Blu-ray, DVD Release: Eating Raoul

Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: Sept. 25, 2012
Price: DVD $29.95, Blu-ray $39.95
Studio: Criterion

Eating Raoul movie scene

Paul Bartel and Mary Woronov work their way up to Eating Raoul.

A sleeper hit independent comedy film of the early 1980s that has since gone on to become a cult favorite, Eating Raoul (1982) is a bawdy, gleefully amoral tale of conspicuous consumption.

Warhol superstar Mary Woronov (Rock’n’Roll High School) and co-writer/director Paul Bartel (The Usual Suspects) star as a prudish married couple who feel put upon by the swingers who live in their apartment building. One night, by accident, they discover a way to simultaneously realize their dream of ridding themselves of the “perverts” down the hall and opening a little restaurant with a very unique menu.

Also starring Robert Beltran (Repo Chick) in the role of the ultimately consumable title character, Eating Raoul is a mix of anything-goes slapstick and clever satire on me-generation self-indulgence

Criterion’s DVD and Blu-ray editions contain the following features:

· New, restored digital transfer, supervised by director of photography Gary Thieltges, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray edition
· Audio commentary featuring screenwriter Richard Blackburn, art director Robert Schulenberg, and editor Alan Toomayan
· The Secret Cinema (1968) and Naughty Nurse (1969), two short films by director Paul Bartel
· Cooking Up “Raoul,” a new documentary about the making of the film, featuring interviews with stars Mary Woronov, Robert Beltran, and Edie McClurg
· Gag reel of outtakes from the film
· Archival interview with Bartel and Woronov
· Trailer
· A booklet featuring an essay by film critic David Ehrenstein

Check out the spirited trailer:


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Founder and editor Laurence Lerman saw Alfred Hitchcock’s North by Northwest when he was 13 years old and that’s all it took. He has been writing about film and video for more than a quarter of a century for magazines, anthologies, websites and most recently, Video Business magazine, where he served as the Reviews Editor for 15 years.