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  • Actors: Jodie Foster, Kate Winslet, Christoph Waltz
  • Directors: Roman Polanski
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD 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: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (121 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B006H10HBS
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 7,789 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.

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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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3.6 out of 5 stars

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32 of 32 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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14 of 15 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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By RadgyGadgyPhil on 5 Dec. 2013
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"Socialism is a philosophy of failure, the creed of ignorance, and the gospel of envy, its inherent virtue is the equal sharing of misery" Winston Churchill. The clear message in this compelling film is that the parents are just as mentally disturbed as the children, no wonder their children turn out to be what they are, a reflection! I must say this reminds me of a memorable Laurel and Hardy 25 short film: "Me and My Pal". While the focus is on petty differences and everyone's curiousity over a jigsaw puzzle, Hardy's life collapses around him. The invited couple, make several attempts to leave, which is funny in itself. My opinion changed over which one's i liked, i changed sides, regularly. At first Christoph Waltz (Inglourious Basterds) who is brilliant in this appeared to be the less likeable character but that changed as each person lost it, and Waltz-Waltzed it, as the others became Brahms and Lizst. Winslet who i adore visually is at most a methodical actor (in my opinion) who spends each film in the vain attempt at "getting an oscar", trying too hard-you can tell she is acting, unfortunately. This is a fascinating film, engrossing, psychologically stimulating. Maybe, it would have been interesting if the sons got involved in the argument but that would have turned it into Carnage.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By ziggy_fan TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 5 Jan. 2013
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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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