European arthouse fare can be as wild as the craziest American genre fare – and the U.K. branch of Arrow Video is about to prove it when they release their special edition blu-ray/DVD combo of Marco Ferreri’s La Grande Bouffe on August 17th. This meta-satire features a quartet of European film stars, including Marcello Mastroianni, play distorted version of themselves that retire to a villa to debauch themselves to death. Arrow’s edition will sport a new HD transfer and an array of supplements new and old. Read on for all the saucily satirical details, including a rundown of those extras…
LA GRANDE BOUFFE
AVAILABLE ON DVD & BLU-RAY
17th AUGUST 2015
Arrow Video is thrilled to announce the release of Italian provocateur Marco Ferreri’s controversial classic La Grande Bouffe, presented exclusively in a stunning new 2K transfer and arriving on Blu-ray and DVD from 17th August 2015.
The most famous film by Marco Ferreri (Dillinger is Dead), La Grande Bouffe was reviled on release for its perversity, decadence and attack on the bourgeoisie yet won the prestigious FIPRESCI prize after its controversial screening at the Cannes Film Festival.
Released for the first time in the UK on Blu-ray, this stunning new editionn comes loaded with a host of new extra features and comes packaged with newly commissioned artwork by Gilles Vranckx.
Four friends, played by international superstars Marcello Mastroianni (Fellini’s 8½), Michel Piccoli (Belle de jour), Ugo Tognazzi (Barbarella) and Philippe Noiret (Cinema Paradiso) retreat to a country mansion where they determine to eat themselves to death whilst engaging in group sex with prostitutes and a local school teacher (Andréa Ferréol, The Tin Drum), who seems to be up for anything…
At once jovial and sinister, the film’s jet-black humour has a further twist as the reputed actors (whose characters use their own names) buck their respectable trend for a descent into fart-filled chaos that delivers a feast for the eyes and mind.
Brand new 2K restoration of the original camera negative
High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) and Standard Definition DVD presentation
Original French audio (uncompressed PCM on the Blu-ray)
Newly translated English subtitles
The Farcical Movie – A French television profile of Marco Ferreri from 1975 in which thedirector discusses, among other things, the influence of Tex Avery, Luis Buñuel and Tod Browning’s Freaks
Behind-the-scenes footage of the making of La Grande Bouffe, containing interviews with
Ferrari and actors Marcello Mastroianni, Michel Piccoli, Ugo Tognazzi and Philippe Noiret
Extracts from the television series Couleurs autour d’un festival featuring interviews with the cast and crew recorded during the Cannes Film Festival
A visual essay on the film with by Italian film scholar Pasquale Iannone
Select scene audio commentary by Iannone
News report from the Cannes Film Festival where La Grande Bouffe caused a controversial stir, including Ferreri at the press conference
Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Gilles Vranckx
Booklet featuring new writing on the film by Johnny Mains, illustrated with original archive stills and posters