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El Bulli: Cooking in Progress (2011)

Ferran Adria , Gereon Wetzel  |  NR |  DVD
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Ferran Adria
  • Directors: Gereon Wetzel
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Anamorphic, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Surround Sound, Widescreen
  • Language: Catalan
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Alive Mind
  • DVD Release Date: March 27, 2012
  • Run Time: 108 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B006P5KECI
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #85,516 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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A celebration of the human desire to turn food into art. Grade: A- --Entertainment Weekly

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For six months of the year, renowned Spanish chef Ferran Adria closes his restaurant El Bulli and works with his culinary team to prepare the menu for the next season. An elegant, detailed study of food as avant-garde art, EL BULLI: COOKING IN PROGRESS is a tasty peek at some of the world's most innovative and exciting cooking; as Adrià himself puts it, ''the more bewilderment, the better!''

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not What You Expected March 16, 2012
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If you are a real foodie, chef, and someone involved in the business of food you might like this. If you are expecting a Gordon Ramsey or Bourdain style documentary then you will be disappointed. You will not learn how to cook any of what legendary chef, Ferran Adrià, makes at the now retired El Bulli restaurant. The documentary starts with the closing of his restaurant for the season then turns into a dialogue between chefs on the creativity and science of the creation of new dishes. You are like a fly on the wall. Jose Andres operates arguably the most advanced kitchen in the world, very interesting to see how everything comes together, but this film won't be for everyone
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Pretty boring. July 8, 2012
Format:DVD
I really enjoyed Bourdain's documentary about El Bulli,Decoding Ferran Adria: Hosted by Anthony Bourdain (and the episode of No Reservations with Ferran Adria), and in those you really got to see what cooking and eating at El Bulli was like. I also enjoyed Lisa Abend's book The Sorcerer's Apprentices: A Season in the Kitchen at Ferran Adrià's elBulli. This movie, however, was much less interesting to watch.

The movie is 1hr 50mins long, and all dialogue is in Catalan, Spanish, or French, with English subtitles. The first half of the movie is almost all video of Ferran's sous-chefs working in the lab. There is no narration at all, very little cooking, and it is somewhat tedious to watch. Yes, it is interesting to see what they do, but most of the time it is unclear exactly what they are doing and what ingredients they are using. Still, it is quite amazing how meticulous they are in the lab. The second half takes place in the restaurant, where we see them set up for the season. Again, it is usually not clear what exactly they are doing. You might see them making some cool looking dishes, but the viewer has no idea what they are. At one point we watch Ferran eat his own meal, but for the most part, we do not know what the dishes are or how they taste! We just see him make notes quietly. Pretty dull.

If you are really into El Bulli, this is worth watching for the behind-the-scenes look, but in the end it is just ok. Could have been great, with lots of narration and better editing.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Ultimate for foodies May 7, 2012
By mikecq
Format:DVD
If you classify yourself as a foodie, you have got to see this movie. This is where food preparation is takes to almost a scientific level. I do not believe anyone else in the entire world has done this approach to food preparation.
Too bad if you never got to el Bulli, it closed in 2011. The brothers opened Tickets and 41degrees in Barcelona while the featured chefs opened Compartir north of Barcelona, with Faran's blessings to continue along the same path, and not too far from the el Bulli original site.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars El Bulls**t is more like it.... February 4, 2014
Format:DVD
I was really excited to see this film. I am a foodie and have read about the famous and (fabled) El Bulli and the eccentric owner and chef Ferran Adria. I love the inner working of restaurants and all that jazz.

The first thing I noticed was that the music and the cinematography was off-putting. Very self-conscious, dramatic kind of stuff.... I know it was attempting to be arty, but it came across as annoying, too slow, and frankly, boring. It made me want to fast-forward.

The other thing is, I didn't see any earth-shattering ideas here. Yes, I realize he is the father of modern methods (such as using liquid nitrogen and encapsulating oils and sauces) but now that we have seen all this and more on Food Network - and more excitingly, mind you- it just came off as pretentious and... boring.

My favorite 2 parts are 1) Adria is dining on his Chef's creations-- a course after course affair-- he is gulping the food so fast it seems like he wouldn't be able to taste it! And a customer, I am assuming, passes by him and looks at him, starstruck, and Adria just goes on guzzling, completely ignoring the guy.
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2) Adria "creates" a cocktail -- off the cuff it seems-- of Oil (yes OIL, as in Olive Oil) and plain water. He orders the waiter to bring it out to his table. The waiter almost seems incredulous, like You want me to serve these people OIL and WATER and pass it off as a cocktail? Hilarious.

My take is, this guy is basically a modern-day snake oil salesman passing off BS like Oil and Water cocktails and inedible stuff like "pine needles" to people who care about appearances and think they are being cool spending God Knows How Much on a meal. Good for them. Me, I'm sticking with food that actually tastes good. And movies that are Good. This one just isn't.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars i love it January 16, 2013
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i just have to say that i'm satisfied with my stuff
it's what i was expecting, definitely cool!
lets enjoy it
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5.0 out of 5 stars Mecca for foodies January 9, 2013
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Love having a non-narrated view into both the lab and formerly world's greatest restaurant. To check out the approach, failures, process behind the myth was particularly fun and an education into this now gone pilgrimage site. Highly recommend for all those obsessed with gastronomic adventure, horizons, pleasure!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Inspirational November 9, 2012
By Stephen
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They type of drive shown by the El Bulli team is truly inspirational. Ferran Adria is a genius and continues to impress me with his transitions of creativity. Even though the restaurant has been closed I am looking forward to elbulliFoundation to happen.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic insight into a unique creative process
Fantastic insight into a unique creative process from a legendary chef.
Anyone in any creative field could benefit from watching this and learning from his process
Published 5 months ago by Andrew Meehan
2.0 out of 5 stars kinda boring
was interested in the cooking process, not in their move every 6 months or talking about recipes.
wasn't able to sit through the whole thing.
Published 7 months ago by joanna pugliese
5.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable tale from a once renowned restaurant.
A good documentary on how a world class restaurant was run, showing behind the scenes perspective on his operation. Read more
Published 8 months ago by C. MERRITT
3.0 out of 5 stars so-so
I am a serious foodie and I read a lot of food literature, and try to see a lot of food movies. One terrific foodie movie is about the Japanese sushi chef Jiro. Read more
Published 12 months ago by knvmxi
5.0 out of 5 stars Read the book first "The Sorcerer's Apprentices", then watch the...
I enjoyed seeing all the people I had just read about. I don't want to eat the crazy food but I love watching them create it.
Published 13 months ago by Susan Vandermeer
5.0 out of 5 stars great insight into the mind of a culinary genious
This dvd offers amazing insight into the creative process of Ferran Adria. I was first introduced to his work through watching Anthony Bourdain's No Reservations episode in season... Read more
Published 13 months ago by katsumi moroi
3.0 out of 5 stars El Bulli doc not as interesting
It's a bit dry as some of the reviewers have mentioned. I love how creative Mr. Ferran Adria and his team are but this a very technical look at the behind the scenes. Read more
Published 17 months ago by Grace
3.0 out of 5 stars El Bulli Cooking in Progress
The movie is a great look into the creative process behind the El Bulli kitchen. You don't see as much about the work of the stages like the ones referenced in The sorcerer's... Read more
Published 23 months ago by literoti
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