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Eating Raoul (The Criterion Collection) [Blu-ray]

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
I have a dream. I have a dream that, one day, I will not have to sadly report that yet another DVD technican on crack has butchered a five-star movie. As much as I love Paul Bartel's "Eating Raoul", I have already returned my copy for a full refund, and here is why: Columbia/TriStar (a major film company who should know better) took a movie that was NOT shot in widescreen, and s-t-r-e-t-c-h-e-d the image without properly matting it. As a result, tall and leggy Mary Waranov looks about three feet tall (and just as wide) because of the horizontal compression. My fellow reviewer who timidly stated that there is a "slight" problem with the picture is being much too kind and forgiving. The movie is NOT WATCHABLE and this transfer is NOT ACCEPTABLE to anyone who has even an inkling about proper screen ratios. In case you think I'm the one on crack, I did an "A/B" comparison with my s-vhs full screen copy taped from cable, and it is far SUPERIOR to the DVD version! When are film studios going to get over this presumption that every film ever released has to be in "widescreen", even when it was not the director's oriignal intent (witness the DVD version of Stanley Kubrick's "The Shining"-it is available in "Full Screen" only, because THERE ARE SOME FILMS THAT MORE ACCURATELY RETAIN THIER ORIGINAL ASPECT IN FULL SCREEN PRESENTATION!!) This is also a shameful insult to the memory of the late great Paul Bartel, whom I am sure would not have allowed this, had he still been alive to supervise the DVD transfer. Buyer beware.
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1.0 out of 5 stars AVOID: Bad Transfer April 19 2004
This long awaited DVD is an incredible disappointment. The major problem that makes this unwatchable is that somehow this movie has been stretched horizontally to fit a widescreen TV. The result makes everything look distorted. I don't know what the original aspect ratio was but this presentation is an abomination. I tried running it on my computer software to manually adjust the picture dimensions. The film does appear to be wider than the standard screen size but not the ratio as presented on this DVD.
And to top it off the print appears to be something of the VHS quality (i.e. poor) with color and resolution deficiences. There appears to be a gash in the screen as if the video was shot from a movie screen with a tear in the top middle. The sound appears to have been mono that someone has doctored up by added fake stereo and reverb, then steering the dialog from side to side. Warning: Listening to this may cause sea sickness.
Sony should be sued for selling this junk. I probably will be returning my copy. One thing for sure: if you are unable to manually adjust the aspect ratio with a computer, do not buy this. I will be anxiously waiting for this to be remastered - this is a good and funny film.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Review May 28 2013
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
Even though one has a feel for the ending, it is still spine-chilling. A superb vehicle for black humour. A classic.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Black humor Dec 28 2012
By shep
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
Black humor at its best. Saw this movie years ago and wanted a copy for our library. Mary Woronov and Paul Bartel are great together.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Tasty! Oct. 14 2008
Paul and Mary Bland are a quiet couple who stumble upon a plan to get rich quick: They place a dominatrix ad in the paper to lure rich perverts to their apartment and then bop them on the head - hard - and steal their money. A petty crook named Raoul discovers their scam and wants in: He'll take the bodies, sell them to a dog food factory, and split the profit with them. Everything is going fine until Raoul decides he wants more than the bodies - he wants Mary.

This famous cult classic was made in 1982 on a shoestring budget; the sound is tinny, the sets are cheap, and all the actors, while experienced, act like amateurs. Director/Writer/Star Paul Bartel satirizes murder and sexual perversion and does it all with straight faces and matter-of-fact dialogue; Paul and Mary express neither shock nor shame at their new business venture. As the plot snowballs from the first accidental killing to 20 in one night, it gets wacky fast.

"Raoul" is not for everyone, but if you like over-the-top black comedy that goes way beyond the boundaries of good taste, you'll enjoy it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars You need to watch this movie!! May 31 2004
Paul Bartel -- a genius. Mary Woronov - one of the best (and, unfortunately, underappreciated) comedic actresses of our times. This movie pairs the two of them for the first time, and one of the best comic duos of all times had been born. Playing an uptight married couple trapped in a swingers world, watching Bartel and Woronov playing off of each other, and the various characters that come in and out of their lives, shows us why independent movies still shine far above most commercially/studio made movies out there. Get this movie -- better yet, buy this movie and add it to your collection. You won't be disappointed.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Love the movie, but could have been a better DVD. April 21 2004
I have waited long for the release of Eating Raoul for years to come to DVD. Now that its here, I have forgotten what a great and funny film it actually is. However, I wasn't expecting much as far as the DVD transfer is concerned (since I first saw it on a deteriorated VHS tape I rented and I would have liked anything even slightly better)but like the other reviewers stated, I don't think the anamorphic transfer is correct. It seems to look better when you watch it streched to fit a full screen television. The company should have done a better job putting this onto DVD and I could have waited longer for better package, mabye with some spceial feature to go with it. Besides the disapointing DVD, the movie is a comedy satire classic and its really great.
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3.0 out of 5 stars I Agree with D. Hartly!
5 stars for the movie/1 for dvd. Not only does everyone on this dvd look like oompa loompas, the sound is weirdly inconsistent and there are absolutely no extras pertaining to the... Read more
Published on April 20 2004 by Stacy D'Arc
4.0 out of 5 stars "Tasty Comedy of Bad Manners" Gets a Mediocre DVD Treatment
The 1982 low-budget outré comedy EATING RAOUL from writer/director Paul Bartel, who also stars, is an outrageously funny satire that needles such diverse elements of... Read more
Published on April 19 2004 by Michael R Gates
3.0 out of 5 stars Finally got my DVD - it's nice! but one problem...
I have eagerly awaited this film coming out on DVD for years. I finally got mine in (hooray!) and it's nice, the picture quality is good, sound is good, no extras but thats fine. Read more
Published on April 15 2004 by Mark Allen
5.0 out of 5 stars A CULT CLASSIC...
One of the funniest films of the 80's is Paul Bartel's "Eating Raoul" starring Bartel and cult actress Mary Woronov as Paul and Mary Bland, an old-fashioned "straight" couple with... Read more
Published on April 15 2004 by Mark Norvell
5.0 out of 5 stars Non -stop laughs! A CLASSIC
Written, directed, and produced by star, Paul Bartel, this is a "delicious" dark comedy co-starring Mary Warnonov about a broke couple(That sleep in seprate beds) who discover... Read more
Published on March 18 2004 by John Seger
5.0 out of 5 stars Been waiting forever for the DVD
I have loved this movie since I first saw it in 1982. I had the opportuinity to meet Paul Bartel and was able to tell him what an incredible film this was. Read more
Published on March 14 2004 by Mazel
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