Friday, March 23, 2012

Funny Games DVD (Michael Haneke - Original Version) (NTSC Region 1)

Funny Games DVD (Michael Haneke - Original Version) (NTSC Region 1)
Written and directed by German-born Michael Haneke (The Piano Teacher, Caché), Funny Games combines thriller conventions "with a number of Brechtian devices that catch audiences in a voyeuristic trance" (Stephen Holden, The New York Times). A succession of "sadistic, insufferable, clever and relentlessly compelling" (David Sterritt, Film Scouts) games between victims and perpetrators -- and between auteur and spectator -- Funny Games opens with an aerial shot of an SUV maneuvering through an idyllic landscape. Inside the vehicle, Anna (Susanne Lothar; The Piano Teacher), Georg (Ulrich Mühe; Benny's Video) and their son Georgie play a guessing game en route to their lakeside vacation home.
But a soporific rural escape rapidly turns into a home-invasion nightmare as Paul (Arno Frisch; Benny's Video) and Peter (Frank Giering) break into their house, claiming to be neighbors' relatives. Young and articulate, the serial-killer duo of Peter and Paul inexplicably imprison this upper class Austrian family, irrationally switching from physical assaults to moments of emotional harassment and vicious psychological tortures.
"This beautifully acted and paced German variant of Cape Fear" (Holden, The New York Times) is one of Michael Haneke's most acclaimed portrayals of unspeakable, and ever unjustifiable, acts of violence.
  • NTSC Region 1
  • Anamorphic Widescreen
  • German Audio with Optional English Subtitles
  • An interview with Michael Haneke (2005, 18 min, in French w/English subt.) 

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