Grizzly Man

Directed By: Werner Herzog

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A docudrama that centers on amateur grizzly bear expert timothy treadwell. Periodically journeying to alaska to study and live with bears, this films explores his compassionate life and the solace he found among these endangered animals as well as the ironic ultimate ending of his life.


Studio Lions Gate
SKU 202025347
UPC 031398186366
UPC 14 00031398186366
Format DVD
Release Date 8/22/2006
Rating Rating
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Editors Note
Note Werner Herzog's persistent inquiry into the motivations of human obsession focuses this time on the self-proclaimed "kind warrior" Timothy Treadwell. A passionate wildlife preservationist and grizzly bear devotee, Treadwell lived unarmed among the grizzlies in a remote section of Alaska for 13 summers, and eventually died in a bear attack. He filmed his experiences during his final five years, and Herzog makes use of this footage in a posthumous portrait of a complex, intriguing character. A youthful blond actor turned nature lover, Treadwell is revealed over the course of the film to have been a troubled soul who found solace in the wild, and the existential questions and difficulties he faced in the world were, fascinatingly, worked out on film. Deftly interweaving Treadwell's quiet moments of nature appreciation with meandering introspection and alarmingly hostile rants, Herzog masterfully captures the enigma of the dead man. Herzog has a genuine appreciation of Treadwell's films, as well as sympathy for Treadwell's apparent unease with the world. Much of GRIZZLY MAN's complexity comes in our growing awareness of Timothy's apparent naivety, his need to see himself as a savior, and his sentimentalizing of nature. However, we are left with the impression of someone unafraid to follow his heart and go to any extreme--even death--in search of peace.
Premiere "Herzog not only tells an incredible story but implies a dark metaphysic of the natural world that makes this film unsettlingly larger than its human subject." 07/01/2005 p.48
Rolling Stone "[S]omething unique and unforgettable....Herzog conducts his own expedition into knowing the unknowable..." 08/11/2005 p.82
Entertainment Weekly "[A] mesmerizing work of disturbing power and unease....Herzog has bushwhacked fearlessly into one man's thorny soul." 08/19/2005 p.123
New York Times "It is the rare documentary like GRIZZLY MAN, which has beauty and passion..." 08/12/2005 p.E11
USA Today "[T]his documentary offers an intimate window into its subject. By using Treadwell's own words, ideas and point of view, Herzog makes audiences feel as if they are poring over a video journal of a tortured soul." 08/19/2005 p.6E
Movieline's Hollywood Life "[T]his is at once a beautiful nature doc and a fascinating fable about a dangerous state of mind, American innocence." 01/01/2006 p.106
Sight and Sound "[A] fascinating twice over: as a courageously close-up view of Alaskan wildlife, red in tooth and claw, and as an unwittingly self-condemning portrait of the artist as a would-be Tarzan of the Bears." 02/01/2006 p.62
Uncut 4 stars out of 5 -- "[An] exceptional documentary....[The film] does lend his quest a dignity it might otherwise have lacked." 03/01/2006 p.124
Total Film 4 stars out of 5 -- "[A] tense and cinematic doc....Equal parts disturbing and hilarious." 06/01/2006 p.119
Wall Street Journal "[A] mature and evenhanded documentary. The film poses more questions than it answers, and has a haunting afterglow..." 11/20/2009
Werner Herzog
Name Herzog,Werner
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Cast & Crew
Joe Brini - Editor
Kevin Beggs, et. al. - Executive Producer
Peter Zeitlinger - Cinematographer
Richard Thompson - Original Music By
Timothy Treadwell - Featuring
Werner Herzog - Narrated By
Werner Herzog - Director
Werner Herzog - Writer
Technical Info
Original Release Date 2005
Catalog ID 18636
UPC 00031398186366
Running Time 104 minutes
Color Color
Original Language English
Available Subtitles Spanish
Available Audio Tracks English
Aspect Ratio
Widescreen  1.85:1
Sundance Film Festival (2005) Werner Herzog, Winner, Alfred P. Sloan Feature Film Prize,Werner Herzog, Nominee, Grand Jury Prize
ReviewSource James Berardinelli's ReelViews
Review 2005 has been an uncommonly a good year for documentaries, and Grizzly Man, the latest from acclaimed German director Werner Herzog, does nothing to weaken the field. Grizzly Man is actually three movies in one: a wildlife film about how grizzly bears behave in their natural habitat, a character study of an eccentric environmentalist, and a chilling, voyeuristic narrative of how death stalks that man.
Reviewer James Berardinelli
ReviewRating 9
ReviewSource Chicago Sun-Times
Review The documentary is an uncommon meeting between Treadwell's loony idealism, and Herzog's bleak worldview. Treadwell's footage is sometimes miraculous, as when we see his close bond with a fox who has been like his pet dog for 10 years. Or when he grows angry with God because a drought has dried up the salmon run and his bears are starving. He demands that God make it rain and, what do you know, it does.
Reviewer Roger Ebert
ReviewRating 10
Product Attributes
Actor Herzog,Werner
Label Lions Gate Home Entertainment
Music Format DVD
Video Format DVD
Ebert and Roeper Two thumbs way up...
J. Hoberman, The New York Times One of the most remarkable documentaries produced by any filmmaker in recent years.
Peter Travers, Rolling Stone Herzog...has created something unique and unforgettable.

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