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The Act of Killing, the breakout documentary that won over audiences at such important film festivals as Toronto, Telluride, SXSW, True/False and Berlin (where it won the Audience Award) and went on to record-breaking box-office openings in New York and other major markets, comes to Blu-ray and DVD on January 7, 2014. The releases comes from Drafthouse Films in conjunction with Cinedigm, and the extras-filled discs contain both the original theatrical release and a longer director's cut.
In this inventive and critically-acclaimed documentary by Joshua Oppenheimer and executive produced by documentary titans, Werner Herzog and Errol Morris, the filmmakers examine a country where Indonesian death squad leaders are celebrated as heroes, challenging them to reenact their real-life mass-killings via musical numbers, action and comedy sequences and other genres of the American movies they love. The hallucinatory result of Oppenheimer's daring idea is a cinematic fever dream, an unsettling journey deep into the imaginations of mass murderers and the shockingly banal regime of corruption and impunity they inhabit.
When the Indonesian government was overthrown in 1965, small-time gangster Anwar Congo and his friends went from selling movie tickets on the black market to leading anti-communist death squads in the mass murder of over a million people in one of the most overlooked genocides in recent history. The film ventures deep into the minds of the now-elderly killers and how they face the deadly acts they've done in a society that doesn't ask them to.
The film has been championed by critics for its innovative and uncompromising approach. We ain't giving away anything. Trust us. Here's what we will share:
Special Features on The Act of Killing release will include:
Two versions of the film: 122-minute Theatrical Cut and 166-minute Director's Cut
45-minute interview with director Joshua Oppenheimer on Democracy Now!
VICE Presents: Executive Producers Werner Herzog and Errol Morris on The Act of Killing
40-page booklet featuring an essay by Executive Producer Errol Morris
Audio Commentary with Director Joshua Oppenheimer and Executive Producer Werner Herzog