- Actors: Matthew Macfadyen, Keeley Hawes, Andy Nyman, Ewen Bremner, Daisy Donovan
- Directors: Frank Oz
- Writers: Dean Craig
- Format: PAL
- Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.85:1
- Number of discs: 1
- Classification: 15
- Studio: Twentieth Century Fox
- DVD Release Date: 25 Feb. 2008
- Run Time: 87 minutes
- Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars See all reviews (181 customer reviews)
- ASIN: B000ZN63SK
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 8,017 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)
Death At A Funeral [DVD]
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Death At A Funeral follows the comic twists and turns as a family gather for the funeral of their father. Brothers Daniel (Matthew Macfadyen) and Robert (Rupert Graves) are at each others throats until a mysterious guest from their fathers past threatens to unveil an earth-shattering family secret. As the brothers struggle to hide the truth from their family and friends, riotous mayhem and a hilarious sequence of events ensue, resulting in what sets out to be a dignified private affair turning into the mother of all funerals that no guest will soon forget.
The latest comedy from director Frank Oz, Death at a Funeral unusually sets a funeral at the heart of a film thats trying to generate laughs. It does prove to be quite a hurdle, but its to the credit of those involved that the film proves to be a worthwhile and diverting way to spend an hour and a half.
Starring Rupert Graves, Matthew MacFadyen and Peter Egan among a talented ensemble cast, Death at a Funeral ticks most of the boxes youd expect of its concept, but does throw in a few twists of its own, too. There are family secrets, mix-ups, battling characters and the funeral itself to deal with, and Oz proves skilful at marrying the threads together.
Death at a Funeral manages to generate a good few laughs on the way to its fine ending, but it does have its problems. There are perhaps one too many contrivances to put up with, and the script doesnt really do the director and his cast too many favours. In spite of its slight running time, it also manages to feel a little too long.
But Death at a Funeral is still, despite these problems, a perfectly competent British comedy, and a useful way to fill a night in. Dont expect a masterpiece, and chances are youll have some fun with it. --Jon Foster
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Top Customer Reviews
It all turns into pure farce, very 'laugh out loud' funny, many sight gags and totally preposterous non-PC situations. I saw it again last night with my family, who hadn't seen it before. and all were crying with laughter, Great entertainment.
Daniel is the loyal son whose father is being buried, he's organised (and forked out for) the funeral and is dealing not only with his grief, but also with living in the shadow of his brother, a successful novelist whom everyone is very excited to meet. Just as it looks like this is going to become a very bland middle-class comedy drama, a series of events turn the day into a farce and the results are often genuinely funny. The film impressively manages to not become overly sentimental; with the strained relationship between two brothers being a key plotline it would have been easy to have become sanctimonious cheese but it avoids it.
A toilet incident, hallucinogenic drugs, and a blackmailing dwarf all manage to add humour but it has to be said that you see each joke coming. As long as you don't expect too much from the film and accept that this is a slow flick which gathers pace halfway through rather than ground-breaking British comedy, then you'll be able to enjoy it for what it is.
In a nutshell: A comedy which succeeds in making you laugh, it doesn't show you anything particularly new but this is still an entertaining film. I've not yet seen the American remake but I suspect it isn't as well acted or as subtle when it comes to the emotional side of things.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Very funny and full of swearing and politically incorrect jokes , if that's what you like then this is a film for you. Read morePublished 17 days ago by David H J Ashdown
Hilariously funny. A great movie. I nearly fell of my chair laughing. How could I have missed this before?Published 28 days ago by petterM
Typical British humour. It makes for a great film to watch to cheer yourself up!Published 1 month ago by Mrs. A. P. Oliff
An enjoyable set of characters and a good plot in an upper middle-class setting. Star performers: Matthew McFadyen and Daisy Donovan. Read morePublished 1 month ago by 'Fountain Pen'
Such a funny film. Please watch it rather than the terrible American version as it i,s at heart, the kind of comedy that the British do much better than the Americans. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Osha