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Funny Games [Blu-ray] [2007]

Tim Roth , Naomi Watts , Michael Haneke    Suitable for 18 years and over   Blu-ray
2.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (62 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Tim Roth, Naomi Watts
  • Directors: Michael Haneke
  • Format: Anamorphic, PAL, Widescreen
  • Region: Region B/2 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 18
  • Studio: Kaleidoscope Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 6 Dec 2010
  • Run Time: 111 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (62 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002UTVNY6
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 161,367 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Michael Haneke is a modern master, which his spellbinding films Cache and The Piano Teacher proved to an international audience. When it came time for a Hollywood remake of his ultra-disturbing 1997 picture Funny Games, who better than Haneke himself to helm the new version? And indeed, the second Funny Games bears the impeccable sense of control and technique that the Austrian version had: it is a horrifyingly precise account of a family terrorized by two psychopathic young thugs at a vacation home. For anyone who's already seen the '97 film, this new one--a nearly shot-by-shot transcription of the original--will seem superfluous, no matter how impressive the performances of Naomi Watts and Tim Roth are. (Michael Pitt and Brady Corbet are suitably creepy as their menacers, too.) For newbies, the movie might be as infuriating and thought-provoking as Haneke intends it to be. That's because Funny Games is an intellectual game itself, a direct rebuke to the audience that gobbles up gratuitous violence and cynical manipulation. Haneke sets up our expectations, and then refuses to provide the conventional catharsis... or the conventional anything. All of this was pretty bracing in the first go-round, but feels like gamesmanship in the remake. Even if you dig what Haneke's up to, this is a brutal movie-watching experience. --Robert Horton

Product Description

When an affluent family arrives at their vacation home in The Hamptons, they are looking forward to two weeks of secluded relaxation. But when a young man makes a surprise call and asks to innocuously borrow some eggs, little does the family know this is the start of a terrifying campaign of raw terror at the hands of two cold-blooded psychopaths. From acclaimed Director Michael Haneke (The White Ribbon) and starring Tim Roth (Lie to Me, Dark Water) and Naomi Watts (The Ring, King Kong), Funny Games is a tension-fuelled and brilliantly conceived critique of the violence that permeates modern society.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Reviewed after second viewing 1 Aug 2013
Format:DVD
I first watched Funny Games (US) and enjoyed it (well, thought it was a film I'd like to watch again), so I bought it. However, half way through a second viewing, I decided I couldn't take any more and turned it off.

Some may say that's a sure sign that it's a bad movie. They may be right - even its star Tim Roth has since refused to watch it. The film is actually an American version (filmed shot for shot) of an Austrian `home invasion' movie and is supposed to be about `the nature of violence.' I didn't know this when I first watched it and just looked at it as a horrific film which was deliberately quirky.

It's about a family who get held hostage in their own (holiday) home by two nasty - yet annoyingly polite - young psychopaths. The first time I watched it I stuck with it and thought it was interesting/different enough to warrant a second viewing. I guess the reason I turned it off is because it was just too frustrating to watch. I practically wanted to jump into the TV armed with a chainsaw and... well, I won't give too much away.

If you don't know about the film, I won't spoil the `weirder' bits. It's definitely not a horror film, as there isn't much blood and gore (what there is happens off screen). It's more an experience in frustration making statements about the audience's desire to witness blood and gore on the big screen. Now, some may say that's a bit pretentious and, if you feel this way, this film probably isn't for you.

If you want to watch this - be prepared for the least `feel good' film ever made. It's not a horror and it's not a thriller. It's simply an exercise in watching. It's different enough to rise above a lot of its fellow genre films, but may not be everyone's cup of tea and is definitely hard to sit through.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Harrowing Haneke 30 Mar 2013
By mr. m
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
Never let anyone into your home , especially if they are overtly polite and pleasant .That's the disturbing ,unsettling feeling I was left with. This film will stay with you for some time .
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30 of 38 people found the following review helpful
Format:Blu-ray
Funny Games is a critique of violence in movies (and to a lesser extent reality) and how the audience
perceives it. Can we still be shocked or are we numb to it? Indeed,
consider this film to a big fat middle finger raised to the viewer. The
irony here is, if the `twist' does annoy you, then the film has
succeeded.

Both Haneke's 1997 and 2008 remake are identical, save for the english
language track and cast on the latter and his aim here is to test the
endurance of the viewer. Whilst we watch a family being mentally
tortured, the physical side of the nightmare is never completely shown. Instead Haneke craftily opts for this to take place off screen, or at least in very brief moments. He successfully cranks up the tension to
unbearable levels, constantly hinting that the worst is still to come.
All of this is deliberate of course, as when we finally witness the
family's long overdue and satisfying retribution, it is also the most
violent act of the film and yet completely and hypocritically, the most
acceptable.

It is at this point that Haneke LITERALLY rewinds the moment, taking
away all the postive feelings the viewer has and thrusting them straight
back into the nightmare. Now we realise just who has been the prey all
along and moreover, the villains of the film know it and address it.
Yes, they've been talking to you all along.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Some surprises, a decent dark film 21 April 2014
Format:Amazon Instant Video
In this day and age it's nice to still be surprised by a film. This had a couple of surprises. It was also impossible to tell where most of it was going, another bonus.

It's very dark though, don't expect to come away feeling anything other than a bit sick.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Worth the watch but not worth a second. 30 Mar 2014
Format:Amazon Instant Video
This film did indeed have me gripped at the screen when I first watched it however when watching it a second time I couldn't help but feel annoyed and perhaps a little bored, At certain points it does become hard to view for example the shooting of the son. Although you don't actually see the boy being killed it was still a quite upsetting scene. However over all I would say its worth a watch if you haven't seen it before. Its different, quirky and a experience.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A work of art 26 Jan 2014
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
The trailer for this movie actually does nothing to convey how shocking and provocative this is. The premise: a family including a husband, wife and young son (and dog) are off to their cabin at the lake in country. Their neighbors, of course, live around the area too, but far enough away to hear any screams or disturbances that may occur. They are visited by two impressionable, very polite young men (dressed in immaculate tennis white outfits) named Peter and Paul, who want to borrow some eggs for one of the neighbors nearby. This seemingly innocent exchange between Peter and the wife Ann starts of a campaign of terror, manipulation and humiliation for the family at the hands of these two Leopold and Loeb style psychos. What follows, as hinted by the movie's title, are a selection of 'games' that the family are forced to comply with, or else they will receive pain and suffering.

The uncomfortable and tense atmosphere is felt right from the beginning, as soon as the heavy metal rock music kicks in as the family drive off to the lake house, through to the psycho's odd behavior as they first walk through the door to the finish. German director Michael Haneke originally made the German version in 1997 but wanted to remake it as he felt it was always intended for an American audience in English. 'Remake' should be used loosely as this is a shot-by-shot of the original. Haneke points his finger at an audiences desire to be scared and be entertained by gratuitous violence in movies, and uses this movie to make this point. We feel frustrated throughout the movie, especially in certain scenes when you think there may be a breakthrough, only to receive a metaphorical gut punch. Disturbing this is, but in a different way then I expected.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars Don't bother
Tedious and boring.

What a pile of rubbish - trust the negative reviews - they are there for a reason.
Published 1 month ago by Pen Name
1.0 out of 5 stars Art for Arts Sake
I watch movies to be entertained. That is surely the point of them. This movie had the potential to be excellent, along the lines of Hostel (1), The Tortured or Mum and Dad. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Ward-Minter
1.0 out of 5 stars Rubbish
couldn't even get past 15 minutes of watching. It was excruciatingly painful to watch. Don't bother with it, it shouldn't have even been made. YAWN
Published 1 month ago by dane
2.0 out of 5 stars Funny games
I didn't like this film as it's very blunt and not very nice at all
If u like bitter twisted thing then buy it
Published 6 months ago by Lauren
5.0 out of 5 stars Love it.
I absolutely love this film. Michael Pitts performance is amazing. One of the best films I've seen for a while!
Published 6 months ago by Jodie
5.0 out of 5 stars Tales of the unexpected !
This is a fantastic film - I really like Michael Pitt as an actor,he brings a distinct edginess to the films he plays in.Some very unexpected twists and turns.
Published 11 months ago by Cromwell
4.0 out of 5 stars Good entertainment, a real challenge to your emotions
What starts off as a nice, pleasant experience, soon descends into a challenge to your emotions and tension-filled viewing experience. Read more
Published 17 months ago by Ian Johnson
4.0 out of 5 stars A FANTASTIC THRILLER!
FUNNY GAMES is a remake of the 1997 film of the same name. I haven't seen the original, but this one was fantastic! It was terrifying, grim, exciting and occasionally funny. Read more
Published 18 months ago by G. Stephenson
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