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Format: DVD
Sku: 40232194
UPC: 026359227820
UPC 14: 00026359227820
Rating: Game Rating Code
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Documentary on the friedmans, a seemingly typical, upper-middleclass jewish family whose world is instantly transformed when the father and his youngest son are arrested and charged with shocking and horrible crimes.

"A Masterpiece...  David Denby, The New Yorker
"Grade A. An Extraordinary Film.  Owen Gleiberman, Entertainment Weekly
"It's a modern horror story that gets you where you live.  Peter Travers, Rolling Stone
"...disturbing and haunting...  Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times

Editor's Note
Watching Andrew Jarecki's riveting non-fiction drama is like watching a slow-motion replay of a multi-car pileup; you know it's headed for disaster, but there's no way you can stop watching. On the surface, the Friedmans were a typical 1980s American family. Living in Great Neck, Long Island, Arnold was a well-respected teacher, Elaine was a dedicated mother, and their children Seth, Jesse, and David were model students. But one Thanksgiving, that happy façade came to a crashing halt. After the local police discovered Arnold had engaged in the buying and selling of child pornography, they questioned several students who attended his computer classes in the Friedman basement. What they revealed would shock the community, and destroy the Friedman family forever. The subsequent investigation and trial uncovered even deeper hidden secrets at an alarming rate, creating a rift between Arnold and Elaine that would never be reconciled. Jarecki uses present day interviews with Elaine, Jesse, and David, as well as Arnold's brother Howard, to provide some sort of insight on the situation, but it backfires, for everyone has a different story to tell. And then there is actual home video footage of the family in the midst of the hurricane, which gives the film an eerie, voyeuristic charge.


Video Features DVD, Widescreen, English, French, Spanish, Subtitled

Technical Info

Release Information
Video Mfg Name Studio: HBO
Video Release Date Release Date: 1/27/2004
Video Play Time Running Time: 107 minutes
Video CategoryId Catalog ID: 92278
Video UPC UPC: 00026359227820
Video Number of Discs Number of Discs: 2

Audio & Video
Video Original Language Original Language: English
Video Audio Spec Available Audio Tracks: English
Video Subtitle Available Subtitles: English, French, Spanish

Aspect Ratio
Video Aspect Ratio 4:3

Cast & Crew

Video Cast Info Adolfo Doring - Cinematographer
Video Cast Info Andrea Morricone - Musical Score
Video Cast Info Andrew Jarecki - Director
Video Cast Info Andrew Jarecki - Producer
Video Cast Info Richard Hankin - Editor

Professional Reviews

New York Times
"...In this somber and thoughtful documentary, Mr. Jarecki has the good grace to probe for answers while not allowing the camera to become intrusive..." 05/30/2003 p.E13

Entertainment Weekly
"...CAPTURING THE FRIEDMANS is gripping, lacerating, moving, and tragic -- a work of documentary art..." 06/06/2003 p.54

Rolling Stone
"...This movie will pin you to your seat....A strikingly hard-nosed feature debut..." 06/12/2003 p.102

USA Today
"...Not since MEMENTO has a movie served up such a provocative mind-bender..." 06/13/2003 p.4E

Chicago Sun-Times
"...Disturbing and haunting....The film is an instructive lesson about the elusiveness of facts, especially in a legal context..." 06/06/2003 p.26

Film Comment
"[A] tabloid spectacle with heart..." 01/01/2004 p.44

Movieline's Hollywood Life
"CAPTURING THE FRIEDMANS lingers in the mind." 02/01/2004 p.101

Sight and Sound
"[A] compelling documentary..." 04/01/2004 p.41

The New York Times 8 of 10
Capturing the Friedmans is the most compelling movie I've seen in ages and one of the most as - Frank Rich

James Berardinelli's ReelViews 8 of 10
Various articles have labeled Capturing the Friedmans as a narrative documentary, a crime inv - James Berardinelli

Product Attributes

Product attributeActor:   Jarecki,Andrew
Product attributeLabel:   HBO Home Video
Product attributeMusic Format:   DVD
Product attributeVideo Format:   DVD
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