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Brothers Grimm, The
Genre: Fantasy Adventure

Reviewed In Issue 105 (Feb 2006) Of Widescreen Review®

Matt Damon, Heath Ledger, Peter Sormare, Lena Headey & Jonathan Pryce

WSR Review Scores
WSR Picture Rating: 3.5
DD Sound Rating: 4.5
DTS Sound Rating: NA
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Critics' Composite Score: 2
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Special Features
Special features include a chance to view the film with Director Terry Gilliam, 12 deleted scenes (which can also be viewed with director's commentary), a 16-minute featurette of bringing this fairy tale to life, and nearly nine minuetes showing the visual effects of the movie.

 DVD General Information

(Studio/Distributor): Dimension Home Video
(Catalog Number): 49406
(MPAA Rating): PG13
(Rating Reason):

For violence, frightening sequences, and brief suggestive language
(Retail Price): $29.99
(DVD Type): Single Side, Dual Layer (DVD9)
(Widescreen Edition): Yes
(Full Screen Edition): No
(Anamorphic Widescreen): Yes
(Running Time In Minutes): 118
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): Yes
(Regional Coding): 1
(Theatrical Year): 2005
(Theatrical Release): Yes
(Direct-To-Video Release): No
(DVD Release Date): 12/20/05
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

 Credits Information

(Director): Terry Gilliam
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  WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
It's 1796, and Jake just sold the family cow for some magic beans. Doh! And so begins the story of The Brothers Grimm, Jake (Ledger) and Will (Damon) whom travel the countryside as con-artists, ridding villages of supernatural (and pre-planted) beings...and all for just a small fee. That is until they actually stumble upon a town bordering a truly enchanted forest, a forest that seems to be consuming the town's lasses at an alarming rate. Will their years of trickery and deception help them as they enter the forest? (Jack Kelley)

DVD Picture:
The anamorphically enhanced 1.82:1 DVD picture does a nice job of delivering the fantasy storytelling, action, and wild visual effects. Due to the period and setting of the tale, much of the picture is dark or dim, with misty gray exteriors and interiors lit by torches and candles. Colors can be nicely saturated, with well-balanced fleshtones, although blacks often lack true depth. Contrast sometimes seems a bit low. The picture is quite clean and solid, with little in the way of bothersome pixelization. Edge halos are occasional. (Suzanne Hodges)

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