From Arrow Video comes Italian provocateur Marco Ferreri’s scandalous satire La Grande Bouffe, presented in a new 2K transfer on Blu-ray and DVD.
Reviled on its release for its perversity, decadence and attack on the bourgeoisie, 1973’s La Grande Bouffe went on to win the prestigious FIPRESCI prize after its controversial screening at the Cannes Film Festival that same year.
Four friends – 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…
Better known as Blow Out in the UK, this dark lurid satire, whose message is “we are slaves to our appetites whatever they may be”, is just as repulsive and shocking as it was on its original release. It also a real visual feast that might just put you off rich French cuisine, forever.
Arrow’s new edition (a first for Blu-ray in the UK) comes loaded with a host of new extra features, including a 1975 French television profile of Marco Ferreri, behind-the-scenes footage of the making of La Grande Bouffe, a Cannes news report, trailer, and a collector’s booklet.