The wallets of DVD lovers the world round can breathe a little easier this week as there is nothing that could be deemed an absolute must have. Although, this week does have a couple of worthy potential buys. The exception to this would definitely be my choice for the honor of "Pick of the Week." This weeks pick is a must for any lover of film, any lover of world cinema, or anyone who enjoyes the occasional weird film.
This week's pick is Delicatessen. The film is a masterstroke of bizarre, a blast of originality, and a great promise of things to come. The film was co-directed by Jean-Pierre Jeunet and Marc Caro, the duo also made the equally excellent, and equally bizarre, City of Lost Children. Jenuet would then go to have a spotty Hollywood debut with the much maligned Alien: Resurrectin, which I am among the handful of fans, but would then go on to make the masterful Amelie and A Very Long Engagement in his native France.
Delicatessen is a delicious black comedy set in a post apocalyptic future. It gets off to a wild start with a man attempting an escape from butcher shop/apartment building by hiding in the trash. The escape leads the super to advertise for a new handyman. The ad is answered by a quirky former clown, who goes to work with a gusto. To say anymore would be saying too much. Let me just say that meat is at a premium in this future....
This DVD belongs in your collection. It is inventive, original, visually interesting, and even has a sequence that was "borrowed" for a Pepsi commercial some years ago. It has taken long enough for it to get a Region 1 release, so get out there and get it! What are you waiting for?