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Red Riding Hood: Alternate Cut

by Jim Halterman
EDGE Media Network Contributor
Wednesday Jun 22, 2011
Red Riding Hood: Alternate Cut

With the new DVD & Blu-ray release of "Red Riding Hood", you can try all you want during viewing but one thing will keep popping into your head - where's Taylor Lautner? While the ripped actor does not appear in this film, "Red Riding Hood" is so like "Twilight" that it's to the point of distraction.

It probably makes sense that Catherine Hardwicke, who also directed the first "Twilight" film, was at the helm for this adaptation of the classic story and who can blame her for sticking to the tried and true formula of a wide-eyed heroine and the stunning men around her like Shiloh Fernandez and, most notably, hunky model-turned-actor Max Irons?

The biggest problem with "Red Riding Hood" is tone. Hardwicke knows how to frame smoldering, lustful glances but the film goes from deadly serious to camp in the blink of an eye and that makes for a very muddled movie. Amanda Seyfried (the current go-to girl for love and romance) does an okay job as Valerie and when the big bad wolf does show up, it creates some fun adventure and tension (though the CGI'd wolf looks like he literally jumped from "Twilight" to this film) none of it saves the film.

"Red Riding Hood" comes in a DVD/Blu-ray pack with the Blu-ray edition offering an alternate cut of the film. Featurettes include "Secrets Behind the Red Cloak" and "Behind The Story" as well as deleted scenes, music videos and a gag reel. None of this is enough to make this a worthy purchase.


Jim Halterman lives in Los Angeles and also covers the TV/Film/Theater scene for www.FutonCritic.com, AfterElton, Vulture, CBS Watch magazine and, of course, www.jimhalterman.com. He is also a regular Tweeter and has a group site on Facebook.

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