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The Funeral [DVD] [1997]

Christopher Walken , Chris Penn , Abel Ferrara    DVD
3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Christopher Walken, Chris Penn, Annabella Sciorra, Isabella Rossellini, Vincent Gallo
  • Directors: Abel Ferrara
  • Writers: Nicholas St. John
  • Producers: Annabella Sciorra, Jay Cannold, Margot Lulick, Mary Kane, Michael Chambers
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English, Italian
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: R (Restricted) (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Run Time: 99 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00004U9QW
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 306,691 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good but it won't be for all tastes 6 Sep 2008
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
"The Funeral" is a moody and atmospheric 30's set gangster film directed by the brilliant Abel Ferrara. It's the story of two gangster brothers coming to terms with their younger brothers death and attempting to find who was responsible for it. Flashbacks reveal his communist views as well as the brothers violent childhood. It won't be for those with a short attention span as flashbacks etc will make it seem confusing if you don't follow it closely. The cast and performances are top notch but don't expect shootouts or high octane action sequences. You'd be better of watching Ferrara's best known gangster film the excellent "King of New York" if you want something more energetic and fast paced. Sadly this dvd release contains no extras but it's very cheap and definitely worth picking up.
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17 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant Abel Ferrara Double-Set 11 Jun 2003
By Jason Parkes #1 HALL OF FAME
Here, on DVD, are the two films that Abel Ferrera made back to back in 95/96- weirdly enough they are vaguely related. The first film, The Funeral, is an intrigueing take on the gangster film, far superior to diluted studio fluff like Road to Perdition (great camera work a great film does not make- see Jennifer8). Ferrara brings the Catholic torment of his previous work, notably the classic Bad Lieutenant, to this period piece detailing a 30s gangster family & their downward spiral to hell. The three brothers at the centre of the family (Christophers' Walken & Penn, Vincent Gallo) are the focus for this dark rumination on death and corruption- The Funeral is an electric rejuvination of the gangster genre, one that offers a stellar supporting cast (Annabella Sciora, Isabella Rosselini, Benicio Del Toro)- its denoument remains one of the most potent acts in 90s US cinema (and can it be related to The Addiction?) Either way, *****
The Addiction was actually the first of these films to be shot (in 1995), though if we take it that the acts of The Funeral have left Walken & Sciorra doomed (& they are playing the same characters) then it is ideally watched after The Funeral. Here the focus is the wonderful Lili Taylor (I Shot Andy Warhol, 6 Feet Under) who plays a student bitten by a vampire- crossing paths with a sinister Chris Walken (who mentions William Burroughs, alongside the plethora of Nietzsche) and many Sopranos regulars (Sciora, Edie Falco, & the great Michael Imperioli).
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One Greatest Gangster Movies You've Never Seen (Probably)". Ferrara's eerie version of crime-wracked New York City of the 1930s. You're engaged on a moral level rarely found in movies about violence. Though directed in different style, thematically, this period movie is a companion piece to King of New York and The Bad Lieutenant, forming an urban crime trilogy and representing Ferrara's best work.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The sad and the ugly 6 July 2005
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I saw this film by pure accident. It's magnificant. At no point does this film glorify the mob, or their actions. I am not truely a fan of the director, but this should be considered his magnum opus. I found the acting to be superb, I think it's such a shame that Chris Penn doesn't get as much notice as his older brother, for he is very talented. Even if your not a fan of mob movies you should check this out, it worth your time.
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