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Big Bad Wolves Blu-ray Review

Big Bad Wolves Blu-ray

“Big Bad Wolves” is an intensely captivating revenge story.

“Big Bad Wolves” is an unrated Israeli film that revolves around 3 characters. There’s a teacher (Dror) who is suspected of being a notorious psychotic child murderer, a rogue Police Detective (Micki) who firmly believes Dror is the killer, and an unstable and distraught father of a murdered child (Gidin’ka) who is out for revenge against the alleged killer Dror. How do all of these storylines collide? How does the fairytale angle connect to the story? Is Dror really the killer? That would be telling.

It’s not hard to see why Quentin Tarantino championed “Big Bad Wolves” as it very much feels like a Tarantino film in spirit. It’s a cleverly written DARK thriller (with some DARK comedy thrown in here and there) about revenge, mob mentality, human fragility, murder, and the dark side of humanity. This film (which was co-written and co-directed by Aharon Keshales and Navot Papushado) is certainly not for the faint of heart given the movie’s DARK subject matter and brutal torture scenes, but if you can get past that, you’re in for a gripping 110 minutes. I could go into more detail about the story and the plot twists, but trust me when I tell you that the film works better knowing as little as possible.

I can’t end this review without talking about the cast. While ‘Wolves’ could have easily been a stagey piece, it never feels it thanks to the exquisite larger-than-life performances by the three lead actors Rotem Keinan (Dror), Lior Ashkenazi (Micki), and Tzahi Grad (Gidin’ka). Every scene here is expertly acted as the three have the tough task of making the characters and the screenplay come to life while also making the difficult subject matter digestible. Of course, a lot of praise should be given to Aharon Keshales and Navot Papushado as well for managing to juggle the characters and find a perfect balance for the tone.

Video/Audio:

Presentation: 2.40:1 1080p. How does it look? The colors are crisp throughout. Even the  darkly lit scenes look superb here.

Audio Tracks: English and Hebrew 5.1 DTS-HD MA. How do they sound? The Hebrew original language track is obviously the one to choose here as that is the way the film was meant to be heard. Don’t even bother with the English dub.

Extras:
* “Big Bad Wolves” theatrical trailer and trailers for other Magnolia titles.
* A standard AXS TV featurette on the film (as featured on all Magnolia discs).
* ‘Making of Big Bad Wolves” contains behind-the-scenes footage, film clips, cast and crew interviews, and discussions about the film.

Overall Thoughts: You may never want to see “Big Bad Wolves” again, but film buffs should certainly give it a watch.

April 22, 2014 - Posted by | Blu-Ray review | ,

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