The Cook, Cook The Thief, His Wife & Her Lover
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Australia released, PAL/Region 0 DVD: it WILL NOT play on standard US DVD player. You need multi-region PAL/NTSC DVD player to view it in USA/Canada: LANGUAGES: English ( Dolby Digital 2.0 ), WIDESCREEN, SPECIAL FEATURES: Interactive Menu, Scene Access, SYNOPSIS: The cruel and sadistic crime boss Albert Spica has dinner every night in his restaurant with his wife Georgina Spica and his gang. Albert abuses of his wife, his gangsters, the chef Richard Borst and the restaurant employees. When Georgina meets the gentle bookseller Michael in the restaurant, they have a torrid affair in the restroom and in the store, and they are covered by Richard. However the prostitute Pat discloses to Albert that he has been betrayed by Georgina and Albert kills Michael. However Georgina plots revenge against Albert with the support of Richard and the victims of Albert. SCREENED/AWARDED AT: Catalonian International Film Festival, European Film Awards, Fantasporto Awards, ...The Cook the Thief His Wife & Her Lover (1989) ( The Cook, the Thief, His Wife and Her Lover )
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The Hi-Def transfer appears to be quite nice, I didn't notice any greivous artifacts and the sound, while not great, is acceptable. I'm glad I took a chance with this specific copy, thanks to the recommendation of the other reviewer.
Now the movie...well, if you're here, you've either seen it or heard about it. I like to call the genre "Highly Stylized Twisted Psychotic Love Story", LOL! I'd group it with movies like 'Wild At Heart' and 'Blue Velvet'. This one has a very Euro feel of course, and is quite theatrical. I love the sets and lighting, it's all so over the top. Plus, Hellen Mirren is quite nice in her birthday suit, nothing at all like the usual bland skinny things so often exposed. I can't see anyone feeling ambivalent towards this movie. It's like 'Repo:The Genetic Opera', in that you will either love it or totally despise it.
I hope that helps someone out there on the interwebs.
Obviously, I agree with the other reviewers who gave this movie five stars. It would not be possible to compare TCTTHWAHL with any other movie, in terms of the lasting effect it had on my understanding of what a motion picture can truly be. In my opinion, everyone else (including those who walked out on a screening) just did not "get it".
The only observation I would add is about the significance of Greenaway's use of COLOR in the sets and the costumes. It represents such an incredibly unique innovation! Yet I cannot describe it, for fear of ruining your joy at discovering it for yourself. I did not make the connection in my own mind, until I was watching it for the third time. At that point, I was simply STUPEFIED, and had to watch it from the beginning yet again! Until then, I had only thought how wonderful it was that the colors were so rich and vibrant.
For those who have been fortunate enough to notice this incredible twist it is like "inside knowledge". For everyone else, the chance to discover this mystery feature for yourself, might be just enough to overcome your trepidation about other aspects of the film, which might give you pause.