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Wilderness

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Alice White is a mild-mannered librarian with a bizarre secret - once a month she turns into a werewolf. Struggling with her affliction, she tries to unburden herself to her psychiatrist but his disbelief doesn't help matters. Alice becomes involved in a strange triangle between her analyst and another man who may be the key to salvation. Originally made as miniseries for British television.

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Product Details

  • Actors: Amanda Ooms, Owen Teale, Michael Kitchen, Gemma Jones, Johanna Benyon
  • Directors: Ben Bolt
  • Writers: Andrew Davies, Bernadette Davis, Dennis Danvers
  • Producers: Linda James, Tim Vaughan
  • Format: Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Mti Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: May 29, 2001
  • Run Time: 174 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005AX6Q
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #134,064 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Wilderness" on IMDb

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Moonmaid on July 23, 2002
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This is marketed like a horror and sex fest. That's not exactly what it is. I saw it on tv when it was shown as a miniseries a few years back and I absolutely fell in love with it. If you like werewolf tales, I would definately recommend it. It's a high-quality production for British tv with good acting, and a good story. It reminds me a little of a 'Grim-brothers type fairytale', mysterious and romantic in an old fashioned kind of way. I had been cursing myself for not recording it when it was shown, and I had never even thought that it could be released on video. I was so happy and suprised when I found it here. I've ordered my copy immediately, and I can't wait to recieve it
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 9, 2001
Format: VHS Tape
Wilderness is an unusually intelligent "werewolf" drama. Unusual in that the transformation scenes are gentle and quick, with none of the usual gore - just simple morphing into a real wolf which shows the gentle nature of its human form - "Alice", a lonely librarian. The drama is more about loneliness than anything else, and Amanda Ooms very effectively expresses the isolation that her condition brings, and her longing for love and a "normal" human life. Not that there isn't any action - there certainly is, but it's not overdone. Another bonus is that the film gives the viewer a good feel for how the wolf Alice feels as she hunts through the woods - and city streets - at night. The realism is heightened by the fact that only one person believes Alice's story - even her lover just can't accept it. Clever, exciting, and ultimately very moving, with no sugary happy ending to spoil it.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 8, 2001
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A 150 mn BBC 3 part drama edited t a 99min pic released by Fangoria. Not a gore pic or one with a heavy emphasis on special effects.. It is more of an artistic fairy tale of the sort of thing M. R. James might write. More a character drama than a horror pic. Intelligent and interesting with good actors. Amanda Oombs is excellent as the woman who is a wolf. There is little blood but Oombs is naked in many scenes. This adds to the pic and she handles it well and she gives her character a real sense of wildness. Really worth seeing though teen males might not like it as much as adults.This is an interesting werewolf pic since most emphasise the horror of an unwilling werewolf while Oombs' character prefers being a wolf to living her human life. Give this a try. The DVD has a trailer, a stupid quiz and an article on the movie, including a section on the problems of working with a wolf.(Never allow yourself to be lower than the wolf or she will attack you.) I like directors such as Dario Argento but this shows that a lower key pic can deal with traditional horror characters in an entertaining manner.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 27, 2004
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I read Dennis Danver's "Wilderness" before I saw the movie based on it. The book wasn't too bad, and I liked some parts of it (such as the fact that the werewolf was NOT a murderer, and was supposed to look like a real wolf when in wolf-form). I rented the movie expecting the same story as in the book, but I was dissapointed. The movie takes place in Britain, while the book takes place in Virginia and Canada (I would have liked to have seen more woods and less inner-city London, I believe the book had more scenes in the woods than the movie). The movie also ends differently than the book. The movie did seem to use a real wolf (which is a plus), but the computer-generated transformation scenes leave something to be desired (they are too quick to be really interesting and at least one full-body transformation scene just didn't look right, some of the human body-parts don't seem to turn into the equivalent wolf body-parts). I would recomend reading the book, and avoiding the movie. If you want to see a good werewolf movie, I reccomend "The Company of Wolves" (which stars Angela Lansbury and uses some real wolves) and "Wolf" (which stars Jack Nicholson).
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Serene Night on February 10, 2004
Format: DVD
Alice White is a librarian with a secret problem...She's a werewolf! After dating and (dumping), a series of losers, Alice consults an unscrupulous psychiatrist to help her with her problems. Over time, the psychiatrist falls in love with her and tries to manipulate her into a relationship not really believing Alice can turn into a wolf. Can Alice control the 'wolf within?' Or is she destined to be an outcast in human AND wolf society.
I enjoyed this movie, despite the cast of rather skanky male leads (Why is it that they always pair a beautiful woman with horribly unattractive men?)Even without this detractor, I enjoyed this film. A++++
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By N. Wright on April 8, 2004
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Being a huge fan of werewolf fiction, I absolutely love the book "Wilderness" by Dan Danvers. When I saw this film on the shelves of the movie rental place I picked it up immediately. The first time I watched it, I was sorely, sorely dissapointed. The movie is so far from the book that it is almost an entirely different story. But as I got to thinking about it later, I realized that in its own right it's not half-bad. In fact, if you can forget the book while you're watching it, it is quite good. If you can keep in mind that the movie is not the book then you might just enjoy it.
To the person who said that Erik was a wolf biologist in the book: You need to re-read the book.
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