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Man Bites Dog [1992] [DVD] [1993]

Benoît Poelvoorde , Jacqueline Poelvoorde-Pappaert , Benoît Poelvoorde , André Bonzel    Suitable for 18 years and over   DVD
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Benoît Poelvoorde, Jacqueline Poelvoorde-Pappaert, Nelly Pappaert, Hector Pappaert, Jenny Drye
  • Directors: Benoît Poelvoorde, André Bonzel, Rémy Belvaux
  • Format: PAL, Widescreen
  • Language: French
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.66:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 18
  • Studio: Tartan Video
  • DVD Release Date: 9 Oct 2000
  • Run Time: 95 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00004Y3OS
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 11,252 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Benoit Poelvoorde's film swings from the hysterical to the horrific and caused a storm when it was released in the cinema because of its disturbing violence. Multiple killer Ben Patard shows off his skills to documentary maker Remy Belvaux and his team. The filmmakers gradually fall under Ben's spell and become entirely caught up in the brutal facts of his life, changing from voyeurs to accomplices.

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United Kingdom released, PAL/Region 0 DVD: LANGUAGES: French ( Dolby Digital 2.0 ), English ( Subtitles ), WIDESCREEN (1.66:1), SPECIAL FEATURES: Filmographies, Interactive Menu, Production Notes, Scene Access, Short Film, SYNOPSIS: A camera crew follows a serial killer/thief around as he exercises his craft. He expounds on art, music, nature, society, and life as he offs mailmen, pensioners, and random people. Slowly he begins involving the camera crew in his activities, and they begin wondering if what they're doing is such a good idea, particularly when the killer kills a rival and the rival's brother sends a threatening letter. SCREENED/AWARDED AT: Cannes Film Festival, Catalonian International Film Festival, Toronto International Film Festival, ...Man Bites Dog ( C'est arrivé près de chez vous ) ( It Happened In Your Neighborhood )

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53 of 54 people found the following review helpful
Format:DVD
Anyone asked to name a classic of Belgian cinema can simply point to this film, a production all the more remarkable for its bargain basement provenance. Made by three film students with a budget which makes shoestrings look like a luxury, "Man Bites Dog" ("C'est arrivé près de chez vous") is proof that making a memorable movie depends more on talent and a good story than on vast amounts of capital and an over-indulgence in special effects.
Three young film makers follow the exploits of Benoit, a mass murderer and petty criminal, and document his philosophy of life and pride in the professionalism of his work. Benoit murders people, quite instrumentally, to obtain money. Or because they get in the way. He's not a 'serial' killer with a fixation about a victim type or a drive to assert himself. He's just a guy, going about his business. The murders, the crimes are shocking because they occur in such a natural setting - the killing is unheralded, unanticipated.
"I usually start the month with a postman!" Even killer's have their routines. Benoit explains his theories about robbery and murder, provides a masterclass in the disposal of bodies, expresses his concerns about the murder of children (it attracts too much media attention), and recounts his theories about why old people are better bets for robbery than the middle classes.
It is a film of quite shocking, deliberately disturbing violence, not least in the casual nature of the rape scene. Shot in naturalistic manner - black and white, hand held camera, exactly as if three young film makers are keeping a documentary diary of the crimes and lifestyle of a criminal.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A day in the life of a serial killer... 5 Dec 2007
By Trevor Willsmer HALL OF FAME TOP 100 REVIEWER
Format:DVD
A sort of serial killing This Is Spinal Tap without the jokes, as a satire Remy Belvaux, Andre Bonzel and Benoit Poelvoorde's Man Bites Dog just isn't very funny. The film is more a stylistic exercise and intellectual essay on cinema's relationship with violence, and as such is open to endless debate and reinterpretation.

The film follows the exploits of the smug, self-satisfied Benoit Poelvoorde as he goes about his daily work - murder for pleasure and profit - with a low-budget black and white documentary film crew in tow. The crew become seduced by the violence they 'document', carrying on with an interview while holding down a child for him to kill and participating in and instigating a gang rape. They are untouched by the horror of his actions until it directly affects them, most particularly in a sort of running joke in which their soundmen keep getting killed.

This complicity between filmmakers and life-takers is compounded by the fact that the film's killer and camera crew all use their real names on screen. There is certainly an inherent element of criticism of the artist's acceptance of violence as a form of self-expression - not only the film crew but a female musician Poelvoorde knows accept his actions as just being 'his work.'

The violence is shocking, as it should be, more for this casual acceptance (although the most genuinely disturbing moment is the fraction of a second when Poelvoorde's laughter dies and is immediately replaced by a grim face after the music lesson), but is never openly condemned. Since none of the characters on screen exercise any morality, it is up to the viewer to bring his or her morality to bear on the picture.
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36 of 40 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Natural Born Filmmakers 23 Aug 2002
By A Customer
Format:DVD
Duh! For the information of the reviewer who thinks Les Artistes Anonymes are dredging over themes already explored by Tarantino's gaudy flick, Man Bites Dog is the earlier film!!! Natural Born Killers is an embarassingly self-aware, queasy piece of postmodern posturing; Man Bites Dog is all the more disturbing for the naturalness that it never strays from. Although at times it can be very funny (perhaps the specific gravity of Belgian humour is hard to fathom) it is, in my opinion, being mis-sold as a "black comedy". This is a very violent film, and let's stop pussyfooting around with euphemisms about the kinds of violence: it contains a shocking rape scene. People should not be encouraged to see the film without being warned about that.
For my money, this is no spoof: it is absurdist perhaps, but that is a different matter. Austin Powers is a spoof of James Bond films, the relations are easy to identify. How and of what is this a spoof? A small film-crew film a killer (and he is not really a "serial-killer" either) going about his grim work; he regards it as a job. Absurd perhaps. But don't expect a spoof or a black comedy, you'll probably be disappointed.
Like many great twentieth-century works of art it shows a great (if disturbed) sense of humour, but it is also a powerful meditation on the glamorisation and worship of violence, and the complicity of such acts in the crimes that we love to gape at. But no pat observations, and no simple conclusions. The end is ample proof of that. Unlike NBK it is oblique and serious, and all the more capable of being funny because of that.
And can we start a campaign to get it renamed? The nudge-nudge, wink-wink in-joke on new journalism's penchant for reporting the story that sells rather than the one that happens is pretty irrelevant.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Disturbing
When I first saw this I wondered if it was real as the acting is so good it looks like a genuine documentary about a guy killing people in different way whilst being filmed by a... Read more
Published 3 months ago by AL
2.0 out of 5 stars Lousy transfer
The quality of this dvd is lousy. It was not subtitled for this dvd: the dvd is just a scan of a subtitled film print.
Published 6 months ago by RVDW
5.0 out of 5 stars Hilarious and Brilliant
This is a real must-see for movie fans. Amazingly fresh and original idea and has some laugh out loud moments, but also very disturbing and not for the faint hearted
Published 7 months ago by Barlo
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant little Belgian.
Years before the common theme of `fly on the wall' film-making became popular, this 1992 film from Belgium came as a sharp satire on the whole idea of reality TV, and documentary... Read more
Published 14 months ago by Mr. P. Johnson
5.0 out of 5 stars A masterpiece
I'm a sucker for films like this, probably because I'm a latent gorehound. But, much like Funny Games and Martyrs, this is a film that uses the most controversial of cinematic... Read more
Published 15 months ago by DeclanCochran
2.0 out of 5 stars disappointing.....
Perhaps it's just me but.....what a waste of an afternoon, very unengaging experience...Clockwork Orange violence.... Read more
Published 16 months ago by kezza
4.0 out of 5 stars Modern day Robin Hood
Man bites dog is about a psychopathic serial killer masquerading as a working-class hero and modern day Robin Hood, followed by a film crew that are making a movie about him It is... Read more
Published on 13 Oct 2010 by NELMES316
3.0 out of 5 stars Nearly amazing....
If you are a fan of indie or foreign cinema, Man Bites Dog should definitely be on your "to watch" list. Read more
Published on 21 May 2010 by Mr. N. EVANS
5.0 out of 5 stars Good!
I had seen this film before and I was happy to see it again, being able to share it with my boyfriend this time. We both like it in a kind of sick way... Read more
Published on 24 April 2010 by Charlotte Salomon
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best moc-docs ever
Man Bites Dog is a brilliant satire on media complicity - crime is the biggest staple news story, with murder top of the list. Read more
Published on 25 Mar 2010 by BigFella
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