Hansel and Gretel - Witch Hunters 2012

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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

Hansel And Gretel: Witch Hunters

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

4.1 out of 5 stars

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

29 of 30 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!
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Mr. R. W. Graham TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE 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.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By P. barton on 4 July 2013
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
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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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Cabbages on 28 April 2013
Format: Blu-ray
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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Rickster on 29 Mar 2014
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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By The Movie Guy TOP 500 REVIEWER on 22 April 2013
Format: DVD
Of the three recent H&G films, this one is certainly the best. I enjoyed the film up until I understood what was happening, and at that point the film makers couldn't bring it home. The movie looked like it was shot on the same set of "Red Riding Hood." It had medieval gadgetry including a fully automatic spear tip thrower. I felt like this was a Riding Hood companion film, just not as good in spite of Gemma's cleavage.

As famous witch hunters, H&G have their own groupies.They are hired by the mayor because of a rash of child disappearances, which we quickly find out is for a special ceremony. The dialouge was so-so. I couldn't help think of a line from LOTR when Hansel says, "Evil is upon you if you like it or not." Indeed much of the script feels like it is borrowed and written for tweens. The witches in this film are very powerful. They travel through the woods at speeds which look like "Twilight" vampires. A film for teens.

Parental Guide: F-bombs (at least 2 by Gemma Arterton) No sex. Nudity (Pihla Viitala) 3 1/2 stars
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