Earlier this week, Drafthouse Films released one of the most critically-acclaimed films of the year, The Act of Killing, on Blu-ray and DVD, which includes both the 122-minute theatrical cut and the 166-minute director's cut. This compelling documentary from director Joshua Oppenheimer examines the country of Indnonesia, where leaders of brutal death squads are celebrated as heroes. We have an exclusive clip featuring commentary with Joshua Oppenheimer and executive producer Werner Herzog, who break down a scene that can only be seen in the director's cut.
In this inventive and critically-acclaimed documentary by Joshua Oppenheimer and executive produced by documentary titans, Werner Herzog (Grizzly Man, Into the Abyss: A Tale of Death, A Tale of Life) and Errol Morris (The Thin Blue Line, The Fog of War), 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.
- 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
- - Deleted scenes
- - Trailers
- - 40-page booklet featuring an essay by Executive Producer Errol Morris
- - Audio Commentary with Director Joshua Oppenheimer and Executive Producer Werner Herzog