Blu-ray, DVD Release: Carnage

Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: March 20, 2012
Price: DVD $30.99, Blu-ray $35.99
Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment


CarnageDark comedy movie Carnage had a brief run in theaters at the end of 2011 and was nominated for two Best Actress in a Comedy or Musical Motion Picture Golden Globe awards, one for Jodie Foster and the other for Kate Winslet.

Foster (The Beaver) and Winslet (Contagion) star as wives and mothers who, with their respective husband, John C. Reilly (Cyrus) and Christoph Waltz (Water for Elephants), meet to discuss a fight involving their 11-year-old sons. Zachary (Elvis Polanski, Roman’s son), son of Winslet and Waltz, struck his classmate Ethan (Eliot Berger), son of Foster and Reilly, resulting in a missing tooth. Foster and Reilly invite Winslet and Waltz to their Brooklyn apartment to deal with the matter, but what begins as a cordial meeting quickly turns into childish behavior.

The film was directed by Roman Polanski (The Ghost Writer) from a screenplay he co-wrote with Yasmina Reza, who also wrote the play, Le Dieu du Carnage, on which the movie is based.

Carnage DVD boxRated R, the film got equally good reviews from critics and audiences. Said Philip French of the U.K. Observer: “The work of a master, this wickedly funny film is beautifully orchestrated and controlled.” Judging by the trailer (see below), we’d agree.

Sony kept the special features on the Blu-ray and DVD brief, offering three extras:

  • “Actors’ Notes”
  • An Evening With John C. Reilly & Christoph Waltz”
  • and “On the Red Carpet.”

Here’s the funny trailer:

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About S. Clark

Sam Clark is the former Managing Editor/Online Editor of Video Business magazine. With 19 years experience in journalism, 12 in the home entertainment industry, Sam has been hooked on movies on since she saw E.T. then stared into the sky waiting to meet her own friendly alien. Thanks to her husband’s shared love of movies, Sam reviews Blu-ray discs in a true home theater, with a 118-inch screen, projector and cushy recliners with cup holders.