DVD Release: War of the Buttons (2011)

DVD Release Date: Sept. 17, 2013
Price: DVD $24.98
Studio: Anchor Bay/The Weinstein Company

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A battle royale is brewing in War of the Buttons.

Based on Louis Pergaud’s best-selling 1912 novel, La Guerre des boutons, the French family adventure film War of the Buttons stars actor/filmmaker Guillaume Canet (Love Me If You Dare), Laetitia Casta (Gainsbourg: A Heroic Life), Kad Merad (Welcome to the Sticks) and newcomers Jean Texler and Ilona Bachelier.

Set in France during World War II, War of the Buttons tells the tale of two rival groups of kids from neighboring villages.  Pre-teen rebel Lebrac (Texier) leads a spirited group of kids in a pint-sized “war” where the victory comes from capturing the enemies’ buttons, belts, and laces – forcing them to return home ragged to face their mothers’ reprimand.  When Violette (Bachelier), a young Jewish girl, comes to town to hide from the Nazis, Lebrac befriends her and the children put their own conflicts aside to protect their new friend from the very real war happening around them.

Directed by Christophe Barratier, the PG-13-rated War of the Buttons was produced and co-written by Thomas Langmann, who won an Academy Award for producing The Artist.

Presented in French with English subtitles, the 2011 movie received a limted release to U.S. theaters in October, 2012.

Bonus features on the DVD include “The Making of War of the Buttons” featurette, bloopers, and deleted scenes.


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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.