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directed by Adam Rehmeier
USA 2010

 

Prostitute Bunny (Rodleen Getsic) lives an urban hell as a drug-addicted Los Angeles prostitute. When one of her trick steals her cash and her stash, she accepts the advances of a creepy truck driver Hog (real life Hollywood truck driver/film transportation coordinator Jeff Renfro) who abducts her and submits her to torture, beating, rape, and humiliation out in the desert over a five day period (the titular "bunny game" which ends with a fifty-fifty chance at her survival).

As a horror film, art film, or even as pornography, THE BUNNY GAME is utterly pretentious. In the accompanying documentary - which itself must be taken as an extension of the film's universe for any of the "profound" comments to be taken seriously, Getsic refers to the film as an "art piece", and labeling it - however "limiting" that may be - as an "art piece" is perhaps the most constructive way in which to experience and discuss this collaborative collision between a director who admits early on in the film’s commentary that the film is designed to repulse and an actress who makes performance art out of the image of degradation (bearing in mind that intending something to be a work of art doesn't make it automatically good). One of the documentary participants refers to Getsic herself as a "work of art" and I believe it (early on after a humiliating encounter, she makes faces at a mirror as if trying to repulse herself with her own image). Only she knows how much the things she was willing to do in the film reflect the real-life experience upon which the film was based, and if it really is the healing experience she describes it as in the commentary (come to think of it, the film would have been more interesting had Rehmeier swapped the original soundtrack for the commentary). Renfro starts out unnervingly but is reduced to mugging into the camera late in the film, and would not be out of place in your average “torture porn” film; but perhaps we should be thankful that director/producer/editor/composer/cinematographer Rehmeier's overbearing technique emphasizes cacophony over bruises and open wounds.

  - Eric Cotenas

Theatrical Release: 2010 (USA)

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DVD Review: Autonomy Pictures - Region 0 - NTSC

Big thanks to Eric Cotenas for the Review!

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Autonomy Pictures

Region 0 - NTSC

Runtime 1:16:12
Video

1.78:1 Original Aspect Ratio

16X9 enhanced
Average Bitrate: 8.14 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s

NOTE: The Vertical axis represents the bits transferred per second. The Horizontal is the time in minutes.

Bitrate

Audio English Dolby Digital 2.0 stereo
Subtitles none
Features Release Information:
Studio: Autonomy Pictures

Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen anamorphic - 1.78:1

Edition Details:
• Audio Commentary by director Adam Rehmeier and actress Rodleen Getsic
• Caretaking the Monster: Making-of Featurette (16:9; 16:29)
• Trailer (16:9; 1:35)
• Alternate Trailer (16:9; 1:14)
• Still and Photo Gallery

DVD Release Date: 31 July 31st, 2012
Amaray

Chapters 12

 

 

Comments

Autonomy Pictures' dual-layer DVD sports an attractive progressive, anamorphic transfer of an ugly film. Audio is Dolby Digital 2.0 stereo, and that seems to be the original mix since the Blu-Ray edition lists a DTS-MA 2.0 encode. The track is simply shrill (screams, industrial sounds, death metal, etc) and some clipping distortion at the very high ends is likely intentional. Director Rehmeier and actress Getsic (seemingly via phone) provide an audio commentary which touches upon the film they intended to make before the original actor backed out, and admit to not understanding some of their own cinematic choices. The “Caretaking the Monster” featurette is more provocative than informative, emphasizing what acts in the film were real (according to the filmmakers, only the drug use and alcohol consumption was faked), and Getsic blithely admits that “a part of me died” during her performance.

The film is also available in a Blu-ray/DVD Combo edition (HERE)

  - Eric Cotenas

 



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