Blu-ray, DVD Release: Babette’s Feast

Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: July 23, 2013
Price: DVD $29.95, Blu-ray $39.95

Babette's Feast movie sceneThe 1987 Danish film drama Babette’s Feast, an Oscar-winner for Best Foreign Language Film, is at once a rousing paean to artistic creation, a delicate evocation of divine grace, and the ultimate film about food.

Directed by Gabriel Axel and adapted from a story by Isak Dinesen, the movie relates the layered tale of a French housekeeper (Stephane Audran) with a mysterious past who brings quiet revolution in the form of one exquisite meal to a circle of starkly pious villagers in late 19th Century Denmark.

Babette’s Feast combines earthiness and reverence in its mouth-watering depiction of fooooooooood! It’s quite a pleasure to digest…!

Presented in Danish with English subtitles, the Criterion Blu-ray and DVD editions of Babette’s Feast contain the following features:

• New 2K digital film restoration, with 2.0 surround DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack on the Blu-ray edition
• New interview with actor Stéphane Audran
Karen Blixen: Storyteller, a 1995 documentary about the author of the film’s source story, who wrote under the pen name Isak Dinesen
• New visual essay by filmmaker Michael Almereyda
• New interview with sociologist Priscilla Parkhurst Ferguson about the significance of cuisine in French culture
• Trailer
• A booklet featuring an essay by film scholar Mark Le Fanu and Dinesen’s 1950 story

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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.