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The Brothers Grimm (2005) [Blu-ray]

3.3 out of 5 stars 16 customer reviews

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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: 3.3 out of 5 stars 16 customer reviews
  • ASIN: B002BYYA9U
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #108,404 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 --This text refers to the DVD edition.

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I think that everyone complaining about Grimm Brothers should stop and think that this is a generally not very twisted version of what kids get to read or what is read to them at a very-very young age. I think Brothers Grimm is, apart from being a really intriguing and spectacular horror movie, a very well-made and intelligent satire on the Grimms' "children bedtime" stories. Brothers Grimm is one of its kind. And I thoroughly enjoyed it! I also meant to say Matt Damon and one of my favorite actors, Heath Ledger are in it to boot, so yes, I loved it.
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This is okay for a Terry Gilliam movie. It even has an ending, which brings everything together. But, like his movie "Jabberwocky" there are some graphic effects, like all the bugs not in the Disney versions, that are distracting and unnecessarily gross, for younger audiences.
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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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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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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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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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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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This is a funny movie....and definitely different.
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