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Two Brothers [DVD] [2004]

Guy Pearce , Freddie Highmore , Jean-Jacques Annaud    Universal, suitable for all   DVD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (54 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Guy Pearce, Freddie Highmore, Jean-Claude Dreyfus, Oanh Nguyen, Philippine Leroy-Beaulieu
  • Directors: Jean-Jacques Annaud
  • Writers: Jean-Jacques Annaud, Alain Godard, Julian Fellowes
  • Producers: Jean-Jacques Annaud, Ben Spector, Flore Michiels, Jake Eberts
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English, French, Thai
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: U
  • Studio: Twentieth Century Fox
  • DVD Release Date: 6 Dec 2004
  • Run Time: 104 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (54 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000639WIC
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 8,383 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Family adventure telling the story of two tiger cubs born in the jungle in 1920s Indochina: one bold and fierce, the other shy and gentle. When notorious hunter Aidan McRory (Guy Pearce) kills their father, they are separated. The bold cub is sold to a circus where living in a cage robs him of his spirit, while the shy cub becomes the companion of the governor's lonely son - but the family are forced to give him away to a man who is intent on turning him into a prize-fighter. Years later the brothers meet again - but as forced enemies, pitted against each other in the ring. Will they ever return to their natural life in the jungle, where they can live in harmony as brothers once again?

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Doing for tigers what The Bear did for Grizzlies and Kodiaks, Two Brothers offers lush adventure with a message that anyone can take to heart. French filmmaker Jean-Jacques Annaud directed both films, blessing them with his keen eye for beauty and a love for wildlife that's as impassioned as it is infectious. This time, the adorable critters are Kumal and Sangha, sibling tiger cubs in French Indochina circa 1920, separated when a treasure-hunting adventurer (Guy Pearce) inadvertently leads them to capture. He makes amends by defending their right to freedom, but before that can happen, the now-grown tigers must endure cruel treatment that younger viewers (and sensitive adults) may find somewhat traumatic. There's a purpose to their ordeal, however, and Annaud (along with a world-class tiger trainer, 30 different tigers, and minimal use of digital trickery) films this uplifting story as a child's fable, with equal measures of danger and irresistible charm. As a family-friendly plea to protect endangered tigers everywhere, Two Brothers is cute, cuddly, and easily recommended. --Jeff Shannon

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30 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Just Superb 8 Dec 2004
Format:DVD
One of the best films from this year, if not THE best. The tigers are the main stars in this beautifully produced film which is exquisite to watch. An absolute MUST for cat lovers of all ages. As the producer comments during one of the special features "when they are little you just want to cuddle them, when they are bigger you respect them". Although an emotional charged and touching drama, the underlying message comes across loud and clear. Respect them we must to ensure their survival in the wild. Just wonderful.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars two brothers 9 Jun 2008
Format:DVD
I found this film very moving and emotional. the beauty of these magnificent tigers is true greatness of the big cat family. the film opens with the two young tiger cubs and leads on to what happens to them when they become separated from there parents. the male is shot dead and the mother fakes her death and gets away. it shows just how cruel and heart-less mankind is to these animals. it is a great and very beautiful film. the real stars of course are the tigers and at the end the brothers are re-united with there mother a very moving and beautiful array of colour that these tigers have I recommend this film for all animal lovers and the beauty of tigers in general
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful 12 Mar 2006
Format:DVD
I feel that this is a beautiful film. Sad a tear wrenching, but a very true film. Many of the reviews have said it was to cruel, but we have to open our eyes people. Its what happens everyday, for the stupid sake of a few people buying furs. It is a very true story with a powerful ending. It makes me cry from the second it begins. I would defently reccomend watching this film. It is a strong and beautiful film and it shows us what we are doing to our endangered wildlife.
'A few years ago 50,000 wild tigers roamed free. Now there are less than 5000'
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Tiger, tiger, burning bright... 9 Jan 2006
By Kurt Messick HALL OF FAME
Format:DVD
'Two Brothers', a UK-French film collaboration project under the direction of Jean-Jacques Annaud (known for 'The Bear' and 'The Name of the Rose') and written by Alain Godard and Annaud, is at once the heartwarming and heartwrenching tale of two Bengal tigers, While the advertising makes it seem like a Disney-esque film, this is not really one for younger children, so parents should beware. In today's world there are many people who are not particularly nice toward wild animals; a hundred years ago, the time period during which this was set, there was even less regard for the great animals of the jungle, seen as objects for sport and amusement rather than creatures of integrity in their own right. I went with two adults, one of whom felt it necessary to leave the theatre for a brief while; there were children present in the theatre, and again I saw parents taking their children out at some of the more troublesome scenes - unfortunately, many didn't return for the happy ending. This is a great film, worth five stars without doubt, but alas, the marketing is inappropriate, and would get a single star from me.
Guy Pearce plays the 'great white hunter' character of McRory, a world-famous hunter-explorer of European origin and fame, a known author as well as second-class Indiana Jones, looking for what will sell back in the London auction houses -- he changes from animal skins and tusks to statues and antiquities. There are no other actors of wide fame, but all do a good job, from the Westerners in the French Indochine to the locals, from tribal persons to high potentates. All seem to have reasons to be against the tigers, save a few, who eventually come round and help the tiger brothers through their troubles.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A beautiful film 2 Feb 2005
By A Customer
Format:DVD
This film is wonderfully created with many heartwarming and tear-jerking scenes. Much of its appeal and worth arises from the two tigers and their emotional journey, rather than a fast-paced plot line. If you are looking for a film with a gripping action storyline, this film is perhaps not for you. However, if are a fan of Born Free,and if this film has already appealed to you, then I highly reccomend it. Less predictable than you might think, there are several twists to a story that has been told in countless different ways, which sets this film apart from the likes of Born Free.
The extras take a little of the magic away from the film, so don't watch them first, but they also contain some very funny deleted scenes.
A truly wonderful and film and amazing storyline that brings the plight of a an animal on the edge of extinction sharply home.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Enchanting, touching, magical! 11 Dec 2007
By Edith
Format:DVD
I find myself lost for words when trying to describe this film. It's pure and undaunted power is astonishing and there was rarely a time when I found my eyes free from tears. The performance of Guy Pearce is remarkable and like nothing I have ever seen, his personal journey and his relationships with both people and his tiger 'Kumal' will take you on an emotional rollercoaster which you will not alight until the end cretits finish rolling. His performance is matched only by that of Freddie Highmore, a young actor with exceptional talents. 'Two Brothers' is not just another story of a journey, but of hope and sincerity. A truely touching story that left me in tears of both happiness and sorrow.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Family Film 6 Oct 2007
Format:DVD
This is a very well done movie indeed. Well cast and written. The tigers are the true stars. And their filming actually makes you feel as if they are conveying their feelings and thoughts to you. Grab the whole family and watch this. Now this is not a disney film, it is what I feel to be an accurate portral of tigers and their interactions with people in 1920's indochina.

The movie does have you empathize for the tigers. But it is not a biased presentation. The movie does impart how dangerous they are...it just does not use the blood and gore of most films to inform us of this. We all know that tigers are predators and it is us who wander into their homes to start with.

In this move we follow the lives of a family of tigers, the two male cubs to be precise. They are happily living within an old temple ground when our human star, an adventurer/hunter, enters their home trying to steal steal statues from the old ruined temples. He ends up killing their father and capturing one of the cubs. Our hunter adopts the cub, only to lose it to a circus. Later while taking the Prince of the country hunting, they find the other cub. This cub ends up in the Princes private zoo.

This is an epic film which I plan to watch again. It does want to make you champion the cause of such a great and noble beast.
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