the action is rolling right along.
Second, the actors are into their roles and perform with gusto. Their script is blunt and profane, avoiding 'Tarantino-wannabe" hipness and coming across pretty much like what a bunch of freaked out young soldiers might actually sound like.
Third, the action is slick and thrilling. It's great to see budget constraints overcome by sheer imagination, as in the rip-snorting climax, which is over-the-top explosive despite the fact that it takes place entirely inside a small country house.
Don't fall prey to the intolerance many modern genre fans have toward low budget films! It's the imagination that counts, and 'Dog Soldiers' has all it needs.
A squad of British soldiers are out on manuvers in the wilds of Scotland, and stumble over what turns out to be the remains of a Special Forces operation to capture a werewolf. From that point forward, they are fighting for their lives against a pack of howling nasties that are merely annoyed by bullets. After holing up in a farm house, they struggle desperately and wait for dawn.
The movie is a modern spin on the classical werewolf story, and is certainly among the single most gory films I've seen in years. It is a great example of how good an indie film can be, even in a highly commercialized genre like horror. The makers' of this film pulled no punches in the sheer bloody nature of the work of a pack of ravenous werewolves. That aside, it is also a solid, fun exercise in storytelling.
I would not recommend this movie to everyone, but fans of werewolf stories or horror movies MUST give this movie a look.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
For a foreign film, this movie was fantastic! I would recommend this to anyone who enjoys scary movies. The intensity of this movie gets the heart pounding. :)Published 2 days ago by Ty
I will watch this flick again - watch it you will be be disappointedPublished 6 days ago by love to order
Always loved the movie so I had to have it on Blu-Ray. Probably one of the best werewolf movies in my opinion.Published 26 days ago by Joshua Dowidat
Excellent Blu-ray/DVD combo pack from Scream Factory has extensive extras with cast and crew, and director commentary, with a fine HD transfer.Published 1 month ago by Quiet Knight
Second best werewolf movie ever (the first being An American Werewolf in London)Published 1 month ago by Frank Dooling
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|Dog Soldiers Steel Book||
I just got it,no there's nothing special about it other than the box.I was hoping for some extras but no none at all,The box is cool but there's not a booklet or anything.I'm dissapointed.I'd get the original version,I have it also and it has making of and things like that.
Sep 26, 2009 by b | See all 2 posts
|Difference between Key DVD version and First Look version of DOG SOLDIERS?||
The Key/Artisan release has widescreen and fullscreen versions of the film and comes with commentary, a featurette, and international and domestic trailers.
The First Look release is in widescreen and has nothing in the slightest by way of extras. It has a menu screen who's only choice is... Read More
May 21, 2008 by Obscurity | See all 7 posts
|Special features one?!!!||
It's the 2003 dvd released by 20th century fox.
Feb 9, 2012 by Honest Michigander | See all 3 posts
ive seen bits and pieces of it on the syfy (once known as Sci-fi) channel and it was a very cool and well made movie from what I saw of it. definitely one of syfy's best to come out of that channel since I became an avid and steady watcher
Feb 25, 2014 by Paul McDowell | See all 2 posts
|What is the difference between the two Dog Soldiers DVD versions???||
Well, I just picked up the First Look Pictures version tonight and it says 105 minutes on the back cover. I think Amazon probably made a mistake with the running time on that one. It wouldn't be the first time they did that. When the new special edition of the original "The Shining" was... Read More
Mar 2, 2008 by R. S. Ravenwolf | See all 10 posts
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