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Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters [DVD]

Jeremy Renner , Gemma Arterton , Tommy Wirkola    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (208 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Jeremy Renner, Gemma Arterton, Famke Janssen, Zoe Bell, Peter Stormare
  • Directors: Tommy Wirkola
  • Format: Letterboxed, PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, Dutch
  • Dubbed: None
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Audio Description: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.40:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Paramount Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 24 Jun 2013
  • Run Time: 85 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (208 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 512 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)



There are too many body parts flying around Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters to single out the tongue that has nearly been gnawed off in the cheek of its clever premise that fairy-tale heroes have grown up into savage supernatural mercenaries. Jeremy Renner and Gemma Arterton strut around like 18th-century Avengers in leather uniforms, cursing up a storm of modern vernacular and bearing an inventive array of historically and mechanically impossible weapons such as grenades, crossbows, tasers, machine guns, and other weapons of witch-killing mass destruction. It's all a big joke of course, and one that the movie wears boldly and without a shred of irony. To quibble with its gaps in narrative logic or be righteously indignant that the script is often a slapdash mess is to miss the point that it's all meant to be a pile of plain old silly fun. After their childhood trauma at the gingerbread house, the famous Teutonic siblings are now in the business of killing witches full time, hiring themselves out to villages plagued by ugly, evil women wearing loads of scary makeup (Famke Janssen being the evilest and scariest) who feed on the townsfolk's kids. They do their job well and the movie spares no opportunity to show the effect of their fantastical arsenal with profusions of firepower, explosions, viscera, and disgusting cartoon violence, decapitation being the most favoured method of killing by the movie and the title characters both. As the latest in the trend of revisionist fairy-tale telling, Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters takes the low road whenever possible, but it does so with a blithe spirit, a foul mouth, and the above-mentioned gore galore to create a B-movie soul that pities any sort of critical over-analysing. It's also pretty funny. There are several inspired offhand moments, such as the missing-children notices slapped on the sides of farmers' milk cans or the way Hansel has to make time for insulin injections because of the gingerbread overdoses he endured at the hand of the proto witch he and Gretel encountered as children. The art direction, wardrobe, and anachronistically engineered props that propel the story all have a cool steampunk design theme and make the silliness pretty hard to resist. Renner, Arterton, and Janssen aren't really taking things too seriously, which is fine because neither are we. This is the American debut of Norwegian director Tommy Wirkola, who brings the same playful gross-out sensibility he did to his 2009 feature Dead Snow. That one was about long-dormant Nazi soldiers rising up as zombies. What fun! It was a lark and a goof, just like Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters. --Ted Fry

Product Description

Get ready for a twisted take on the classic tale as Hansel (Jeremy Renner) and Gretel (Gemma Arterton) have turned pro, coping with the trauma of their childhood captivity by slaying witches for hire. But when the seemingly unstoppable bounty hunters meet their match in an enemy so evil, it'll take all their training, weapons and courage to survive.

Special Features:

  • The Witching Hours

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28 of 29 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Better than average fantasy action. 5 July 2013
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
Most of us know the story of Hansel & Gretel who escapes the clutches of an evil witch in her gingerbreadhouse by pushing her into the fire. But what happens next?

Apparently they become professional witch hunters and are celebrated as heroes throughout Europe, vanquishing covens all over. When being hired by the mayor of a small town to track down a witch responsible for the abduction of eleven of their children, they stumble upon an evil that may be too powerful even for them...

If you like easy-to-watch action I think you'll like it. To me it felt a bit like Sleepy Hollow and Brothers Grimm, and even A Knights Tale, with the mix of medieval setting and modern-like weapons. Add to this some martial arts fighting between the lead characters and the witches, a troll crushing heads and swinging branches as big as a small tree, you have Hansel & Gretel in a nutshell!

For those of you who likes gore you'll be satisfied without a doubt. Not the splatter-movie amount, thankfully, but enough to make a point. I particularily liked the use of "real" blood and guts and no CGI-blood which seems to have become a trend in many action movies of late. Also the makeup effects were stunning and instead of using computers all the time they used it only when necessary which gave the movie a more gritty feel, in a positive way.

Renner and Arterton both did a good job portraying the two hunters. Peter Stormare convinced as the overzealous and sadistic sheriff, kind of like his role in Brothers Grimm, only evil. Famke Janssen also delivers a solid performance.

The Blu-Ray release was really good and sharp with some grain, which I think was added for a more filmlike look. The Dolby TrueHD soundtrack worked good as well with a lot of use of the surround speakers and a clear dialogue from the center.

Recommended to all who likes to be entertained for an hour and a half with fast-paced, gory, medieval fantasy action!
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars This fairy tale is not for kids 27 Jun 2013
By Mr. R. W. Graham VINE VOICE
A very silly but very enjoyable fantasy horror film this sees Hansel and Gretel from the classic fairy tale now grown up many years after their childhood experience with a witch and are now famous witch hunters. Good fun if not taken seriously this is a tongue in cheek very gory and over the top film. Jeremy Renner and Gemma Arteton somehow play it completely straight as Hansel and Gretel while everybody else including Famke Jensson as a witch the pair are after and Peter Stormare as the sherriff of a small town ham it up completely. Make no mistake this is not a film for children or the squeemish this is very adult with blood, guts and beheadings galore as Hansel and Gretel hunt, kill, chop off heads and burn witches with impressive special effects and good action scenes and the ending seems to set up a sequel.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
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gemma artterton in black leather aside ( the film is worth it just for that) ouch sorry dear !!! but compared to the childrens lovey dovey tale this is great fun monsters and witches and blood and body parts abound and i forgot lots and lots of large caliber weapons add to the fun , there just are`nt enough large caliber weapons in most films nowadays i say, anyway if you a good fun film for any day of the week (plus loads of large calibre weapons) this is a sure bet , and there will be a no2 yessssssssssssssssssssssss!!!!!!! and even more large calibre weapons aswell !!!!!!!!!!!!! rockets and bombs and sharp spikes and grenades and more guns
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters - violent, gory, anachronistic, funny but with its tongue planted firmly in its cheek, and utilises what is probably the best use of 3D in a movie since Avatar! This certainly ain't no fairy tale.

The critics hated it, I loved it - they really must've suffered a sense of humour bypass when reviewing the movie.
What I really can't understand though, with the amount of gore and violence this movie contains, is how it got a 15 rating?
5 years ago it would've been given an 18 certificate, which the sequel so rightly deserves. Bring it on!!!
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars The definition of a junk food film 28 April 2013
Most people know the story of Hansel and Gretel and the witch. This film takes that and follows on with their lives as witch hunters.
The story....such as it is, revolves around them fighting a witch stronger than they have faced before and all the....shenanigans surrounding it.
This isn't a bad film at all. The story, such as it is, will not tax the smallest of minds or concentration spans as it flits along at a reasonably quick pace. The acting is as a film of this nature suggests and the high special effects budget looks quite good. Even the 3d isn't too bad.
Make no mistake though, this is most definitely only for people wanting a film to vegetate to and definitely has replay value as it really isn't anything memorable.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic 3D effetcs. 5 Aug 2013
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
I bought and watched the 3D version of this film.

The story was good (we all know it) with some real humour in it and moved along quite nicely. A very enjoyable and amusing film with very good effects throughout and a nice twist on the original story.

The 3D effects were stunning, the best I have yet seen with any 3D film I own. I knew I was in for something special when, during the opening credits, a fire arrow appeared to shoot out of the screen and disappear over my left shoulder! And so it carried on with bits and pieces "flying" out of the screen at regular intervals. Very clever use of 3D imagery to what was already a very enjoyable film. Cannot but highly recommend.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Really enjoyed it....good fun
Published 2 days ago by Adam Clarkson
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
I do enjoy good entertainment
Published 8 days ago by Tony Saunders
3.0 out of 5 stars Happy with blue ray but the 3d disc kept jumpin ...
Happy with blue ray but the 3d disc kept jumpin not so happy with that coz I was lookin foward to the 3d film thats why a bought it in first place !
Published 9 days ago by stephanie
4.0 out of 5 stars Good
Not the fairy story you would expect lots of action plenty of violence good cast keeps your interest throughout recommended
Published 14 days ago by Happy chap
5.0 out of 5 stars fantastic
i brought for my daughter birthday. she said its a amazing film and would highly recommend this film to others
Published 1 month ago by george hodder
5.0 out of 5 stars Fairy Tales for Grown Ups
A twist on the original tale when Hansel ( Jeremy Renner ) and Gretel ( Gemma Arterton ) grow up to become witch hunters, with an array of weapons and gadgets they take on evil... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Paul Garbutt
4.0 out of 5 stars not bad at all
This was OK, ejoyable to watch and story moved along at pace and the baddy witch was quite presentable with her make up on.
Published 1 month ago by Peter Out
5.0 out of 5 stars Great movie
This movie is GREATTTTTT. I defently recommend this movie. We love it and have already seen it a lot of times.
Published 1 month ago by Anja P.
3.0 out of 5 stars Better than I thought it would be
Not brilliant but better than I thought it would be. Had trouble not thinking of Hansel as Hawkeye as he plays this character in the Thor films! Read more
Published 1 month ago by Ribena berry
4.0 out of 5 stars witch hunters
some good special effects and bit of slapstick comedy. enjoyable movie and has some good cast in the film. waiting on a sequel!
Published 1 month ago by Lee Thomas
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