This Week In Home Entertainment: Oz The Great And Powerful, Hansel & Gretel And House Of Cards

By Jessica Rawden 2013-06-11 12:46:14discussion comments
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Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters Blu-ray
Fans of horror, fairy tales, and the macabre will be right at home in Tommy Wirkola’s Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters. The movie plays with genre and mixes gruesome violence with creatures right out of fairy and folk tales. Despite it’s fairy tale roots, Hansel & Gretel is a gleeful R-rated flick created for a very specific type of grown-up.

We first meet Hansel and his sister Gretel as children, where they are going through the motions of the famous Grimm fairy tale. Left alone in the woods, the two manage to defeat an evil witch and later find out they have a knack for the profession. As grown-up witch hunters, Hansel and Gretel are played by Jeremy Renner and Gemma Arterton, who both play characters that are far more detailed than their child counterparts. Hansel, for instance, has developed diabetes from eating so much of the candy house. That may seem groanworthy, but Hansel & Gretel is actually populated by details and facts that nod both at modern day society and the superstitions of the past. Audiences can either roll with details like these, or hate watch them, but the movie is more enjoyable for those who are able to do the former.

I’m more of the audience for Grimm, a dark retelling of some of the Grimm Brothers’ wildest creatures than I am for Hansel & Gretel, which chooses campiness and gore over more serious storytelling. However, Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters certainly has an audience built in, and if you are wanting a fun and rollicking but maybe not so thoughtful ride, it may be worth investing a few hours and more than a few dollars in Paramount Home Entertainment’s flick.

You can order the set over at Amazon.

Best Special Feature: We first gave fans a glimpse at the “Meet Edward the Troll” segment yesterday. While there are a couple of more in-depth extras on the disc, I particularly liked this one. In a world where CGI has become commonplace, I appreciate that the film used a real person and a real costume to put together a troll with a full range of movement. Seeing how a troll can come to life in real time and space is a pretty unique experience and I found it more fascinating than some of the other behind-the-scenes looks.

Other Special Features:
“Reinventing Hansel & Gretel”
“The Witching Hours”
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