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Eating Raoul (The Criterion Collection) [Blu-ray] (1982)

Paul Bartel , Mary Woronov , Paul Bartel  |  R |  Blu-ray
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  • Actors: Paul Bartel, Mary Woronov, Robert Beltran, Susan Saiger, Lynn Hobart
  • Directors: Paul Bartel
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Blu-ray, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray 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: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (83 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B008CJ0JVQ
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #50,319 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

Special Features

  • New, restored digital transfer, supervised by director of photography Gary Thieltges, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray edition
  • 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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    3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
    Paul Bartel has starred in many television shows and films. While playing judge or doctor roles in television shows like "L.A. Law", "Ally McBeal and "Snoops", he also starred in films such as "European Vacation", "Escape from L.A." and "The Usual Suspects". But he is also known for his short films in the '60s such as "The Secret Cinema" and his '70s films "Death Race 2000″ and "Cannonball!".

    While as an actor, the majority of his Hollywood roles were not a main character, sometimes in Hollywood, you need to create our own opportunities. And sure enough Paul Bartel created the opportunity by directing the 1982 film "Eating Raoul" which he co-wrote with Richard Blackburn.

    With an anything goes way of directing the film and because it was low-budget, actors having to adapt to the schedule. "Eating Raoul" is a film that will be remembered for its characters. Along with Bartel, starring in the film was Mary Woronov ("Death Race 2000″, "Warlock"), Robert Beltran ("Star Trek: Voyager", "Night of the Comet"), Susan Saiger, Buck Henry ("The Graduate", "Catch-22″), Ed Begly Jr. ("St. Elsewhere", "Spinal Tap"), Allan Rich ("Amistad", "Serpico") and Edie McClurg ("Ferris Bueller's Day Off", "Natural Born Killers").

    A low-budget black comedy, "Eating Raoul" made over a million dollars in the box office and would inspire a stage musical production via off-broadway in 1992 and played in London in 2000.

    While this black comedy has received a cult following, the original DVD has been out of print since 2004. But the Criterion Collection released "Eating Raoul" on Blu-ray and DVD.
    Which man will end up with Mary?


    "Eating Raoul" is presented in 1080p High Definition (1:78:1 aspect ratio).
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    3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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    Yes, this movie is funny, perverted, and sick, and huge amounts of fun! The CRITERION Edition version is the ONLY way to see this movie. The previous DVD was just kicked onto the market by the previous issuer, but this one looks the best it ever has, there is NO frame jitter and it is mastered in 2K resolution from the original camera negative. This edition also fixes some funky things in the mastering of the previous DVD. The sound is the cleanest is has ever been.

    Paul Bartel, the director, would be so proud of this disc. The whole thing looks like it was a labor of love for Criterion and the supplements are indispensable, including interviews with cast members, and two other Paul Bartel films. For more Bartel, find "DEATH RACE 2000" and "SCENES FROM THE CLASS STRUGGLE IS BEVERLY HILLS".

    BRAVO!!! I wrote to Criterion many years ago, when they were first issuing Laserdiscs, and I suggested this title. I am only sorry that Paul Bartel did not see his brilliant, snarky movie on Blu-Ray disc.
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    4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars This Cult Film Fave Has Never Looked Better! September 26, 2012
    By Cubist
    Eating Raoul has never looked better on this new Blu-Ray transfer. The transfer is perfect with a crisp, clean look.

    There is an audio commentary by screenwriter Richard Blackburn, production designer Robert Schulenberg and editor Alan Toomayan. They point out that Bartel used a lot of friends from other films he had worked on in front of and behind the camera for Eating Raoul. The three men recall all kinds of filming anecdotes, laughing and joking with each other on this engaging track.

    "The Secret Cinema" is a short film Bartel made in 1966. It was shot in black and white and done like a silent film but with a laugh track. Bartel remade it in 1986 for Steven Spielberg's short-lived television series Amazing Stories: The Complete First Season. In addition, Schulenberg talks about it in a nine-minute audio interview.

    "Naughty Nurse" is another short film Bartel made in 1969. It focuses on the misadventures of a nurse who moonlights as a dominatrix.

    "Cooking Up Raoul" is a 24-minute retrospective documentary featuring Woronov, Beltran and McClurg recalling their experiences making Eating Raoul. Woronov talks about how she first met Bartel and how he got her a role in Death Race 2000 (Roger Corman's Cult Classics) (1975). Beltran does an amusing Bartel impression as he recounts how he was cast in the film. McClurg came from an improv comedy background and tells a funny story behind her scene in the film.

    Also included is a 5-minute gag reel featuring the cast blowing lines and cracking each other up.
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    5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Criterion Piece December 22, 2012
    By Adriana
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    This movie moved very well and the story was great, I was very happy with this purchase and recommend this movie.
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