The Company of Wolves

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Overview

Company of Wolves is Little Red Riding Hood for the Alien generation. Sheltered 13-year-old Sarah Patterson, living on the edge of a foreboding woods, is visited by her grandmother Angela Lansbury. The old lady delights in telling Sarah the most horrific stories, usually involving what happens to little girls if they trust wolves--the actual, rather than symbolic kind. Later on, Sarah sets out through the woods to visit her grandmother. She makes the acquaintance of a seductive young huntsman Micha Bergese, who ...
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Overview

Company of Wolves is Little Red Riding Hood for the Alien generation. Sheltered 13-year-old Sarah Patterson, living on the edge of a foreboding woods, is visited by her grandmother Angela Lansbury. The old lady delights in telling Sarah the most horrific stories, usually involving what happens to little girls if they trust wolves--the actual, rather than symbolic kind. Later on, Sarah sets out through the woods to visit her grandmother. She makes the acquaintance of a seductive young huntsman Micha Bergese, who turns out to be.....well, what big teeth he's got. The ads for Company of Wolves, showing a wolf springing from the open mouth of poor little Sarah Patterson, were warning enough for the faint of heart. Actually, the horror is secondary to the remarkable Grimms-Fairy-Tale ambience which the film successfully sustains from beginning to end. And, in keeping with the original unexpurgated versions of most fairy tales, the sexual subtext is never far from the surface. Director Neil Jordan would further develop some of the subliminal themes in Company of Wolves in his 1994 production Interview with the Vampire.
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Special Features

Audio commentary with Neil Jordan (Director)
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Jason Buchanan
Though die-hard horror fans may find initial disappointment in director Neil Jordan's decidedly more fable-oriented take on the werewolf legend, those willing to give the dreamlike The Company of Wolves a chance are bound to become ensnared in its dark and foreboding charm. Forgoing the usual shocks associated with shapeshifters, Jordan instead offers a thoughtful variation of Little Red Riding Hood which explores the loss of youthful innocence and subsequent temptations of a young woman on the verge of adulthood. Cinematographer Bryan Loftus' lens offers a lush, dark forest full of shadow-lurking threats as director Jordan establishes himself as a remarkable visual stylist in his sophomore effort. Though some heavy-handed symbolism often finds the film straddling the fine line of pretentiousness, Jordan displays an assured restraint that keeps the film successfully functioning on this level, and the viewer engaged with his protagonist's emotional peril. While the special effects may betray the film's age when it comes to the demanding werewolf transformation scenes, forgiving viewers will note that the execution of the effects scenes remains effectively chilling despite the film's relatively miniscule budget. Outside of the transformation scenes, Jordan wisely utilizes special effects sparingly (a refreshing change of pace when compared to contemporary efforts) and always for a reason. The special effects in The Company of Wolves are frequently used to reinforce the mythological symbolism which drives the film, drawing the viewer into the story and relying on thick atmosphere to maintain the horror of the film's effectively unsettling tone.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/15/2007
  • EAN: 5037115244031
  • Original Release: 1984
  • Rating:

  • Source: Ais
  • Language: English
  • Time: 1:31:00
  • Format: Blu-ray
  • Sales rank: 55,996

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Angela Lansbury Granny
David Warner Father
Stephen Rea Young Groom
Tusse Silberg Mother
Sarah Patterson Rosaleen
Graham Crowden Priest
Kathryn Pogson Bride
Brian Glover Amorous Boy's Father
Micha Bergese The Huntsman
Shane Johnstone Amorous Boy
Georgia Slowe Alice
Terence Stamp
Edward Marksen Lame Fiddler
Susan Porrett Amorous Boy's mother
Dawn Archibald Witch Woman
Richard Morant Wealthy Groom
Danielle Dax Wolfgirl
Vincent McClaren Devil Boy
Ruby Buchanan Dowager
Jimmy Gardner Ancient
Roy Evans Eyepatch
Jimmy Brown Blind Fiddler
Gareth Milne
Graeme Crowther
Nick Hobbs
Dinny Powell
Bill Weston
Tex Fuller
Technical Credits
Neil Jordan Director, Screenwriter
Chris Brown Producer
Angela Carter Original Story, Screenwriter
Tony Common Set Decoration/Design
David John & the Mood Sound/Sound Designer
George Fenton Score Composer
Susie Figgis Casting
Anton Furst Production Designer
Simon Hinkly Asst. Director
Rodney Holland Editor
Bryan Loftus Cinematographer
Peter MacDonald Special Effects
Nik Powell Executive Producer
Stuart Rose Art Director
Christopher Tucker Makeup Special Effects, Special Effects
Elizabeth Waller Costumes/Costume Designer
Alan Whibley Special Effects, Special Effects Supervisor
Stephen Woolley Executive Producer, Producer
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Customer Reviews

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 24, 2002

    Lovely Horror

    The widescreen DVD version is much better than the old VHS transfer in displaying the sumptuous visual style of this special film. There is wonderful color rendition but some visible DVD movement artifacts and the soundtrack seems to have been recorded with automatic level control. Still, it's great to have a DVD of this one. Originally marketed in the US as a genre horror movie, Neil Jordan's ''The Company of Wolves'' is anything but commonplace. Based on stories in ''The Bloody Chamber'' by Angela Carter, this film is a flood of imaginative and sensual images depicting the emerging adolescence of a thirteen year old girl. She dreams herself as a young villager in a fairy tale world built around an old well in the woods. The village is besieged by wolf attacks and at becomes apparent that these wolves turn into humans and vice versa. Ultimately, the girl herself (or at least her childhood ¿ you decide) becomes the victim of her own untamed wolf nature. Only marred by one gratuitous gore scene of a man peeling bloody skin from his face while turning into a wolf (using latex and prosthetic work popular at the time). Beautiful and rich music score by George Fenton.

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