HD-DVD Rating: *****

Reviewed by: Jennie Kermode

Read Angus Wolfe Murray's film review of Delicatessen

Gorgeously restored by the Studiocanal team from the original work, with revitalised colours which give it back the glow it had on its initial appearance in cinemas, this 4K Ultra-HD edition of the Jeunet et Caro classic is a must for fans who want to recreate that experience. It deserves to be seen on the biggest screen you have available, with all the lights out. In that situation, the incredible detail of the production design stands out as it should, and you will notice new things each time you watch it.

The only problem with this is that it makes the archive footage in the attached package look pretty rough, but that's not to say that it's not worth watching. Some of it has been released before but there's a substantial new interview with the directors which benefits from the perspective which an extra decade brings. This also includes discussion of the sound techniques used in the film, which are an intriguing subject but have rarely been discussed before.

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There is some repetition across the different features so you may enjoy them most if you watch them at different times. There's a lot of reflection on the struggles involved in bringing the film to the screen which will resonate with indie filmmakers today. A look at some of the surviving props, preserved inside star Dominique Pinon's old suitcase serves as a reminder of just how much practical aspects of filmmaking have changed in the past three decades and will give younger viewers an insight into the scale of the challenges with Jeunet and Caro faced.

The food-themed chapter headings which divide the extras don't all translate very well from French into English, but the humour does.

Reviewed on: 15 Oct 2023
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In a post-holocaust world, a butcher and landlord feeds his customers on the flesh of unfortunate tenants.
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Read more Delicatessen disc reviews:

Amber Wilkinson: Blu-Ray
Angus Wolfe Murray: DVD

Product Code: B0CFRJZCLM

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Extras: Audio commentary by Jean-Pierre Jeunet; behind the scenes footage; featurette on the journey of the script; material from Jean-Pierre Jeunet's personal archives; new interview with Jean-Pierre Jeunet and Marc Caro.

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