Step into the world of witches and trolls…

 To celebrate the May 21st Digital debut of HANSEL & GRETEL: WITCH HUNTERS and the film’s upcoming arrival on Blu-ray and DVD on June 11th, journalists joined director Tommy Wirkola for a special visit to Spectral Motion, home of the wizards behind the creature and prosthetic makeup effects in the global hit.

Attendees met the film’s breakout character, Edward the Troll—a triumph of practical animatronics; experienced the lifecasting process undergone by cast members; brought an animatronic creature to life; and watched as an ordinary person was transformed into a gruesome witch.

Plus, director Tommy Wirkola, actor Derek Mears (Edward the Troll) and Academy Award nominee Mike Elizalde (Founder of Spectral Motion) gave behind-the-scenes insight into the making of the worldwide blockbuster.

One of the leading makeup and creature effects studios in the industry, Spectral Motion has created effects for films such as  Pacific Rim, Looper, X-Men: Last Stand, Fantastic Four, Hellboy, Hellboy II: The Golden Army and many more.


The legendary tale transforms into a rollicking - and unrated - action spectacle

Jeremy Renner and Gemma Arterton Battle to Save the World from Witches in the $200+ Million Worldwide Blockbuster, Flying Onto Blu-ray™, Blu-ray 3D™ and DVD June 11, 2013

Fans Can Be the First to Own the Fast-Paced Thrill Ride 
on Digital Download May 21st

The fabled siblings are all grown up and hell-bent on tracking and killing witches wherever they hide in the no-holds-barred epic of modern action and adventure HANSEL & GRETEL: WITCH HUNTERS, taking flight on Blu-ray, Blu-ray 3D, DVD and On Demand June 11, 2013 from Paramount Home Media Distribution. The film will also be available early for Digital Download on May 21st.  “Destined for cult status” (Rick Florino,, HANSEL & GRETEL: WITCH HUNTERS is filled with “super crazy action and mind-blowing thrills” (Shawn Edwards, Fox-TV) and stars Jeremy Renner (The AvengersThe Bourne Legacy), Gemma Arterton (Quantum of Solace), Famke Janssen (X-Men), Thomas Mann (Beautiful Creatures) and Peter Stormare (The Big Lebowski).  Written and directed by Tommy Wirkola (Dead Snow), the film earned more than $200 million at the global box office and a sequel is in development. The sly and ingeniously wicked movie tells the story of the brother and sister team seeking to avenge their parents’ deaths.  But after a lifetime of hunting witches, Hansel and Gretel now must face an evil greater than anything they’ve seen: a terrifying new threat so massive, it could destroy the world as we know it.

HANSEL & GRETEL: WITCH HUNTERS will be available in both its original theatrical version and an unrated version with never-before-seen footage that was too intense for theaters in a Blu-ray/DVD combo or a three-disc Blu-ray 3D/Blu-ray/DVD combo, both with UltraViolet™. The combo packs boast revealing special features that take audiences behind-the-scenes for a look at the reinvention of the story, an in-depth examination of the gruesome witches and an up close and personal visit with the extraordinary troll, Edward. The film will also be available as a single-disc DVD that includes the theatrical version of the film.

The Blu-ray releases available for purchase will be enabled with UltraViolet, a new way to collect, access and enjoy movies. With UltraViolet, consumers can add movies to their digital collection in the cloud, and then stream or download them – reliably and securely – to a variety of devices.


Paramount Home Media Distribution Contacts:

 Fred Paik:, (323) 434-1418