New Release: The Devil’s Double DVD and Blu-ray

Release Date: Nov. 22, 2011
Price: DVD $29.95, Blu-ray $39.99
Studio: Lionsgate

The Devil's Double movie scene

Dominic Cooper goes the "Scarface" route in The Devil's Double.

Rising star Dominic Cooper (An Education) stars in a dual role in The Devil’s Double, a biographical action-drama film about life in the world of notorious Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein as seen through the eyes of the man who was forced to become the double of Hussein’s son Uday Hussein.

Back in the late 1980s and 1990s, Baghdad, Iraq was a decadent and dangerous playground for Uday Hussein (Cooper). Uday fueled his Caligula-like lust for debauchery and immorality by helping himself to whatever or whoever he wanted. Into this world arrives Iraqi army lieutenant Latif Yahia (also Cooper), who is commanded to become Uday’s ‘fiday’—his body double—or have his family condemned to death. Undergoing plastic surgery and dental work to enhance his resemblance to Uday, Latif is immediately thrust into a “life” of opulence and lust, as well as betrayal and corruption. He soon learns that knowing who to trust is a matter of life or death, and that he must use all the powers at his disposal to escape from his forced existence

Based on Latif Yahia’s autobiographical book and directed by Lee Tamahori (Once Were Warriors), the movie co-stars Ludivine Sagnier (Mesrine: Public Enemy #1) as Uday’s favorite mistress and Philip Quast (TV’s Bed of Roses) as Saddam.

The Devil’s Double opened as a limited release in U.S. theaters in July, 2011, earning kudos from the critics and $1.4 million at the domestic box office.

The film carries an R rating and be warned that it’s a hard R as it’s filled with a helluva lot of violence, torture, drug use, heavy language, nudity and sex.

Bonus features include the following:

  • Two making-of featurettes
  • An interview with the real “Devil’s Double” Latif Yahia
  • Feature commentary by Lee Tamahori

Take a look at the undeniably exciting trailer:

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About Laurence

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.