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Brotherhood of the Wolf (2001)

NOTE: This commentary is only available on the 3-disc Canadian release, and on the French and German releases.

Commentaries on this disc:

Commentary 1: Actors Samuel Le Bihan and Vincent Cassel (in French, no subtitles) Rating:8.0/10 (1 vote) [graph]Login to vote or review
Reviewed by Stobbin on August 10th, 2004:Find all reviews by Stobbin
We need votes for this one.
If anyone speaks french, I beg of you let us know if it is either A) Worth learning French for. or the more probable B) Finding a transcribe of it somewhere and translating.
I heard it was reaally informative, but need more info than that.
By the way, this movie is almost edging out LOTR:FOTR for favorite movie of 2001 in my mind.
Reviewed by pat00139 on December 21st, 2005:Find all reviews by pat00139
These guys have a lot of fun talking about the movie. It's mostly just tidbits spread throughout the 2 and a half hours. They do talk about some of the shots and how they were done, as well as some of the cut scenes. There are many funny moments, which you can only appreciate if you understand French (that would mostly be because the track is in French and has no subtitles). At one point they haven't talked for a little while. Vincent chimes in 'Well... um...' They both laugh. Sam: 'Yeah, um... what about the costumes?' Or ten minutes into the movie, they don't seem to have much to say, and Vincent says 'Two and a half hours is a long time, isn't it?' It's actually funnier while listening to the track. They also talk about the cast and some of the crew members. It's a good track that never really goes dull. The two actors always have something interesting to say. There are many pauses, but they don't really last more than about 30 seconds. Well worth listening to if you’re a fan of the movie.
Commentary 2: Director Christophe Gans (in French, no subtitles) Rating:9.5/10 (2 votes) [graph]Login to vote or review
Reviewed by pat00139 on December 21st, 2005:Find all reviews by pat00139
Right off, I'll say that I've never heard so many different movie references in a commentary before. I loved listening to this guy talk. The variety and vast knowledge of movies this guy has is wonderful. It's refreshing to hear someone who has this absolute love of film like this guy has. Don't get me wrong, no one is a director if they hate movies, but sometimes you get that feeling while listening to them talk. Not Mr. Gans. He loves movies and he let's you know what he loves (which is pretty much anything, except for most Hollywood movies). His favorite genre is spaghetti westerns, he loves John Carpenter, and (I'm guessing) Mario Bava also. It's amazing to think that 'Brotherhood of the Wolf' had inspirations from such varied sources as westerns, 'Jaws', 'Suspiria', 'Mimic', Hammer films, 'Nanook of the North', Walt Disney cartoons, Chang Cheh (or Hong Kong movies in general), Jean Cocteau (especially 'Beauty and the Beast'), Russian and French cinema from the '20s, 'Tomb Raider' and 'Turok', and 'Zambala' (or comic books in general). Apart from the various and many references, he also talks about the technical aspects of the movie. For example, while shooting the dinner scene, he did 47 set-ups in one day, without changing the lighting, and even had 2 cameras on one dolly track. He also gives us his insight on what he wanted to accomplish with the different scenes, along with his theories about filmmaking (like not giving away too much information at once, which he thinks American movies do too often), the symbolism of the movie (the weapons during the final battle actually represent something), the choice for the actors (they were chosen during the writing stage, and all the people whom they wanted are in the movie, except one guy who had a theatrical engagement), and the weather problems (one simple shot had to be redone 4 or 5 times, sometimes shot at different locations, because it kept raining when they started filming). He also admits that some scenes he doesn't like too much, and that, as a director, he likes the first half of the movie better than the second, but that as a spectator, prefers the second to the first. There are some dead moments, especially near the end, but what he says more than makes up for the more or less 7 minutes of total dead air. One last thing is that there is absolutely no overlap between this track and the second one. I found that amazing considering the amount of stuff the 2 actors talked about. Learn French if you don't already know it, or watch it with someone who understands French, because it's definitely worth it. This is one of the best tracks I've heard.