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Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters

by Ken Tasho
Tuesday Jun 11, 2013
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Be wary of any tagline that reads, "Classic tale, new twist." Such is the case with "Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters," a mostly unpleasant viewing experience after which you’ll want eighty-seven minutes of your life back. An extended unrated cut has made its way on the Blu-ray, not adding any extra value.

As kids, Hansel (Jeremy Renner) and Gretel (Gemma Arterton) survived being burned alive by a witch. After this initial prologue, we flash forward, and the two attractive siblings are all grown up, yet the year in which the film takes place is unclear.

Now bounty hunters, Hansel and Gretel take on an array of bloody witches and, in the interim, drop as many F-bombs as possible for an R-rated movie. What was once a children’s story has turned into a lewd adult train wreck, featuring lots of nudity and horror gore.

At the very least, "Hansel and Gretel" has Renner and Arterton, two established actors stuck in an inane screenplay with over-the-top CGI effects. It would’ve worked much better had the actual fable of their childhood been used instead of making them adults.

The film is supposed to be tongue-in-cheek but ends up being a silly and risqué live-action cartoon.

Blu-ray’s special features include:

Unrated Cut
Reinventing Hansel & Gretel
The Witching Hours
Meet Edward the Troll

"Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters"
Blu-ray/DVD Combo Pack

Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters

Hansel :: Jeremy Renner
Gretel :: Gemma Arterton
Muriel :: Famke Janssen
Berringer :: Peter Stormare
Ben :: Thomas Mann
Edward :: Derek Mears
Voice of Edward :: Robin Atkin Downes
Mina :: Pihla Viitala
Horned Witch :: Ingrid Berdal
Red-Haired Witch :: Joanna Kulig
Jackson :: ørn Sundquist
Mayer Engleman :: Rainer Bock
Father :: Thomas Scharff
Adrianna :: Kathrin ühnel
Young Hansel :: Cedric Eich
Young Gretel :: Alea-Sophia Boudodimos

Screenwriter, Tommy Wirkola; Producer, Will Ferrell; Producer, Adam McKay; Producer, Kevin Messick; Producer, Beau Flynn; Executive Producer, Denis Stewart; Executive Producer, Chris Henchy; Executive Producer, Tripp Vinson; Cinematographer, Michael Bonvillain; Production Design, Stephen Scott; Film Editor, Jim Page; Costume Designer, Marlene Stewart; Original Music, Atli Örvarsson; Casting, Deborah Aquila; Casting, Tricia Wood; Casting, Jen Smith; Supervising Art Direction, Andreas Olshausen; Art Director, Anja Mueller; Art Director, Stephan Gessler; Set Decoration, Bernhard Henrich.

Ken Tasho is a Corporate Drone by day and Edge Contributor by night. He has a love for all things ’80’s and resides in the Wayland Square area of Providence, RI...but would much rather be sharing an apartment in NYC with ’80’s rock goddesses Pat Benatar and Deborah Harry.


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