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  • Actors: Angela Lansbury, Sarah Patterson, Stephen Rea, David Warner
  • Directors: Neil Jordan
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region B/2 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Classification: 18
  • Studio: ITV Studios Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 22 Oct. 2012
  • Run Time: 93 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (76 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B008XHDKAO
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 32,193 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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This collector's edition Steelbook includes DVD and Blu-ray.

Fascinating and imaginative The Company of Wolves, directed by Neil Jordan (The Crying Game, Interview with a Vampire) brings together the timeless Little Red Riding Hood and werewolf fables with a haunting, compelling, eerie and erotic difference.

This movie is a magical bag of symbolic folklore about werewolves or rather their sexual connotation. Grandmother Angela Lansbury tells her granddaughter Sarah Patterson, disturbing tales about innocent maidens falling in love with handsome, heavily eyebrowed strangers that have a smouldering look in their eyes. She also tells her of sudden disappearances of spouses when the moon is round and the wolves are howling in the woods. Starring Angela Lansbury, Sarah Patterson, Graham Crowden, Brian Glover, Kathryn Pogson, Stephen Rea, Tusse Silberg.

Nominated for four BAFTA® awards including Best Costume Design, Best Make-up Artist, Best Production and Best Special Visual Effects the movie is a visual feast with timeless appeal.

Special Features:
Commentary by Director Neil Jordan
Theatrical Trailer
Stills Gallery
Behind The Scenes Dossier

Synopsis

The Company Of Wolves is a psychologically-themed retelling of the age-old fable "Little Red Riding Hood", which director Neil Jordan ("The Crying Game") has approached from a Freudian and slightly feminist angle. Angela Lansbury plays Grandma, who tells her dreaming granddaughter (Sarah Patterson) bizarre stories of handsome yet heavily eye-browed strange men, spouses who disappear during full moons, and storks and eggs. The film also stars David Warner ("Time After Time") and Stephen Rea ("The Crying Game").

--This text refers to the DVD edition.

Customer Reviews

4.2 out of 5 stars

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41 of 43 people found the following review helpful By Touring Mars VINE VOICE on 11 Feb. 2004
Format: DVD
The screenplay of this film was a colloboration between director Neil Jordan (Interview With A Vampire, The Crying Game) and feminist author Angela Carter, and is based upon a short story by Carter from her collection of short stories 'The Bloody Chamber'. This story, in turn, is based upon the classic children's story 'Little Red Riding Hood', but is filled with dark, menacing, and sexual imagery, all of which are used in the screenplay to create this stunning piece of gothic 'horror'.
That said, I always balk when I see this film placed in the 'Horror' section of any store, and cringe whenever I read a synopsis describing this film as a story about werewolves. Both descriptions are very wide of the mark. This is a story about the transition from childhood to adulthood of a teenage girl, and the symbolism throughout the film is subtle and powerful simultaneously. As such, it pretty much goes without saying that if you are looking for a scary movie, you're probably in the wrong place.
The highlights of this movie are:- Angela Lansbury as 'Granny', who turns in a wonderful performance and really adds a touch of class to the film. Also, the set design and lighting is brilliant, evoking a truly gothic feel to the scenes. For example, most of the movie is based 'outdoors' (like in the woods or in the village), and yet you always get the feeling of an enclosed and somewhat foreboding environment. This feels exactly right given that the story is centred around the character of a young girl, whose world consists solely of the small and familiar surroundings of home, where the outside world is only known to her through the fantastic stories of her Grandmother, where men, wolves and 'straying from the path' are to be feared.
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35 of 37 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 6 July 2009
Format: Blu-ray
I'm a fan of this film (wonderful atmosphere, riveting special effects, lots of dry humour) but I was disappointed with the Blu-ray. It's not a film that boasts stunning image quality, and it was difficult to see the difference between this and the average standard definition DVD.

As the extras are limited to a director's commentary, I would advise saving some money by purchasing the much cheaper standard DVD.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By C. O. DeRiemer HALL OF FAME on 21 Aug. 2007
Format: DVD
The Company of Wolves, Neil Jordan's violent retelling of the Little Red Riding Hood tale, is weird, wonderful and gorgeously photographed. It's a story of a young girl's transition to adulthood, with all the sexual awakening and conflicted feelings one might suppose. This part of the story is told with great empathy and imagination. However, be prepared for werewolves, gore, creepy woods and creepy characters. It's hard to tell who's more unsettling, the wolves or granny. A very good movie. The DVD transfer is quite watchable.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Jessica on 14 Jun. 2008
Format: DVD
Visually this is stunning, the constructed sets and deep dark colours enforce the dreamlike quality. I found myself unnerved and dazzled by the intensity derived from this strange and intelligent narrative that provokes and challenges.

The film is based on story by the same name by Angela Carter, she re-writes Little Red Riding Hood, revaluating werewolves, women's sexuality and innocence. But the film goes one step further by directly bringing the film into the `present'; the protagonist is a young girl on the cusp of womanhood, whose dreams are troubled with wolves coming for her and her older sister who has already reached puberty. She seems to be both fearful and welcoming to adulthood, as she twists and turns in bed dreaming of her sister being hunted and killed by wolves, she wears makeup and smiles softly. Her dreams become more convoluted when she seems to become a young girl in the times when these myths were originally heeded, she acts out the moral warning and finds release, as does Carter's heroin in the company of wolves, not through fear but by accepting what is in myths the embodiment of man and nature combined - the werewolf, she becomes one and by doing this she embraces her own sexuality.

There is so much that can be analysed here but I'll keep it brief and simply say that this is an extraordinary film that deserves at least one viewing if for nothing more than experience, as its definitely that.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Frances on 24 Feb. 2011
Format: DVD
I knew I would love The Company of Wolves because Angela Carter wrote it & Angela Lansbury plays a granny with punch. Like other works by Angela Carter, there are so many symbols, visual puns & conundrums that the whole is a bit less than the sum of all its parts - but gives plenty to speculate & talk about. I happened to see the film 3 times in 2 weeks because of 2 visiting daughters a week apart & I enjoyed it equally all 3 times. I know the lovely little Sarah Patterson only made 2 more films, but why haven't we seen more of Tusse Silberg? I thought she was beautiful & touching as Rosaleen's mother & a perfect foil to the sharp-tongued granny. Even though the set is SO obviously a set - part of the fun - the film still shows more effectively than many on-location epics why people settled together in villages.
Coolest touch - an uncredited Terence Stamp as Mr. Suave Satan in a limo driven by Rosaleen-as-trashy-blonde. Who could resist him? (Not me!)
Cleverest fracture to the traditional fairy tale - the huntsman is also the wolf & we all know Rosaleen knows at once.
Better catch this wolf before the Hollywood remake!
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