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The Company of Wolves (Special Edition) [DVD] [1984]

4.2 out of 5 stars 95 customer reviews

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  • Actors: Angela Lansbury, Sarah Patterson, Stephen Rea, David Warner, Graham Crowden
  • Directors: Neil Jordan
  • Format: PAL, Colour, Anamorphic, Widescreen, HiFi Sound
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 18
  • Studio: ITV Studios Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 17 Oct. 2005
  • Run Time: 93 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (95 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000ANVNO4
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 11,900 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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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.

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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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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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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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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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Really disappointed in the awful picture and sound quality for a Blu Ray, The quality is of a DVD standard and the sound is the same. It also actually has LESS extras than the DVD. ITV are purely trying to cash in without putting in the effort. I have the steel case version on DVD so if you do too, stick with it. The Blu Ray is a total waste of money. Shame really as I love the film itself and would of loved to have seen it in remastered pristine glory, alas, it was nowhere near.
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Format: DVD
I was first introduced to this film a few years ago when a friend let me watch it and i instantly fell in love with it. After trying for ages to find it on DVD (in the UK) i gave up on it, but now it's finally out (which is about time giving that this is a British film and was on DVD in America years ago - though nothing to this). Although made in the 80's, this film looks surprisingly modern and excellent quality in it's transfer to 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.
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