When we caught up with Helen Mirren for The Hundred-Foot Journey, she admitted that one of the big appeals of the movie was the chance to fulfill a lifelong dream of being French. In fact, Mirren does play a French woman who owns one of the best French restaurants in the country and she does not take too kindly when an Indian family moves across the street and starts an Indian restaurant.
The Hundred-Foot Journey has now landed on DVD, Blu-Ray and digital download and before we recommend it (which we do!), we have to say, hope you’re hungry!
The film is based on the novel by Richard C. Morais and tells the story of a man, Hassan Kadam (Manish Dayal), who is torn between his loyalty to his family and the promise of a career in the culinary arts that could take him to the top. Mirren’s character sees something in him, but they both have to get over a few prejudices and personality issues to make their dreams come true.
And there’s a little romance in the air as well.
Mirren is astounding and, as usual, commands every frame of screen she’s in. But, she’s not alone in the supremely powerful performance department. So too is Dayal, whom we can’t wait to see more of. And the Indian actor who plays his father, Om Puri, is nothing short of brilliance encapsulated.
For more on the film itself, check out our theatrical The Hundred-Foot Journey review. And in terms of the film’s DVD, Blu-Ray and digital download bonus features, for a film of such culinary delight, they are frankly quite tasty.
The Hundred-Foot Journey With Steven Spielberg & Oprah Winfrey has to be your first stop on the bonus feature buffet. Spielberg and Winfrey are executive producers on the film and first and foremost, simply to hear these two great minds share ideas is nothing short of a true gift. And then there’s their take on the film itself and why they chose this book as their first cinematic effort together.
The bonus feature The Recipe, The Ingredients, The Journey explores director Lasse Hallström’s (The Cider House Rules) cinematic culinary journey with the project -- that also includes producer Juliet Blake, the cast and crew, composer A.R. Rahman, as well as author Morais. The inclusion of chefs, who added so much reality to the entire film, in this featurette adds a layer of background to this movie that is quite incredible.
For fans of Winfrey, they must check out the short doc On Set With Oprah Winfrey. It follows production designer David Gropman as he takes Ms. O on a tour of the set, including the film’s Indian restaurant, Maison Mumbai, and the French one owned by Mirren’s character, the Le Saule Pleureur.
Lastly, we have to recommend watching Coconut Chicken because after watching The Hundred-Foot Journey, you’re going to want to cook! This featurette is a terrific demonstration of how to make the same coconut chicken -- the Indian-inspired dish made with Chef Anil Sharma.
Watch The Hundred-Foot Journey online right now!