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Death at a Funeral [Blu-ray] (2007)

Matthew MacFadyen , Rupert Graves , Frank Oz  |  R |  Blu-ray
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (330 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Matthew MacFadyen, Rupert Graves, Peter Vaughan, Ewen Bremner, Jane Asher
  • Directors: Frank Oz
  • Writers: Dean Craig
  • Producers: Lawrence Malkin, Share Stallings, Sidney Kimmel, Diana Phillips
  • Format: AC-3, Dolby, DTS Surround Sound, Color, Subtitled
  • Language: English (DTS 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 5.1), Spanish (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Dubbed: English, French, Spanish
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: MGM (Video & DVD)
  • DVD Release Date: June 7, 2011
  • Run Time: 91 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (330 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004UJN1XA
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #30,957 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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From acclaimed director Frank Oz (In & Out, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels) comes "a fast, furious and riotously funny farce" (Maxim) that'll have you dying with laughter! As the mourners and guests at a British country manor struggle valiantly to "keep a stiff upper lip," a dignified ceremony devolves into a hilarious, no-holds-barred debacle of misplaced cadavers, indecent exposure and shocking family secrets. Including audio commentaries and an uproarious gag reel, Death at a Funeral blows the lid off the proverbial coffin as "the film's delicious comic flourishes - sight gags, slapstick, flawless timing - are served up by an outstanding cast" (O, The Oprah Magazine).

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94 of 98 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Laugh Till You Drop September 20, 2007
Director Frank Oz [aka Oznowicz] was actually born in England, and he was raised in America. A very talented actor, with 104 film appearances on his resume -he also specialized in "voice work". He and Jim Henson created the whole MUPPETS phenomenon. He created multiple characters, the most famous of which were Kermit and Miss Piggy. He is equally well known for being the voice of Yoda for the George Lucas STAR WARS series. As a director he has made 14 films, varying from THE DARK CRYSTAL (1982), through the classic fun of WHAT ABOUT BOB? (1991). All the way across the spectrum to the crime thriller, THE SCORE (2001), with Robert De Niro, Edward Norton, and Marlon Brando. DEATH AT A FUNERAL (2007) represents his triumphant return to comedy; and what a dark and delicious foray it is.

A farce of the first order, this film is about a normally dysfunctional family who are forced to confront each other at a patriarch's funeral. The amazing script was written by Dean Craig. He is a young writer/director with only four films to his credit. In 2003 he gave us DIRTY LITTLE SECRETS. His script for FUNERAL was filled with wafts, even wads of wit, had terrific internal timing, a solid structure and plot, with a delectable and irreverent sense of humor. It is a film so completely farcical that I believe it could be produced on stage, in live theatre. All those slamming doors, crossed-over plotlines, and zany characters would lend themselves to some outrageous theatrical moments.

Attending the film I was happy to give in to the instant giddiness that most of the audience immediately lapsed into -beginning to titter and then guffaw while the opening credits were still rolling.
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38 of 42 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Hilarious Romp Through Unlikely Subject Material February 29, 2008
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Like so many others this viewer avoided the theatrical release and deferred to the DVD release of DEATH AT A FUNERAL, thinking that a comic take on a potentially morbid subject might not be very entertaining. Couldn't have been more wrong! This is the kind of humor the Brits do so well - intelligent, expertly delivered dialog and action that can make even the most unlikely situations hilarious. Writer Dean Craig and Director Frank Oz have created a farce and have put this tongue in cheek situation in the hands of some the best of the British actors. The result is a spinning top that only gradually allows the viewer to breathe from laughing during the clever final credits.

The father of a very dysfunctional family has died and son Daniel (Matthew MacFadyen) and his wife Jane (Keeley Hawes) have agreed to host the funeral. After the mortuary first delivers the wrong corpse the tone is set for all the wrong things to happen. The arriving family is a bizarre clan of characters - a novelist living beyond his means in New York (Rupert Graves), a man who unwittingly mistakes an hallucinogen for Valium and ends up on a trip that entertains all, a 'drug distributor', a crotchety old man with toilet problems, and the usual stuffy and goofy associates that so often populate the British comedies. And when it seems as though little else could support sanity, up pops a figure form the US (Peter Dinklage) with a secret about the deceased and proceeds to cause a situation that becomes the focal point of this zany funeral.

Saying too much about each of the characters diminishes the surprises that abound. Were it not for the fact that each of the actors in the film is 'top drawer' this little movie could have become mawkish or tasteless, but this cast and director have produced one of the most refreshingly funny films of the past year. Grady Harp, February 08
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29 of 33 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sneaks Up And Surprises You October 5, 2007
The great thing about DEATH AT A FUNERAL is that there really is something for everyone. From brief bathroom humor to dark jokes, it's all there, laid out by UK-born director Frank Oz.

The title itself is a bit misleading, in that you would think it to be more horror-ish or dramatic. The words "Death" and "Funeral" don't normally make you skip to the theater thinking "Oh boy! Let's go watch this funny movie!" For that, I would fault only the production person who stamped the name on it. But that would be my only one; one which has nothing to do with the rest of this riotously funny film.

Like a snake creeping upon its prey, Death at a Funeral also slowly makes its way along, never lurching or jumping ahead of itself, building the comedic moments one upon the other. Starting out (as all the trailers have shown) with Daniel (Matthew Macfadyen) standing in his livingroom, watching his father's coffin being delivered in preparation for a British homestyle service. But once the coffin is open, Daniel states, "That's not my father." The funeral home quickly whisks away the casket and returns with the right one. This gradual sinking in of dark comedy holds the film together exceptionally well.

We're then introduced to the rest of the cast...

Jane (Keeley Hawes, Tristram Shandy - A Cock and Bull Story), Daniel's wife who's pressuring him to buy a flat in the city and leave his now widowed mother with his successful brother in New York.

Simon (Alan Tudyk,
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1.0 out of 5 stars Movie
I found it boring and so did my mother. There were a few laughs and the rest was just a whole lot of nothing.
Published 4 days ago by Annette L. Stone
5.0 out of 5 stars Brillant!
Now this is comedy... even if it is British. The American remake of this movie is a far cry from this original comedy. You gotta see it to appreciate it.
Published 6 days ago by Robert Lange
4.0 out of 5 stars My Favorite Movie About Funerals
I love this ensemble piece about a comedy of errors at a patriarch's funeral, and have watched it at least four times. Every time I see it, I laugh until I cry. Read more
Published 13 days ago by Dinah Massie
5.0 out of 5 stars Definitely worth watching
Great movie. Hilarious. We couldn't stop laughing the entire movie once it got going. The beginning is a little slow but sets it up perfectly.
Published 19 days ago by Corinne Blasius
4.0 out of 5 stars Typical British Humor
The first time I saw this on television, it was only the last twenty minutes. I had to get the dvd just to see what I had missed. Read more
Published 19 days ago by dlj
5.0 out of 5 stars Great cast, one of our favorite films
Hilarious, we have watched this film twice, and will watch again. Light humor that plays up on, mostly, family dynamics. Great for all family members over 18. Read more
Published 20 days ago by CWard
4.0 out of 5 stars An outrageous Farce!
This film mounts a series of ridiculous and satirically funny mishaps that centers on a burial gathering for a man at a country estate. Read more
Published 27 days ago by W. Riedell
5.0 out of 5 stars worth it!
I love love this movie. I never laughed so much in any movie at all from the beginning until the end. I admired the couple too, matthew macfadyen and his real wife keeley hawes. Read more
Published 29 days ago by loi
4.0 out of 5 stars You can't stop laughing
A very Hillarious film with British humor so you can't stop laughing! A very unique way to portray a funeral.
Published 1 month ago by Mario
5.0 out of 5 stars very funny.
The British are masters of comedy. This movie is no exception. Watch this one and forget the American version of the movie.
Published 1 month ago by john r anderson
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