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"Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters" (Blu-ray) - Reviewed by Jim Milton

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Synopsis

After getting a taste for blood as children, Hansel (Renner) and Gretel (Arterton) have become the ultimate vigilantes, hell-bent on retribution. Now, unbeknownst to them, Hansel and Gretel have become the hunted, and must face an evil far greater than witches...their past.

Specifications

  • Paramount
  • Color, 2013,  Unrated, 1 hour 37 minutes
  • Dolby True-HD 5.1
  • MPEG 4 /1080p 1.85:1 ratio
  • Starring: Jeremy Renner, Gemma Arterton, Famke Janssen, Peter Stormare, Thomas Mann
  • Directed by: Tommy Wirkola
Rating
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  • Violence: Yes
  • Sex: Brief Nudity
  • Language: Yes

Commentary

With tongue planted in check, this fairy tale is packed with action and wicked humor. It reminded me somewhat of Cabin in the Woods, but with even more action. I loved the humorous parts that include Hansel taking insulin because he was forced to eat too much candy as a child, the milk bottles with missing kids faces on them, Edward (Twilight?) the non-CGI troll…the list goes on. Lots of gore with decapitations and exploding bodies throughout the movie. The witches look like something Sam Raimi would come up with, too. This is a fast paced, FUN romp from beginning to end. A sequel is already in the works, too. WARNING: this is NOT for the young kiddies as swearing and nudity keep this fairy tale geared for the adult viewers only!

Technical

The picture is nothing short of stunning. Deep blacks and wonderful use of color are seen throughout. Sharp details can be seen in the textiles and wrinkley skin of the witches. Seriously, this a demo worthy flick…and the SOUND! Very active in all channels at all times. Even the “quiet” scenes had active ambient sounds like birds, wind and voices going on all around you. The explosive scenes are very boisterous, yet remain completely clear and coherent. Turn this film up and hold on. You are in for a fun ride... like a witch on a broom stick!

Extras

The enchanting extras include: Movies trailers, Reinventing Hansel & Gretel, The Witching Hours, and Meet Edward the Troll.