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Strange Brew

4.6 out of 5 stars 527 customer reviews

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Strange Brew (DVD)

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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Special Features

Featurette: All-new world premiere short "The Animated Adventures of Bob and Doug McKenzie"
Filmographies: Cast Film Highlights Other: "The Great White North - How to Stuff a Mouse in a Beer Bottle" sketch from SCTV
Featurette: All-new world premiere short "The Animated Adventures of Bob and Doug McKenzie"
Filmographies: Cast Film Highlights Other: "The Great White North - How to Stuff a Mouse in a Beer Bottle" sketch from SCTV
Featurette: All-new world premiere short "The Animated Adventures of Bob and Doug McKenzie"
Filmographies: Cast Film Highlights Other: "The Great White North - How to Stuff a Mouse in a Beer Bottle" sketch from SCTV
Featurette: All-new world premiere short "The Animated Adventures of Bob and Doug McKenzie"
Filmographies: Cast Film Highlights Other: "The Great White North - How to Stuff a Mouse in a Beer Bottle" sketch from SCTV
Featurette: All-new world premiere short "The Animated Adventures of Bob and Doug McKenzie"
Filmographies: Cast Film Highlights Other: "The Great White North - How to Stuff a Mouse in a Beer Bottle" sketch from SCTV
Featurette: All-new world premiere short "The Animated Adventures of Bob and Doug McKenzie"
Filmographies: Cast Film Highlights Other: "The Great White North - How to Stuff a Mouse in a Beer Bottle" sketch from SCTV

Product Details

  • 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: June 7, 2005
  • Run Time: 90 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (527 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00006FDCT
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #34,157 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Strange Brew" on IMDb

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By Daniel Jolley HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on March 29, 2006
Format: DVD
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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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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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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This movie will always be very special for me - the year I started watching it, I was a kid and we lived in Golden CO for a while in a house overlooking the Coors brewery. I was always fascinated by it - in summer I even slept outside in the back yard so I could fall asleep to the drone of the machinery and enjoy that aroma of hops and barley :) Strange Brew has lots of jokes of course but also that kind of mysterious vibe that fired my imagination endlessly.

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!
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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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