Blu-ray Review: Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters
A twist on the classic Grimm fairy tale Hansel and Gretel from the director of a Norwegian movie called Dead Snow. The twist from the well-known fairy tale is the aftermath of Hansel and Gretel killing that first witch in the candy house. Where do they go from there? Well Tommy Wirkola had the idea that a logical path for these two troubled siblings would be to become witch hunters, and thusly that is where their story begins.
Both Renner and Arterton are both good actors, but nothing can truly save them from what a bloody mess Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters was. Yes, it’s a lot of fun to watch, but as a story it kind of drags and becomes dull. One specific element that carries the movie was overly unintentional but remains brilliant; the deep incest filled feelings that both Hansel and Gretel feel for one another (or at least the way they’re portrayed). Between the incest and the over-the-top blood and gore it makes Hansel and Gretel watchable, for the new and improved 97 minute run time.
There is ten whole minutes of footage that was not shown in theatres (I’m usually a sucker for that kind of stuff) but when you watch the extended cut, it feels identical to the original cut. There may have been some extra seconds added here and there that makes up for the ten minutes, but there’s no brand new scene, or more insight to the incestual sexual tension, or any noticeable changes, unfortunately.
Reinventing Hansel & Gretel:
In a way it’s like an interview, but in the same way it just is not. It starts off by talking with Wirkola and he provides some insight on where the idea to have their story play out that way came from and it is certainly interesting. Although, what was more interesting is was why Renner was sought out for this role (you really have to hear it for yourself). It was an interesting fifteen minute discussion, if you are interested in the behind the scenes aspect though.
As for the rest of the features, the Witching Hours was not that all interesting, but Meet Edward the Troll was rather fascinating. It gave insight on how the character was build and how the costume was made (I can’t believe it wasn’t CGI).
Should You Buy It?
The Blu-Ray certainly is crisp and clean making it replicate seeing it in theatres, and the 2D version is just as entertaining as the 3D. If you enjoyed the movie when you saw it in theatres, it’s worth a purchase when it’s on sale for $14.99. If you haven’t seen it yet, and had some interest, it is worth a watch. Maybe two later on in life, but it is certainly not something you would watch several times over. It’s a price slash worthy purchase.