The Wolfman (2010) [Blu-ray]
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Unlike the 1941 Lon Chaney, Jr. version, which took place in the then-contemporary pre-WWII Europe, this picture takes place in 1890s England, apparently right outside of London, in the inevitably named "Blackmoor." Nice.
Benicio del Toro seems a bit miscast at first glance. But viewers find out early in the film that Sir Talbot married a Latin woman, so Benitio's Latin looks makes sense. Without the "Why me?" look of Lon Chaney, Jr., Benicio had the fear of God in him instead.
This fear seemed real and sincere, as he discovers he is cursed. Cursed from the bite of a werewolf. He implores the local gypsies to help him but this version of Maleva is not much help. Her advice is to put Larry Talbot out of his misery. Silver bullets no extra charge.
Quite a surprise as to who the other werewolf is (no spoilers here). The duo werewolf smack-down will make any WWE fan proud.
Larry getting captured and locked up in a mental asylum was quite intense. The director's view of psychiatry as a barbaric science with its use of ice-baths to cure delusion and sticking him with some kind of drugs has, unfortunately, not changed that much in 21st century psychiatric practice. We've graduated to electro-shock treatments from ice-baths. A true horror story.
The transformation of the man to wolf is great. Memories of The American Werewolf in London will come to you, and naturally so, because Rick Baker had something to do with both films. But where to the wolfman's clothes go?Read more ›
Of course, we all know the basic Wolfman story, from the outstanding portrayal of the creature by the late Lon Chaney. This time, we have a remake with Anthony Hopkins (as Daddy Talbot) and Benecio De Toro (as Laurence Talbot), plus some special effects that we not available in the old days.
We begin on a full-moon night in England, in 1891. Daddy Talbot's other son is walking through a wooded area and attacked by a horrible monster that slashes him apart. The Talbot man's fiancé writes his brother (Larry), who is living in New York. Expressing concern for her fiance's disappearance, she asks Larry for his help.
Larry arrives at the family estate, an old English manor in disrepair and finds his estranged father alive and well, accompanied by the family dog and a man-servant from India. The son/brother's body had just been recovered. Larry travels through the English countryside to a small town to see his brother's body, which is being kept in a meat house pending the burial service. Of course, Larry has to pull back the sheet, and sees the body looking pretty bad.
Back at the family estate, Larry begins having flashbacks about seeing his mother dead from what appeared to be a suicide when he was a young boy. After her death, Daddy sent him to an asylum for a year and then sent him off to live with a relative in New York.
Larry is determined to find the beast that attacked his brother and decides to visit the gypsy camp one night. (Duh--would you go out at night when you knew there was a werewolf in the area and it was a full-moon night to boot? I hope Larry doesn't tell "blond" jokes :-). Of course, you don't have to be a rocket-scientist to guess that Larry gets attacked and bitten by the wolfman.Read more ›
Interestingly, the DVD and Blu-Ray release will feature a further 17 minutes of footage, aka "Directors Cut" which according to an interview with the director is mostly in the first half of the movie to build tension, and fill in some back story.
It was said that here (the cinematic) release wanted to be concise and get to the first transformation sequence in as soon as possible to keep the audience attention. This ideal I can understand, as all too often one must sit through an hour of build up to get to the meat of the action (no pun intended) and see what has been teased in trailers and TV spots. Time will tell as to whether these 17 minutes make a whole lot of difference, my view is that it will be a nice to have, rather than a need to have. For me the picture felt pretty complete.
Del Toro is great from the first scene as the grieving brother summoned by his late siblings fiancé to the funeral, to try to find out what happened after his mangled remains are found in a ditch near the family's stately home.
There's an air of a troubled past about from the get go, as he reunites with his estranged father Anthony Hopkins. We learn in flashback that he witnessed his mothers apparent suicide and was committed to an asylum and suffered untold horrors by his father at a young age, in hopes of cleansing him of something.
Hopkins as always is masterful, and more than distracting as the brooding Lord of the manor, with more than a few secrets to hide.
Hugo Weaving, as Inspector Abberline also puts in a fine performance, as does Art Malik in a nice cameo role.Read more ›
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3 stars, Creep Factor: Medium, Ending: Workable, Gore: High
For some reason, I've always thought this movie wasn't very good, but it surprised me as it was a good thriller. Read more
I don't know about you but I love anything to do with Werewolf's. And The Wolfman is a solid movie featuring actors Benico Del Toro, Anthony Hopkins, and Emily Blunt. Read morePublished 1 month ago by DM
Bought this for my mother for xmas, and she loves it. Came in a timely matter.Published 1 month ago by Miranda Roth
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This release just puzzles me. Why is it 27 dollars when most are released at 20-24?
Jun 1, 2010 by Witcher 3: The Wild Flea | See all 4 posts
|Anyone else having audio problems around 90 min. mark?||
the regular dvd version has the same problem. ironically when it shows the menu for unrated or theatrical there is an asterisks on unrated that says selecting this option might create some playback problems.
Jun 4, 2010 by Salvador Flores | See all 39 posts
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