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Delicatessen [DVD] [1992] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]

4.3 out of 5 stars 85 customer reviews

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  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Studio: Miramax
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (85 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000E8NRUS
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 512,426 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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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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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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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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Format: Blu-ray
Specifications:

Case Type - Book style case with removeable booklet.

Disc - 50GB, MPEG-4 AVC encoded, Regions A and B.

Video - 1.85:1 Aspect Ratio in a 16:9 frame, Colour, 1080p/24fps

Audio - Original French DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0 stereo and dubbed German and Spanish DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0 Stereo.

Subtitles - Optional English, German, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, Norwegian, Swedish, Japanese, Castilian Spanish and Latin American Spanish. Subtitles avaialble on all supplements too.

Supplements -
Jean-Pierre Jeunet Commentary.
'Main Course Pieces' Retrospective Documentary (1hr 5mins).
'Fine Cooked Pork Meats' behind the scenes featurette (13mins).
'Jean-Pierre Jeunet's Archives' featurette (8mins).
Theatrical Trailer .
Teaser Trailer compilation.

Censorship? - No censorship or cuts. The BBFC passed the film with a certficate 15 without cuts, and it contains one use of strong language, some moderate violence, a comedic sex scene, and a cannibalism and suicide theme.

'Delicatessen' and not a film that requires repeated viewing, however it does get more enjoyable on repeated viewings. The atmosphere of the film is similar to Terry Gilliam's work. Most notably 'Brazil' (Jean-Pierre Jeunet mentions this in the documentary). Set in a post-apocalyptic France where meat is rare and the form of currency is in grain. There is no definate time period. It looks like a dirty, depressingly possible future yet could quite easily be set in the 1940's (like Gilliam's 'Brazil'). The dark humour is sick but very tastefully done - A butcher resorts to cannibalism and kills his tennants, a Woman tries numerous ways to take her own life and constantly fails.
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