Death At a Funeral

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Product Overview

A funeral ceremony turns into a debacle of exposed family secrets and misplaced bodies.

Specifications

Studio Sony
SKU 216378352
UPC 043396350281
UPC 14 00043396350281
Format DVD
Release Date 1/3/2012
Rating Rating
Keywords
Black Comedy
Blackmail
Brothers
Families
Farce
Editors Note
Note Frank Oz's 2007 black comedy DEATH AT A FUNERAL is given the remake treatment with an urban spin in this Chris Rock-produced production. When a dysfunctional clan reuintes to mourn the passing of the family patriarch, a respectful funeral quickly turns into an all-out fiasco marked by bitter resentment, blackmail attempts, and scandalous revelations. Dean Craig penned the script for director Neil LaBute (THE WICKER MAN), with Martin Lawrence, Tracy Morgan, and Danny Glover co-starring.
Reviews
Chicago Sun-Times 3.5 stars out of 4 -- "This is the best comedy since THE HANGOVER....It's funnier than the original..." 04/14/2010
Hollywood Reporter "[Rock] has assembled a stellar cast....LaBute moves his cast and crew well in and around a handsome set designed by Jon Gary Steele." 04/14/2010
Movieline "[E]ven the movie's more slapstick moments are handled with a dash of elegance..." 04/15/2010
Total Film 3 stars out of 5 -- "It's the sensibility that makes this version superior, its atmosphere of anarchy preferable to the original's gallows humour..." 10/01/2010
Actors
Keith David
Loretta Devine
Ron Glass
Danny Glover
Cast & Crew
Keith David - Star
Loretta Devine - Star
Ron Glass - Star
Danny Glover - Star
Regina Hall - Star
Peter Dinklage - Star
Luke Wilson - Co-Star
James Marsden - Co-Star
Zoe Saldana - Co-Star
Tracy Morgan - Co-Star
Jamison Yang - Co-Star
Betty K. Bynum - Co-Star
Bronwyn Hardy - Co-Star
Columbus Short - Co-Star
Regine Nehy - Co-Star
Willi Willis - Co-Star
Kevin Hart - Co-Star
Martin Lawrence - Co-Star
Leslie Rivers - Co-Star
Chris Rock - Co-Star
Bob Minor - Co-Star
Alexander Folk - Co-Star
John Frazier - Special Effects Supervisor
Dena Roth - Set Decorator
Rogier Stoffers - Director of Photography
Glenn S. Gainor - Production Manager/UPM
Christophe Beck - Composer
Albert Cho - Assistant Director
Lance Gilbert - Stunt Coordinator
Beverly Jo Pryor - Makeup Designer
Judy Murdock - Makeup
Stacey Morris - Hairstylist
Fernand Bos - Music Editor
Leonard Drake - Hairstylist
Todd Bozung - Music Editor
Zoic Studios - Visual Effects Designer
Debra Denson - Makeup
Dean Craig - Screenwriter
Linda Villalobos - Hairstylist
Kathleen Mussehl - Costumes
Lisa Deveaux - Makeup
Kamani Sawyer - Makeup
Neil LaBute - Director
Technical Info
Original Release Date 2010
UPC 00043396350281
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 92 minutes
Color (unknown/unconverted)
Aspect Ratio
Anamorphic Widescreen  2.40:1
Reviews
ReviewSource Chicago Sun-Times
Review Oh, I know a lot of Death at a Funeral is in very bad taste. That's when I laughed the most. I don't laugh at movies where the characters are deliberately being vulgar. But when they desperately don't want to be - now that's funny. Consider the scene when Uncle Russell eats too much nut cake and is seized by diarrhea. And Norman wrestles him off his wheelchair and onto the potty, and gets his hand stuck underneath. Reader, I laughed. I'm not saying I'm proud of myself. That's not the way I was raised. But I laughed...I laughed all the way through, in fact. This is the best comedy since The Hangover, and although it's almost a scene-by-scene remake of a 2007 British movie with the same title, it's funnier than the original. For the character of Frank, the mysterious guest who wants to speak privately with the dead man's sons, it even uses the same actor, Peter Dinklage, and he's funnier this time. Maybe that's because when a comedy gets on a roll, everything is funnier...Notice too, the way director Neil LaBute directs traffic. Because the action is screwball doesn't mean it can be confusing. Screwball depends crucially on us knowing where key characters are, and why. LaBute juggles parallel actions in the big family home so we understand who's in the bathroom and who's in the living room and why everybody is out on the lawn. There's a smooth logic to it that works like spatial punchlines...LaBute is a brilliant playwright and director who is usually the director of very dark comedies (In the Company of Men, Your Friends and Neighbors). But a good director is a good director, and LaBute here, like David Gordon Green with Pineapple Express, masters the form. And oooh, that's a mean line about R. Kelly.
ReviewDate
ReviewPage
Reviewer Roger Ebert
ReviewRating 9
Features
DVD, Widescreen, Aspect Ratio 2.40:1, Dolby Digital (5.1), English, Subtitled, French, Dubbed & Subtitled
Product Attributes
Video Format DVD
Quotes
Lisa Schwarzbaum, Entertainment Weekly Reveling in mess and homegrown multiracial mayhem, Death at a Funeral finds a new lease on life.
Matt Zoller Seitz, Salon.com Death at a Funeral works and then some.

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