Having Tarantino claim that your film is the best that he’s seen that year, is definitely a good thing. Far more people will take a leap of faith, on QT’s word alone. However, it comes with a caveat. Suddenly everybody goes into your film in hyper-critical mode. Suddenly it’s not about how entertaining the film itself is, but, whether or not it lives up to the high praise quoted on the front cover of the box. Then you have the people that feel as if they are “bucking the system” by raging against any form of popular media. These warrior trolls will decide whether or not they like a movie, before having watched it, based upon whatever praise the film has gathered thus far. Big Bad Wolves is an exceptionally shot, entertaining movie, that doesn’t need glowing praise from QT to find an audience. Any journalist worth a damn that has been covering genre film for any amount of time, knows that it is extremely rare that a complete turd gets churned out by Magnolia/Magnet. Honestly, I can’t think of a single sub-par film that has been released under either label. I’m sure there is one or two, but they are so few and far between that I genuinely can’t think of even one. One word, a pet peeve of mine, really, that you’ll probably hear in relation to this movie is “overrated”. However, the word overrated is itself, overrated. I find it to be one of the most useless words in the English language. If film watching is subjective, how is i then, that one person can claim that another has given too much praise to something they’ve genuinely enjoyed? The whole thing is asinine.
It’s easy to see why Tarantino considered this to be the best film he saw in 2013. I don’t personally agree, but, it has a lot going for it. It is exceptionally shot, scored and performed, all throughout. A lot of the classic crime film tropes, some of which Tarantino implement into much of his own films, are present here. There are plenty of nods to that style of film making, and a couple little nods to Tarantino films, even. It really is the ultimate love letter, to gritty crime dramas, with a twisted sense of humor that might not be appreciated by all. I’ve had friends watch this movie and the comedic elements escaped them all together. It is a grueling watch, if things like child rape, murder, and graphic torture are issues that you are unable to laugh at. And it’s not even really that these situations are presented in a funny way. The crime elements of the film are genuine, and not handled in a way that can be misconstrued as making light of a serious subject. What’s funny, are the characters that are surrounded by these acts, and some of the editing choices, as well as the soundtrack.
The Blu-ray itself, as with pretty much all of Magnet’s Blu-ray releases looks phenomenal. For such a beautifully shot film, it would be a disservice to watch it in any other format. With an AVC encoded, 1080p transfer in 2.39:1, the picture quality is stunning, and adds an extra layer of creep, witnessing all of these horrific acts with crystal clarity. The audio comes in the form of two tracks. The great, original Hebrew DTS-HD MA 5.1 track, that fills every corner of your living room with the sound of toenails being ripped from the skin, and the DTS-HD MA 5.1 English track, for those of you that don’t know how to watch a foreign film properly. I kid, I kid(not really). There are a few extras on the disc, including the theatrical trailer, an AXS TV special, and a behind-the-scenes featurette. Big Bad Wolves will be available on DVD & Blu-ray on 4/22 from Magnolia/Magnet, and is highly recommended. You may pre-order your copy here.