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DVD Review: Big Bad Wolves

Though successful on the festival circuit, 2013’s Big Bad Wolves too easily slipped under the radar, and was missed by most. One would have assumed that after Quentin Tarantino called it the “Best film of the year” that many would seek it out, but unfortunately this wasn’t the case.

The film follows two men, Miki (Lior Ashkenazi) and Gidi (Tzahi Grad), who go after schoolteacher, and suspected child murderer Dror (Rotem Keinan). The two men have no proof that Dror is responsible for the murders; instead they let town gossip get the best of them. Miki and Gidi take things into their own hands, though they are completely unaware of each other’s plans. The two men try to kidnap Dror at the exact same moment, which ends in both Dror and Miki chained up in Gidi’s basement. This is followed by intense interrogation, where torture is certainly not off the table.

The film is successful as it manages to interweave moments of comedy into such a dark story with very serious subject matter. Directors Aharon Keshales and Navot Papushado – who are responsible for creating the first Israeli horror film, Rabies – manage to make a film about torture, that never reaches the “torture porn” expectations put into place by films like Saw and Hostel. That doesn’t mean that the film isn’t full of moments where viewers will cringe and cover their eyes. Keshales and Papushado manage to show just enough to make our skin crawl.

Well the film itself is great, and should be a welcome addition to any DVD collection, there isn’t much in terms of special features on the disc. They include:

Making of Big Bad Wolves
The usual fifteen-minute making of bit that features clips from the film and interviews from the cast.

AXS TV: A Look at Big Bad Wolves
This is essentially just a shorter version of the making of feature. It even includes the exact same interview footage! Shame!

Theatrical Trailer
You get the picture…

English Dub
Watching foreign films with a dubbed English soundtrack should be illegal, and this DVD shows us exactly why. Try listening to the dub to get a few laughs from how terrible the voice over is.

Big Bad Wolves is available to own on DVD and Bluray now.

Matt Hoffman

Matthew Hoffman is a Toronto-based cinephile who especially enjoys French films and actresses over the age of 50; including but not limited to: Isabelle Huppert, Meryl Streep, and Jacki Weaver.