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Dog Soldiers [Blu-ray] [2002] [US Import]

Sean Pertwee , Kevin McKidd , Neil Marshall    Blu-ray
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (184 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Sean Pertwee, Kevin McKidd, Emma Cleasby, Liam Cunningham, Thomas Lockyer
  • Directors: Neil Marshall
  • Writers: Neil Marshall
  • Producers: Brian Patrick O'Toole, Caroline Waldron, Christopher Figg, David E. Allen, Harmon Kaslow
  • Format: Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: R (Restricted) (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Studio: First Look Pictures
  • DVD Release Date: 5 May 2009
  • Run Time: 105 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (184 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001RXDLZA
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 55,288 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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An enjoyable low-concept monster movie, Dog Soldiers is basically Night of the Living Dead with werewolves. A platoon on a training exercise in Scotland, already fed up because they are missing a vital England-Germany match, come across the wounded survivor of a special ops team (Liam Cunningham) that has been attacked by monsters. There's a confused conspiracy angle, with a scheme to sacrifice the squaddies in order to capture a werewolf for military uses, but it's mostly a lost patrol picture with the soldiers besieged in a mysteriously abandoned house in the woods, complete with "pork" stew on the boil.

The hardman sergeant (Sean Pertwee) is disembowelled early but gruesomely patched up with superglue, letting the sensitive Scot (Kevin McKidd) play hero. A pack of effectively glimpsed Howling-style bipedal werewolves make repeated attacks on the house, whittling the cast down with each invasion. The soldier characterisations are solid cliché, albeit of a British variety rarely seen in horror movies (a highlight of the use of Brit slang is the Geordie shouting "Come on if you think you're hard enough"). The monsters are okay, but writer-director Neil Marshall's strongest suit is his third, as editor, covering for the old-fashioned monster suit effects and making the suspense and action mechanics work.

On the DVD: Dog Soldiers is an excellent DVD package complete with two commentary tracks, a British one with Marshall and the cast and an American one with a couple of producers. Both are interesting and rarely overlap, and there's an amusing contradiction between the Brits who rush over script changes they didn't want to make and the Yanks who imposed a sub-plot they feel saved the picture. Also, a bunch of trailers that amusingly spoof a recent army recruitment ad, deleted scenes and outtakes with optional Marshall commentary, a standard making-of featurette, storyboards and Marshall's short film, Combat. --Kim Newman



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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Howl At The Moon 27 Jun 2009
By Charles Vasey TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:DVD
This is a great film. It has all the right elements of a werewolf movie with the discovery, the horror and the struggle. It has excellent ensemble acting despite the players having rather stereotypical roles (warm-hearted paternal NCO, bastard officer, etc etc). It manages to exactly replicate squaddie humour. Indeed I reckon is has the British Army summed up much as Aliens gets close to the US Army; at times one wonders if anti-werewolf warfare isn't part of the training programme. There is gore aplenty. Lots of unpleasant traps from which our heroes must escape and a great ending which you were warned about - but forgot.

A film you'll watch a time or two.
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36 of 40 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars There's a bad moon rising............. 31 Dec 2002
Format:DVD
I first went to see this movie one Friday afternoon - I was bored and wanted some entertainment - I wasn't disappointed !
The tagline for the movie is '6 Men, Full moon, no chance !'. The plot is quite simple enough. A group of British soldiers are on a training mission in the Sottish Highlands. They happen across the remains of an SAS unit, whose captain is the only survivor. Whilst on the run from a pack of werewolves, they seek refuge in a deserted farmhouse. With no silver bullets or means of communication with the outside world, what follows is a game of survival - with the werewolves trying to get in and the soldiers trying to stay alive until daybreak.
What makes this film stand out from the bog-standard werewolf movie in the British 'tongue-in-cheek' humour and dialogue. The best one-liners come from Sergeant Wells (hilariously played by Sean Pertwee) who, in one scene, manages to keep his sense of humour intact despite all his vain attempts to keep his guts from falling out of his superglued stomach, following a werewolf attack !
Fans of 'An American Werewolf in London' will love this film as it shares the same mix of horror and black comedy with some really good 'jump out of your seat' scenes.
To sum it up, Dog Soldiers is a gory, scary and very funny Britflick, and proves you don't have to have a big budget to produce a great film
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars why on bluray format only in America? 21 July 2012
Format:Blu-ray
There are enough actual reviews of this wonderful genre film so this is more of a frustrated query - why is this British film, with a British Cast, crew and director and set in Britain, only available on bluray format in America???? All of Neil Marshall's films are available over here on bluray, so why not this one? I really would like to know. I live for the day that the film companies release ALL movies as region free.
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5.0 out of 5 stars a howling success 15 Jan 2011
Format:DVD
perfect cast,great script,the best comedy/horror around.love sean pertwee telling the tale of what happened to his mate in iraq.not many films tick all the boxes but this one did for me,right up to the ending with the football results,a classic!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars dog soldiers 26 April 2011
By mrs m
Format:DVD
brilliant brit horrer i saw this at the pictures and loved it and brought it as soon as it came to dvd a group of soldiers become traped in a deserted cottage in the woods surrounded by wearwolfs a desperate fight to stay alive to the morning twist and turns right to the end unlike most us horrer it has not got a load of perfect collage kids taking there cloths of and screaming like a load of kids in it it:s nitty gritty action packed a great brit flick a must for your collection.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars best werewolf movie ever!! 18 April 2009
Format:DVD
there pack of werewolves,a lot of blood ,funny parts, unexpected parts also 6 soilders vs werewolves.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars night of the werewolves? 12 Sep 2007
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
ok then so here we have night of the living dead but with werewolves instead of zombies. is that a bad thing? hell no!!!! because this is a decidedly british horror film!!!! ie no budget but great actors and a fantastic script that never takes itself too seriously.
the direction is cracking and makes use of the claustrophobic elements of being trapped in a house overnight.
the basic premise of the plot is that a bunch of squadies are used as bait for some werewolves and make a run for it!!!
the performances are spot on all the way especially kevin mckidd and the moral side of the story and sean pertwee and the sgt.
plus where else will you ever see a squadie have a fist fight with a werewolf and a werewolf getting hit in the face with a frying pan?
you see!!! utter mentalism!!!! thank you soo very much neil marshall!!!!
bring on his next film soon.....please!!!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best film 28 Dec 2012
By lstan1
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
Bought this for my daughter in law as one of her christmas boxes. It is her favourite film, she can now throw the one she has on video away.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wanted to watch again still great
Really enjoyed rewatching this still as good as ever. Has aged quite well after 13 years. Good old horror not frightening but some good jumps in there.
Published 1 hour ago by S. Kinder
5.0 out of 5 stars Great horror film!
If you like werewolf films and army type films i think you will enjoy this. Black humour at its best.
Published 2 days ago by Wendy Harding
4.0 out of 5 stars "Dog Soldiers" on BLU RAY - Compatibility Problems With The 'USA ONLY'...
As you've probably gathered most of the huge number of reviews for 2002's "Dog Soldiers" are for the 'DVD' version. Read more
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4.0 out of 5 stars There is no spoon....
Soldiers are sent on a training mission in the Highlands of Scotland against Special Operations squad. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Mr. Corey S. Newcombe
5.0 out of 5 stars if you like this sort of thing....
.... you won't be disappointed. loved it. daft but believeable, british, horror with plenty to like and rewatchable time and again.
Published 2 months ago by gareth brown
5.0 out of 5 stars A brilliant, tongue in cheek retelling of the battle of Rorke's Drift...
I liked this film a lot and for me it is the best werewolf movie since "The howling" from 1981. Below, more of my impressions, with some limited SPOILERS. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Maciej
5.0 out of 5 stars Dog Soldiers
What can I say Sean Pertwee!!!! OK so the effects aren't amazing with all the fancy stuff they can do now but a wonderful cast and mix of humour and scares makes it a must!
Published 3 months ago by Mekare
5.0 out of 5 stars A must watch
Loved american werewolf in london and absolutely adored this. Great excitement and great werewolves but then I like anything with werewolves in it! Read more
Published 3 months ago by looby
5.0 out of 5 stars cry wolf
great film, tongue and cheek brilliant. if you're into these sort of films then will find very good. sarge is great.
Published 4 months ago by david smart
5.0 out of 5 stars A very action packed homage to horror films, but filled with...
A great debut for director/writer Neil Marshall who tells a funny but dark tale of a squadron of soldiers who have the misfortune of encoutering werewolves in the scottish... Read more
Published 5 months ago by josh91
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