Blu-ray, DVD, Digital Release: The Mad Adventures of “Rabbi” Jacob

Digital, Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: Sept. 10, 2019
Price: DVD $19.89, Blu-ray $26.49
Studio: Film Movement

The 1973 French cult comedy The Mad Adventures of “Rabbi” Jacob returns to disc with a 4K restoration from Film Movement.

In this nutty story filled with wild disguises and mistaken identities. Victor Pivert (Louis de Funès), a blustering, bigoted French factory owner, finds himself taken hostage by Mohammed Larbi Slimane (Claude Giraud), an Arab rebel leader. The two dress up as rabbis as they try to elude not only assassins from Slimane’s country, but also the police, who think Pivert is a murderer. And so, Pivert ends up posing as Rabbi Jacob, a beloved figure who’s returned to France for his first visit after 30 years in the United States. Adding to the confusion are Pivert’s dentist-wife, who thinks her husband is leaving her for another woman, their daughter, who’s about to get married, and a Parisian neighborhood filled with people eager to celebrate the return of Rabbi Jacob (Marcel Dario).

Helmed by French filmmaker Gerard Oury, “Rabbi” Jacob was nominated for Best Foreign Film at the 1974 Golden Globe Awards.

Additionally, it contains one of the great bubble factory sequences ever captured on film!

As a bonus feature, the DVD and Blu-ray include an interview with co-screenwriter Daniele Thompson.

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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.