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

Angela Lansbury , Sarah Patterson , Neil Jordan    Suitable for 18 years and over   Blu-ray
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (63 customer reviews)
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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 (63 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 56,136 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


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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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
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
4.0 out of 5 stars Gothic take on a classic fairytale story 11 Feb 2004
By Touring Mars VINE VOICE
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
4.0 out of 5 stars Better pay attention to granny 21 Aug 2007
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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30 of 32 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Good film but not worth the extra 6 July 2009
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
5.0 out of 5 stars unforgettable! 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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars View as a fairy tale, not a horror film 18 Oct 2009
The Company of Wolves was always a film I liked rather than loved... but over the years the more I watched it the more I fell in love with it's theatrical fairy tale world.

If you come to it expecting it to be a horror film, i.e. an out and out gore fest, then chances are you might be underwhelmed: it's famous for the gory sequence of a werewolf slowly ripping itself out of it's human skin, but instead of being an out and out horror film it's basically a series of interlinked short stories based on big bad wolves threatening to eat little girls, which is fairy tale code for strange men having their wicked way with innocent teenage girls. The episodic nature is due it being based on a series of Angela Carter short stories, although the stories are all interlinked (in fact some of them are stories within stories, as told by the grandmother). The sets are fantastically theatrical, Angela Lansbury (yep, she of Murder She Wrote) plays the definitive fairy tale grandmother/fairy godmother, and the more I watch this film the more I love it. It's not perfect, but then again not much is.
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5.0 out of 5 stars good old stuff
still enjoyed this movie after many years
Published 8 days ago by Crystal Morton
5.0 out of 5 stars Atmospheric horror fantasy- one of the finest Werewolf films made.
Not just one of the great werewolf films but surely one of the best horror/fantasy also. Director Neil Jordan gives us something very close to our hearts, a grim fairytale amid... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Colonel Decker
4.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful and disturbing
This film is still wonderful. It's dated, but at the same time timeless. Odd, disturbing, beautiful, sexy(?). If you want your mind blown, watch it. Read more
Published 1 month ago by T. W. P. Esq
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Accidentally ordered 2 but it's still in great condition
Published 1 month ago by Stephanie
5.0 out of 5 stars Great film. Thought provoking
Great film. Thought provoking. Saw it years ago. Very happy to have my own copy now.
Published 3 months ago by Robyn Cain
5.0 out of 5 stars Fairytale with a Bite
Fairytale with a bite, a big bite, wander through magical entrancing dreamy scenes, the imagintion is set free, out! don't stray from the path!!!
Published 4 months ago by goodfellow
2.0 out of 5 stars Comment on the Blu Ray
It isn't a terribly good transfer, if you're interested t's probably worth just getting the DVD for a bit less money.
Published 5 months ago by JAH
5.0 out of 5 stars Childhood Memories Awoken
I remember seeing this film on the television back in the 80's and it scared me silly!

Now, 25 years on, I realise that the wolves are actually alsatians and that... Read more
Published 9 months ago by Mike Hill
4.0 out of 5 stars good twist on the little red ridding hood story
great, imaginative film full of atmosphere. unfortunately the effects are a little dated now but didnt spoil the story line.
Published 11 months ago by bev
4.0 out of 5 stars Old but strangely good!
This film is clearly dated when you watched it, and there are iffy sections, but as a whole I quite enjoyed it. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Ali
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