Gretel & Hansel

Gretel & Hansel

Blu-ray Disc - 2020 | Blu-ray version, widescreen version
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A long time ago in a distant fairy tale countryside, a young girl leads her little brother into a dark wood in desperate search of food and work, only to stumble upon a nexus of terrifying evil.
Publisher: Burbank, CA : Warner Bros. Home Entertainment, [2020]
Edition: Blu-ray version, widescreen version
Branch Call Number: BLU-RAY GRE HORROR
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (approximately 87 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in
digital,optical,surround,DTS-HD MA 5.1
laser optical,NTSC
video file,Blu-ray,region A,1080p high definition

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aaropender
Dec 10, 2020

It's not action and it's not a slaughter-fest. It is a slow-burn, atmospheric fantasy thriller with tension that builds gradually throughout. The movie is well-made. The scenes look great. The acting, makeup, and effects are convincing, which is important with the shots used in the film. It's good if you're not just looking for blood.

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Walter724
Nov 25, 2020

I wanted to like this film, but didn't. I found it creepy, but not really scary. It was slow-moving at times, and boring. Lots of scenes have no dialogue.

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romancereader123
Nov 18, 2020

UGH couldn't wait for it to be over not scary, no blood & guts just a snooze fest wouldn't recommend it

ArapahoePatrick Oct 27, 2020

I really wanted to like this movie more than I did. I was a huge fan of The Blackcoat's Daughter, the first movie by this director. It was weird and original, which made Gretel & Hansel feel flat and unremarkable. It is a fairly by the book horror movie that adapts the fairy tale. It is filmed beautifully, and the score is pretty although very misplaced. If you are in the mood for a horror movie that isn't too scary, or something that is familiar then I encourage you to give it a try.

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vonKonigsberg
Sep 20, 2020

There's only one word for this film: boring.

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jimg2000
Sep 13, 2020

An adaption of the "horrible" Grimms' Hänsel and Gretel that two young children saves themselves from a wicked witch. The film omits some of the familiar witty and virtuous elements of the classic folktale and focus on Gretel's transformation to a young woman who comes into her own power: "I looked, and I saw, and I understood ...And I was free." Interesting take.

Note: The Bonus Features: "Storybook: Illustrations that captures the film's cinematography and reimaging of Gretel & Hansel" tells the whole film in 5:21 and worth a watch.

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gurujr
Sep 04, 2020

This is a different scary version of the fairy tail and certain scenes might be too intense for kids. For adults I say watch it. Evil witch is pretty evil. Scary kid is pretty scary.

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jimg2000
Oct 11, 2020

Come, children, and listen, for the story I tell holds a lesson. A lesson that might one day keep you safe. So, gather in close and hear me well. It's the story of the Beautiful Child with the little pink cap. Her birth was a gift to her mother and father in a time of great suffering ...
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The air is swirling with abundance. One need only reach out and pluck it. This is your power, to see what is hidden and to take it. A small mind believes only what it can see. Carves out a little square, waits to be taken, never wondering what governs its fate.
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And really, it's the whole system that's so absurd. I mean, senselessly, we owe crop to some bishop, and we're not even permitted to feed our own...
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Better that he remember you as you were, rather than as you're meant to be.
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What if I had reached across and slapped him? >Would my palm have stung with pride?
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Would it have killed you to smile at the man? To just say "thank you"?
- He didn't need a housekeeper.

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jimg2000
Oct 11, 2020

If he's going to find his way, I can't very well be standing in it, just as he shouldn't stand in mine. I could see she was right about that at least. Let him find his own story, and his own courage to live it... just as I now go on to live mine. I have my own power to nurture. I'll help it to grow, and trust that I'll know what to do with it. I know that the choice is mine. I could feed it darkness, or give it plenty of light. I looked, and I saw, and I understood. The captor now gone and her fires all put out, they were free to go... and be at peace. And I was free. To go and never look back, or stay to build something new on top of everything that had been destroyed. I knew my path would reveal itself, and that all was required for me was to be brave and to trust myself. And I am brave. And I will trust myself.

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