Death of a President

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DVD Features:

  • Rated: R
  • Run Time: 1 hours, 30 minutes
  • Video: Color
  • Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
  • Released:
  • Originally Released: 2006
  • Label: Lions Gate
  • Packaging: Keep Case
  • Aspect Ratio: Full Frame - 1.33
  • Aspect Ratio: Widescreen - 1.85
  • Audio:
    • Dolby Digital 2.0 - English
    • Subtitles - English, Spanish - Optional

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Entertainment Reviews:

Entertainment Weekly - 11/03/2006
"[A] provocation....It strikes the urgent, open-eyed tone of a FRONTLINE investigative report....The film's atmosphere of plausibility is its most devious trick..." -- Grade: B+
Box Office - 11/01/2006
"Director/writer Gabriel Range adroitly uses digital effects to create an almost seamless sense of reality unfolding."
Total Film - 01/01/2007
4 stars out of 5 -- "Deliberately confrontational, though communicated with even-keeled clarity rather than hysteria..."
Ultimate DVD - 12/01/2006
3 stars out of 5 -- "[A]s a provocative piece of social commentary it most certainly succeeds."

Product Description:

British director Gabriel Range (THE DAY BRITAIN STOPPED) imagines the aftereffects of the assassination of George W. Bush in this fictional documentary ("mockumentary" seems too playful a word for this relentlessly taut film) set in 2008. Range uses real news footage, staged scenes (shot on high-res video but cleverly doctored to resemble grainy satellite news images and security-camera tapes), and phony talking-head interviews to create a compelling and believable thriller for the CNN generation. He even adds some whodunit elements, along with philosophical musings about post-9/11 civil liberties, the psychological effects of war, and the multilayered impact that such a murder would have on the world.

What makes Range's story so believable--in addition to the excellent performances by the "interviewees" playing FBI agents, beat cops, advisors, and suspects--is the wide scope of political and personal viewpoints given equal voice. The president is seen as neither a hero nor a villain; his advisors and security team are loyal and even-keeled but not without their own irrational prejudices, and the assassin's motives, while not condoned, are made to seem understandable. This is a deeply compassionate look at a fictional situation that could very well become a reality--rather than lulling viewers with escapism, Range asks them to consider the consequences of the events unfolding all around them.

Plot Keywords:

Assassination | George W. Bush | Murder | Theatrical Release

Production Notes:

  • Theatrical Release: October 27, 2006

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  • Sales Rank: 96,438
  • UPC: 012236212300
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