BLU-RAY REVIEW

Brothers Grimm, The

Featured In Issue 115, December 2006

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(Studio/Distributor):
Miramax Home Entertainment
(Catalog Number):
52406
(MPAA Rating):
PG13
(Rating Reason):
For violence, frightening sequences, and brief suggestive language
(Retail Price):
$34.99
(Disc Type):
Single Side, Single Layer (BD-25)
(Widescreen Edition):
Yes
(Full Screen Edition):
No
(Running Time In Minutes):
118
(Color Type):
Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access):
Yes
(Closed Captioned):
Yes
(Regional Coding):
A
(Theatrical Year):
2005
(Theatrical Release):
Yes
(Direct-To-Video Release):
No
(Disc Release Date):
10/17/06
(THX® Digitally Mastered):
No
(Director):
Terry Gilliam
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(Disc Soundtrack):
Dolby Digital 5.1
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It's 1796, and Jake just sold the family cow for some magic beans. Doh! And so begins the story of The Brothers Grimm, Jake (Ledger) and Will (Damon) whom travel the countryside as con-artists, ridding villages of supernatural (and pre-planted) beings...and all for just a small fee. That is until they actually stumble upon a town bordering a truly enchanted forest, a forest that seems to be consuming the town's lasses at an alarming rate. Will their years of trickery and deception help them as they enter the forest? (Jack Kelley)

Special features include a chance to view the film with Director Terry Gilliam, 12 deleted scenes (which can also be viewed with director's commentary), a 16-minute featurette of bringing this fairy tale to life, and nearly nine minutes showing the visual effects of the movie.

With good contrast and adequate shadow delineation, the H.264 AVC (MPEG-4) encoded 1.82:1 Blu-ray Disc image can have good dimensionality. Details are generally resolved well, but it shows the same inconsistencies that plagued the early Blu-ray Disc releases. The picture is good, but not pristine. (Danny Richelieu)

The linear PCM 5.1-channel encoding improves upon the Dolbyģ Digital encoding that is also included with the disc, by reducing harshness in the loudest effects and lowering the noise floor. The mix is not overly exciting, but the soundtrack is adequately enjoyable. (Danny Richelieu)