Movie Renter's Guide - December, 2008



"Burn After Reading" (Blu-ray)


CIA agent Osbourne Cox (Malkovich) resigns from the CIA, and in the meantime, another agent Harry Pfarrer (Clooney) has been having an affair with Osbourne's wife Katie (Swinton).

When a CD containing sensitive CIA information (Osbourne's memoirs) is left in a locker at Hardbodies Fitness Center, two employees, Chad Feldheimer (Pitt) and Linda Litzke (McDormand) decide to blackmail the CIA by telling Osbourne that they will make the information public unless they pay them $50,000.

Not getting the response they quite expected, Chad and Linda take the CD to the Russian Embassy and offer it to them.

Word of this gets back to the Director of the CIA, and now Harry, having been been implicated in the loss of the CD, has to retrieve the CD by befriending Linda and pretending he is interested in improving his health at Hardbodies.




  • Universal Pictures
  • 2008, Color, Rated R, 1 Hr 36 min
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • 1080p
  • Codec: Not Specified
  • English 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio
  • Starring George Clooney, Brad Pitt, John Malkovich, Frances McDormand, Tilda Swinton
  • Directed by Ethan and Joel Coen
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  • Violence: Yes
  • Sex: Yes
  • Language: Bad


This is supposed to be a comedy, but blackmail and murder just don't make the story very amusing. Really great performances by Pitt, McDormand, and Malkovich though.


The disc has very good picture quality, but there is not much use of surround channels.


These include Finding the Burn which is The Making Of, DC Insiders Run Amuck which is about Washington, D.C. insiders trying to stay one step ahead of each other, and Welcome Back George, highlighting Clooney's third collaboration with Ethan and Joel Coen. The disc also has the BD Live feature so you can go on-line and communicate with other people about the movie.