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Funny Games DVD

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  • Technical Specs
  • Format: DVD
  • Rating: Not Rated
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Run Time: 108 Minutes
  • Region: 1 Region?
  • Aspect Ratio: Widescreen
  • Language: German
  • Studio: Kino Video
  • DVD Release Date: May 16, 2006
  • Subtitles: English
  • Audio: GERMAN: Dolby Digital Stereo
  • Color: Color
  • Includes:
    An Interview With Michael Haneke
    Theatrical Trailer
Written and Directed by German born Michael Haneke (The Piano Teacher, Cache), 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 Muhe, Benny's Video) and their son Georgie play a guessing game en route to their lakeside 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 killers 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
 
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