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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: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (112 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B007C3MKQ0
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 30,261 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


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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.


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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3.5 out of 5 stars

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30 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Moose Papoose VINE VOICE on 25 April 2012
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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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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Anthony Hand on 18 Sept. 2012
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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 By Peter TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 14 May 2012
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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Corey Newcombe on 13 Mar. 2014
Format: Blu-ray
eleven year old Zachary strikes his eleven year old classmate Ethan across the face with a stick after an argument.

Their respective parents learn of the altercation through Ethan's parents questioning him about his injuries. The Longstreet parents invite the Cowan parents to their Brooklyn apartment to deal with the incident in a civilised manner.

Penelope, whose idea it was to invite the Cowans, Michael, who tries to be as accommodating as possible to retain civility in any situation.

Nancy, a nervous and emotionally stressed woman, and Alan, who is married more to his work as evidenced by the attachment he has to his cell phone and taking work calls at the most inopportune times.

Although the meeting starts off civilised enough, it quickly crashes after an unfortunate incident by Nancy.

The degeneration of their meeting not only has to do with their boys' fight, but also the other couple's fitness as parents, the state of their respective marriages and their place in a crazy world....

Even though the film is short, it's very exhilarating, and packs in a performance from Foster that hasn't been this good since SOTL.

The tone is set from the moment we reach the apartment, you can feel the intensity between the couples and the hared oozing between each pore. Reilly tries to to bring everything to simmer, but his actions cause more intensity.

As the film goes on, the voices becoming louder and louder and the cast become more animated. Then the alcohol comes out.

It's very entertaining, with great performances from all concerned.

And the last shot is very ironic, considering the bartering that has been going on.
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