Blu-ray, 3D, DVD: Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters

Digital Download: May 21, 2013 Blu-ray, Blu-ray 3D & DVD Release Date: June 11, 2013
Price: DVD $29.99, Blu-ray/DVD Combo $39.99, Blu-ray 3D Combo $49.99
Studio: Paramount Home Entertainment

Hansel & Gretel: Witch HuntersThe classic fairy tale gets a new twist in Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters.

The fantasy movie stars Jeremy Renner (The Bourne Legacy) and Gemma Arterton (Tamara Drewe) as the titular brother and sister, who are now all grown up and on a mission: To avenge the deaths of their parents. After years hunting witches, they face an evil greater than anything they’ve seen before, and one that could destroy the world.

The R-rated film, which also stars Famke Janssen (Taken 2) and Peter Stormare (Small Town Murder Songs), was written and directed by Norwegian filmmaker Tommy Wirkola (Dead Snow).

Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters grossed $55 million in wide release at theaters, but got poor reviews from critics. As Chicago Reader critic Ben Sachs said, “There isn’t much to this beyond the poorly staged, rapidly edited violence.” Still, audiences appreciated the film better, giving it 61% approval on Rotten Tomatoes, compared to critics’ 15%.

Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters Blu-ray boxBoth the version of the film screened in theaters as well as an unrated version with newly added footage are on the Blu-ray/DVD Combo and three-disc Blu-ray 3D/Blu-ray/DVD Combo. Both the high-definition discs also offer instant streaming of the movie and download via UltraViolet, as well as these special features:

  • “Reinventing Hansel & Gretel”
  • “The Witching Hours”
  • “Meet Edward the Troll”

Check out the movie’s trailer:

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About S. Clark

Sam Clark is the former Managing Editor/Online Editor of Video Business magazine. With 19 years experience in journalism, 12 in the home entertainment industry, Sam has been hooked on movies on since she saw E.T. then stared into the sky waiting to meet her own friendly alien. Thanks to her husband’s shared love of movies, Sam reviews Blu-ray discs in a true home theater, with a 118-inch screen, projector and cushy recliners with cup holders.