21 of 25 people found the following review helpful
Great film, but not the best DVD release....,
This review is from: Brotherhood Of The Wolf [DVD]  (DVD)
This is a great film, no doubt about it. It is superbly directed, superbly designed and superbly acted, featuring a cast representing the great faces of modern French cinema. True, Vincent Cassel is somewhat typecast as the villain, but it is still great to see one of the best actors of our age in any role. I'm sure there is little I can say that will add to the many superlatives that have already been lavished on this film on this site and elsewhere.
What I will say, however, is that the UK DVD release is a total disappointment. The film itself is missing over 15 minutes of footage, basically the whole scenario with Beauterne. Additionally, the extra features are meagre at best - the only documentary being a very dull one about the real legend, there being no real connection with this film. My recommendation, based on my own experience, is that anyone who really wants to enjoy this film and to get the most out of the DVD market should buy the 3 disc Canadian set. This contains the full director's cut of the movie, both in French and English, with subtitles, as well as a host of 'making of' documentaries and other goodies (all subtitled in English). It also comes with a nice booklet and is attractively packaged. This is the definitive edition and is actually available widely and not too expensively. I shan't say where, but it is worth the investment if you love this film.
So, if you have a multi-region player, don't waste your money on this typically tawdry UK version, but go with the definitive Canadian version. You'll be pleased you did!