Funny Games

Funny Games

Director: Michael Haneke Cast: Susanne Lothar, Ulrich Mühe, Arno Frisch

Blu-ray (Special Edition / Wide Screen / Restored / Subtitled)

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In this exploration of our violent society, writer and director Michael Haneke takes a disturbing look at how depictions of violence at once reflect and shape our culture. A well-to-do German family -- father Georg (Ulrich Mühe), mother Anna (Susanne Lothar), and son Georgie (Stefan Clapczynski) -- are settling in for the weekend at their vacation retreat near the lake. While Georg and his son head out for some sailing, a courteous young gentleman named Peter (Frank Giering) appears at the door, asking if he can borrow some eggs. When he breaks them, Anna offers him some more, but the conversation soon takes an odd turn; Peter goes from pleasant to sniveling to confrontational, and he's soon joined by his friend Paul (Arno Frisch). When Georg returns, he demands that Paul and Peter leave, but the two strangers refuse; Paul and Peter react with violence against Georg and his family, and they soon have the family tied up and begin torturing them. Peter and Paul occasionally refer to the camera in a manner recalling Bertolt Brecht, and near the end of the film, they even demand the opportunity to replay a scene so that they may mete out more punishment against their victims. The score includes classical selections by Mozart and Handel as well as performances by avant-garde composer John Zorn.

Product Details

Release Date: 05/14/2019
UPC: 0715515229715
Original Release: 1997
Rating: NR
Source: Criterion
Region Code: A
Presentation: [Wide Screen]
Sound: [Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound]
Time: 1:49:00
Sales rank: 294

Special Features

New 2K digital restoration, supervised by director Michael Haneke, with 5.1 surround DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack; New interviews with Haneke and actor Arno Frisch; New interview with film historian Alexander Horwath; Press conference from the 1997 Cannes Film Festival featuring Haneke and actors Susanne Lothar and Ulrich Mühe; Trailer

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Susanne Lothar Anna
Ulrich Mühe Georg
Arno Frisch Paul
Frank Giering Peter
Stefan Clapczynski Georgie
Doris Kunstmann Actor
Christoph Bantzer Actor
Wolfgang Gluck Actor
Susanne Meneghel Actor
Monika Zallinger Actor

Technical Credits
Michael Haneke Director,Screenwriter
Walter Amann Sound/Sound Designer
Lisy Christl Costumes/Costume Designer
Veit Heiduschka Producer
Jürgen Jürges Cinematographer
Christoph Kanter Production Designer
Hanus Polak Asst. Director
Andreas Prochaska Editor

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Funny Games 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Austin Bauer 13 days ago
Michael Haneke's "Funny Games" is an excellent and truly twisted art film. It establishes itself as terrifyingly meta with it's four-wall breaking moments where it reminds you of your role as an audience member. It was intentionally designed to be completely polarizing and it massively succeeded. It's truly terrifying to watch and I heavily recommend this Criterion edition of the film.