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SCTV alum Rick Moranis ("The Little Shop of Horrors," "Honey, I Shrunk the Kids") and Dave Thomas portray the classic Canadian beer-guzzling duo, the MacKenzie Brothers, as they try to stop a mad beer brewer from gaining control of the world. Co-starring Oscar and Golden Globe-nominee Max von Sydow ("The Exorcist") and Paul Dooley ("Breaking Away," "Runaway Bride"). Outrageous fun loosely based on Shakespeare's "Hamlet."]]>
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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.Read more ›
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!
The Blu-ray is AMAZING as far as the quality of the transfer and the audio - I saw and heard things I had never noticed before in many, many repeat viewings even on DVD. Lots more little jokes that had me laughing out loud. Not to mention I can now really see all the background of where they filmed this (Toronto) and enjoy it that much more because I've been there several times.
Absolutely no question I'd recommend this Blu-ray to fans of the movie!
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.Read more ›
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My boss was thrilled with this for his birthday. Was so happy I was able to give him a blast from his past.Published 18 days ago by Amazon Customer
The greatest movie ever made, aside from The Empire Strikes Back of course.Published 1 month ago by SC.
Who wouldn't enjoy this classic. Strange brew is a blast to watch time and time again.Published 1 month ago by Mr. C