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Eating Raoul (Criterion Collection) (1982)

Paul Bartel , Mary Woronov , Paul Bartel  |  R |  DVD
4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Paul Bartel, Mary Woronov, Robert Beltran, Susan Saiger, Lynn Hobart
  • Directors: Paul Bartel
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Criterion Collection
  • DVD Release Date: September 25, 2012
  • Run Time: 83 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B008CJ0JLQ
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #134,275 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

Special Features

  • New, restored digital transfer, supervised by director of photography Gary Thieltges
  • Audio commentary featuring screenwriter Richard Blackburn, art director Robert Schulenberg, and editor Alan Toomayan
  • The Secret Cinema (1968) and Naughty Nurse (1969), two short films by director Paul Bartel
  • Cooking Up “Raoul,” a new documentary about the making of the film, featuring interviews with stars Mary Woronov, Robert Beltran, and Edie McClurg
  • Gag reel of outtakes from the film
  • Archival interview with Bartel and Woronov
  • Trailer
  • PLUS: A booklet featuring an essay by film critic David Ehrenstein

  • Editorial Reviews

    A sleeper hit of the early 1980s, Eating Raoul is a bawdy, gleefully amoral tale of conspicuous consumption. Warhol superstar Mary Woronov and cult legend Paul Bartel (who also directed) portray a prudish married couple feeling put upon by the swingers who live in their apartment building; one night, by accident, they discover a way to simultaneously realize their dream of opening a little restaurant and rid themselves of the “perverts” down the hall. A mix of hilarious, anything-goes slapstick and biting satire of me-generation self-indulgence, Eating Raoul marks the end of the sexual revolution with a thwack.

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    2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars Deliciously Macabre Dish June 22, 2013
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    Is this film a parody of the new morality? A spoof of the old amorality? A send-up of conspicuous consumption? Regardless it's a funny movie. Not classic but the laugh quota is consistent. What I found interesting about the film was nary a drop of blood was shed despite the subject matter. Paul(Paul Bartel) and Mary(Mary Woronov) Bland dispatch their prey with a skillet with the exception of a hot tub full of swingers. Bartel and Woronov continue the fruitful partnership that solidified itself with "Rock 'N' Roll High School". Terrific bit by John Paragon as a sex shop owner. I would suppose you could call this an important film because I'm almost certain it informed The Farrellys and Judd Apatow but on the surface it's just above the norm.
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    3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Viva Raoul ! October 20, 2013
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    Criterion has done a fantastic job with a fantastic film. If you have not seen it, it's a bit campy and slightly perverted. Although, the premise is credible enough to be plausible. I lived in LA a few years after this was made and the film takes me back to a certain era of "real" Hollywood.

    In addition to a fine transfer of the film, the disc also includes two of director Bartel's earlier short films, Naughty Nurse and Secret Cinema. There is also a nice interview with Mary Woronov (Mary) and Robert Beltran (Raoul).

    I am very glad I bought it.
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    5.0 out of 5 stars Dark Comedy June 29, 2014
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    Not everyone will like this one but it is a cult favorite of mine. In this case we have a couple who want to open their own restaurant but lack the funds. So they go to extremes to get the money and most of their methods are illegal. Roaul has discovered this and decides to blackmail them at the same time seducing the wife and wants in on the money action. The series of events leading to the end is hilarious. Can't say too much more without giving spoilers.
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    5.0 out of 5 stars The great classic that came out of nowhere October 23, 2014
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    The great classic that came out of nowhere. What can one say about this movie that hasn't already been said? It's funny, well done on a shoestring, and worth the the time to sit down and enjoy. Mary Wornov was at the peak of her beauty as the frigid wife and Paul Beltran who would later gain fame as Chikote in the Star Trek franchise is excellent as the scheming, dangerous Raoul. A fun movie.
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