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The Company of Wolves (Special Edition) [DVD] 
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When young teenager Rosaleen (Sarah Patterson) sleeps, she enters a nightmarish yet alluring dream world populated by werewolves. Her magical encounters become ever more fantastic as they give expression to her own burgeoning sexuality. Meanwhile, rumours grow that a real-life wolf is stalking the dark forest that edges onto Rosaleen's home. This adult interpretation of the 'Little Red Riding Hood' fairy tale is adapted from a series of short stories by Angela Carter.
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").
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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.Read more ›
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.
As the extras are limited to a director's commentary, I would advise saving some money by purchasing the much cheaper standard DVD.
This surreal movie is based on the fairy tale - Little Red Riding Hood but is a horror movie with underlying themes of feminsim. Rosaleen (Sarah Patterson), while dreaming, enters a magnificant world where everything in her life (and bedroom) seems to make some sort of confusing appearance. She spends most of her time with her Granny listening to old wives tales about wolves and witches - which we see played out and which are quite creepy but well done. Rosaleen has been warned by Granny not to stray from the path and to beware men who's eyebrows meet in the middle - with good reason. But it is only when she ignores this advice that horrific events take place leading to an excellent climax to the story which will never be forgotten.
This movie has many pro's to outweigh the cons (which are few and far between). The special effects, though nothing to today's, are excellent for when it was made, the acting in the film remains at a high standard throughout and the scenery is excellent and just what you'd expect from something set in a fairy tale land. But, what steals the film for me is the presence of the wonderful Angela Lansbury as Granny. Her performance is brilliant and she's played as quite a brutal yet loveable character - which stands out and you can't help but love her.Read more ›
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Brilliant! One of the best horror movies of all time. I've lost count of the amount of times I've watched it and it never gets boring. A visual treat!Published 3 days ago by AngieB
I saw this years ago and couldn't believe that nice trainee witch from Bedknobs and Broomsticks would do something like this. Read morePublished 28 days ago by Rich T
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