The Good

A solidly told tale that is sure to achieve cult status and make people see Elijah Wood as someone other than Frodo Baggins.

The Bad

Pretty sparse extra features.

I seem to recall Green Street Hooligans coming out in theaters and then coming out DVD much sooner than it's recent June 13th release. That said, I am surprised that this movie, starring the Lord of the Rings Elijah Wood didn't make a little bit more noise in theaters.

However, this tale of Matt (Wood), an American visiting England who gets sucked into the world of London's toughest "firm" (the groups that surround football teams and tend to get in fights with one another), seemed to come under the radar of many people that I know who are interested in things like the World Cup and Britain. As this is a coming of age tale, Matt eventually has to choose between staying in England or going back to America and dealing with the situation that made him go abroad in the first place.

Features

The Making of Hooligans

This is about a five minute look at the making of the film. It features the director, the main cast members (yes, Elijah Wood) but I couldn't help thinking this should be longer. There were some interesting postproduction effects added to the footage, but overall this played like an electronic press kit that they just threw on this disc as an afterthought.

"One Blood" Music Video

I didn't even make it all the way through this. I just find a lot of music videos, if they don't tell stories, to be pretty boring. This song, while I am sure to many is probably great, was a little too slow and moody for my tastes. Factor in that the video is shots of the artist singing, mixed with portions from the film and I just figured I'd seen half, so I'd seen enough.

Video

Widescreen Version presented in a "letterbox" widescreen format preserving the "scope" aspect ratio of it's original theatrical exhibition. Enhanced for Widescreen TVs. There is quite a lot of green employed in this movie, which I think is somewhat inspired by Fight Club. Thankfully, this film tells it's tale in a pretty straight forward way, with minimal camera tricks and it's main focus being on the story at hand. Overall, the sparseness of digital effects speaks more than if the director, Lexi Alexander, had decided to spruce things up.

Audio

Dolby Digital. English: Dolby Surround 5.1. The actors have such thick British accents that I was a little nervous at first about being able to follow the movie. However, since we see the film through Matt's eyes and all the Brits know that he is a Yank, there is enough explanation given to what the characters are saying that watching this film with subtitles isn't really necessary.

Package

The Fight Club green pervades this front cover in which Wood and co-star Charlie Hunnam stand front and center with the rest of the Hooligans behind them. The back shows a picture of the "firm" with blood all over their faces screaming. There are more shots from the film, a description, a Special Features listing, a cast list and technical specs.

Final Word

Overall, Green Street Hooligans was a very good movie. It wasn't too stylized, was filled with good dialogue and it puts across the idea of these "football firms" without judging them too harshly. Some plot points had me scratching my head and it was odd seeing grownups care so much about a sporting event but I think that was the point. A different kind of world is being presented here. We are seeing something that is contradictory in many senses of the word, yet Green Street Hooligans never lost sense of itself or the story it was trying to tell.

Green Street Hooligans was released September 9, 2005.