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The Review at a Glance: (max score: 5 )

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Audio/Video total rating:

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84






Studio and Year: Warner - 2011
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Feature running time: 99/100 minutes
Genre: Horror/Drama

Disc Format: BD-50
Encoding: ACV (MPEG-4)
Video Aspect: 2.40:1
Resolution: 1080p/24


Audio Format(s): English DTS-HD 5.1 Master Audio, French/Spanish Dolby Digital 5.1
Subtitles: English SDH, French, Spanish
Starring: Amanda Seyfried, Billy Burke, Gary Oldman, Julie Christie, Shiloh Fernandez, Max Irons
Directed by: Catherine Hardwicke
Music by: Brian Reitzell & Alex Heffes
Written by: David Leslie Johnson
Region Code: A,B,C

Blu-ray Disc release Date: June 14, 2011







"Who's afraid?"



Film Synopsis:

Catherine Hardwicke (Twilight) directs a fantasy thriller that puts a haunting twist on the classic fairy tale. For years the villagers of Daggerhorn have maintained an uneasy truce with a werewolf - but the beast changes the stakes by killing the older sister of brave young Valerie (Amanda Seyfried). Promised in marriage to one man but in love with another, Valerie is affected yet again by the creature's bloody actions. When a werewolf hunter warns that the beast takes human form by day and walks among them, panic sets in as the death toll rises. And Valerie learns she has a unique connection to the wolf that inexorably draws them together, making her both suspect . . . and bait.



My Take:

Billed as a supernatural gothic thriller that puts a tantalizing spin on the story of Little Red Riding Hood Red riding hood is nothing more than a rehashed tween drama set to a non-suspenseful and lazy screenplay that fails to capitalize on the inherent potential of the subject. Conceptually speaking I like the idea of bringing this story to the big screen and adding an updated narrative that revolves around horror, a strong female lead, and a little romance for flavor. Unfortunately this just doesn't cut it. The derivative script follows the same uninteresting teen goth formula that has become all the rage among its fans. Rather than developing its characters and expounding upon the suspense building nature of the plot it caves by going for a ridiculously executed whodunit, fledgling romance, and hokey horror. Designed as a period piece I got a chuckle out of the contemporary dialogue and trendy hairstyles which aren't remotely connected to the time frame depicted in the film. There are conspicuous references to the original story but they are tossed in for good measure rather than working within the framework of this context. I like Amanda Seyfried and thought that she did a credible job with what she had to work with here. The two young actors that played Peter and Henry (her love interests etc.) just couldn't keep up and it was quite obvious. As I watched I couldn't help but think that Gary Oldman, Virginia Madsen and Julie Christie must seriously be in need of a paycheck if they agreed to be a part of this after reading the script. In my opinion this film simply misses the mark in that it fails as a horror film, fails as an effective teen romance/drama and does little more than drift along for 99 minutes. There is an alternate cut of the film included. Unfortunately it does nothing to enhance the story and adds another minute to the theatrical version's runtime.



Parental Guide:

The rating is for violence and creature terror, and some sensuality.






AUDIO/VIDEO - By The Numbers:
REFERENCE = 92-100 / EXCELLENT = 83-91 / GOOD = 74-82 / AVERAGE = 65-73 / BELOW AVERAGE = under 65

**My audio/video ratings are based upon a comparative made against other high definition media/blu-ray disc.**


(Each rating is worth 4 points with a max of 5 per category)

Audio: 86



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Video: 82


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Red riding hood comes to Blu-ray Disc from Warner Home Video featuring 1080p AVC encoded video that has an average bitrate of 20 Mbps and lossless DTS-HD 5.1 Master Audio sound that has an average bit rate of 4 Mbps.

This is a dark film both in tone and visual design and this video presentation capably conveys that. The use of muted secondary colors gives the film a stark visual aesthetic that coincides with the dreary subject matter. When brighter elements such as shades of red, or blue are present, they have a vivid and pleasing quality. More often than not fleshtones lean toward lighter/pale looking complexions however I noticed livelier tonality during several sequences that utilized warmer accent lighting and deeper color emphasis. Detail in dark areas and low lighting is above average which provides discernible but limited visibility within backgrounds. Blacks are respectable but not definitively rich in contrast. High definition resolution is satisfying as close ups are well delineated and long range visuals are reasonably sharp. While not among the best high definition offerings on Blu-ray I found little to complain about with the overall quality of this video presentation.

Films like this rely heavily on their soundtracks to help add to the build up of suspense and to enhance the intensity of jump scares. This is done primarily through the use of music and sound effects that correspond with its frightening moments. This DTS-HD Master Audio sound mix handles this very well through the use of potent dynamics, deep bass extension, and high level detail. This is a crystal clear encoding that renders excellent reproduction of the soundtrack's elements. This augments the eerie presence of low level off camera sounds as well as punctuating those that are meant to be in your face. The music is coupled along with low frequency effects to heighten jump scares and frightful images with room filling sound and ultra deep extension that resonates with palpable authority. Dialogue is appreciably textured with discernible tonal character and good room penetration. The surrounds are actively engaged in order to heighten the scary experience. This doesn't apply solely to those segments though as there is plenty of atmospheric ambience and directional cues that provide realistic envelopment. This is a great sounding audio presentation.



Bonus Features:


  • Theatrical version and alternate cut of the film

  • Secrets behind the red cloak - Picture-in-picture commentary (theatrical version only) with director Catherine Hardwicke/ members of the cast, concept art and storyboards

  • (HD) Behind the story (Featurettes):

    1. The reinvention of Red riding hood
    2. Red riding hood's red men
    3. Red riding hood: making the score
    4. Before the furmaking the CGI wolf
    5. Casting tapes (3 segments)
    6. Rehearsals (3 segments)
    7. Red riding hood in 73 seconds - See the entire film in a little over a minute. Don't blink!

  • (HD) 4 deleted scenes

  • (HD) 2 minute Gag reel

  • (HD) Music videos The Wolf & Just a fragment of you

  • Easter Egg

  • Bonus DVD of Red riding hood

  • Digital Copy
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Final Thoughts:

Billed as a supernatural gothic thriller that puts a tantalizing spin on the classic story of Little Red Riding Hood Red riding hood is nothing more than a rehashed tween romance drama set to a non-suspenseful and lazy screenplay that fails to capitalize on the inherent potential of the subject. I was satisfied with its high definition presentation on Blu-ray from Warner Home Video as it delivers respectable video quality and excellent lossless surround sound. The above average bonus features are highlighted by an interactive in movie experience which takes viewers behind the scenes for an in depth look at the production as told by the cast and crew. If you're curious give this one a rent but prepare to be underwhelmed.









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Ralph Potts
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post #2 of 28
HHmmmm very tempting but i feel like it's still lacking that grab my attention feel to it. Might give this a rent.
post #3 of 28
Rental .. Ralph, you've been cranking out some reviews this past week ..
post #4 of 28
I agree with Ralph, at best, a rental. Another thing I disliked was the set. You could tell this was filmed on a small set, the background was very flat.
post #5 of 28
I had such high hopes for this when I first saw the trailor...who's writing these scripts and directing these days?
post #6 of 28
I wonder what percentage of movies that's worth buying these days? I've found most of the movies worth buying are old movies.
post #7 of 28
Eaglefan, George Lucas has hand in all the script-writing.
post #8 of 28
Guess it's back to THE COMPANY OF WOLVES
post #9 of 28
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Originally Posted by mgkdragn View Post

Rental .. Ralph, you've been cranking out some reviews this past week ..

Greetings,

Tell me about it. Stay tuned more to come...

Regards,
post #10 of 28
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Guess it's back to THE COMPANY OF WOLVES

Oh man I saw The Company Of Wolves many years ago. Ill never forget the cover pic.

A work colleague of mine is buying this and is going to let me borrow it. Im going to view it on Friday night. Im going in with bottom of the barrel low expectations.
post #11 of 28
I thought the movie was blah, but video quality was pretty good. The issue I had is with the wolf. Whenever there were scenes with the wolf it seems like there was some minor crush occurring. In other words the wolf on screen seemed it wasn't necessarily defined fully. The whole movie seemed fake too. Anything from the sets they used to the werewolf. It would be unfair to fault the transfer for this though. High definition did not help how the sets looked as well as the werewolf.
post #12 of 28
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Originally Posted by Ralph Potts View Post

Greetings,

Tell me about it. Stay tuned more to come...

Regards,

Good to here Ralph
post #13 of 28
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Originally Posted by DJ Matt View Post

I thought the movie was blah, but video quality was pretty good. The issue I had is with the wolf. Whenever there were scenes with the wolf it seems like there was some minor crush occurring. In other words the wolf on screen seemed it wasn't necessarily defined fully. The whole movie seemed fake too. Anything from the sets they used to the werewolf. It would be unfair to fault the transfer for this though. High definition did not help how the sets looked as well as the werewolf.

I'm starting to think wether I want to waste my Friday night on this movie. I think I might pass on the offer.
post #14 of 28
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I'm starting to think wether I want to waste my Friday night on this movie. I think I might pass on the offer.
In my personal opinion I would say a rental at best. If there is something you haven't seen it would be better off watching that over Red Riding Hood. Hall Pass was pretty good, even though it got sort of boring the last third of the movie. Battle Los Angeles looks like it will be pretty decent as well.
post #15 of 28
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Originally Posted by DJ Matt
In my personal opinion I would say a rental at best. If there is something you haven't seen it would be better off watching that over Red Riding Hood. Hall Pass was pretty good, even though it got sort of boring the last third of the movie. Battle Los Angeles looks like it will be pretty decent as well.
Battle LA will be kept for my Sat night viewing. I think I will pass on this movie there is others I will watch. Like taxi with Robert De Niro never seen that one yet.
post #16 of 28
I won't be in a rush but will likely rent it sometime when there is nothing new worth watching.
post #17 of 28
frankly I'm shocked this movie is drawing the attention of anyone over 13...
post #18 of 28
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frankly I'm shocked this movie is drawing the attention of anyone over 13...

Well unfortunately my wife is demanding to watch it now
post #19 of 28
Just yanked out of my Netflix queue. Thanks!
post #20 of 28
I watched it last night and enjoyed it for entertainment value--maybe I'm easily entertained. If nothing else, I thought Amanda Seyfried was pleasant to look at. I enjoyed the sound track too and it had some nice LFE passes from time to time. I know I am in a minority it seems for those who enjoyed it but I don't mind saying it did appeal to me. I watched it on Amazon On Demand--and no, I won't be buying it.
post #21 of 28
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Originally Posted by spiritfox View Post

I watched it last night and enjoyed it for entertainment value--maybe I'm easily entertained. If nothing else, I thought Amanda Seyfried was pleasant to look at. I enjoyed the sound track too and it had some nice LFE passes from time to time. I know I am in a minority it seems for those who enjoyed it but I don't mind saying it did appeal to me. I watched it on Amazon On Demand--and no, I won't be buying it.


Greetings,

Thanks for offering your thoughts Bob. Glad you enjoyed it..

Regards,
post #22 of 28
I'm one of the few who enjoyed this movie. The Blu-Ray does the color (particularly the red cape), the music and sound full justice. The celebration scene, after a normal wolf is killed, has haunting sounds and looks. Ralph is right about the teeny boy leads, they look and act like high school play understudies. But Amanda Seyfried and Julie Christie are enchanting and their scenes together have an edge that should have spread through the whole film. Fire me, but I thought the glass was more than half full in "Red Riding Hood."
post #23 of 28
That's good to know there is positive reviews out there.
post #24 of 28
well tonight it the night my wife is looking forward in watching this. At least there is positive reviews so there is some hope.
post #25 of 28
Just finished watching it. Im glad I didn't buy it.
post #26 of 28
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Originally Posted by Franin View Post

Battle LA will be kept for my Sat night viewing. I think I will pass on this movie there is others I will watch. Like taxi with Robert De Niro never seen that one yet.

Taxi Driver with Robert Deniro is an all time classic favorite.

Some may argue that this is easily his best performance, and I would agree.
The movie builds up to a climax at the end which does get pretty violent.
post #27 of 28
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Originally Posted by tardis26

Taxi Driver with Robert Deniro is an all time classic favorite.

Some may argue that this is easily his best performance, and I would agree.
The movie builds up to a climax at the end which does get pretty violent.
I have to admit after watching it I was impressed. I'm glad I bought and will have to rewatch it again.
post #28 of 28
I watched this movie with the expectation that the title will have no relation with the original story of RRH. I find the movie to be quite engaging. The sets look fake, IMHO, as a result of the style of the movie, just like Brothers Grimm.

Overall, for $18 (movie-only Blu-ray), it's worth the money.
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