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The Wolfpack Blu-ray Review

The Wolfpack Blu-ray

“The Wolfpack” is a deeply emotional documentary.

“The Wolfpack” is one of those documentaries that tells a story so strange that it doesn’t seem real. And yet it is. The documentary film revolves around 6 brothers (Krsna, Jagadisa, Bhagavan, Mukunda, Narayana and Govinda Angulo) who (along with their father, mother and sister) are essentially cooped up in a cramped New York apartment together. Since their overprotective and Hare Krishna devoted father (Oscar) shields them from the dangers of the outside world, they rarely ever leave the apartment. In order to stay sane, the Angulo brothers escape into cinema and use their creativity to remake their favorite films and create new ones themselves. Over the course of the documentary, the brothers eventually get to go out into the real world little by little.

“The Wolfpack” truly runs the range of emotions. It’s funny, sad, deeply frustrating, upsetting, and eventually heartwarming. This is mostly due in part to director Crystal Moselle’s up-close-and-personal directorial style which makes you feel as if you are living in the apartment with these brothers. From start to finish, you want them to be able to go outside, you admire their imagination and creativity, and you’re rooting for them to hopefully be able to live their own lives.

Aside from the fascinating story about cinema, family, and humanity, the documentary really deserves praise for simply making a difference in the brothers lives. It allowed the Angulo brothers to be able to open up and do what they want to do. That’s what matters here.

Video/Audio:

Presentation: 1.78:1 1080p. How does it look? The well shot documentary looks even better in hi-def.

Audio Track: 5.1 DTS-HD MA. How does it sound? A little soft, but it does the job.

Extras:
* “The Wolfpack” trailer and Magnolia trailers.
* A fascinating 16 minute interview with The Wolfpack. The brothers talk about the documentary, director Crystal Moselle, their lives, etc.
* A 6 1/2 minute interview with director Crystal Moselle.
* “Mirror Heart” and “Window Feel”- 2 short films by The Wolfpack.
* ‘The Making of Mirror Heart”- A 16 minute making of featurette.
* “The Wolfpack Goes To Hollywood: First Trip To Los Angeles”- A travelogue of The Wolfpack’s adventures in L.A. where they meet filmmakers, check out locations from famous films, and more. Not only is this a great companion piece to the movie, but it’s a great extra.

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October 10, 2015 - Posted by | Blu-Ray review |

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