Brotherhood of the Wolf
The time is 1766, right before the French Revolution, and in the French Provence a wolf-like creature is holding house by killing and mutulating people. The French king sends down knight Grégoire de Fronsac to catch the fierce animal but he, along with his Mohawk companion, soon realise that not everyone is happy with their arrival.
Gans, the man who brought us Crying Freeman, combines elements of several box office hits as Jaws, The Matrix, Dangerous Liaisons and a couple of others to bring together a movie that acts right before the French Revolution and clearly portrayes the differences between country people and the way the French aristocracy acted.
Throughout the movie, you get the feeling that there’s more going on than you see and the storyline is set up to keep the tention growing from the first minute to the last second. The camerawork is sublime just like the acting. The way the fights are shown, how tension grows when the monster comes closer, … it just works perfectly. The only disappointment is when we actually get to see the monster and we can notice that creating vicious creatures is not an easy job.
Sound and Vision:
Both image and sound quality are great. Images are sharp, nicely detailed and always with good contrast and shadow depth. The soundtrack are both in Dolby Digital 5.1 and DTS amazing. Surround channels are nicely spread and the subwoofer often makes your living room tremble. I can say nothing but good about the way this film was transferred to DVD.
2 French teasers, and the international trailer (of abominable quality). 2 deleted scenes and a 10 minute featurette conclude the disappointing extra features.
French cinema has been in the drain for quite a while and except for movies from Luc Besson (f.i. Léon, The 5th Element) they hardly ever reach a wide audience these days. Brotherhood of the Wolf can be seen as an exception on this as the sublime acting, compelling story, and great camerawork make this film a masterpiece. Only a pitty that there are no good special features on the DVD