Sorry, this item is not available in
Image not available for
Color:
Image not available

To view this video download Flash Player

 
Buy New

or
Sign in to turn on 1-Click ordering.
Buy Used
Used - Like New See details
$21.86 & FREE Shipping on orders over $35. Details
Sold by arrow-media.

or
 
   
Sell Us Your Item
For up to a $6.20 Gift Card
Trade in
More Buying Choices
Amazon.com Add to Cart
$25.99  & FREE Shipping on orders over $35. Details
Fulfillment Express US Add to Cart
$28.79  & FREE Shipping on orders over $35. Details
Have one to sell? Sell yours here

Babette's Feast (Criterion Collection) [Blu-ray] (1987)

Stéphane Audran , Jarl Kulle , Gabriel Axel  |  G |  Blu-ray
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)

List Price: $39.95
Price: $25.21 & FREE Shipping on orders over $35. Details
You Save: $14.74 (37%)
o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o
Only 5 left in stock.
Sold by newbury_comics and Fulfilled by Amazon. Gift-wrap available.
Want it tomorrow, April 17? Choose One-Day Shipping at checkout. Details

Other Formats & Versions

Amazon Price New from Used from
Blu-ray 1-Disc Version $25.21  
DVD 2-Disc Version $23.48  

Explore The Criterion Store

TV Deal of the Week
Interested in learning more about Criterion titles or the Criterion brand? Visit the Criterion Store to browse pre-orders, new releases, and best sellers. Shop now

Frequently Bought Together

Babette's Feast (Criterion Collection) [Blu-ray] + The Life of Oharu (Criterion Collection) [Blu-ray] + Lord of the Flies (Criterion Collection) [Blu-ray]
Price for all three: $77.19

Buy the selected items together

What Other Items Do Customers Buy After Viewing This Item?


Product Details

  • Actors: Stéphane Audran, Jarl Kulle, Jean-Philippe Lafont, Bibi Andersson, Vibeke Hastrup
  • Directors: Gabriel Axel
  • Format: Blu-ray, Color, Full Screen, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: Danish, French, Swedish
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: G (General Audience)
  • Studio: Criterion Collection
  • DVD Release Date: July 23, 2013
  • Run Time: 103 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00CEIOH9G
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #24,602 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Babette's Feast (Criterion Collection) [Blu-ray]" on IMDb

Special Features

  • New 2K digital film restoration, with 2.0 surround DTS-HD Master Audio
  • New interview with actor Stephane Audran
  • Karen Blixen: Storyteller, a 1995 documentary about the author
  • New visual essay by filmmaker Michael Almereyda
  • New interview with sociologist Priscilla Parkhurst Ferguson
  • Trailer
  • PLUS: A booklet featuring an essay by film scholar Mark Le Fanu

  • Editorial Reviews

    At once a rousing paean to artistic creation, a delicate evocation of divine grace, and the ultimate film about food, the Oscar-winning BABETTE'S FEAST is a deeply beloved cinematic treasure. Directed by Gabriel Axel and adapted from a story by Isak Dinesen, this is the layered tale of a French housekeeper with a mysterious past who brings quiet revolution in the form of one exquisite meal to a circle of starkly pious villagers in late nineteenth-century Denmark. BABETTE'S FEAST combines earthiness and reverence in an indescribably moving depiction of pleasure that goes to your head like fine champagne.

    Customer Reviews

    Most Helpful Customer Reviews
    43 of 45 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars A Feast for Movie Lovers! April 18, 2013
    Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
    I have been waiting for a quality release of Babette's Feast for several years, and now my wish has been wonderfully granted! With newly restored video and audio, along with a new English subtitle translation, Babette's Feast has finally gotten the attention this wonderful film deserves!

    For those who do not know, this is the story of a French housekeeper in a remote Danish village. She works for two sisters who live together, the daughters of the founder of a fundamentalist religious sect. When Babette learns she has won a great deal of money she decides to celebrate with a feast for the members of the sect. This feast provides the setting for the great contrasts the movie explores: asceticism versus indulgence, grace versus law, friendship versus suspicion, mercy versus righteousness. At the wonderful hospitality of Babette's table we experience not only great food but also the way that these contrasts might live in harmony. We experience, in other words, the miracle that men and women might learn to dwell together in peace and love through the simple acts of giving, sacrifice, and the choice to enjoy life.

    This is a feast for the eyes as well as the heart. Enjoy the meal!

    This Blu-Ray release includes the following features (taken from the Criterion Collection webpage):
    -New 2K digital film restoration, with 2.
    Read more ›
    Was this review helpful to you?
    12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars The Tortoise Wins The Race / But Also Gets Eaten July 23, 2013
    Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
    In the old story "The Tortoise And The Hare" you probably remember that the tortoise, despite all odds and all expectations, wins the race. "Babette's Feast" is like that story. It's slow (but never boring), it's plodding (but never tedious), it's intentional (but never obvious). Filming a classic Danish short-story about a religious order whose piety stops just short of becoming a cult, centering on the two unmarried daughters of the group's long-deceased founder, whose decades-long compassion is only outdone by their ability to turn bread and fish into an edible stew, and including a mysterious houseguest and then friend, whose secret when revealed will not only stun, but bless, is no doubt easier said than done. But it's all magically pulled off in this beautiful film.

    When I first read this short-story by author Karen Blixen-Isak Dinesen in the 1970s I loved it. When I first heard the short-story read aloud on cassette tape by Colleen Dewhurst in the 1980s I loved it. When I first saw the short-story on film in 1987 by director Gabriel Alex I loved it. And now, what a joy it is to see this Academy Award winning film on BluRay Disc, in glorious high definition, and with new and improved subtitles. My VHS tape copy of this film is the only one I couldn't bring myself to pass onto Goodwill through the years -- even though it's been years since I've owned a VCR. But now it can go.

    The story begins long ago when the two daughters of the man who founded this religious order (no sign of their mother) were young women -- and then it picks up much later, when the interwoven stories of their faith, their daily lives, and their loves come back full-circle in ways that lead more to gratitude than to regret.
    Read more ›
    Comment | 
    Was this review helpful to you?
    7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Return of Babette September 20, 2013
    Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
    I saw "Babette's Feast" many years ago and loved it. To be honest, I have not seen this particular DVD. (A friend was so eager to see it that it's been out on loan to her for several weeks.) Fortunately, it arrived encased with a pair of booklets, one of which is the text of the original novella. So I did read it, for the first time. The film, as I remember it, is extremely faithful to the story. But for once, I liked the film even better. It (the DVD) does such a beautiful job of showing the poignancy and the feast's guests emergence form their life-long gloom. Babette's ultimate fate is left somewhat up in the air; but that is not the subject of the story. The ending is appropriate--consistent with the author's intent and not unsatisfying. The second booklet--on "the making of"--explains why the setting was changed from Norway to Denmark. It doesn't seem to make a lot of difference. The scenes are dimly lit in either case. "Babette's Feast" is a story of religious faith and miracles and love. Watch it with a very open mind.
    Comment | 
    Was this review helpful to you?
    6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars The international favorite is in good hands! August 8, 2013
    Format:Blu-ray
    THIS IS NOT a movie about food. It is not a movie about religion either, although the story revolves around a pair of sisters who belong to a strict, Puritanical sect.

    "It's true that food is important, but there's a nourishment in a spiritual sense," actress Stéphane Audran, who plays Babette, says in the 2012 interview on this new Criterion edition.

    It is "a film that advocates love from start to finish," director/scriptwriter Gabriel Axel agrees in his 2013 interview. For him, the most important thing was to capture Karen Blixen's voice.

    Who is Karen Blixen? She is the woman who wrote the story published in 1950 under the pen name Isak Dinesen. Axel says the charming fable was recommended by his wife. But, when he tried to get financing for making it, he was roundly turned down.

    It took over 15 years - and seven Oscar wins for a movie about Dinesen, "Out of Africa," (1985) - before producers agreed to finance "Babette's Feast." Shot in Jutland in Denmark, it became an Oscar winner for 1988 Best Foreign Film and just about every other classy international award that year.

    The story takes place in a bleak coastal village, where two aging sisters, Martine (Birgitte Federspiel) and Fillipa (Bodil Kjer), care for the remainder of their minister father's elderly and quarrelsome followers. Both were beauties in their younger years, and, through flashbacks, we see how both gave up marriage opportunities to stay with their father.

    Skip ahead 35 years and we find the minister has passed on. One evening, a woman appears at the door with a letter from one of the former suitors. Babette is a refugee from the French civil war (Hello, fans of "Les Misérables," 2012); she needs a home.
    Read more ›
    Was this review helpful to you?
    Most Recent Customer Reviews
    5.0 out of 5 stars Amazon - you're the best!
    No complaints. Love the movie and it arrived speedily. I am already planning my next order from Amazon - coconut liners for my window boxes.
    Published 20 days ago by Gail Wynters
    5.0 out of 5 stars Bette's feast
    It was spectacular! sent it to my daughter up North who gave it rave reviews..
    I recommend it to all.
    Published 28 days ago by V. Gauthier
    5.0 out of 5 stars Classic
    Don't know why, but I really like the story. I don't even mind the subtitles which I assume are a little lost in translation. Read more
    Published 28 days ago by Mary
    5.0 out of 5 stars A modern classic
    If you are the sort of moviegoer who needs something fast-paced, then this film is not for you. It is an excellent example of how film can be used to enhance the short story form... Read more
    Published 1 month ago by John Farrell
    5.0 out of 5 stars Babette's Feast
    This has been a favorite movie of mine for years and after loaning it out and not having it returned decided it was time to own a copy again. I highly recommend it. Read more
    Published 1 month ago by Phyllis E. Trelfa
    5.0 out of 5 stars Eating in the Presence
    Babette's Feast is a gentle hymn to the goodness of life. Babette gives herself away in her art of cooking and her guests are gathered together for the meal by the everything that... Read more
    Published 1 month ago by Marcus Aurelius
    4.0 out of 5 stars Babette's Feast
    A wonderful treat. You don't have to be a food expert to enjoy this film. It should be a part of everyone's collection.
    Published 1 month ago by James L. Murray
    4.0 out of 5 stars One of my favorite movies
    Had to own this with the Blue-ray enhancements. A beautiful movie. The transfer is superior to the original DVD, but I don't know if the softness of focus is the way it was... Read more
    Published 2 months ago by Charles L. Troutman
    5.0 out of 5 stars Babette's Feast
    If you love a tale and you love Isak Dinesen, you will be spellbound by this story. It is excellent!
    Published 2 months ago by Jane P. Cox
    4.0 out of 5 stars Food
    recommend to anybody interested in food, story a bit laboured and simple but the food and the food philosophy on life amazing.
    Published 2 months ago by Barry O Sullivan
    Search Customer Reviews
    Only search this product's reviews
    ARRAY(0xa2aaf540)

    Customers Who Bought This Item Also Bought


    Forums

    There are no discussions about this product yet.
    Be the first to discuss this product with the community.
    Start a new discussion
    Topic:
    First post:
    Prompts for sign-in
     



    Look for Similar Items by Category

    newbury_comics Privacy Statement newbury_comics Shipping Information newbury_comics Returns & Exchanges