Capturing the Friedmans (2-DVD)

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Format:  DVD  (2 Discs)
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DVD Features:

  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Rated: Not Rated
  • Run Time: 1 hours, 47 minutes
  • Video: Color
  • Released: January 27, 2004
  • Originally Released: 2003
  • Label: Hbo Home Video
  • 2-Disc Set
  • Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
  • Packaging: Snap Case
  • Aspect Ratio: Widescreen - 1.85
  • Audio:
    • Dolby Digital 5.1 - English
  • Additional Release Material:
    • Additional Feature:
      1. Andrew Jarecki Short Film that Inspired the Feature
    • Interviews: Charlie Rose with Andrew Jarecki - Director
    • Featurette: Jesse Friedman's Life Today
    • New Case Evidence
    • Bonus Footage:
      1. An Altercation at the Premiere
      2. Unseen Home Video Footage

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Entertainment Reviews:

Certified Fresh97%

Total Count: 152


User Ratings: 9,751
There's no doubt that the film delivers the emotional equivalent of a kidney punch, but that's as much a result of the filmmaker's attitude-better suited to entomological research-as it is to the Friedmans themselves. Full Review
Film Comment Magazine
Apr 10, 2018
Rating: A -- insane document, a slice of life that we probably should never have seen. But now that we have seen it, it's too late to deny its crippling poignancy...
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Jan 2, 2005
Rating: B -- Much of this information could have been delivered in a way that respected the Friedmans, even if they did not respect each other. Full Review
Looking Closer
Dec 6, 2004
Rating: 4/5 -- It takes the concept of reality television and twists it into a shocking but poignant art form.
Arizona Republic
Jul 25, 2003
Rating: 5/5 -- Captivating and intense. Mature teens+. Full Review
Common Sense Media
Jan 1, 2011
[A] tabloid spectacle with heart...
Film Comment
Jan 1, 2004
Rating: 3/4 -- Disturbing, yet undeniably fascinating.
Globe and Mail
Jul 25, 2003

Product Description:

Watching Andrew Jarecki's riveting non-fiction drama is like watching a slow-motion replay of a multi-car pileup; you know it's headed for disaster, but there's no way you can stop watching. On the surface, the Friedmans were a typical 1980s American family. Living in Great Neck, Long Island, Arnold was a well-respected teacher, Elaine was a dedicated mother, and their children Seth, Jesse, and David were model students. But one Thanksgiving, that happy façade came to a crashing halt. After the local police discovered Arnold had engaged in the buying and selling of child pornography, they questioned several students who attended his computer classes in the Friedman basement. What they revealed would shock the community, and destroy the Friedman family forever. The subsequent investigation and trial uncovered even deeper hidden secrets at an alarming rate, creating a rift between Arnold and Elaine that would never be reconciled. Jarecki uses present day interviews with Elaine, Jesse, and David, as well as Arnold's brother Howard, to provide some sort of insight on the situation, but it backfires, for everyone has a different story to tell. And then there is actual home video footage of the family in the midst of the hurricane, which gives the film an eerie, voyeuristic charge.


Production Notes:

  • Theatrical Release Date: May 23, 2003 (NY)
    June 13, 2003 (LIMITED)
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Product Info

  • Sales Rank: 61,214
  • UPC: 026359227820
  • Shipping Weight: 0.35/lbs (approx)
  • International Shipping: 2 items

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