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    Unique ID Code: 0000033288
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    Added on: 24/4/2002 13:19
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    Series 7: The Contenders (UK)

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    "Impeccably bad taste" - The Times
    Certificate: 18
    Running Time: 84 mins
    Retail Price: £19.99
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    The Contenders, the highest rated "reality" programme on US television, selects six people at random to kill one another off until a lone champion survives. The Contenders are picked by lottery, given a gun, assigned a cameraman and let loose. Their every move will be watched by countless millions. There is no escape, there is nowhere to hide, there is only one chance.

    Brooke Smith is Dawn, eight months pregnant and reigning champion. She has killed ten people. If she kills five more and wins Series 7, she will go free.

    Special Features:
    Director`s Commentary
    Theatrical Trailer
    Extreme Promotions
    Deleted scenes

    Audio Tracks:
    Dolby Digital 5.1 English

    Subtitle Tracks:

    Directed By:
    Daniel Minahan

    Written By:

    Merritt Wever
    Richard Venture
    Michael Kaycheck
    Glenn Fitzgerald
    Marylouise Burke
    Brooke Smith

    Casting By:
    Susan Shopmaker

    Soundtrack By:
    Johnny Temple
    Scott McCloud
    Eli Janney
    Alexis Flesig

    Director of Photography:
    Randy Drummond

    Malcolm Jamieson

    Costume Designer:
    Christine Bieselin

    Production Designer:
    Gideon Ponte

    Joana Vicente
    Christine Vachon
    Katie Roumel
    Libby Richman
    Gretchen McGowan
    Pamela Koffler
    Jason Kliot
    Evan T. Cohen

    Executive Producer:
    Judith Zarin
    Charles J. Rusbasan
    Michael Escott
    Tom Brown

    Film Four

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    9 / 10
    There`s no escape, there`s nowhere to hide, there is only one chance. This is the slogan for the latest Film Four funded picture, which takes reality television to a whole new dimension. We`ve all seen, or at least heard of Big Brother...and if you`re anything like me you`d love to do some damage to the contestants. `General` public my arse! Luckily, with the release of Series 7: The Contenders we get a brand new spin on the formula...the contestants actually DO have to kill each other! Sounds like fun...

    Firstly, let me say..if you`re not a fan of dark, twisted, black humour..stay well away! This film contains some genuinely disturbing moments which would probably offend anybody with any sense of decency in them. Luckily..I don`t have a shred of decency in me, and as such enjoyed Series 7: The Contenders for the most part quite a lot!

    Brooke Smith plays Dawn, eight months pregnant and the reigning `contender`. With 10 kills already under her belt, 5 more kills will see her win the series, and walk free. Up against her are 5 other members of the public, all of which selected randomally by a nationwide lottery. It`s basically the same as a standard lottery in which you win money..except in this case you would find yourself shouting "Damn, I`ve got 5 bloody numbers now!"

    Overall the film itself is well worth a watch, especially if you are a fan of reality TV, looking for a bizarre twist! The DVD features a solid transfer, and an above average soundtrack.
    posted by Aslan on 13/5/2002 23:37
    8 / 10
    One of the blackest comedies, you`ll ever see and fantastically subversive. Plenty of laugh out loud moments for normal viewers.

    However, there are no laugh out loud moments though, for easily offended people or daily mail readers, who will not understand what the movie is about!

    No features in region 2, but should we really expect any, it a cheap independent film anyway! Actually mine might be an ex-rental copy, not sure as I got it second hand
    posted by Rich_H on 31/8/2002 22:20