Blood and Chocolate [Blu-ray] [2007]


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    Overall Customer Rating:
    50% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (4 out of 8)

    Special Features

    • Deleted Scenes
    • Commentary with Director Katja Von Garnier and Olivier Martinez


    Blood and Chocolate
    Iron Jawed Angels director Katja von Garnier and the producers of Underworld team to adapt author Annette Curtis Klause's tale of a teenage werewolf who must choose between love and loyalty to the pack when she falls for a handsome young human. Vivian Gandillon (Agnes Bruckner) is a 19-year-old girl living in modern-day Bucharest. After spending her entire life running from the truth, Vivian is forced to come to terms with her lycanthropic origins when her growing affections for a visiting American artist threaten to reveal her family's dark secret. For centuries, Vivian's family has been involved with an ancient secret society. Now, in order to be with the one she loves, Vivian will be forced to betray an age-old vow that could bring about the downfall of her entire race. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

    Cast & Crew

    • Agnes Bruckner
      Agnes Bruckner - Vivian Gandillon
    • Olivier Martinez
      Olivier Martinez - Gabriel
    • Hugh Dancy
      Hugh Dancy - Aiden Galvin
    • Bryan Dick
      Bryan Dick - Rafe
    • Katja Riemann
      Katja Riemann - Astrid

    Customer rating

    would recommend to a friend
    • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

      Highly stylized, but an empty shell


      As an adolescent, I loved Annette Curtis Klause's Blood and Chocolate, the gripping tale of a modern-day werewolf pack. In the film adaptation by Katja Von Garnier (screenplay by Christopher B. Landon and Ehren Kruger), Vivian (Agnes Bruckner) and her pack live in Bucharest, Romania after fleeing a massacre in the United States. The solitary Vivian jogs, works in a chocolate shop, and avoids the advances of her cousin Rafe and his slimy friends. At night, she sips absinthe in trendy basement clubs. One night she runs into graphic novelist Aiden (Hugh Dancy), who is working on a piece about the loup-garou (werewolves), and Aiden seems to speak her language, viewing werewolves as noble. Vivian tries to shake Aiden's interest in her, as she is destined to become leader Gabriel's (Olivier Martinez) wife and future leader. However, the two eventually become involved, with tragic consequences for all involved. The so-called romance felt forced and unrealistic. The film is very dark and violent, with several scenes of pack hunting, vigilante justice, and graphic murders. It seemed to be all style and no substance; sure, the location footage of Bucharest looked beautiful, but served no purpose to further the story. There was no integration with local culture, and the trendy clubs could have been in any major European city. What little plot there was focused on vengeance, with shamefully little devoted to the werewolf lore that was the center of the original novel. In the film, there are no special effects when the humans (rarely) change into werewolves; instead, we're shown a brief blur that dissolves into real wolves. Disappointing to say the least; given, it's not a human in a bad werewolf suit, but none of the mystery or romance from the original novel is there. The chase scenes were heavy handed and overused, as were the numerous club scenes. The violence was gratuitous and largely without merit, but not scary enough to make this a horror film. Other than the names of several characters, little has been preserved from the original novel, and that's a shame. Klause penned beautiful descriptions of the change from human to werewolf, and of Vivian's delight in her dual sensual natures. In the original novel, Vivian is wrapped up in school and the pack hierarchy, and in many ways is a normal teenager interested in art and music. In the film version, Vivian feels empty; we never know what she enjoys, we never see her at school or with friends. Instead of the well-outlined pack hierarchy in the novel, Olivier Martinez's Gabriel is focused on protecting the pack through violence; there is none of the code of honor featured in the novel, and the werewolves' code is much more animalistic here. In the novel, Klause makes it possible to sympathize with the pack members who have all suffered personal loss and tragedy because of what they are; here, we never meet (or care about) the faceless pack members that exist only to kill humans. The DVD offers several deleted scenes, a commentary from Olivier Martinez, and widescreen and fullscreen versions. Final verdict: next time, stick closer to the source material. Some changes may have given the story a fresh new face, but the screenwriters basically rewrote the entire Blood and Chocolate story without any of the romance or wonder.

      No, I would not recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars



      This movie was terrible, it was almost as bad as Twilight. This film I think was designed for kids and young teens, (just like Twilight). In fact, it could pass for PG. I haven't read the book, but I know people that have. They said the book was much better, (just like Twilight.) There's a few good actors in it, and the plot had potential but was poorly done. The special effects were horrible. The werewolves weren't even werewolves. They just show a computer generated change, then an actual wolf. Weak! This is quite possibly the worst attempt at a werewolf I've ever seen, it's like they didn't even try! If you're looking for something to sit and watch with your kids, I'd recommend it, (just like Twilight). To everyone else, I DON'T recommend this boring kids movie.

      No, I would not recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

      Horrible movie!


      This is a terrible movie, unless you're under 12 years old. I watched it with my two daughters, 10 and 13. They said it was just ok. (Keep in mind, they like Hannah Montana?!) This reminded me of Twilight, which was terrible. But, my kids loved it! I don't know why it's rated PG-13, it's a kids movie, just like Twilight. They could pass for Disney films. For everyone else, don't waste your money like I did! If your looking for a nice little family film to watch with the kids, let me recommend Repo: The Genetic Opera or Sweeney Todd. My little girls love those movies!

      No, I would not recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Amazing Movie


      This movie amazed me. It was way beyond my expectation level. The fighting, the drama, the romance, it all fit in very well. Whoever casted Bruckner and Dancy, thumbs up to you!

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Different spin on "werewolves"

      • My Best Buy® Elite Plus MemberElite Plus Member

      Different than the mainstream werewolf movies. action, some romance, and some great visuals.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      good price

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      • My Best Buy® Elite MemberElite Member

      Good price for a bluray, great movie if you are into more syfy love story types of movies.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      great movie


      this is a great movie if your into woles and a little drama then you should buy this movie

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

      Something to watch

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      • My Best Buy® Elite Plus MemberElite Plus Member

      Ok sci-fi fantasy movie not a total waste of your time

      No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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