New Release: Shake Hands With the Devil DVD

Entertainment One released the impassioned 2007 drama Shake Hands With the Devil on DVD on Jan. 11, 2011.

In the tradition of such politically charged films as The Last King of Scotland and HBO’s Sometimes in April, Shake Hands With the Devil concerns itself with the crimes against humanity that are sweeping though several African nations — in this case, Rwanda.

The film is set in 1994, when genocide rages in Rwanda. Lt. Roméo Dallaire (Roy Dupuis) is assigned to lead the United Nations peace keeping force, and he must fight for his own survival as well as the millions of innocents threatened by the war.

Shake Hands With the Devil DVD boxBased on the lieutenant’s autobiographical bestseller, Shake Hands With the Devil: The Failure of Humanity in Rwanda, the true story movie was directed by Roger Spottiswoode (Tomorrow Never Dies) and stars Deborah Kara Unger (Silent Hill).

A Canadian production, the movie received 12 nominations at the 28th Genie Awards (Canada’s Oscars) in 2008.

A solid complement of special features on the DVD includes two commentary tracks (one with director Spottiswoode and Lt. Dallaire and a second with the filmmakers) and a making-of featurette.

The DVD carries a list price of $24.98.


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Founder and editor Laurence Lerman saw Alfred Hitchcock’s North by Northwest when he was 13 years old and that’s all it took. He has been writing about film and video for more than a quarter of a century for magazines, anthologies, websites and most recently, Video Business magazine, where he served as the Reviews Editor for 15 years.