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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 (12 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002BYYA9U
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #75,021 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)

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Fairy tales come vividly to life in The Brothers Grimm, a long-delayed fantasy/horror comedy that greatly benefits from the ingenuity of director Terry Gilliam. In lesser hands, the ambitious screenplay by prolific horror specialist Ehren Kruger (who wrote the American versions of The Ring and The Ring 2) might have turned into an erratic monster mash like Van Helsing. But Gilliam's maverick sensibility makes the film more closely comparable to Tim Burton's Sleepy Hollow and Neil Jordan's The Company of Wolves, with the added benefit of impressive CGI effects and lavish (though cost-efficient) production design, making the most of a challenging $75 million budget. Kruger's clever conceit is to turn "folklore collectors" Wilhem and Jacob Grimm (Matt Damon and Heath Ledger, respectively) into 19th-century con artists who perform bogus exorcisms of "evil enchantments" while traveling from village to village in French-occupied Germany. The two soon find themselves ensnared in a genuinely supernatural crisis involving the curse of the Mirror Queen (Monica Bellucci) and such fantastical marvels as the Big Bad Wolf, the Gingerbread Man, and a host of other truly enchanted (and not altogether friendly) flora and fauna. It's kind of a mess, switching from over-the-top humor (mostly from Peter Stormare as a manic villain) to serious fantasy involving the beautiful Angelika (Lena Headey), who proves to be the Grimm Brothers' most reliable ally. And like many of Gilliam's films, Grimm suffered from production delays (during which Gilliam filmed Tideland), distributor fallout, and several changes in its theatrical release date, but none of these issues prevent the film from being a welcomed addition to Gilliam's remarkable list of credits. --Jeff Shannon

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3.1 out of 5 stars

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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 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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By Daniel Jolley TOP 50 REVIEWER on Sept. 12 2006
Format: DVD
Every so often, a movie comes along that seemingly defies any and all explanations. Let's face facts; the concept of this whole story is just plain weird. Here's the pitch: you know those two brothers who wrote all the children's fairy tales? Well, we want to take these two guys and turn them into con men going around saving villages from "ghosts," "demons," and the like. Then, we'll have, oh, let's say the French army, maybe, take them into custody, threaten to kill them, and then send them out to this Germanic village where kids keep disappearing into the forest. Oh, and we'll throw little scenes of fairy tales in there at random moments - of course, it won't make a whole lot of sense, but we just can't pass up the opportunity to throw Little Red Riding Hood into the mix somewhere. I'm telling you, man, this baby is going to be huge - that's why we need eighty million dollars to bring this utterly ridiculous story to life.

I have to ask: did anyone actually believe this oddity of a film could possibly pay for itself at the box office? The whole movie was just one ridiculous thing after another. It's strange, though - the weak plot actually becomes a strength of sorts, as it keeps you on the lookout for whatever twisted fairy tale concept they could possibly throw in the mix next. I almost hate to admit it (and I certainly don't understand it), but The Brothers Grimm was actually fairly entertaining - largely thanks to Heath Ledger and Matt Damon. I had no idea this was even Matt Damon until I looked at the credits following the film. I usually don't care for the guy, so the filmmakers did a great job making him hard to recognize. The script itself is rather ridiculous; I don't see how anyone inside a film production company could have taken this project seriously.
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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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Format: DVD
I don't know what Terry Gilliam was smoking. But he really should switch back to the good stuff. It makes me think of a really bad homage to the Hope/Crosby road movies. The premise had such potential. Worth waiting for the movie network to play it.
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