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  • Actors: Marie-Laure Dougnac, Dominique Pinon, Pascal Benezech, Jean-Claude Dreyfus, Karin Viard
  • Directors: Jean-Pierre Jeunet, Marc Caro
  • Writers: Jean-Pierre Jeunet, Marc Caro, Gilles Adrien
  • Producers: Claudie Ossard
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Special Edition, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Lions Gate
  • DVD Release Date: August 26, 2008
  • Run Time: 99 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (193 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000934FC2
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #17,653 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Delicatessen (Special Edition)" on IMDb

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Editorial Reviews

Marc Caro and Jean-Pierre Jeunet's 1991 movie about a world in which meat becomes so rare that people use it as currency is re-released. Bonuses: featurette, commentary, photo gallery, Jean-Pierre Jeunet archives.

Customer Reviews

This movie is so funny!
indieblack
Beautiful cinematography and excellent set design are just a few of the well planned and beutifully executed details of this bizarre film.
P. Fox
You will probably either love it or hate it, but it is worth watching to find out which one!
Allan A. Miller

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77 of 80 people found the following review helpful By Kerry Walters VINE VOICE on September 11, 2008
Format: DVD
"Delicatessan" is simply one of the funniest films I've ever seen. Directed by Jean-Pierre Jeunet, who also gave us the equally quirky and delightful "City of Lost Children," the film begins in a post-apocalyptic and dying world in which nothing grows and ends in a reborn one where blue skies and fruitful earth has returned. The action takes place in a half-ruined apartment building whose residents are kept from starving by the Sweeney Todd-like practices of their landlord, a butcher. But the butcher's daughter, wonderfully played by Marie-Laure Dougnac, and the ex-clown who comes to work for her father, put an end to the nefarious practice.

The visuals of the film are incredible. To underscore the theme of butchery and meat-eating, the very walls of the apartment building, in both color and texture, look vaguely like meat. Long drainage pipes, which the camera frequently follows from the inside, look like esophagus and stomach passageways and intestines.

The visual surreality is matched by the surreal characters: a rich resident named Aurore whose Rube Goldberg-complicated attempts at suicide all end in failure; a resident who lives in the basement, regularly floods his dwelling to cultivate mold, slime, and snails, which he then devours with gusto; two roommates who make those little cans which, when turned upside down, emit a lugubrious "moo"; a family with demon kids and an aged grandmom who eventually gets turned into pate; the butcher himself who loves his work; the clown who cames to dinner; and a bunch of revolutionaries who call themselves the Troglydites and are as inept as a bunch of Keystone Cops.

An incredibly rich, hilarious, satisfying film. Easily 5+ stars.
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50 of 55 people found the following review helpful By E. A Solinas HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on June 6, 2008
Format: DVD
You probably know him best for "Amelie" and "A Very Long Engagement," one an adorably surreal little love story, and the other a sepia-toned story of a girl looking for her lover.

But Jean-Pierre Jeunet did an entirely different kind of comedy in "Delicatessen," a wicked black comedy that deals with... um... er.... cannibalism. As in, people eating people. The resulting movie is a truly twisted, dark story populated by the strangest, oddest characters that the writer could possibly have imagined -- cannibal butchers, rebel vegetarians, and ex clowns. And hoo, is it funny!

It's the postapocalyptic future, where food is so scarce that grain is used as money, and meat is completely gone. The setting is an apartment building run by a local butcher Clapet (Jean-Claude Dreyfus), who feeds his tenants in an unusual way: he hires assistants, then turns them into tomorrow's din-din. His newest assistant is the gentle vegetarian ex-clown Louison (Dominic Pinon).

But the butcher's plans get thrown for a loop when his cello-playing daughter Julie (Marie-Laure Dougnac) falls for Stanley and (unsurprisingly) wants to save her love from a fate worse than entrees. So she contacts the vegetarian resistance -- the sewer-dwelling Troglodytes -- and tricks them into invading her father's house, on the night when he plans to slaughter Louison. Then things get really weird.

Okay, let's get this straight: cannibalism is not funny. It's sick and evil and grotesque.

But comedies about cannibalism CAN be very funny, if done well -- and "Delicatessen" is done very, very well. It manages to be a funny comedy in the tradition of Terry Gilliam, with the warped direction, surreal direction and strange settings, as well as some deeply, horribly funny characters.
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44 of 49 people found the following review helpful By E. A Solinas HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on January 26, 2006
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You probably know him best for "Amelie" and "A Very Long Engagement," but Jean-Pierre Jeunet did an entirely different kind of comedy in "Delicatessen," a wicked black comedy that deals with... um, cannibalism. It's a twisted, dark story populated by the oddest characters that the writer could possibly have imagined -- and man, is it funny.

It's the postapocalyptic future, where food is so scarce that grain is used as money, and meat is completely gone. The setting is an apartment building run by a local butcher (Jean-Claude Dreyfus), who feeds his tenants in an unusual way: he hires assistants, then turns them into tomorrow's din-din. His newest assistant is the gentle vegetarian ex-clown Louison (Dominic Pinon).

But the butcher's plans get thrown for a loop when his cello-playing daughter Julie (Marie-Laure Dougnac) falls for Stanley and (unsurprisingly) wants to save her love from a fate worse than entrees. So she contacts the vegetarian resistance, the Troglodytes, and tricks them into invading her father's house, on the night when he plans to slaughter Louison.

Okay, let's get this straight: cannibalism is not funny. But comedies about cannibalism CAN be very funny, if done well. And "Delicatessen" manages to be a funny comedy in the tradition of Terry Gilliam, with the warped direction, surreal direction and strange settings. What was later precious in "Amelie" is weirdly ominous here... not that that's a bad thing.

It's also a challenge to create such a dark, bleak setting and somehow inject offbeat comedy into it. For example, one sex scene is juxtaposed against various activities (carpet beating, cello playing) -- all in the same rhythm. It's a moment of pure comic skill.
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