Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters

Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters

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Director: Tommy Wirkola

Cast: Jeremy Renner, Gemma Arterton, Famke Janssen

     
 

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Fifteen years after a horrific experience in a deceptively inviting ginger bread house, an orphan Hansel (Jeremy Renner) and Gretel (Gemma Arterton) have become famous for ridding the countryside of witches. Despite their stellar success record, the brother and sister face a unique challenge when an extremely powerful witch is identified as the culprit stealing… See more details below

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Fifteen years after a horrific experience in a deceptively inviting ginger bread house, an orphan Hansel (Jeremy Renner) and Gretel (Gemma Arterton) have become famous for ridding the countryside of witches. Despite their stellar success record, the brother and sister face a unique challenge when an extremely powerful witch is identified as the culprit stealing children from a local village with the intent to sacrifice them in an ancient magical ceremony to be held on the night of the Blood Moon. As Hansel and Gretel race against the clock, making several unlikely allies on the way (among them include a troll and a witch hunter fanboy), they unexpectedly come across a link to their own pasts and the secret their parents took with them when they disappeared. The film was directed by Tommy Wirkola. Actresses Famke Janssen and Pihla Vitala co-star. ~ Tracie Cooper

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The title Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters sounds a lot like another tale about heroes who help keep the supernatural at bay: the television series Buffy the Vampire Slayer. While in no way a copycat of that show, director Tommy Wirkola may have taken a few hints from Buffy creator Joss Whedon. Like Buffy, Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters has an in-your-face ridiculous title, a steady flow of dryly delivered one-liners, and heroes with the fighting skills of a ninja. Films that leave no doubt that the people behind them are in on the joke are always a gamble: The joke has to be funny, after all, and a silly story is not necessarily good one. For the most part, Wirkola succeeds on both fronts. The universe in which the story takes place is one where common fairy-tale conventions intermingle with a steampunk aesthetic, creating an atmosphere that remains visually arresting throughout the entire film. The concept of an adult Hansel (Jeremy Renner) and Gretel (Gemma Arterton) making a living as professional witch hunters makes more sense when put in context; after all, what fairy-tale heroes with tragic pasts don't eventually wind up fighting for the cause themselves? Renner seems the most committed to his role, easily switching back and forth between a loyal brother, a skilled fighter, and an awkward man who doesn't have the hang of talking to women. Actress Pihla Viitala is equally sure of herself as a beautiful, quietly funny woman who falls for Hansel after he rescues her from an angry mob. The rest of the cast are decidedly more tentative, and that's where the film sags beneath the weight of its production values and pervasive self-awareness. Arterton often seems more of a damsel in distress than she does a toughened heroine, and Famke Janssen's portrayal of the evil witch Muriel is simply not scary. This movie probably isn't going to win anybody any awards. Still, it seems a logical conclusion that most people willing to part with their hard-earned cash would be expecting something great from a film called Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters. However, should they be hoping for a cheesy, funny fantasy where there is no doubt that the good guys will prevail, this picture does not disappoint.

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Product Details

Release Date:
06/11/2013
UPC:
0032429129499
Original Release:
2013
Rating:
R
Source:
Paramount
Region Code:
1
Sound:
[Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound]
Time:
1:37:00
Sales rank:
31,423

Special Features

Closed Caption; ; Disc 1 - Blu-ray + special features:; Unrated cut; Reinventing Hansel & gretel; The witching hours; Meet Edward the troll; ; Disc 2 - DVD: theatrical version

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Jeremy Renner Hansel
Gemma Arterton Gretel
Famke Janssen Muriel
Peter Stormare Berringer
Ingrid Bolsø Berdal Horned Witch
Derek Mears Edward

Technical Credits
Tommy Wirkola Director,Screenwriter
Michael Bonvillain Cinematographer
Twilight Creations Makeup Special Effects
Mike Elizalde Makeup Special Effects
Will Ferrell Producer
Beau Flynn Producer
Chris Henchy Executive Producer
Spectral Motion Incorporated Makeup Special Effects
Adam McKay Producer
Kevin J. Messick Producer
Atli Örvasson Score Composer
Jim Page Editor
Stephen Scott Production Designer
Marlene Stewart Costumes/Costume Designer
Denis L. Stewart Executive Producer
Tripp Vinson Executive Producer

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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters
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11. Scene 11
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