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Format: DVD
Sku: 204939595
UPC: 031398218012
UPC 14: 00031398218012
Category Keywords: Suspense  Theatrical Release  Thriller
Rating: Game Rating Code
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First They Send in Their Drone...Then They Find Their Queen.
An unhinged war veteran holes up with a lonely woman in a spooky oklahoma motel room. The line between reality and delusion is blurred as they discover a bug infestation.

"A triumph for Judd and the director.  Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle
"Very possibly William Friedkin's best movie. A stunning performance by Ashley Judd!  Richard Schickel, Time
"Begins as an ominous rumble of unease, and builds to a shriek...searingly intense...  Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"One of the most disturbing horror movies imaginable.  Stephen Schaefer, Boston Herald
"Engrossingly manic version of Tracy Letts's great stage play.  Wesley Morris, Boston Globe

Editor's Note
Ashley Judd stars as a lonely waitress in this study in fear and paranoia from director William Friedkin. Aggie lives a largely solitary life in Oklahoma, haunted by a sad past and hounded by her ex-con ex-husband (Harry Connick, Jr., WILL & GRACE). When a female friend and occasional lover introduces Aggie to Peter (Michael Shannon, WORLD TRADE CENTER), it seems she has found her match. The pair enters into a cautious romance, but their dark natures fuel more than just passion. Peter reveals that he was a victim of government experimentation that left blood-hungry aphids crawling under his skin, and the couple begins to obsess over the idea that they could be infected by the insects.

Based on Tracy Letts's play, BUG is an effective psychological thriller that gets under the audience's skin. Though the film never takes advantage of the freedom of the screen versus the confines of the stage, setting the action almost entirely within the walls of Aggie's hotel room evokes a claustrophobic feeling. Shannon deftly reprises his role from the stage play with a squirm-inducing mass of tics and twitches, but it's Judd who deserves the bulk of the praise. With her role as Aggie, she leaves behind roles such as the romantic comedy lead of SOMEONE LIKE YOU or the revenge-seeking heroine of DOUBLE JEOPARDY. Instead, she's alternately proud and insecure, fully immersing herself in the part of a woman unlike anyone she has played before. Though Friedkin helmed two of the most notable films of the 1970s with THE EXORCIST and THE FRENCH CONNECTION, he hasn't directed many critical successes since. But with its similarities to the moody work of Roman Polanski, this film could represent a return to form for the veteran director.


Video Features DVD, Special Edition, Widescreen, English, Dolby Digital (5.1)

Technical Info

Release Information
Video Mfg Name Studio: Lions Gate
Video Release Date Release Date: 4/22/2008
Video Play Time Running Time: 102 minutes
Video Release Year Original Release Date: 2007
Video CategoryId Catalog ID: 21801
Video UPC UPC: 00031398218012
Video Number of Discs Number of Discs: 1

Audio & Video
Video Original Language Original Language: English
Video Audio Spec Available Audio Tracks: English
Video Color Spec Video: Color

Aspect Ratio
Video Aspect Ratio Anamorphic Widescreen  1.78:1

Cast & Crew

Video Cast Info Ashley Judd
Video Cast Info Harry Connick, Jr.
Video Cast Info Lynn Collins
Video Cast Info Michael Shannon
Video Cast Info Brian Tyler - Original Music By
Video Cast Info Darrin Navarro - Editor
Video Cast Info Franco-Giacomo Carbone - Production Designer
Video Cast Info Frank Zito - Art Director
Video Cast Info Jim Seibel - Executive Producer
Video Cast Info Michael Burns - Producer
Video Cast Info Michael Grady - Cinematographer
Video Cast Info Tracy Letts - Writer
Video Cast Info William Friedkin - Director


Winner (2006)
   Video Award Name Venice Film Festival, William Friedkin, FIPRESCI Prize

Professional Reviews

New York Times
"BUG builds momentum from Michael Grady's agitated camera movements and Ms. Judd's increasingly distressed face....Ms. Judd has never been more believable as a woman condemned to attract the wrong kind of man." 05/25/2007 p.E22

Entertainment Weekly
"[Shannon] originated the role on the stage. And it's difficult to imagine anyone else playing the part, so authoritative is his access to every twitch of Peter's growing mania." 06/01/2007 p.50

USA Today
3 stars out of 4 -- "Friedkin's direction is fluid...and Judd's performance is her best since 1993's breakout with RUBY IN PARADISE." 09/28/2007 p.3E

3 stars out of 5 -- "[D]irector William Friedkin's unsettling film shares more than a pinch of THE EXORCIST's ability to get under the skin." 01/01/2008 p.64

ReelViews 7 of 10
Calling Bug a "horror" film may be misleading. Although the movie includes some of the trappings genre fans would expect - including a moment of gore that will cause some viewers to turn away from the screen - it's more of a psychological drama. It's also very strange, although I suppose that's only to be expected considering that the film is adapted from a play about two characters who spend most of their time inside a motel room feeding off each other's paranoid delusions...Bug is creepy and hard to dismiss, but it's not a lot of fun and its weaknesses leave a bitter aftertaste...There's no doubt that Bug is intense. It's a fairly nightmarish experience, complete with a scene of self-administered dental care that squeamish viewers will not be able to endure...Yet, for all that the movie is harrowing, it's not entirely successful. After a well-constructed first act, the story becomes a little tiresome and repetitive and the characters, who are will defined to begin with, stray ever closer to the edge of overwrought one-dimensionality. There's something to be said for a movie that is this far from the mainstream; it is not uninteresting. However, the size of the audience that will take away something meaningful from Bug is small. The movie is as difficult to like as it is to turn away from. - James Berardinelli 8 of 10
Understandably nervous about Bug's commercial prospects, the marketing honchos at Lionsgate Films are selling William Friedkin's adaptation of Tracy Letts' Off-Broadway play as a horror film, "from the director of The Exorcist." Truth be told, this viscerally charged psychodrama/pitch-black comedy is far more nightmarish than any supernatural thriller, for it depicts a couple's free-fall into paranoia with unrelenting, raw-boned intensity that's difficult to watch. Ashley Judd and Michael Shannon give startling, nakedly vulnerable performances as the couple, two lost souls whose bond, forged of loneliness and hurt, gradually turns toxic in Bug...Tautly directed by Friedkin, who hasn't made a film this compelling since The Exorcist, Bug is unquestionably a harrowing, at times grueling film. If Letts' "white trash Gothic" amalgam of Days of Wine and Roses and sci-fi, conspiracy theory elements doesn't completely transcend its obvious theatrical origins, and suffers from choppy, overly abrupt transitions, particularly with regard to Agnes' joining Peter in his doomed insect extermination mission, Bug nevertheless holds you in its disturbing grip until the genuinely shocking denouement. - Tim Knight

Product Attributes

Product attributeActor:   Judd,Ashley
Product attributeLabel:   Lions Gate Home Entertainment
Product attributeMusic Format:   DVD
Product attributeVideo Format:   DVD
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