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Strange Brew (2002)

Dave Thomas , Rick Moranis , Dave Thomas , Rick Moranis  |  PG |  DVD
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  • Actors: Dave Thomas, Rick Moranis, Max von Sydow, Paul Dooley, Lynne Griffin
  • Directors: Dave Thomas, Rick Moranis
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Anamorphic, Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround), French (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: October 1, 2002
  • Run Time: 90 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (297 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00006FDCT
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,846 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Strange Brew" on IMDb

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  • All-new world premiere short The Animated Adventures of Bob and Doug McKenzie
  • Classic McKenzie Brothers Sketch from SCTV

Editorial Reviews

What matters most in life, eh? Hockey, donuts and beer? A slab of back bacon? And did we mention beer? At least, that's what matters most to Bob (Rick Moranis) and Doug (Dave Thomas) McKenzie when they bring the goofy lunacy of SCTV's "The Great White North" to the great wide movie indoors.

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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The McKenzie's Score a Hat Trick October 1, 2002
Strange Brew follows the adventures of Bob & Doug McKenzie played by Rick Moranis and Dave Thomas respectively. The pair was created for the brilliant SCTV television show and the duo seamless took them to the big screen. The movie's plot revolves around an evil brewmeister (played deliciously by Max Von Sydow) who is concocting a potion that will allow him to control the minds of the people who drink it. The brothers unwittingly stumble onto the plan and with the help of the daughter of the late brewery owner and former hockey player, they foil the plans. Through it all Mr. Moranis and Mr. Thomas are absolutely hysterical. The film is actually the forerunner of such films like Wayne's World, The Coneheads and other Saturday Night Live films that took character sketches from the small screen to the movie screen. The big difference is that Strange Brew is well made, well written and still almost twenty years later, down right hilarious.
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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Still hilarious after all these years March 29, 2006
So, uh, good day, eh? Unless you're a complete hoser, you can't help but love Strange Brew, one of the funniest dumb movies ever made. My introduction to Bob and Doug McKenzie came in the form of their hit song, Take Off, which I thought was hilarious. Having created the McKenzie brothers on Canada's SCTV, it was only natural that Dave Thomas and Rick Moranis would further expand their comic empire by making a movie. Strange Brew is that film, and it really is hilarious. Most low-budget films with a mere farce of a plot would tank, but the boys from the Great White North strike gold - largely because the film's only real purpose is to give the boys an hour and a half to be Bob and Doug McKenzie. The real beauty part of it all, though, is the fact that the story actually plays off of Shakespeare's Hamlet.

When the lion burps instead of roars at the beginning of a film, you know you're in for a different kind of viewing experience. Those unfamiliar with the classic McKenzie television skits may well wonder what the heck is going on at first, as you start out with Bob and Doug introducing a film they made about a nuclear holocaust. That film breaks (at which point we see Bob and Doug inside a crowded theatre full of disgruntled, quickly departing moviegoers), and that's when the real movie begins. Basically, the brothers have to get some beer, but they don't have any money. Trying to convince a clerk to give them free beer doesn't work, so they decide to head on up to Elsinore Brewery, the birthplace of their favorite beer, hoping the old mouse in a bottle trick can score them some free brewskis. They soon find themselves very unwittingly involved in a power struggle between the brewery founder's daughter and her lascivious uncle.
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37 of 44 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An emerging cult classic, eh December 30, 2002
Canadians always seem funnier than us uptight Americans because they can laugh at themselves and their idiosyncracies without offending any interest group other than uptight Canadians. They have Mike Meyers and the timeless Kids in the Hall for comedy; we have Carrot Top and "Family Guy." That being said, this film is utterly sophomoric. Almost twenty years later, it still keeps me laughing out loud at its absurd plot, silly jokes and barrage of references and inside jokes about Canadian culture. I went into this film already knowing a bit of Canada (I am a big hockey fan) and came out of this thinking that most NHL players like beer, back bacon & donuts as much as Bob & Doug McKenzie. And I loved every minute of it.
Hats off to the disc's producers for making the audio and video quality superior to the faded-out versions I've seen on cable TV and VHS. They also did an admirable job of including lots of extras on the disc. I've never seen SCTV, but a classic McKenzie Bros. sketch from the legendary show is included on this disc, as well as the film's trailer and a new animated short that includes Canada's favorite siblings since the Dionne quintuplets.
Perhaps this film rivals Caddyshack in having the greatest number of one-liners repeated over beers by white thirtysomethings. That alone should make it a cult classic of Canada you knobs!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Cult Classic Comedy From the Great White North September 7, 2005
Dave Thomas and Rick Moranis created one of the most hilarious and infamous skits of SCTV's considerable run with Bob & Doug McKenzie's "Great White North," essentially a mockery of Canadian infatuation with beer, donuts, and ridiculous slang. Viewers had no choice -- you either instantly hated the overblown Canadian accents and sophomoric jokes, or you fell in love with them.

In one of the most successful "skit-to-movie" transitions in film history (not that there's too much competition), Dave Thomas and Rick Moranis hit comic gold with 1983's "Strange Brew." Combining their characters' neverending desire for (terrible) Canadian beer with "Hamlet" and, apparently, a budget of $500 (Canadian), Thomas and Moranis relied on their clever script and comic timing to create one of those movies that's difficult to watch with die-hard fans, who inevitably shout out punch lines just before they occur in the movie. "Spinal Tap," "Monty Python and the Holy Grail," and "Blazing Saddles" have similarly devoted fans, and that's pretty high praise.

The magic in this movie lies in the two leads, Bob and Doug. Doug (Dave Thomas) is the intellectually challenged schemer, while Bob (Rick Moranis) is the even-more intellectually challenged one who gets talked into Doug's schemes . . . usually because there's free beer at the end. Thomas has one of those rubbery faces that can be twisted into a thousand hilarious contortions, while Moranis's Droopy-Dog mug perfectly captures his two expressions of confused anger and confused delight.

Injecting such verbal delights as "hoser," "knob," "take off, eh," and "beauty," into virtually every line of dialogue, Bob and Doug stumble into their dream job, working at the Elsinore Brewery.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Kind of like dumb and dumber but that is just not my ...
Kind of like dumb and dumber but that is just not my type of movie. Great price and very short shipping time.
Published 1 day ago by Clarence A. Butler
4.0 out of 5 stars It's good
You need to be in the mood for low comedy.
Published 3 days ago by Jesse Foraker
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great Movie
Published 4 days ago by COREYF
1.0 out of 5 stars I loved this when I saw it in 1983
I loved this when I saw it in 1983. This week I couldn't even finish it. Eh, kids are stupid.
Published 4 days ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 11 days ago by bigred1080
4.0 out of 5 stars I know It's not the best movie but my brother and I used to watch ...
I know It's not the best movie but my brother and I used to watch it when we were kids and we thought it was pretty funny. Read more
Published 12 days ago by Dennis Brady
5.0 out of 5 stars I love this movie
Those of you who remember Second City TV will remember the McKenzie brothers, Bob and Doug McKenzie. Yes, they made their own movie. Read more
Published 13 days ago by Gonnzo
5.0 out of 5 stars funny as heck
No its not filled with massive amounts of special effects, but this is one of the classic, funny movies of all time. Read more
Published 13 days ago by just me
4.0 out of 5 stars An obvious cult favorite. Bordering on the absurd
An obvious cult favorite. Bordering on the absurd, however actually a "take off" of Shakespeare's Hamlet. Read more
Published 15 days ago by Harry E Yerkes IV
5.0 out of 5 stars still holds up
As good as ever
Published 16 days ago by Sharks77
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