Two Brothers is a passionate plea for the tigers’ right to live a life of freedom and dignity in the wild.

Directed by Jean-Jacques Annaud, who brought a similar sense of urgency for bears in The Bear, it’s a film that can be rough for the youngest viewers. These are real tigers, after all, not cuddly animated Tiggers who would be at home in the Hundred Acre Wood. They don’t talk, and there are no voiceovers. Instead, a sense of danger lurks as the story shows how easily they can hunt other creatures and alludes to the possibility of them killing humans.

And yet, it is the humans who come off as the real predators. It is the humans who kill the tigers for sport and argue about the quality of the hides they plan to strip from the tigers’ bodies.

The brothers in the title are tiger cubs who are separated when a hunter (Guy Pearce) captures one. It becomes the pet of the governor’s son. The other is also captured and sold to the circus.

The cubs grow and, due to a series of plot turns, end up facing each other in a ring, fighting like gladiators for human amusement. The story hinges on the question of whether they will fight to the death or recognize each other.

The best of the extras, "Wild About Tigers" in the Fun With Tigers section, extends the learning about tigers, showing where and how they live and how they hunt. Again, the director doesn’t shy away from scenes of the tiger felling its prey. For those wanting to know how the director managed to put this exquisitely shot film together, check out "The Cast." This section takes a close-up look at the trainers and all the cubs it took to play the two brothers, as the cubs were swapped out when they became too big for the early scenes.

Two Brothers is currently available.