Review: ‘Funny Games’

On DVD, Michael Haneke's "Funny Games" is a bare-bones release, offering absolutely nothing besides fullscreen and widescreen versions of the film.

On DVD, Michael Haneke’s “Funny Games” is a bare-bones release, offering absolutely nothing besides fullscreen and widescreen versions of the film.

There’s no trailer, no audio commentary, no deleted scenes, no making-of featurettes and no gag reel, although the absence of the latter comes as no surprise since the making of “Funny Games” couldn’t have been all that fun. Even the DVD packaging is toned-down, with a bloody golf club subbing in for the theatrical poster’s punishing close-up of star Naomi Watts.

As a shot-for-shot remake of Haneke’s 1997 psychological thriller, the film comes off as a rather pointless exercise in meaningless violence despite strong performances from the entire cast, especially Michael Pitt as the leader of the two teenage tormentors. The disc would have benefited from an audio commentary track from Haneke and Watts, perhaps comparing the Americanized remake to its Austrian predecessor.

While it’s not exactly summer viewing, “Funny Games” remains worthy of your time. However, unless you’re a superfan of home invasion movies, it’s strictly a rental.

Funny Games

$27.98; Release date: June 10, 2008

Production

Warner Home Video

Crew

Fullscreen/Widescreen. Running Time: 111 minutes

Cast

Cast: Naomi Watts, Tim Roth, Michael Pitt, Brady Corbet, Devon Gearhart
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