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Delicatessen (Studio Canal Collection) [Blu-ray]

Dominique Pinon , Jean-Claude Dreyfuss , Jean-Pierre Jeunet , Marc Caro    Suitable for 15 years and over   Blu-ray
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (61 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Dominique Pinon, Jean-Claude Dreyfuss, Karin Viard
  • Directors: Jean-Pierre Jeunet, Marc Caro
  • Format: Anamorphic, Colour, DTS Surround Sound, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: French
  • Region: Region B/2 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Optimum Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 13 Sep 2010
  • Run Time: 90 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (61 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B003PHJLS2
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 72,440 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)



Delicatessen presents a post-apocalyptic scenario set entirely in a dank and gloomy building where the landlord operates a delicatessen on the ground floor. But this is an altogether meatless world, so the butcher-landlord keeps his customers happy by chopping unsuspecting victims into cutlets, and he's sharpening his knife for the new tenant (French comic actor Dominque Pinon) who's got the hots for the butcher's near-sighted daughter. Delicatessen is a feast (if you will) of hilarious vignettes, slapstick gags, and sweetly eccentric characters, including a man in a swampy room full of frogs, a woman doggedly determined to commit suicide (she never gets it right) and a pair of brothers who make toy sound boxes that "moo" like cows.

It doesn't amount to much as a story, but that hardly matters; this is the kind of comedy that leaps from a unique wellspring of imagination and inspiration, and it's handled with such visual virtuosity that you can't help but be mesmerised. French co-directors of Jean-Pierre Jeunet and Marc Caro have wildly inventive imaginations that gravitate to the darker absurdities of human behaviour, and their visual extravagance is matched by impressive technical skill. There's some priceless comedy here, some of which is so inventive that you may feel the urge to stand up and cheer. --Jeff Shannon,

On the DVD: the special features are pretty standard, with a trailer, "making of" featurette and footage of the rehearsal process. The audio commentary is supplied by Jeunet, which, although interesting, is in French and thus necessitates the use of subtitles which then obliterate the movie's own subtitles. Once the commentary is on it is virtually impossible to turn this option off without reloading the disc. However, the Dolby stereo works wonders for this film, which is rich in sound, and surprisingly the 1.85:1 letterbox ratio is perfect for a film that is grainy by design. --Nikki Disney

Product Description

The Studio Canal presents...

Delicatessen is the distinctive, spell-binding and never less than surreal debut of the directorial partnership between Jean-Pierre Jeunet and Marc Caro. Set in a post-apocalyptic world where food is scarce, Dominique Pinon stars an ex-clown who gets a handyman job in an apartment building and then falls for the daughter of the building’s owner--an imposing butcher who has resorted to murderous ways to get his meat.

Special Features:
- Making of: Fine cooked pork meats
- Trailer
- Teaser
- Main course Pieces
- Jean-Pierre Jeunet's Audio Commentary
- Jean-Pierre Jeunet's Archives

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28 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars C'est magnifique. Surreal and so unreal.... 10 Oct 2003
By Brian G
On its release, this French film caused much interest and praise due to its freshness and vitality. The joint debut of directors Marc Caro and Jean-Pierre Jeunet has distinctive visual style, a surreal yet clever plot, hilarious comic pieces and comedy timing making it a delightful, colourful, imaginative film of many surprises that refuses to become classified within any genre. You want the plot? You sure? Some time in the future, society has begun to collapse. A circus performer, Louison, gratefully takes a room in an apartment block owned by butcher Clapet as it’s advertised as being rent free in return for odd jobs. He encounters the building’s offbeat tenants such as the toy making Cube brothers, Aurore Interligator - who hears voices urging her to commit suicide and Mr Potin who lives in a water filled room filled with frogs and snails which he dines upon. The offer of free rent is just a trick to lure people who Clapet then butchers and sells off as meat to the other tenants. However, his shy daughter Julie falls in love with Louison and decides to save him - something that requires her to make a deal with the Trogolodists, the vegetarian terrorists that live in the sewers. Did I mention surreal? OK, so there’s the ‘plot’. For me, the beauty and magic of ‘Delicatessen’ is to just sit back, watch and enjoy the unexpected and hilarious pleasures unfold. An inventive film experience - an adventure, a comedy and a sheer joy to savour as it sparkles with originality.
The special extras are real bonus features that add so much to the collectability of this little gem. The movie itself is in French or German, Italian or Spanish Audio Dialogue with choices of English, German, Dutch, Italian, Portuguese and Spanish Subtitles.
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36 of 37 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fabulously weird black comedy 25 Mar 2002
By A Customer
This film is a must for those who like the weird humour of Amelie. But before I mislead you the style and black humour are the only links between this and Amelie. The film is set in a post-nucleur holocaust France, where meat is in short supply.
The response of the local buthcher shop is to provide a meat supply from the nearby changing clientele of a guest house (I'm not giving anything away here as the cover has a human head on a plate!!!) As I said black humour! The plot revolves around Dominque Pinon (Also In Amelie) as a new arrival to the guest house...
The butchers daughter falls in love with him causing an exciting, funny turn of events, exemplified by the a vigilante vegetarian group!
The film is a magnificent montage of different filming techniques, the use of colour and sound to convey the strangeness of the time.
Simply put it is brilliant, funny and a great way to spend an evening- even if it does put you off meat for a while!!!!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A veritable feast 20 Feb 2005
A macabre little fantasia from Jean-Pierre Jeunet (who would go on to make "Amelie" and "A very long engagement"). He uses a simple plot device. Let this be a France which has succumbed to some dystopian nightmare, which has slipped into a condition of economic collapse where there is no food ... and the currency has dissolved, leaving barter the only form of exchange. This is a world where a bag of lentils will take you places. Now, take a dingy, dank tenement block, set on its own ... maybe some distance beyond the outskirts of town ... maybe not. Fill its rooms with an oddball bunch of tenants. Let the tenement belong to a psychotic butcher, who remains in business by harvesting the handymen he lures into the spare apartment. Now, let's complicate the action: let the latest handyman be some scrawny little bloke, a former circus performer, and let the butcher's daughter fall for him ... and enlist the aid of the underground to try to protect him from her father's meat cleaver.
Like I say, a simple little plot device. It works beautifully. 'Delicatessen' is quite a remarkable little film. Shot on a low budget, it is exemplary for anyone wanting to make movies: it helps if you have talent as a director and can enlist a highly competent crew of technicians and professionals; you will need an excellent script; and a superb cast won't go amiss.
It's a lovely script. The test of a good story is how quickly you suspend disbelief. You are riveted from the opening shots. You absorb the notion that this is a world with no currency and little food, where, frankly, anything is possible. You settle to enjoy the film. And your attention is held by the cast.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
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What can you possibly say about a post-apocalyptic surrealist black comedy about the landlord of a decaying apartment building who creates cannibalistic meals for his tenants who are some of the weirdest characters you will ever find on film? This is a world in which protein is hard to come by and the little old lady across the hall is starting to look good. "Delicatessen," a 1991 French film directed by Marc Caro and Jean-Pierre Jeunet, is certainly imaginative but equally rude, a world in which good taste is certainly a relative concept. Of all the tenants trying to avoid being served up as dinner by their neighbors, the best is the woman who keeps trying to commit suicide but whose attempts, um, go slightly astray (I will say no more). This film is certainly on my evolving list of Top 10 Black Comedies, certainly much better than "Eating Raoul," the obvious American cinematic counterpart.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Couldn't watch it as I bought it in French and ...
Couldn't watch it as I bought it in French and no subtitles ha ha! Do you sell French classes, Amazon? ;-)
Published 2 days ago by Danika
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great movie in full working condition and good arrival time.
Published 18 days ago by Tessa Eastman
2.0 out of 5 stars Odd.
Weird movie
Published 1 month ago by Rachel C
1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
Published 1 month ago by John Marsh
5.0 out of 5 stars wonderful movie
this movie is fantastic and the DVD status too
unfortunately in the description below it was written that italian language or subtitles were on
actually it's not - but... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Giulio
5.0 out of 5 stars What a film
I watched this film a few years ago at a friends, really entertaining, funny, If you love the french humor you will like this film.
Is a bit crazy .... but great ...
Published 3 months ago by D. J. Freemantle
1.0 out of 5 stars Boring
I had high hopes for this film. The subject matter was unique and on paper should have been amazing, but it was trying to hard to be cutesy, humorous and arty. Boring.
Published 5 months ago by raven_guest
5.0 out of 5 stars Delicatessen
Really unreal, crazy, dark, alternative, underground, masterpiece of french cinema under director Jean-Pierre Jeunet. Must watch from the author of Amelie.
Published 9 months ago by Marko
5.0 out of 5 stars never seen its like before
to be seen more than twice to see what is going on.
Once you have,it stays with you always.Enjoy it.
Published 13 months ago by flibity
4.0 out of 5 stars Black comedy at its finest
Delicatessen is a French film directed by Jean-Pierre Jeunet, who is best known for his work on Amelie, France's highest grossing film. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Laura Hartley
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