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  • Actors: Line Kruse, Nikolaj Lie Kaas, Mads Mikkelsen, Nicolas Bro, Aksel Erhardtsen
  • Directors: Anders Thomas Jensen
  • Producers: Tivi Magnusson, Kim Magnusson
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: Danish
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: In 2 Film
  • DVD Release Date: 30 April 2007
  • Run Time: 95 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000P1KTGY
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 36,796 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Off-beat Danish horror, directed by Anders Thomas Jensen. Disfunctional butchers Bjarne (Nikolaj Lie Kaas) and Svend (Mads Mikkelsen) decide to open up their own butcher shop after becoming sick of their bullying boss. But when the inept duo become involved in an accidental death, they make a hasty decision to cover it up. Before long, they are regularly serving up mysterious 'speciality' meat, but when the growing numbers of missing persons in the town begins to raise suspicions, all eyes turn to them.

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3.9 out of 5 stars

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By The Critic Ali Insane on 7 Aug. 2010
Format: DVD
Following the success of his feature length debut, writer-director Anders Thomas Jensen, serves up a macabre dish filled with peculiar flavour and questionable ingredients. Any comparisons made with Jean-Pierre Jeunet's Delicatessen are slightly wide of the mark as both flicks are in total contrast stylistically but Jensen's sly, dry humour is definitely on par with that of the talented French auteur.

The satire revolves around two misfit butchers, `Sweaty' Svend (Mads Mikkelson), and the pot smoking Bjarne (Nikolaj Lie Kaas), who've become disgruntled with being employees and so take the risky decision to buy an empty property and set up their own business and become rivals with their ex-employer, Holger, who sells deer sausages and believes: 'It's mythological to kill an animal and then mock it by sticking it into its own intestine'.

When an electrician turns up late one evening to fix problems in the freezer `Sweaty' Svend haplessly locks the door on his way out and discovers the frozen corpse in the morning. In a state of panic both butchers decide to chop up the body and soak the meat in the marinade Svend uses for his speciality dish, `Chicky Wicky'. Due to the success of his creation and not wanting to disappoint the eager customers or his savage inferiority complex, Svend is now apparently unable to show anyone the inside of his freezer without adding them to the chilled display cabinet the following morning.
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Mr River on 10 Aug. 2005
Format: DVD
This was one of those movies I took a chance with in the local "arty type/foreign" movie theatre, my girlfriend and I roared with laughter/sniggered throughout this movie, does have some messed up humour in the form of a retarded brother and the main story line of 2 butchers serving up fresh human meat as quality meats!
Need I say more, forget about not understanding Danish, the subtitles and the charcters do a grand job of telling the story!
The Danes have a wicked sense of sarcastic humour..
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Louise Roberts on 20 Nov. 2010
Format: DVD
I saw the trailer for this film randomly and thought I would give it a go. I think most people would have seen Mads Mikkelson in Casino Royale where he plays the role of the baddie brilliantly, and arguably his role in Valhalla Rising is also notable. However he plays a very different role in this movie, and I guess he is one of the reasons I thought I would watch this as I enjoy his acting.

I think the cover DVD is very misleading, as this is not a particularly gory film, and it relies more on its comedy moments to keep the audience engaged. I thought both main leads were superb, and the storyline is somewhat bizarre yet highly entertaining. I think there is some quality comedy in this film, which did have me in stitches. I will say it was a little slow in the middle, but I thought the ending was very funny, and this is definitely very funny!

Overall, this is a quirky, odd yet funny film, and worth a watch if you want something a bit different.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Morten Hillebert Bay on 25 April 2012
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
I bought this item together with a bunch of other "Sweeney Todd" related releases, when I realised that I'd have to have every release imaginable.

Being a Dane myself, it surprised me that I had never realised this movie as a potential classic. However, generally I am much more for Hollywood and English-language productions, than obscure small country released art films (which this movie almost falls into).

The movie itself, though interesting is not the best "butchers sell human meat" story I have yet to watch, but it never the less has some very unexpected, yet very Danish and very black humour, that I have yet to find in a non-Danish release.

The video seems adequate, though nothing special. It is however presented in it's original theatrical aspect ratio regardless of the box stating "16x9 Anamorphic", which it of course still is enhanced for.

The audio is available in both 5.1 Dolby Digital and 2.0 Dolby Surround in Danish.

I bought one of two British releases, only later realising that I might just have bought the bare-bones version. This however was not the case. This version contains all the extras available in the other British release as well as the Danish. There is, for a Danish production, a rather interesting behind-the-scenes feature, and once done with the talking actors part, it starts covering all the body parts used and shown in this feature.

A funny feature not available in the Danish release are the British trailers.

All features are subtitled in English, with the ability to turn them off (yay for Danes).

The case is interestingly red (as compared to the title and the Danish release) and leading ones thoughts into a classic horror movie which this isn't.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By J. Rottweiller Swinburne on 4 May 2013
Format: DVD
Other reviewers have adequately covered the plot of this quite delightful little film, so I'll make just a few observations.
The packaging quotes reviewers who characterised this film as "sick", "gruesome" and God knows what else, leading the potential viewer to expect a gorefest of the Texas Chainsaw variety. In fact, the humour, though definitely of the graveyard type, is actually very witty and quite gentle (at one point Svend, who inadvertently started the cannibal butchery and has a freezer by now well-stocked with bits of assorted people, says to Bjarne that he doesn't want to be around anyone and just wants to be left alone; Bjarne replies "Don't go into the freezer, then"). Think Hitchcock in "The Trouble with Harry" or, better still, Aki Kaurismaki in "Leningrad Cowboys go America" rather than anything by Wes Craven or Tobe Hooper, and you'll have an idea of the spirit of the piece; deadpan, understated and very, very funny. Recommended.
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