Hansel and Gretel - Witch Hunters 2012

LOVEFiLM By Post

Britain’s largest choice of DVDs and Blu-rays to rent by post £7.99 per month.

Start your 30 day free trial

Prime and Prime Instant Video members can receive unlimited discs, two at a time, for £6.99 per month after trial.

Watch Hansel And Gretel: Witch Hunters instantly from £8.99 with Amazon Instant Video

(441) IMDb 6.1/10
LOVEFiLM By Post

15 years after their traumatic gingerbread-house incident, siblings Hansel and Gretel have become a formidable team of bounty hunters who track and kill witches all over the world.

Starring:
Famke Janssen, Derek Mears
Rental Formats:
DVD, Blu-ray, Blu-ray 3D

Product Details

Discs
  • Feature ages_15_and_over
Runtime 1 hour 28 minutes
Starring Famke Janssen, Derek Mears, Gemma Arterton, Jeremy Renner, Thomas Mann, Pihla Viitala
Director Tommy Wirkola
Genres Fantasy, Science Fiction, Comedy, Horror
Studio PARAMOUNT HOME ENTERTAINMENT
Rental release 24 June 2013
Main languages English
Discs
  • Feature ages_15_and_over
Runtime 1 hour 28 minutes
Starring Famke Janssen, Derek Mears, Gemma Arterton, Jeremy Renner, Thomas Mann, Pihla Viitala
Director Tommy Wirkola
Genres Fantasy, Science Fiction, Comedy, Horror
Studio PARAMOUNT HOME ENTERTAINMENT
Rental release 24 June 2013
Main languages English
Discs
  • Feature ages_15_and_over
Runtime 1 hour 28 minutes
Starring Famke Janssen, Derek Mears, Gemma Arterton, Jeremy Renner, Thomas Mann, Pihla Viitala
Director Tommy Wirkola
Genres Fantasy, Science Fiction, Comedy, Horror
Studio PARAMOUNT HOME ENTERTAINMENT
Rental release 24 June 2013
Main languages English

Customer Reviews

4.2 out of 5 stars

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

34 of 37 people found the following review helpful By Niclas Gille on 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!
4 Comments Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Mr. R. W. Graham VINE VOICE on 27 Jun. 2013
Format: Blu-ray
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.
1 Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Rickster on 29 Mar. 2014
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
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!!!
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jules TOP 500 REVIEWER on 30 Jun. 2013
Format: DVD
Based loosely on the Grimm fairy tales, the basis of the story of Hansel & Gretel opens with the original tale with the two innocent children played by Cedric Eich (Hansel) & Alea Sophia Boudodimos (Gretel) lost in the woods, coming across a house made of candy & they're contact with a witch, which get's rather heated. Surviving the encounter & learning about they're immunity to magic which put's it's own unique twist on things, we see them become adults & molded into a pair of legendary witch hunting bad asses, Hansel (Renner) & Gretel (Arterton). The main plot see's them come up against a powerful witch, Muriel (Janssen), who they must stop from finishing a ritual which will make all witches immune to fire.

Overall i have to say i came away entertained. The setting was perfect, with a very dark, Grimm, Gothic & eerie setting/backdrop that helped make the idea of witches & beasts in this reality, believable. The action side of things is a combination of Underworld/Blade/The Matrix/Solomon Kane & is ever present as the film jumps to set piece, to set piece with the odd bit of side story breaking thing's up & combining together towards the finale to bring some closure. Hansel & Gretel clad in sleek leather outfits believable to the era, while wielding an array of steampunk style weapons. Aren't shy about blood & gore, as we see an array of decapitations, limbs pulled apart & blood splattered generously. The makeup for the witches & CGI effects were excellent to accompany everything as well. The story itself had quite a few interesting side's to it besides the main plot. Such as romance, friendship, fans, jealously & delving into the back story of Hansel & Gretel's origins.

The cast were all pretty much spot on with what they had to work with.
Read more ›
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Paul Tapner TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 25 Jun. 2013
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
Although they've been watered down over the years, the fairy tales of the Brothers Grimm actually started out as quite dark and gruesome pieces of work. Hansel and Gretel, after all, involves two children turning the tables on a nasty old lady by burning her alive in her oven.

What happens next in the story may nowadays be considered suitable for kids. What happens next in this film version of it most definitely isn't.

Hansel and Gretel Witch Hunters starts with the familiar opening. Then fast forwards to years later and shows us the siblings all grown up. And getting their own back on witches by having become bounty hunters who specialise in dealing with them.

Both have a tough no nonsense attitude. A reputation that precedes them. Weaponry that doesn't quite fit the time period. And American accents.

But when hired to deal with a witch who has taken children from a small town, they find there's a bit more to this job than meets the eye...

Horror meets Steampunk [something set centuries back involving fantastical technology in the style of the time. Like something written by Jules Vern] in a twisted take on the original tale. This tries to mix genres and succeeds at doing that pretty well. Horror fans will not be disappointed with the downright nasty witches. And the gory moments. The period setting and the more modern pop culture parodies - such as the duo having an admirer and being the subject of newspaper reports - go together quite well. All the steampunk stuff is pretty inspired also.

The two leads are pretty good. Jeremy Renner's character does remain stoic throughout but he does a good job of making him a tough action hero. Gemma Arterton does a decent American accent, and gets some good character development also.
Read more ›
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again