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Babette's Feast DVD

Glenys's picture

Sometimes finding the movie when you want it as a gift is pain but Chapters/Indigo has it for $14.98 CDN. Worth buying a couple for those
Food in the Movies gift baskets. Last time I tried to spontaneously went searching for themed movies I had to include Eating Raoul.

moxie's picture

(post #44496, reply #1 of 26)

Will Overstock.com ship to Canada?


They have Like Water for Chocolate for $7. Babette's feast as well for about $10. And the really charming Tortilla Soup for $9.53.


And I have heard Eat Drink: Man Woman is a great little movie -- featuring a Taiwanese family. They have that, too. I grabbed a copy -- it would make a great Asian-themed "dinner and a movie" gift.


Here's a summary:


Every Sunday, venerable chef Chu (Sihung Lung) prepares an elaborate dinner for his three lovely daughters. Despite Chu's exotic dishes, the family barely nibbles at the food. The listless mealtime ritual mirrors the foursome's general lack of appetite for life: Chu has lost his sense of taste, and his daughters just want to go on with their separate, lonely lives. But something new is cooking that is about to spice up everyone's existence, and three marriages and a funeral later, the Chu family will learn to embrace life's unpredictabilty. The third and final film in director Ang Lee's Father Knows Best trilogy, EAT DRINK MAN WOMAN is laugh-out-loud funny in its depiction of the foibles of the contemporary Taiwanese family. Whenever one of the characters utters I have an announcement, be prepared for ensuing hilarity. The film also movingly captures the complexities of modern life, the inevitability of change, and the necessity for Zen-like balance. Lee himself seems to have absorbed the film's central message. After this film, he began to take on a variety of projects, boldly covering vastly different subjects such as 18th-century England, the New Age 1970s, and the Civil War


 


Of course, prices are US dollars.


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Glenys's picture

(post #44496, reply #3 of 26)

By the time you convert to US$ and then they'll add duty, it's cheaper to buy in Canada. Another hard to find without ordering is Tampopo.

Aberwacky's picture

(post #44496, reply #4 of 26)

Tortilla Soup is the latin version of Eat Drink Man Woman.  Both are charming movies.


Leigh


 


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Adele's picture

(post #44496, reply #9 of 26)

Okay, so now I'm confused.  Tortilla Soup is in English.  Eat Drink is in Chinese.  What one do I want?  They're the same except for language?  


Edit:  Peter- you want to go with Deep Discounts, as Elizaram provided- thanks!  Shipping is free and it's less than Amazon with Free Shipping, and Overstock. 


I ended up with Like Water for Chocolate, 6.30 Babette's Feast for 9.12, Eat Drink; Man Women for 9.12 and Chocolat for 14.39.  


Tortilla soup was unavailable, making the choice easier.  Eating Raoul, I saw this and will wait for it to come down from $14.  


 


 


But, but, it's SUPPOSED to taste like that!


Edited 12/4/2005 9:07 pm ET by Adele

But, but, it's SUPPOSED to taste like that!

Aberwacky's picture

(post #44496, reply #12 of 26)

They're the same basic story, but set in different cultures, and thus with tables laden with different food.


No carp killing with chopsticks in Tortilla Soup, for example.  It would be hard for me to choose, but the opening sequence of Eat Drink/Man Woman is one of my all-time favorites.


Leigh


 


I am a domestic goddess!  I deserve three ovens (and two dishwashers)! I am a domestic goddess!  I deserve three ovens (and two dishwashers)! I am a domestic goddess!  I deserve three ovens (and two dishwashers). . .

"Happiness does not depend on outward things, but on the way we see them." 
-Leo Tolstoy
wisekaren's picture

(post #44496, reply #11 of 26)

Eat Drink Man Woman is excellent from start to finish. Don't miss it. While we're on the subject of restaurant/food movies, you'll want to see Big Night. I also enjoyed Mostly Martha.
Karen

AJ12754's picture

(post #44496, reply #13 of 26)

I love Eat Drink Man Woman ... it is just wonderful :-)


I don't own it -- but this thread means I soon will.  Thanks for the memory.


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wisekaren's picture

(post #44496, reply #15 of 26)

You can get just about every book and DVD and video at half.com for peanuts. They currently have several brand-new copies of the "Eat Drink Man Woman" DVD for $9.44, plus $2.49 shipping.

If I'm buying things for myself, I usually buy "like new" or even "excellent" rather than "brand new." I also sell tons of books there myself.
Karen

AJ12754's picture

(post #44496, reply #17 of 26)

Thanks -- I forgot about half.com...which is strange considering that it is like my sister's second home.  I am going to check there for some other old favorites too.

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Biscuit's picture

(post #44496, reply #16 of 26)

Agree - love EDMW.  Would love to own it myself.

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(post #44496, reply #2 of 26)

I loved Eating Raoul!  Of course, I'm demented.



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Biscuit's picture

(post #44496, reply #5 of 26)

I've never seen it.  Is it any good?  I've read the book - I treasure the book!  But I never saw the movie.

"I wouldn't shop at Walmart.com if they were the last online retailer on earth and they shipped everything using chocolate chips as packing material. "  - Miss Alli of TWoP

"When a stupid man is doing something he is ashamed of, he always declares that it is his duty."  - George Bernard Shaw

PeterDurand's picture

(post #44496, reply #6 of 26)

Does anyone have a place to shop online for all the foodie movies that may be on DVD?

 

elizaram's picture

(post #44496, reply #7 of 26)

Try here:


www.deepdiscountdvd.com


I've used them a couple of times and been very happy with the service - and their prices are about the lowest I've seen. Plus free shipping, no minimums.



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Adele's picture

(post #44496, reply #8 of 26)

Do y'all know that Tampopo is $124 USED?     If you have a copy, be careful.  Better yet, burn it off for me- LOL. 


Elizaram- I'm going to check your listing now, Amazon is a bit higher individually, but free shipping.  Overstock is only 2.95 shipping for 5 of them, 4 now that I know Tortilla soup and Eat Drink are the same- LOL. 


Edit:  Peter, these are all DVD's


But, but, it's SUPPOSED to taste like that!


Edited 12/4/2005 8:22 pm ET by Adele

But, but, it's SUPPOSED to taste like that!

Meryl's picture

(post #44496, reply #10 of 26)

If you're talking about Babette's Feast, the movie is fantastic!


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NMR's picture

(post #44496, reply #14 of 26)

Do you have access to Tower Records, I got my copy there don't remember the cost but they have a fairly large selection.  I love Babbette's feast.  Chocolat is good too.


 


PS  I used your spiced apple recipe and it was a hit!

Nina

“Cooking is like love, it should be entered into with abandon or not at all.”  Harriet Van Horne Vogue

butterscotch's picture

(post #44496, reply #18 of 26)

Eating Raoul is a great movie!


I'm surprised that no one (particularly you, Glenys) has mentioned Big Night. Best looking food I've ever seen in a film--and probably the most food, too.

Glenys's picture

(post #44496, reply #19 of 26)

Big Night is not my favourite food movie. I lked big night, especially Isabella and Campbell but overall it's not my absolute favourite. And that timbale is one of my least favourite things.
However, my absolute least favourite is The Cook, the Thief, the WIfe, the Lover, Helen Mirren or not. I generally like his movies but didn't like that one, food or not.

AJ12754's picture

(post #44496, reply #21 of 26)

A good friend told me years ago that I would not make it through the first 5 minutes of The Cook, the Thief .... I adore Helen Mirren but don't even have a desire to see that one.

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wisekaren's picture

(post #44496, reply #20 of 26)

I did mention Big Night in this thread -- I LOVE that movie. I think it is a real gem.
Karen

butterscotch's picture

(post #44496, reply #22 of 26)

Sorry, I wasn't reading carefully. It is a lovely movie, with a great soundtrack album that I still listen to a lot, especially when I'm cooking.

wisekaren's picture

(post #44496, reply #23 of 26)

Andy and I are forever doing the bit where someone wants a side of pasta with their risotto....
Karen

butterscotch's picture

(post #44496, reply #24 of 26)

That bit no longer seems that far-fetched to me. Here in So. California, there's a restaurant called The Spoon House. It's in a suburb that has a large Japanese American population, and its menu is divided between traditional Italian pasta and Japanese noodle dishes flavored with seaweed, curry, etc. Customers from the neighborhood come in all the time and order a side of rice with their pasta.

wisekaren's picture

(post #44496, reply #25 of 26)

The utter scorn and frustration on Tony Shaloub's face in that scene is perfect!
Karen

msm-s's picture

(post #44496, reply #26 of 26)

on your recommendation, i just rented Big Night, and i really liked it. Not a major film, but pleasant and true feeling at the end, in the kitchen with the brothers. Really nice to look at and great music too. In my young adulthood when i was with a violinist who often was invited to play at private parties like the one in the movie when musicians came into town, i got to attend some very enjoyable after-hours dinners like the one shown here. the movie brought back great memories.

i also totally agree tho, that the pasta 'timpano' couldn't have looked less appetizing if they had tried. and minnie driver's hair was distractingly un-period. but overall i enjoyed it.


Edited 9/22/2007 12:27 am ET by msm-s