Strange Brew

Strange Brew

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Cast: Max von Sydow, Paul Dooley

     
 

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Strange Brew makes a worthwhile debut on DVD that is likely to please this film's cult following. Fans used to this cult favorite from its drab-looking original VHS release will be pleasantly surprised by the transfer, which serves up the film with a nice, clean letterboxed image that is surprisingly colorful and sharp. This disc further benefits from a niceSee more details below

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Strange Brew makes a worthwhile debut on DVD that is likely to please this film's cult following. Fans used to this cult favorite from its drab-looking original VHS release will be pleasantly surprised by the transfer, which serves up the film with a nice, clean letterboxed image that is surprisingly colorful and sharp. This disc further benefits from a nice Dolby Surround stereo mix: Strange Brew's use of sound does not put this format to the test but it's a nice surprise and delivers a solid, distortion-free soundtrack. Although this disc is not a special edition, Strange Brew throws in a couple of interesting extras in addition to the usual theatrical trailer. First up is a short cartoon entitled The Animated Adventures Of Bob And Doug MacKenzie: it is essentially an extended promo for a forthcoming cartoon series but is amusing enough to please the film's fans. Even better is "How To Stuff A Mouse In A Beer Bottle," a fun sketch from SCTV that was the genesis of a gag later used in Strange Brew. There is also an easily found 'easter egg' that leads to a text dictionary of Canadian slang terms. All in all, Warner Brother's DVD of Strange Brew is well worth the price for the film's fans and good fun for comedy fans.

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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Perry Seibert
The performers are the key to this film's success. Moranis and Thomas have a fantastic chemistry. One gets the sense that much of the material was improvised, but the two have been doing this so long that they don't step on each other's lines. There is a respect between the two that translates into a believable sibling relationship on the screen. Their grounded-in-reality interaction helps sell the more wild jokes in the film (Bob drinking an entire vat of beer, their dog Hosehead flying, and the boys' survival techniques when trapped in their van at the bottom of a lake). The casting in the film is inspired. Paul Dooley is a fine comic actor, Mel Blanc provides the voice for Mr. McKenzie, and as the bad guy threatening to take over the world with beer, Max Von Sydow chews scenery in his own intense, imploding style. The characters of Bob and Doug McKenzie were created by Rick Moranis and Dave Thomas while they were working on SCTV. The two actors would don the costumes late at night after all of the other taping had been completed. They would improvise two-minute conversations between the characters about a given topic. While 25 or so of them would be taped at each session, only one or two from every batch were good enough to put on the air. Strange Brew is certainly not perfect; however, it is well crafted, lovingly performed, and chock full of jokes ranging from the ridiculous (the aftermath from drinking four-month-old chocolate milk) to the sublime (their fantastic two-minute conversation that plays over the closing credits). With Strange Brew, Moranis and Thomas pull off something that very few gifted sketch comics have. They created a funny 91-minute movie out of material that was never supposed to last longer than two.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/01/2002
UPC:
0012569519923
Original Release:
1983
Rating:
PG
Source:
Warner Home Video
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital Surround]
Time:
1:30:00
Sales rank:
732

Special Features

Closed Caption; All-new world premiere short, The Animated Adventures of Bob and Doug McKenzie; Classic McKenzie Brothers sketch from SCTV: How to Stuff a Mouse in a Beer Bottle; Interactive menus; Cast film highlights; Theatrical trailer; Scene access; Languages: English & Français; Subtitles: English, Français & Español

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Dave Thomas Doug McKenzie
Rick Moranis Bob McKenzie
Max von Sydow Brewmeister Smith
Paul Dooley Claude Elsinore
Lynne Griffin Pam Elsinore
Angus MacInnes Jean LaRose
Tom Harvey Inspector
Douglas Campbell Henry Green
Brian McConnachie Ted
Len Doncheff Jack Hawkland
Jill Frappier Gertrude
David Beard Judge
Thick Wilson Prosecutor
Mel Blanc Mr. McKenzie
John Stoneham Orderly
Sid Lynas Angry Man at Moie
Ron James Man in Movie
David Clement Man in Alley
Roger Dunn Beer Store Clerk
Diane Douglass Receptionist
Eric House John Elsinore
J. Winston Carroll Fire Chief
Glenn Beck Prison Guard
David Rigby Policeman
Denis Forest Policeman
John Kelly Policeman
Dick Grant Policeman
Tom Bell Hospital Orderly
Dora Dainton Lady in Movie

Technical Credits
Rick Moranis Director,Screenwriter
Dave Thomas Director,Screenwriter
Eric Allard Special Effects
Marc Dassas Production Designer,Production Manager
David Lee Sound/Sound Designer
Steve De Jarnatt Screenwriter
Charles Fox Score Composer
Brian Frankish Associate Producer,Asst. Director
Linda Gill Makeup
Debra Gjendem Art Director
Kathleen Graham Makeup
Jack Grossberg Executive Producer
Elena Kenney Set Decoration/Design
Patrick McMahon Editor
Gus Meunier Set Decoration/Design
Henry Pierrig Special Effects
Steven Poster Cinematographer,Screenwriter
Louis M. Silverstein Producer
Suzanna Smith Art Director
David Snyder Production Designer
Ian Thomas Songwriter
Larry Wells Costumes/Costume Designer

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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Welcome to Our Movie [2:40]
2. Revenge of the Moviegoers [4:29]
3. Credits (Strange Brew) [2:17]
4. Beer Bust [3:24]
5. Elsinore Brewery [3:20]
6. Meet the Owner [3:56]
7. Trouble Brewing [2:34]
8. Jackpots [4:30]
9. Two Weeks Notice [4:25]
10. Snooping Around [5:38]
11. Fighting Music [2:32]
12. Detour [5:36]
13. Broken Brakes [3:06]
14. Splash Crash [2:21]
15. Intermission; Framed [2:32]
16. They're Innocent [3:48]
17. No Scientific Explanation [1:58]
18. Norris Defense: Split Pleas [3:13]
19. Hospital Havoc [3:44]
20. Wired [3:11]
21. Lunatics on the Loose [3:27]
22. All Lit Up [4:41]
23. Nice Effects [3:46]
24. Hosehead to the Rescue [3:56]
25. Beer Disposal Experts [1:29]
26. Review and End Credits [3:33]

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