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The Company of Wolves Steelbook (Blu-ray + DVD) [1984]


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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 (65 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B008XHDKAO
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 74,719 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.

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4.2 out of 5 stars

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Caramba! on 16 Nov 2012
Format: Blu-ray
The Company of Wolves is simply a stunning visual and narrative treat for both horror and arthouse fans, and is definitely one of the best British films ever made.

Bringing together the humorous witchery of the awesome Angela Carter and the sensitive intractable beauty of Neil Jordan's direction, the art department's superlative recreation of the fairy tale dream forest, and the suitably gory visual effects, which really were quite splendid for 1984, all combine to produce a funny, frightening, at times deliberately anachronistic, labyrinth of images and folk tales, and if its ever Freudian, it is so only with its tongue firmly in its cheek.

Carter's genius script takes the myth of the werewolf and the red riding hood tale as starting points for a sublime journey into the psycho-sexual fantasies of a teenage girl, which whilst they initially seem to lead one to the point of cliche suddenly perform psychic transformations which breathe marvellous new life into the matrices of gender and sexual politics. Don't get me wrong, the film is not a heavy thesis dressed up as pantomime, but a throughly intellectual and artistic treat that can be enjoyed on many levels.

The 18 rating is misleading and too restrictive these days as the film will very much appeal to thoughtful teenagers as much as adults, much as it did in the 80s - it really does not contain any material which could be deemed as 'adults only'. Parents will know if their children are mature enough to enter into this kind of contemplation.

The blu-ray transfer is wonderfully sharp, bringing out all the superlative detail and design in sets and costumes, and the sound is crisp and clear - a huge improvement on any previous dvd release.
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40 of 42 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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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By C. O. DeRiemer HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER 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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31 of 33 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 "sontrol" on 21 April 2003
Format: VHS Tape
This has to be one of the most spectactular 80's fantasy movies of the genre.
I first saw this film when it came out on video, and I've been hunting for it ever since.
Red Riding Hood told in a way you have to see to believe.
Angela Lansbury plays Granny, who comes to a gruesome end, (shame!).
Please release this movie on dvd.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Sonic Dreamer on 1 July 2011
Format: Blu-ray
Being one of my favourite films of all time, I was eagerly awaiting the Blu-ray edition, but was severely disappointed as the quality of Blu-ray transfer. The manufacturer/production company have clearly made no attempt to restore/remaster the frames of film, as there are myriad white, glowing specks springing forth on most scenes. I compared the Blu-ray to the DVD Special Edition I had from 2005 and there is only a fractional improvement in the image resolution with the Blu-ray. To compound matters the DVD Special Edition bizarrely had more extra features. The Blu-ray does have a superior sound stage though, but it's not worth buying it for this alone.

This is not the first time a Blu-ray I've bought has not adequately surpassed the production quality of a DVD. There is no excuse for it, other than profiteering, as older films like Zulu are superlative on Blu-ray. The companies who own the rights to licence films for the Blu-ray market should demonstrate greater conscience and only release films on Blu-ray after a convincing restoration/remastering job from the original film production master.
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