Dreamwork’s The Hundred-Foot Journey was released December 2nd on Blu-ray and DVD. It is by far one of my favorite films of the year. I have always wanted to live in France and I am a huge foodie so the amalgamation of these two things in to one film makes my heart smile. Here’s a brief description of the story line,
“ Hassan Kadam (Manish Dayal) is a culinary ingénue with the gastronomic equivalent of perfect pitch. Displaced from their native India, the Kadam family, led by Papa (Om Puri), settles in the quaint village of Saint-Antonin-Noble-Val in the south of France. Filled with charm, it is both picturesque and elegant – the ideal place to settle down and open an Indian restaurant, the Maison Mumbai. That is, until the chilly chef proprietress of Le Saule Pleureur, a Michelin starred, classical French restaurant run by Madame Mallory (Helen Mirren), gets wind of it. Her icy protests against the new Indian restaurant a hundred feet from her own escalate to all out war between the two establishments – until Hassan’s passion for French haute cuisine and for Mme. Mallory’s enchanting sous chef, Marguerite (Charlotte Le Bon), combine with his mysteriously delicious talent to weave magic between their two cultures and imbue Saint-Antonin with the flavors of life that even Mme. Mallory cannot ignore. At first Mme. Mallory’s culinary rival, she eventually recognizes Hassan’s gift as a chef and takes him under her wing.”
This Blu-ray also includes Bonus features, which as we all know, can be even better than the actual movie sometimes. That’s not the case here because the movie is divine but the bonus features actually helped to bring me even closer to the film. Take a sneak peak here at the bonus features.
The Hundred-Foot Journey with Steven Spielberg and Oprah Winfrey– This is a behind the scenes chat with 2 of the producers of the film and why they chose to make the film together. They talk about their working history together, which is quite touching. The way they discuss the movie and it’s story, which is primarily about food and family, is a wonderful addition to the Blu-Ray. I felt that it really just made me love the movie more, hearing the back story.
The Recipe, The Ingredients, The Journey– The author of the book takes the time to explain his 10 year journey in writing this book and how the third producer, Juliet Blake, contacted him. The cast then discusses how it was to work together and the process of filming. Wait till you see how they filmed the scenes with the restaurants! I was shocked! It was quite special to hear how close they all truly became and then see the footage to back it up. The way they worked with food… it was mouth watering hearing how integral food was in filming. Even the music composition is discussed in the journey.
On Set With Oprah Winfrey- Oprah walks you through her experiences and interpretations while filming. She makes you understand how heart warming this film is without even having to watch the film.
Coconut Chicken– Chef Anil Sharma walks you through a recipe for ,making Coconut Chicken! It’s not just a recipe but it also helps you to understand Indian cooking.
I clearly loved this movie and the bonus features. I give it an A+!