Strange Brew/BluRay (US)

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Warner Bros. Home Entertainment presents the Blu-ray of Dave Thomas and Rick Moranis' cult film Strange Brew (1983), starring Dave Thomas, Rick Moranis, Max von Sydow, Paul Dooley, and Angus MacInnes.

The film originated with Great White North, a successful sketch Moranis and Thomas created for Canadian comedy show, Second City TV (SCTV). Though initially intended as just filler for the shows expanded third season, the McKenzie Brothers caught on immediately. Later, some of the two-minute Great White North segments would find their way into U.S. versions of SCTV. NBC ordered 90-minute SCTV shows in 1981, and based on affiliate feedback, the network requested the McKenzie Brothers be included in every program. As a result, the Brothers exploded into a pop culture phenomenon in both Canada and the United States.

In 1981, the Brothers released a comedy album, Great White North, which sold more than one million copies in North America. Sales in Canada topped 350,000 earning a triple-platinum certification from the Canadian Recording Industry Association and #1 on the RPM album charts for a month. It reached # 8 on the American Billboard album charts in early 1982 with Take Off (Geddy Lees hit single) peaking at 16. It was Grammy-nominated in 1983 for Best Comedy Album.

Strange Brew, in which the Brothers attempt to stop a mad brewer from gaining world dominance, was released in 1983 and immediately struck a chord with dedicated fans, whose numbers grew after years of cable TV airings and home video sales. The film starred Thomas (Stripes, TVs Comedy Bang! Bang!) and Moranis (Little Shop of Horrors, Ghostbusters) who was making his feature film debut. Max von Sydow (The Exorcist, Star Wars: The Force Awakens) and Paul Dooley (Cars franchise, Runaway Bride) also starred. Moranis and Thomas also wrote (with Steven De Jarnatt) and directed.

Special Features

  • Original Theatrical Trailer
  • Animated Adventures of Bob and Doug McKenzie Preview
  • How to Stuff a Mouse in a Beer Bottle
  • Optional English SDH, French, and Spanish subtitles


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