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"Red Riding Hood" (Blu-ray) - Reviewed by Jim Milton

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Synopsis

In a medieval village a beautiful young girl falls for an orphaned woodcutter, much to her family's displeasure. When her sister is killed by the werewolf that prowls the dark forest surrounding their village, the people call on a famed werewolf hunter to help them kill the wolf. As the death toll rises with each moon, the girl begins to suspect that the werewolf could be someone she loves. Panic grips the town as she discovers that she has a unique connection to the beast--one that inexorably draws them together, making her both suspect...and bait.

Specifications

  • Warner Brothers
  • 2011, Color, Rated PG-13, 1 Hr 40 min
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
  • Codec: AVC
  • 1080p BD, DVD and Digital Copy
  • English 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio
  • Starring: Amanda Seyfried, Gary Oldman
  • Directed by Catherine Hardwicke
Rating
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  • Violence: Yes
  • Sex: No
  • Language: Mild

Commentary

From the director that brought us the Twilight series, comes the tale of teens meet wolves. In spite of Oldman’s over the top villain performance (he excels as a villain, does he not?), the movie plodded along and never really built up any suspense. The CGI wolf was not too impressive and the ending was predictable. Why does the full moon always last for several nights in a row? This films get my top choice for “weird village dance” sequence in the first half of the movie…reminded me of a “Men With Hats” video. Though geared for the teens, this film is nothing to howl about.

Technical

Picture and sound are fine. Most of the scenes are filmed with muted colors, until the titular red riding hood is revealed. Though much of the film occurs during moonlight nights, the contrasts are solid and sharply defined. Musical score is well balanced throughout all of the channels and the sub comes into play during the action sequences. A digital copy is included for those that watch their movies on the run.

Extras

There are tons of extras: "Secrets Behind the Red Cloak" PIP w/ C. Hardwicke, A. Seyfried, S. Fernandez and M. Irons, "Reinvention of Red Riding Hood", "Red Riding Hood's Men", "Making of the Score", "Before the Fur...Making of the CG Wolf", casting tapes, rehearsals, music videos, "Red Riding Hood in 73 seconds", "The Wolf Goes to a Hamlet Audition", Easter Egg, Gag Reel and Deleted Scenes.