Written by: Cliff Wood on September 26th, 2012
Theatrical Release Date: USA, 2010
Director: Adam Rehmeier
Writers: Adam Rehmeier, Rodleen Getsic
Cast: Rodleen Getsic, Norwood Fisher, Gregg Gilmore, Paul Ill, Loki, Drettie Page, Jeff F. Renfro, Curtis Reynolds, Jason Timms, Coriander Womack
BluRay released: July 31st, 2012
Approximate running time: 76 minutes
Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1 Widescreen / 1080 Progressive
Sound: Dolby Digital Stereo English
BluRay Release: Autonomy Pictures
Region Coding: Region Free
Retail Price: $29.99
Though the film does a decent enough job setting up who everyone is and what their motivations are? After this initial setup any semblance of a conventional plot is thrown out the window as the film from there just becomes a serious of series of sadistic moments of degradation, each more revolting then the previous. With everything leading up to an anticlimactic ending that fails to live up to what has just transpired.
With that being said, there are few areas in which this film often excels like it’s stark use of black & white cinematography and the performances from its two leads, Rodleen Getsic in the role of Bunny and Jeff F. Renfro in the role of her tormentor.
Unfortunately for most viewers there are many more areas in which they will find this film far too challenging and thus limiting its potential appeal. Whether it be this film sparse use of dialog, total disregard of character back-story or its inability to makes its protagonist Bunny sympathetic, even though she is put through hell and then some. And let’s not forget the extreme visualization of violence that occurs for the majority of this film.
In closing, it would be far too easy to simply write this film off as yet another entry in the often criticized Torture Porn genre. When at its core The Bunny Game is a film that defies genre and to pigeonhole it in the aforementioned Torture Porn genre would be doing this film a great disservice.
The Bunny Game comes on a 25 GB single layer BluRay. The film is presented in a 1080 Progressive anamorphic widescreen. The image looks crisp throughout, there are no problems with compression, black and contrast levels look very good.
This release comes with one audio option, a Dolby Digital stereo mix in English. Though there is some dialog spoken in this film, it is minimal. With that being said this film does a superb job with the more ambient aspects of the soundtrack.
Extras for this release include a trailer (1 minute 36 seconds – anamorphic widescreen) and alternate trailer for the film (1 minute 15 seconds – anamorphic widescreen), a poster & still gallery, a ‘Making of’ featurette titled ‘Caretaking the Monster’ (16 minutes 30 seconds – anamorphic widescreen) and a audio commentary with director Adam Rehmeier and actress Rodleen Getsic. Topics discussed during the ‘Making of’ and commentary include, how the origins of this film are loosely based from Rodleen Getsic’s life, the cast – especially Jeff F. Renfro’s performance as the truck driver that abducts this film’s protagonist, locations, editing and other production related topics. These two extras do a great job covering every aspect of this production.
For their first release Autonomy Pictures could not have picked a better picture to launch their label. Overall The Bunny Game gets a definitive release from Autonomy Pictures.
Note: Also included with this combo release is a DVD copy that has all the contents that are included on the BluRay counterpart.