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Review: La Grande Bouffe (Arrow Video)

La Grande Bouffe
La Grande Bouffe
4.5 stars

Starring: Marcello Mastroianni, Michel Piccoli, Philippe Noiret

Directed: Marco Ferreri

Release Date: August 18, 2015

Run Time: 130 Minutes

Format: Blu-Ray Color: Color

Audio:
French Subtitles: English

Distributor: Arrow Video / MVDvisual

Synopsis

The most famous film by Italian provocateur Marco Ferreri (Dillinger is Dead), La Grande bouffe was reviled on release for its perversity, decadence and attack on the bourgeoisie yet won the prestigious FIPRESCI prize after its controversial screening at the Cannes Film Festival.

Four friends, played by international superstars Marcello Mastroianni (Fellini’s 8½), Michel Piccoli (Belle de jour), Ugo Tognazzi (Barbarella) and Philippe Noiret (Zazie dans le métro) retreat to a country mansion where they determine to eat themselves to death whilst engaging in group sex with prostitutes and a local school teacher (Andréa Ferréol, The Tin Drum), who seems to be up for anything…

At once jovial and sinister, the film’s jet-black humour has a further twist as the reputed actors (whose characters use their own names) buck their respectable trend for a descent into fart-filled chaos that delivers a feast for the eyes and mind. – Arrow Video

Audio/Video

Audio

Audio Language: French
Dubbed:
Subtitles: English

The Sound Quality is a tad better than the PQ with no distortions that I can hear. Dialogue is clear but could use a tad bit of highs in this Mono soundtrack.

Rating: 4.5 stars

 

Picture Quality

Disc Format: Blu-Ray

The film looks good but not great. Colors could pop more, sharpness could also be a lot sharper but the grain and popcorn will get in the way as there is a good amount. Now Its not unwatchable hence my 4 out of 5 because it’s still looks good and from my understanding this film wasn’t in that great condition. Overall it’s still good and way better than all the DVD Releases.

Rating: 4 stars

Note: Equipment used to watch the film can be found below

Theatrical release Date: May 20, 1973 (France)
DVD Disc release Date: August 18, 2015 (USA)
Extras
  • Brand new 2K restoration of the original camera negative
  • High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) and Standard Definition DVD presentation
  • Original French audio (uncompressed PCM on the Blu-ray)
  • Newly translated English subtitles
  • The Farcical Movie – A French television profile of Marco Ferreri from 1975 in which the director discusses, among other things, the influence of Tex Avery, Luis Buñuel and Tod Browning’s Freaks
  • Behind-the-scenes footage of the making of La Grande bouffe, containing interviews with Ferrari and actors Marcello Mastroianni, Michel Piccoli, Ugo Tognazzi and Philippe Noiret
  • Extracts from the television series Couleurs autour d’un festival featuring interviews with the cast and crew recorded during the Cannes Film Festival
  • A visual essay on the film with by Italian film scholar Pasquale Iannone
  • Select scene audio commentary by Iannone
  • News report from the Cannes Film Festival where La Grande bouffe caused a controversial stir, including Ferreri at the press conference
  • Original Trailer
  • Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Gilles Vranckx
  • Booklet featuring new writing on the film by Johnny Mains, illustrated with original archive stills and posters
My Thoughts

La Grande Bouffe is a french film that deals with 4 guys trying to eat them selves to death. Is it Possible? Pick up this film to see. No its hard to put this film in a Genre as it has dark comedy attached but it’s definitely not a comedy but as the director said in the extras located in this release its a physiological Piece.

The film is filled with a good amount of dialogue bu mostly lots of eating, sex, cooking, naked women and passing gas. No the film is a little over 2 hours and it didn’t bore more so the is a plus, also lots off boobies and a classic Bugatti makes an appearance. Now the plot is small, yes! But still entertaining and also might make you Hungary but at the same time not want to eat at all. I also had some lol moments with the loud farting near the end and the stiffs in the freezer in the back ground was a nice touch.

Overall the film was a fun watch as it was something way different film wise. Yes it has what I like tons of Nudity, food, some comedy, and death. I’m not going to give it a classic as of course the film could add some more fun moments. Plot wise it simple and it really doesn’t need a fix as it’s just 4 guys who are trying to eat them selves to death and of course you don’t know that’s what they are doing until the ending is near. I knew what I was getting into when I read the back cover but the joy of not know would have been better and would have made a more weird experience.

With that said I give this film a 4.5 out 5 and I say check it out, give a try and enjoy it for what it is… 4 guys trying to kill them selves buy eating, also the nudity. Some guy shits himself

 

Rating – 5 Star System

Film:

PQ:

Sound:

4.5 stars

4 stars

4.5 stars

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Product Details

La Grande Bouffe

Blu-Ray
$39.99
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This Film was Played on the listed Equipment below

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TV

Samsung (UN46C6900) 46-Inch 1080p LED HDTV

DVD/Blu-Ray Player

OPPO BDP – 103 (Highly Recommended)

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Stereo Receiver

Pioneer VSX-516-K 7.1-Channel

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(1) Center Speaker

Pioneer S-HF 11C

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(2) Front Speaker

KLH 9250B Floor – 350 watts

(4) Surround sound Speakers

KLH 100 watt Bookshelf

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Sony SA-W3000 180 Watt 12″ sub

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Note: I Know my speakers are way outdated. OPPO Blu-Ray Player is one of the best around and used in most home theaters. The Receiver is pretty good but on the line of out dated. Subwoofer is good with tons of bass but not the theater quality from a $400 Sub. Front speakers are fun with tons of power and are good for standalone’s but higher end sound (Hz) is lower quality. Overall I need to update on all speakers granted I do get decent sound out of them just the higher end falls short.

 

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