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  • Actors: Sarah Patterson, Angela Lansbury, David Warner, Graham Crowden, Brian Glover
  • Directors: Neil Jordan
  • Writers: Neil Jordan, Angela Carter
  • Producers: Chris Brown, Nik Powell, Stephen Woolley
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Henstooth Video
  • DVD Release Date: October 15, 2002
  • Run Time: 95 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (101 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00006G8H3
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #19,382 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Company of Wolves" on IMDb

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Sarah Patterson, Angela Lansbury, David Warner. A creepy re-interpretation of Little Red Riding Hood," with the young heroine narrowly escaping hordes of hungry werewolves on the way to grandmother's house. 1985/color/95 min/R/widescreen.

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The tangled forest is misty with mystery, the thatched cottages are cute and quaint, and the dashing rogues are devious charmers, but this revision of "Little Red Riding Hood" is not your usual fairy tale. In the troubled dreams of an adolescent girl in the hormonal rush of puberty, it becomes a veritable werewolf story with lush storybook imagery, gothic horror flourishes, and decidedly sexual implications. Director Neil Jordan, who collaborated with author Angela Carter in this 1985 adaptation of her story, applies a knowing intelligence to the bittersweet tale. The often startling transformation effects may appear primitive compared to modern movies, but the delight is in the dark imagination, dense textures, and fantastical wonders of this dream world. Angela Lansbury is the story-spinning granny and David Warner the understanding woodsman father, and watch for a devilish cameo by a sinister and seductive Terence Stamp. --Sean Axmaker

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Even the special effects are very good for the times.
Grandma Barbara
Director Neil Jordan has crafted a film that rewards multiple viewings, adapting Angela Carter's stories to great effect.
Daniel V. Reilly
Definitely my favorite werewolf movie of all time, as well as one of my favorite movies period.
Katharine

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62 of 64 people found the following review helpful By Touring Mars on April 15, 2003
Format: DVD
The screenplay of this film was a colloboration between director Neil Jordan (Interview With A Vampire, The Crying Game) and feminist author Angela Carter, and is based upon a short story by Carter from her collection of short stories 'The Bloody Chamber'. This story, in turn, is based upon the classic children's story 'Little Red Riding Hood', but is filled with dark, menacing, and sexual imagery, all of which are used in the screenplay to create this stunning piece of gothic 'horror'.
That said, I always balk when I see this film placed in the 'Horror' section of any store, and cringe whenever I read a synopsis describing this film as a story about werewolves. Both descriptions are very wide of the mark. This is a story about the transition from childhood to adulthood of a teenage girl, and the symbolism throughout the film is subtle and powerful simultaneously. As such, it pretty much goes without saying that if you are looking for a scary movie, you're probably in the wrong place.
The highlights of this movie are:- Angela Lansbury as 'Granny', who turns in a wonderful performance and really adds a touch of class to the film. Also, the set design and lighting is brilliant, evoking a truly gothic feel to the scenes. For example, most of the movie is based 'outdoors' (like in the woods or in the village), and yet you always get the feeling of an enclosed and somewhat foreboding environment. This feels exactly right given that the story is centred around the character of a young girl, whose world consists solely of the small and familiar surroundings of home, where the outside world is only known to her through the fantastic stories of her Grandmother, where men, wolves and 'straying from the path' are to be feared.
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Brian R Yandle on November 21, 2002
Format: DVD
Long before Tim Burton released his beloved Sleepy Hollow and just on year before Silver Bullet, Neil Jordan had released his little known but divine masterpiece which most of us have perhaps forgotten over the years.

Let's get a few things straight before we begin though. This is not one of the cutesy, cool horror films like Scream which will have teenagers bouncing off the wall nor is Company a gentle fairytale for the younger audience. Neil Jordan has fabricated a vivid but nightmarish, atmospheric drama which literally takes a wicked twist on the classic Little Red Riding Hood story.

What not to like? Angela Lansbury is wonderful as always but our young actress Sarah Patterson also makes a splendid young Rosaleen dressed in soft red wool. In comparison to most horror films, this wonderful piece of art is perhaps less gory but nevertheless still has the power to haunt and provoke while holding you breathless in it's beauty. Imagine your favorite classic horror films and what they might've been like with a bit more fantasy or perhaps had they been a bit more visual.

While the film has no explicit sex, it's evident throughout the whole film that director Neil Jordan had orignally intended to make a movie which would completely explore the mysterious relationships between man and woman. He clearly identifies strengths, weaknesses, fears, and longing as if he were a psychology teacher and we were the students.

Perhaps this is the most intellectual werewolf flick ever made and it's release on DVD is long overdue. Many kudos to Hen's Tooth for seeing fit to bring this wonderful film back into our lives on DVD.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Glenn Kristiansen on April 16, 2011
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
I saw The Company Of Wolves on it's initial release in the mid eighties, expecting yet another horror romp similar to The Howling, etal. After all, Cannon Films was promoting it as such. What I saw was a completely mesmerizing, surreal, beautiful fairytale from the mind of director Neil Jordan. I walked out of the theater stunned by the sheer poetic beauty of this little small budget film. I bought it on VHS, Laserdisc, and both regions 1 & 2 DVD, as they were released, but there always seemed to problems with the transfers. This Blu-ray (region 0, btw), is the best version released at this date. The blacks are dense, the reds are brilliant. Plus, we get the added bonus on Neil Jordan's commentary. If you're expecting horror, go elsewhere ... however, if you enjoy rich storytelling, surreal imagery with a dreamlike quality ... this is a film to get. Until someone releases the definitive collector's version with all the bells and whistles, this disc is a must own for film lovers. It plays beautifully on both my Sharp & Samsung Players. Admittedly, I am a fan of this small gem, so temper this review with a grain of salt. Bravo!
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34 of 38 people found the following review helpful By Cybele A. Baker VINE VOICE on July 28, 2002
Format: DVD
FINALLY this is on DVD, or will be soon. What a beautiful and mysterious film this is. Based on several of Angela Carter's short stories(she also did the screen play for this film) this film deals with maturity, sex and mythology in a truly facinating way.
One of the early films for Neil Jordon(Crying Game) and just brilliantly done. Full of magic the story has brief opening and closing sequences in the modern world while the majority takes place in the world of fairy tales. Using the the tale of Red Riding Hood as well as Werewolf mythos and the blooming maturity of a young girl the metaphors and mysterious landscape is truly marvelous.
With dark and haunting score by George Fenton(Ever After) this film has everything for the true fan of what fairy tales are supposed to be, a lesson for those too foolish to listen.
Angela Lansbury is Red's granny and plays a rolle not the norm for this icon of old and new Hollywood. It is truly an original film and not a story for young children.
"As your pretty, so be wise, wolves may lurk in any guise. Now, as then, tis simple truth; sweetest tongue has sharpest tooth."
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