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The Brothers Grimm (2005) [Blu-ray]


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  • Actors: Heath Ledger, Matt Damon, Lean Headey, Monica Bellucci, Peter Stormare
  • Directors: Terry Gilliam
  • Format: NTSC
  • Studio: Alliance Films
  • Release Date: Aug. 11 2009
  • Average Customer Review: 3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002BYYA9U
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #62,732 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)


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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Patrick Low on Jan. 21 2006
Format: DVD
In response to Allyson's review, the scotch-tape commercial could not be fast-forwarded on my spare (cheapo) DVD player but could be fast-forwarded on my DVD recorder. However, if I fast-forward it to the very end, the ad repeats itself. This ad is admittedly not as evil as the one I came across in Finding Neverland, but it is still definitely what they call a Prohibited User Operation ad.
I encourage everyone to boycott this DVD before all DVDs become infested with PUO commercials (just rent it). I believe this DVD and Finding Neverland are initial tests to see how much advertising crap movie-lovers will put up with. I like movie-previews on DVDs, but scotch-tape ads??
As for the movie, the acting is great and the cinematography excellent, but by the end I felt there was something missing. I'm a great fan of Terry Gilliam's Python movies and Brazil but his emotionally-detached style and his breakneck pacing seems out of place for a script like this. I felt the slapstick should have been toned down a little to let both the brooding atmosphere and the triangular romance between the Brothers and Angelika breathe a little.
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By Edmonson TOP 1000 REVIEWER on April 27 2014
Format: Blu-ray
"The Brothers Grimm" (2005) is directed by Terry Gilliam. It stars Matt Damon and Heath Ledger as two brothers who fight sorcery and various supernatural elements. The film is full of amusing characters and delightfully unexpected visual turns. For those that appreciate their fantasy/horror with imaginative, and over the top humour (Pirates of the Carribbean, Evil Dead 2) then this might suit their taste.

The blu-ray looks great and there are a few extra features including deleted scenes, audio commentary with the director, and a short feature on the special effects seen in the film with views by Terry Gilliam.
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8 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Allyson on Jan. 4 2006
Format: DVD
I felt obligated to write this review. The movie itself is very enjoyable. It's a cross between "Plunkett and Maclean" and "Sleepy Hollow". Dark and disturbing but also funny.
Now, concerning the commercial that was mentioned in the other review, it is for double sided tape and yes it can be fast forwarded in a matter of a second.
It's a shame that someone who can't use their DVD player would rate a movie badly for their own stupidity.
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Format: Blu-ray
This movie is a must see, it is extremely funny, and full of visual effects. The picture clairity is excellent and the sound definatly benefits from the uncompressed 5.1 soundtrack. The movie is definatly an upscaled version of almost all the classic grimms fairy tales, perfect for the halloween season.
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By Greg Curtis on Dec 12 2008
Format: DVD
The Brothers Grimm travel through Napoleonic Europe at a time when paranoia and superstition pervade society. Preying upon the fears of villagers, they stage elaborate hoaxes in an effort to win themselves fame and fortune by saving the townsfolk from evil spirits. Jacob (Heath Ledger) is the serious scholar who believes in fantasy and magic. Wilhelm (Matt Damon) is the womanizer who believes there is a "rational explanation" for everything. It is not until children start disappearing in a gloomy forest that the brothers (cowardly ninnies in reality) must find the courage to battle a real demonic witch.

Though not a biography of the real Grimms, the clever premise suggests the inspiration behind the legendary fairytales they penned in order to preserve Germanic myth. One can easily recognize elements from "Little Red Riding Hood", "The Frog Prince", "Rapunzel", "Sleeping Beauty" and "Snow White". Yet, their dark fables did not often have happy endings and were, indeed, grim.

Terry Gilliam, then, would seem the ideal director for a film such as this. But the end result has no focus, as Gilliam can't decide whether The Brothers Grimm is a horror, comedy, fantasy, love story, or action-adventure. Ehren Kruger's screenplay tries to weave together so many elements that it becomes an assault on the senses, without the true terror Kruger employed so successfully in The Ring.

Shot in the summer of 2003, primarily on a soundstage in Prague, the film is so dimly lit it seems as if you are watching it through a pair of sunglasses.

Lena Headey, who looks like a young Catherine Bach, plays the love interest with little aplomb or impact. Swedish actor Peter Stormare, as one of the Grimms' goofy antagonists, is so annoying he ruins every scene he's in.
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