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Carnage [Blu-ray]

Kate Winslet , Jodie Foster , Roman Polanski    Suitable for 15 years and over   Blu-ray
3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (94 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Kate Winslet, Jodie Foster, Christopher Waltz, John C. Reilly
  • Directors: Roman Polanski
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region B/2 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Studiocanal
  • DVD Release Date: 18 Jun 2012
  • Run Time: 79 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (94 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B007C3MKQ0
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 34,147 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Based on the acclaimed play ‘God of Carnage' by Yasmina Reza, and directed by legendary auteur Roman Polanski, Carnage pits power couple Nancy (Academy Award-winner Kate Winslet (Mildred Pierce, The Reader)) and Alan Cowan (Academy Award-winner Christoph Waltz (Water for Elephants, Inglourious Basterds)) against the liberal writer and campaigner Penelope Longstreet (Academy Award-winner Jodie Foster (Panic Room, The Silence of the Lambs)) and her wholesaler husband, Michael (John C. Reilly (We Need to Talk About Kevin, Magnolia)). Unpredictable and shocking, the film hilariously exposes the hypocrisy lurking behind their polite façade.

Following a playground scuffle between their 11-year old children, the parents of the "victim" have invited the parents of the "bully" to their apartment to sort it out. Cordial banter gradually develops a razor-sharp edge as all four of the well-heeled American parents reveal their laughable contradictions and grotesque prejudices. None of them will escape the ensuing carnage in this hilarious new comedy.

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Roman Polanski directs this comedy of manners adapted from the play by Yasmina Reza, who also co-writes the screenplay. A stripped-back four-hander, the film tells the satirical tale of two sets of well-heeled New York City parents - Penelope and Michael Longstreet (Jodie Foster and John C. Reilly) and Nancy and Alan Cowan (Kate Winslet and Christoph Waltz) - who meet for a discussion after their sons are involved in a violent incident in the school playground. Despite their honourable intentions, long-suppressed resentments and hostilities soon flare up both between and within the couples, leading to a rapid deterioration in civilities.

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29 of 29 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Uncomfortably, compulsive viewing 25 April 2012
By Moose Papoose VINE VOICE
Format:DVD|Vine Customer Review of Free Product (What's this?)
This is a spiky satire on contemporary bourgeois correctness. Two couples meet in a New York apartment to agree a course of action following an incident involving their 11 year old sons.

The dialogue is agonisingly tense, the atmosphere claustrophobic and confrontational. Each of the our characters clash with the other protagonists. Rifts between couples emerge, and the men and women form allegences against the opposite sex. No-one supports anyone, and the 'meeting' descends into an alcohol-fuelled brawl - far worse than any playground children's dispute. The characters are each hideous in their own way. At first, they are composed and conceal their innermost thoughts and opinions, but as the film progresses every nasty, destructive judgmental comment spews forth,

The script is smart and the acting superb. I particularly liked the symbolism used throughout. Items, including a mobile phone, tulips, art books, trousers and a handbag are destroyed. The verbal punch-ups are interrupted throughout by mobile and phone conversations - everyone stops fighting and remains seething, waiting for the call to finish.

It was an uncomfortable hour, but an intriguing one and fascinating to the middle classes - like watching ourselves distort in a hall of mirrors into the grotesque characters that lurk behind the veneer in most of us. Scary.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars You might want to watch from behind a cushion 5 Jan 2013
By maximus TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:DVD
This is one of those rare films that leaves you open mouthed and scared and you might want to grab a cushion and watch peaking from behind it, not because it is horror gore, but because it's social awkwardness galore! The dialogue is utterly incisive, and the acting goes without saying: entirely well judged. What is brilliant about the scenario is that from one moment to another you find yourself liking and disliking all of them at some point, but most of all you think "why did you ever decide to get together in this situation". You laugh at them but also empathise. It does poke fun at the entire spectrum of the civilised veneer of particularly the modern middle class, those who struggle with all the same problems of life regardless of how much money or successful you are, but when it all boils down it's basically carnage!

If you are in any way shy of socially difficult situations, this movie is uncomfortable viewing, but stick with it, it is strangely also affirming.

4 starts rather than 5 because there were one or two bits where I was left wanting to see even less restraint, and that's coming from me: a person who hates socially awkward situations!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Carnage 18 Sep 2012
Format:DVD
In what I presume to be an excellent adaptation of the play, Roman Polanski's 'Carnage' focuses on the parents of two boys, one of which has attacked another with a stick and caused some facial damage, including knocking out a couple of teeth.

In an effort to remain civil, the parents of the "attacker" visit the home of the "victim" in order to sort out the problem.

From the very beginning, there's a kind of 'Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf' style tension in the room that is always threatening to expand into something much worse, despite the fact that both sets of parents are initially interested in civil discourse. As events unfold, gradually the parents attitudes change and things become more and more uncomfortable.

'Carnage', due to Polanski's excellent handling of the directorial reins, never spills over into farce, even though the story threatens to do so at times. It's kept controlled and simmering, the tension lasts the whole running time and unlike the aforementioned Elizabeth Taylor film (as great as it is), it stays somewhat within the realms of reality.

The film is also helped immensely by excellent performances by the four leads, especially from Jodie Foster who just grabs her part and goes at it with great gusto. She also has the hardest role to play.

A short film that doesn't do anything more than expected of it and well worth a view.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A string quartet of a film 14 May 2012
By Peter TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
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Despite being set in Brooklyn, Carnage is a very European film. A screenplay very closely based on a French play, directed by a Polish director (Polanski), filmed in France, the only significant American input is two of the four actors (Jodie Foster and John C Reilly). The other two actors are British (Kate Winslett) and Austrian (Christoph Waltz).

And the file feels European. The action is entirely constrained to a single apartment, and is played out in real time as the brittle civility between the four characters breaks down. It's a comedy, but don't expect belly-laughs: it's a comedy of manners, and the humour is in the contrast between what the characters say and how they act towards each other.

Preparation for the filming was apparently comprehensive: the cast learned their lines as though they were presenting the play on stage, and they rehearsed the entire piece every day throughout the weeks of filming. Polanski's presentation is unmistakably Polanski; the resulting film is a superb miniature, acutely observed (Jodie Foster is particularly impressive), short (74 minutes) with a small cast, one set and hardly any props. It's a string quartet of a film rather than a symphony.

The DVD is likewise sparse. The extra is interviews with the four actors, all asked broadly the same set of questions - interesting if you want to know about Polanski's methods.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
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Published 15 hours ago by nancy lenney
2.0 out of 5 stars Two Stars
The best thing about it is that it'd really short!
Published 10 days ago by Manjy11
1.0 out of 5 stars Dishwater
What could have been a fabulous emotional dictate; turns into nothing more than a few high voiced liberal actors... underwhelming... Read more
Published 10 days ago by Julie Casey
1.0 out of 5 stars Shorter life
It was painful to watch, even thought its quite short.
Published 1 month ago by andre mota
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
was as expected 6/10
Published 1 month ago by ian g wickens
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Five superb actors acting superbly.
Published 2 months ago by Tom Hicks
4.0 out of 5 stars uk (copyright) What could be more perfect than a short
This is the review I posted on my website http://andyflavoured.co.uk (copyright)

What could be more perfect than a short, sweet and savage Roman Polanski directed... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Andy Millward
1.0 out of 5 stars Don't Bother
Very, very boring. Watched to about half way and couldn't stand it any longer. If you enjoy watching adults stuck in a room together arguing then this is one for you.
Published 3 months ago by sharalou
4.0 out of 5 stars Differences in opinion
This is a film that you have to be a little prepared for, either a) know that it is essentially all one scene and is thus slow or b) be open-minded about slower paced films. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Dimeocide
2.0 out of 5 stars Very disappointed
The write up was so good (as were most of the reviews) but my partner and I were waiting for something to happen all the way through. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Davic
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