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Brotherhood of Wolf [DVD] [2001] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]

Samuel Le Bihan , Mark Dacascos , Christophe Gans    DVD
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (99 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Samuel Le Bihan, Mark Dacascos, Vincent Cassel, Émilie Dequenne, Monica Bellucci
  • Directors: Christophe Gans
  • Writers: Christophe Gans, Stéphane Cabel
  • Producers: Emmanuel Gateau, Katerina Mattingley, Richard Grandpierre, Samuel Hadida
  • Format: AC-3, Colour, Director's Cut, Dolby, Dubbed, DVD-Video, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: French, German, Italian
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Dubbed: English
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Classification: Unrated (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Studio: Universal Studios
  • DVD Release Date: 26 Aug 2008
  • Run Time: 142 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (99 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0019PL2P2
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 217,259 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Brotherhood Of The Wolf: Direc

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If you crave an over-the-top historical kung fu-fantasy epic with a good dose of voluptuous nudity, bravura machismo, and passions so intense they verge on ridiculous, then Brotherhood of the Wolf is for you. Based (loosely) on an 18th-century legend, this French film follows a hunky scientist (Samuel Le Bihan) and his Iroquois sidekick/spiritual partner (Mark Dacascos) as they pursue a monstrous wolf ravaging the French countryside. Along the way Le Bihan gets entwined with a beautiful noblewoman (Emilie Dequenne) and a gorgeous prostitute (Monica Belluci) with secrets to tell. The plot grows more and more incomprehensible, but the mix of torrid emotions, outrageous action sequences, and lurid titillation is really what the movie is about. Ignore the highbrow philosophising and confused political intrigue; just enjoy the sensual images.--Bret Fetzer

On the DVD: Brotherhood of the Wolf is a film which revels in excess, yet the extra features on the disc are surprisingly sparse. The DVD boasts a programme on the legend of the Beast of the Gevaudan, as well as the original theatrical trailer, which was obviously geared towards an American audience--all action, no (French) dialogue. Unfortunately, though the DVD gives the viewer the option of watching the film in French (with English subtitles) or dubbed in English, only the dubbed version has Dolby 5.1 sound. Viewers who want to watch this film in its original language are forced to settle for 2.0. --Rob Burrow --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.


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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very silly, but lots of fun 13 Jan 2004
Format:DVD
If you like your historical dramas rich in costume, sets & martial arts (?!), then this is the film for you!
Set in 1764, it centres on the investigations of two men (Gregoire de Fronsac & his kung-fu Mohawk pal - no, really) into the appearence of a mysterious savage beast, which hunts down women & children mercilessly in the Gevaudan region of France.
Cut through the martial arts bizarritude, & you have a rather decent film which supplies all the necessary: action; intrigue; love interest; guns; wolves; exploding pumpkins; prostitutes & lots of peasants thrashing about in mud.
The actors are well cast & include the wonderful Vincent Cassel as a disturbingly incestuous bad guy. The soundtrack is a voluptuous mix of bagpipes, accordians, & 'Gladiator' style atonal wailings. Blend these with cartoon style incidental sound effects (Kerrrunnch! Kablammnn!), a darkened room & a good sound system & you're in for an eerie time. (Watch it with subtitles to complete the experience.)
As a whole, this tale is a rich masterpiece which contains a more than a grain of truth at it's heart. If you can suspend your disbelief for 2 hours 17 minutes (plus the historical docmentary) you shouldn't be disappointed.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars French period Martial arts wolfie flick 10 April 2008
By K Holl
Format:DVD
This is a great film hard to pigeon hole as it is a werewolf movie / martial arts / period drama. A beast is rampaging through the countryside in France but is it a real beast or a myth what is going on? The answer comes at the end of the film but the journey is a great one: Monica Belluci plays a mysterious Italian courtesan and Vincent Cassell plays the son of a wealthy and powerful noble. The interiors and costumes are sumptuous and it is refreshing to watch a film where the acting and script holds up rather than relying on cgi effects.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Like no other 11 Nov 2006
By D. I. Shipley VINE VOICE
Format:DVD
I did not really know what to expect when I went to see this film. I was aware that it was one of the biggest grossing French films at the box office in France of all time, and was about the mysterious beast that terrorised the French countryside in the 1760s. I went to see it at a suburban cinema and younger members of the audience were sneering at the French accents and the subtitles. That did not last very long, however, because the film soon utterly engrossed them, as indeed, it did myself.

Samuel Le Bihan plays an adventurer/naturalist who is attached to the Royal Court at Versailles. He is sent to a rural region of France to try to trap the elusive beast which is now responsible for an increasing number of killings. Accompanying him on his quest is is 'half brother'- Mani (played by that veteran of martial arts films - Mark Dacascos.

The two are made welcome at the chateau of the local aristocrat and from there they begin their quest.

The film does not really fall into any genre but draws from a number. Throw in Martial Arts fights, superstitious peasants, a beast that looks like a relative of the monster from 'The Relic', packs of wolves, a deformed madman, plots to overthrow the Monarchy, and you have an idea of what to expect....

Director Christopher Gans (Silent Hill)has made a beautifully photographed and multi layered film here. As the film progresses, gradually the reality of what is going on becomes apparent. The cinematography is superb - in particular the forest and snow sequences which have an almost enchanted/magical feel to them. The cast are all superb and play out their roles with relish. The film is brutal in places and does not hold back on the gore.
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27 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An epic masterpiece .......... 24 Sep 2002
By A Customer
Format:DVD
Christophe Gans finally returns to directing nearly eight years since his previous film 'Crying Freeman'. Surprisingly - his comandeering skills have blossomed over this time to depart from his stylistic yet slightly forgettable attempt in the 1995 anime adaptation, and have emerged ; bloody fangs clamped in a genre defying visual attack on the senses that has to be seen to be believed.
the story is based on a real one. tales in ancient france 1764 of a beast that brutally murders women and children escalates into a 3 year long hunt for a wolf with metal teeth and bristling fur. despite all attempts - the creature evades the local jurisdiction and two men are sent from the king to deal with the matter.
thats all you really need to know in the story department. whether that tantalizes you or not is unimportant - because there are no words to describe the impact this film will have on you. hate it, or love it, it's impossible to ignore. blending thriller, mystery, romance, period drama, horror, humour, action, and even kung-fu with sumptuous visuals and some stunning special effects ; the movie triumphs over the stale stench of typecast cinema from france nowadays as well as hollywood and comes as a welcome breath of fresh air to the film industry.
this truly is cinematic gold, as Christophe manages to weave an epic that is more consistant in style and performance than the mighty Lord Of The Rings. at a huge 140 minutes (and believe me - it may feel even longer during the film, but you'll be left beggin for more) it could be forgiven for taking it's time shaping the action, relationships, and mystery of the wolf. but Christophe dives you straight in from the first shot, and never lets up for a minute of the 2hr 17 min running time.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Watch Only In French
This is an excellent movie. In French. Even if you don't speak the language, just use the subtitles. I cannot put in words how awful the dubbed version is. Read more
Published 18 days ago by carol
5.0 out of 5 stars Great
Love the film
Published 1 month ago by C. Oleary
3.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining
As is stated in the documentary feature in the extras, this is an entertainment film and not an historical film.

And entertaining it was. Read more
Published 3 months ago by andy
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful forein language film
A really good movie to watch with subtitles , cool and unpredictable detective story set in 18th century southern france
Published 9 months ago by dudeyman
3.0 out of 5 stars made a good present
Nicely packaged in new condition. I actually preferred this film when i first watched it. Second time around it wasn't so great. The kids liked it though.
Published 10 months ago by A. Nicholaou
5.0 out of 5 stars World Cinema at its best
If you think that Hollywood does it better, then think again.
This is a French film that outdoes Hollywood in all areas, action, special effects, fantastic fight scenes and a... Read more
Published 10 months ago by Gary
2.0 out of 5 stars The Wolfman cometh.
I saw this at the cinema when it was originally released.
Ten years later and I couldn't for the life of me remember why I thought it was so awful. So I watched it on DVD. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Jay Gee
5.0 out of 5 stars Un film trés original
I bought this version as I much prefer the unedited ones. I have been studying French and did not mind there being no English sub-titles. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Boudicco
5.0 out of 5 stars Le pacte des loups
Very good, very interesting mixture of adventure, historical and combat movie. Very colourful to watch. French style very fresh to follow movie.
Published 15 months ago by Marko
5.0 out of 5 stars Well made film
It's an intriguing film with some first class acting and a brilliant story line. Watch it, watch it, watch, watch...
Published 16 months ago by Angelika parker
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