La Grande Bouffe is a shocking and dark comedy from director Marco Ferreri. Arrow has brought the film to blu-ray in another of their top quality releases. This one is a bit hard to explain, but I’ll do my best. Let’s get to it!
The Movie Itself [usr 4] :
La Grande Bouffe is, at first glance, a strangely porny tale of four friends who have gathered for a weekend of hookers and fine dining. Might sound like a typical weekend for some, I suppose, but in this case, the end game is to eat themselves to death. What this film actually portraying is a darkly comical stab at the bourgeoisie (middle class, for anyone who didn’t take French or was too lazy to google it). It’s a fascinating story, with equal parts sleazy, insanity, and the bizarre.
Over the course of a weekend we peer in as these four slog through a wide array of fancy feasts, one bite at a time, slowly eating towards their demise. We learn a little about the background of each, with just hints at why they would do such a thing. By the time the film had concluded, I was still left with more questions than answers.
Throughout the film we meet a handful of other characters, up to and including a trio of hookers and a schoolteacher who decides to tag along for the ride.
Ultimately, La Grande Bouffe left me with a lot of strange thoughts in my head, but also gave me this interesting question to ponder to myself: Can I think of a way to kick the bucket that is better than hookers and delicious food?
Video Quality [usr 4] :
For a movie that released in the 70’s, La Grande Bouffe looks fantastic on blu. At no point during this film did I notice any horrible blur or grain, which I usually expect when watching older films.
All in all, another worthwhile transfer for sure.
Audio Quality [usr 4.5]:
The audio on this disc is fantastic. For a film that is almost exclusively dialog driven, the levels were great, and I never had to focus extra hard to hear a thing. Well done, Arrow!
What’s In the Packaging [usr 4]:
- Clear blu-ray case
- Two sided cover artwork
- Booklet with essays
Special Features [usr 3.5]:
As always, Arrow has gotten all the goods related to this film. A fairly entertaining group of features, if the movie piqued your fancy.
- The Farcical movie –
- Discussion with director Ferreri about what has influenced him in his career.
- Behind the Scenes
- Interviews with the director and stars of the film.
- Select Audio Commentery
- Original Trailer
- Booklet including archive stills, posters, and an essay by Johnny Mains.
- 1080p/AVC MPEG-4
- Aspect Ratio: 1.66:1
- English subtitles
- Audio Formats:
- French Mono
Final Thoughts [usr 3.5]:
La Grande Bouffe is a bizarre tale, but an interesting watch and unlike anything you’ve ever seen. If you want something strange to entertain you for a couple hours, pick it up!
Full disclosure: This feature was provided to us for review. This has not affected the editorial process.