Man Bites Dog

Man Bites Dog

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Cast: Jean-Marc Chenut

     
 
Remy Belvaux's controversial mockumentary Man Bites Dog comes to DVD with a widescreen anamorphic transfer that preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 1.66:1. The French soundtrack is rendered in Dolby Digital Mono. English subtitles are accessible. Supplemental materials include the original theatrical trailer, an essay from producer Andre Bonzel

Overview

Remy Belvaux's controversial mockumentary Man Bites Dog comes to DVD with a widescreen anamorphic transfer that preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 1.66:1. The French soundtrack is rendered in Dolby Digital Mono. English subtitles are accessible. Supplemental materials include the original theatrical trailer, an essay from producer Andre Bonzel about the making of the film, a still photo gallery, interviews with the crew, and a short film from the filmmakers. This cult favorite has never looked better on home video, making this disc worthwhile for anyone with adventurous taste.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Brian J. Dillard
Kitted out with the shoestring realism of a black-and-white mockumentary and a lot of over-the-top media satire, C'est Arrive Pres de Chez Vous manages to invert serial-killer clichés by focusing on the banality of murder itself. Instead of the picturesque boogeymen of Silence of the Lambs or Seven, we get Benoit Poelvoorde's loquacious, charming, and workmanlike Ben, who treats killing like any other enjoyable, but difficult job and dispatches kids, grannies, and young lovers equally matter-of-factly. Poelvoorde and his fellow writer/director/actors, Remy Belvaux and Andre Bonzel, invest their film with a bleached-out squalor that's partially a function of camcorder cinema and partially the result of their wittily depraved script. With a face and demeanor that recalls James Woods at his cold-blooded best and a character so blasé about his chosen profession that he's almost likable in a sick, twisted way, Poelvoorde is the only one of the filmmaker/performers who really registers onscreen. Like the real-life media functionaries who daily chew up reality into tabloid gruel, the others exist on the periphery, omnipresent shadows flickering across the colorful depravities they serve up as entertainment. C'est Arrive Pres de Chez Vous is a distinctly unpleasant film to watch, but its quotidian monstrosity is eerily accurate.

Product Details

Release Date:
09/24/2002
UPC:
0037429172223
Original Release:
1991
Rating:
NR
Source:
Criterion
Presentation:
[B&W, Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital Mono]
Time:
1:36:00
Sales rank:
7,506

Special Features

1993 video interview with the filmmakers; "No C4 For Daniel-Daniel" short; Stills gallery; Theatrical trailer

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Benoît Poelvoorde Ben
Remy Belvaux Remy (Reporter)
André Bonzel Cameraman
Jean-Marc Chenut Patrick (Sound Man #1)
Alain Oppezzi Franco (Sound Man #2)
Vincent Tavier Vincent (Sound Man #3)
Nelly Pappaert Ben's Grandmother
Hector Pappaert Ben's Grandfather
Jenny Drye Jenny
Jacqueline Poelvoorde-Pappaert Ben's Mother
Malou Madou Malou
Willy Vandenbroeck Boby
Rachel Deman Mamie Tromblon
André Laime Bed-ridden Old Man
Edith Le Merdy Nurse
Sylviane Godé Rape Victim (Martine)
Zoltan Tobolik Rape Victim's Husband
Valérie Parent Valerie
Alexandra Fandango Kalifa
Olivier Cotica Benichou
Gina Cotica Mother
Ricardo Cotica Child
Pierre Vanbraekel Father
Marcel Engels Cameraman
Franco Piscopo Sound Recordist
Venelin Poikov First Postman
Alain François Video Reporter
Fernaud Dubois Postman
Antoine Chapelot Wine Waiter
Hughes Tavier Buffet Waiter
Pol Vanderwarren Ben's Lawyer
Anne LaGrange Journalist
Paul Bottemanne Taxi Driver
Vincent Merveille Boxer
Irene Gilissen Lady on Train
Sabine Tavier Madame Pipi
Annamaria Szomolanyiova Violinist
Carlos Miranda Night Watchman
Pascal Lebrun Featured Victim
Stephanie Aubier Featured Victim
Alain Hologne Featured Victim
Micheline Hologne Featured Victim
Philippe Blasband Featured Victim
Aldo Fostier Featured Victim
Jean-Pol Cavillot Featured Victim
Anny Hologne Featured Victim
Elaine Leonard Featured Victim
Marie Travier Featured Victim
Bruno Belvaux Featured Victim
Lucien Belvaux Featured Victim
Jean-Claude Maschetti Featured Victim
Laurence D'Hondt Journalist
Daniel Tursh Journalist
Benoit Mariage Journalist
Emmanuelle Bada Journalist
Stéphane Aubier Journalist
Jean-Paul Geets Malou's Customer
Clotilde Francois Victim in Montage
Steven Artels Victim in Montage
Bertrand Tavier Victim in Montage
Bob Lens Victim in Montage
Josephs Craeynest Victim in Montage
Willy Van De Waele Victim in Montage
Andre Kuys Victim in Montage
Patrick Goisse Victim in Montage

Technical Credits
Remy Belvaux Director,Editor,Producer,Screenwriter
André Bonzel Director,Cinematographer,Producer,Screenwriter
Benoît Poelvoorde Director,Producer,Screenwriter
Jean-Marc Chenut Score Composer
Eric Dardill Editor
Laurence Dufrene Score Composer
Vincent Tavier Screenwriter

Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. A Killer by Trade [:17]
2. L'Amour fou [6:00]
3. Jenny [2:13]
4. The Night Watchman [4:25]
5. Aesthetics & Function [2:13]
6. Bad Mussels [6:15]
7. Artistic Circles [5:12]
8. Pursuit/Personal Losses [3:17]
9. Drowning Sorrows [8:03]
10. The Suburban Family [4:01]
11. The Nightingale & Crew [7:06]
12. Grandpa/Kalifa [4:07]
13. Dead Baby Boy [5:39]
14. "Cinema!" [4:30]
15. The Tide Turns [4:24]
16. Happy Birthday [5:41]
17. Coverage [5:38]
18. A Halt in Production [1:16]
19. Payback [5:17]
20. Tail Flash [3:42]
21. Color Bars [6:50]

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