The Brothers Grimm Review and Bluray Features
The Brothers Grimm
26 Aug 2005
Behind the Scene and other Major Plot Points
According to Terry Gilliam, Matt Damon took tango lessons in preparation for this film
Similar to looks of other big fantasy films
The look and feel of the movie is sometimes reminiscent of Lord of the Rings (but with humour!), and at other times of Harry Potter, and if in addition you are also a fan of Terry Gilliam, you will really enjoy his latest masterpiece.
Monica Bellucci as evil queen
And believe it or not, Monica Bellucci is simply horrifying as the evil queen nurturing herself on the dead bodies of little girls of the village.
Actors and Clothing for the roles
The actors all fit their parts superbly as well, and clothing is authentic and most fitting.
Characters from various Grimm fairy tales
The Brothers Grimm is a fantastically entertaining dark humoured fantasy that borrows many of the favourite characters from various Grimm fairy tales such as The Sleeping Beauty, Little Red Riding Hood and Rapunzel, but putting all of these into a new and fresh, exciting setting.
Authenticity and realism of the sets and props
I was immediately in awe of the authenticity and realism of the sets and props. The scenery and backgrounds just ooze detail and really help set the tone for the story and entice the viewer into it’s world.
Star-studded looks of Matt Damon
Gilliam elected to have Damon wear a prosthetic nose, but Weinstein said “it would have distracted audiences from Damon’s star-studded good looks.”
But most of all you’re getting a great story. He never yields to the temptation to make this film anything but a great story; he doesn’t moralize about brotherly relationships (even though, of course, the topic permeates the film), he doesn’t turn it into the retelling of any one specific fairy tale, and he doesn’t just use the fairy tale background as arbitrary scenery to tell an unrelated story: everything fits. The magic of this film is that it understands fairy tale magic: it understands that these stories are evil simply because people are fascinated with evil; it understands the attractions of that other world; and it understands that you cannot transport this world into the world of film unless you do it a 100%. This is not a modern movie sprinkled with fairy tale references; this is a cinematic fairy tale. If you realize that, if you accept that from the first second on, you’re in a different world and that this is not going to be a historical film with some fairy-taleish aspects, then I believe you’ll really enjoy it.
RT/Meta Critic Review
The movie is at least twice as good as most people say it is and about half as good as we’d all hoped it would be.(Click here to see)
Trust Terry Gilliam’s ability to con and bring fantasy to the audience in the same way we have fantasized and conned little children to uphold the Grimm Brothers’ tales as sweet and cool bedtime stories. Absolutely a very creative and fun adventure story in which the two famous brothers are seen living out their own fairy tales! It’s a joy to be fantasized by fantasies. JanY(MetaCritic)
Given the dark and murky atmosphere of The Brothers Grimm, anything less than a superb transfer would have been a total mess. Fortunately, Disney has stepped up to the plate and offered The Brothers Grimm on Blu-ray with a nearly flawless 1080p transfer using the AVC compression codec. The print used is free of any dirt, scratches or dropouts. A film with the complex visual style of The Brothers Grimm really showcases the benefits of high definition. Shadow detail is superb with the smallest visual details perfectly presented in even the darkest of scenes. There is a terriffic sense of depth to the picture that really pops off the screen. Black levels are rock solid and color accuracy is nothing short of phenomenal. I didn’t detect even the slightest bit of edge enhancement, mosquito noise or artifacts. There are tons of scenes in this film that could have really fallen to pieces given a poor transfer. Fortunately, The Brothers Grimm is perfectly rendered — smooth, film-like and never distracting. Take for instance the many interior scenes in the film: I was particularly impressed with wall textures and fabrics. Just about every interior shot features some sort of textured stucco or plaster wall in the background. You can clearly make out every shadow and nuance of this texture. It’s just really impressive stuff. Also pay particular attention to the costumes. I could clearly make out extremely fine fabric details and intricate design patterns. The Brothers Grimmis a visual feast on Blu-ray.
|The Brothers Grimm is presented with Dolby Digital 5.1 sound as well as uncompressed PCM 5.1. While the Dolby Digital track is very strong, the PCM track is out of this world. The soundstage was completely enveloping in PCM with crisp high frequency details and outstanding bass. It really is amazing how much more natural and open the uncompressed track feels. Surrounds were extremely active with scores of ambient effects and directional sound. There are many instances within the film where action shifts from the front to rear channels and vice versa. This seamless and enveloping surround track is utterly convincing. It took me all of about 20 minutes before I stopped marveling at the sound and simply found myself immersed in the experience. Outstanding.|
The Brothers Grimm includes the standard fare of several deleted scenes and a commentary track with Terry Gilliam. None of this was particularly enticing save the Terry Gilliam commentary. He’s always interesting to listen to and tells some pretty interesting stories about development of the story and the visual aspects of the film. As far as commentaries go, this one is pretty interesting and informative. The disc also starts up with the standard Blu-ray promotional trailer and the ever increasingly tedious anti-piracy trailer. Fortunately, I was able to skip through these by simply skipping ahead to the next chapter stop. All told, there’s not much to this set, but what is here is fairly imformative.