A History of Violence (Widescreen)

Tom Stall had the perfect life... until he became a hero.
A History of Violence (Widescreen)
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DVD Features:

  • Rated: R
  • Run Time: 1 hours, 38 minutes
  • Video: Color
  • Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
  • Released:
  • Originally Released: 2005
  • Label: New Line Home Video
  • Audio:
    • (unspecified) - English
  • Additional Release Material:
    • Documentary: "Acts of Violence"
    • Audio Commentary: David Cronenberg - Director
    • Deleted Scenes: With Commentary by David Cronenberg - Director
    • Featurette:
      1. "The Unmakeing of Scene 44"
      2. "Violence's History: U.S. vs. International Versions"
      3. "Too Commercial for Cannes"

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Entertainment Reviews:

Movieline's Hollywood Life - 09/01/2005
"Some of the performers -- especially Maria Bello as the hero's wife and Ed Harris as a mysterious stranger -- are gripping."
Rolling Stone - 10/06/2005
"The family tableau that ends the film is as chilling and redemptive as anything Cronenberg has ever crafted....You won't know what hit you."
Uncut - 10/01/2005
"Cronenberg plays that pulp-revenge thriller plot with a perfectly pitched straight face throughout..."
Entertainment Weekly - 10/07/2005
"It's about the violence that surpasseth all understanding -- a cataclysm of awful consequence that unfolds with insidious intimacy and a Cronenbergian delight in the animal squish and shock of torn bodies." -- Grade: A
New York Times - 09/23/2005
"A masterpiece of indirection and pure visceral thrills, David Cronenberg's latest mindblower, A HISTORY OF VIOLENCE, is the feel-good, feel-bad movie of the year."
Sight and Sound - 10/01/2005
"Cronenberg's masterful, intelligent and gripping meta-thriller leaves us pondering about our enduringly perverse desire for alternative realities, in which surrogate violent alter egos run righteously and preposterously amok."
USA Today - 09/23/2005
"[With] a fabulous Ed Harris in Blues Brothers shades as a mutilated Mob smoothie; the best William Hurt in years; and career-topping work by both leads. Always keeping us unbalanced, VIOLENCE finally seems less eccentric than scintillatingly original."
Premiere - 02/01/2006
"[I]t's tight, exciting, and, let's not forget, hilarious."
Uncut - 01/01/2006
Ranked #1 in Uncut's Best Films Of 2005 -- "An heroic mainstream comeback for director David Cronenberg....A modern American masterpiece."
Entertainment Weekly - 12/30/2005
Included in Entertainment Weekly's Top Ten Films Of The Year -- "Right to the last shot, this thrilling, hardheaded movie refuses to draw conclusions....This is the best movie of the year."

Product Description:

History of Violence, A

An average family is thrust into the spotlight after the father (Viggo Mortensen) commits a seemingly self-defense murder at his diner.

Source: Warner Home Video

Description by Warner Home Video:

History of Violence, A
An average family is thrust into the spotlight after the father (Viggo Mortensen) commits a seemingly self-defense murder at his diner.

Plot Keywords:

Crime | Family (General) | Heroes | Mobsters | Small Town Life | Theatrical Release | Thriller | Violence

Production Notes:

  • Theatrical Release: September 23, 2005

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  • Sales Rank: 22,034
  • UPC: 794043100956
  • Shipping Weight: 0.21/lbs (approx)
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