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A Fish Called Wanda
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It doesn't take very long for Wanda to figure out that her only hope of regaining the loot is through George's barrister, Archie Leach (John Cleese). Wanda works at seducing Leach while fighting of Otto's psychotic fits of jealousy. Ken, in the meantime, attempts repeatedly to kill the only witness, an elderly woman. Unfortunately, he manages to assassinate all three of her dogs in the process.
This is a set up for the combination of slapstick, vulgarity, and tongue-in-cheek comedy that British films are noted for and Americans love and it is delivered with an almost evil verve. Cleese is determined to take no prisoners, and the landscape is littered with car crashes, fallen masonry, savaged canines (fake savaged canines, please) and hapless victims. Only the fish (also called Wanda) has no funny lines, and fares no better than her companion 'Lunch' does.
The film has an R rating, which I think is exaggerated. In reality, its vulgarity and sexual innuendo are hardly noticeable when compared to what is accepted today.Read more ›
This film is definitely on my top ten list of funniest movies of all time, with "Some Like it Hot," "National Lampoons Christmas Vacation" and the Monty Python masterpieces...
But this DVD is atrocious. The soundtrack is all in the center channel... haven't heard anything worse since I gave up watching a TV with a 3 inch speaker. The theme song is burbled and warbly. There is no separation -- even to the front speakers. The dialog is flat as a flitter.
The picture quality is a hair better than off the air, rabbit ear antennae reception. At times the picture is choppy and halting -- as if you were watching it on a rental video that has been viewed too many times.
The only extra is the film's trailer.
Wait for a re-release before buying!
Therefore, this is a review of the DVD - not the movie. The DVD has a very good presentation of the movie - the best you can watch at home (as mentioned above). However, the sound is lacking - dull mono. Maybe this movie was originally recorded in mono, but I would be surprised.
Next there is the lack of extras - you get the trailer and "cast notes" but virtually nothing else... just a dumb fish screen saver.
I don't mean to be so down on this DVD, it isn't terrible, it is just a disappointment to think of all of the unrealized potential. First of all, there is the sound. Then, there was no behind the scenes featurette, no comentaries, no deleted scenes, nothing. With Kline, Cleese, Palin and Curtis in the cast, there could have been all kinds of killer extras. But there wasn't...
At this point I would give this DVD 3 stars. However, it earns an extra star because MGM bowed to pressure and put it out in Widescreen. They originally planned on P&S only.
So thanks a lot, MGM, but now get busy on a "Collectors Edition".
For those of you that are not even slightly technically inclined you may wish to skip this review altogether and just know that this version is the best currently available of this film.
"Wanda" is presented on a single BD50 disc w/ decent disc artwork. Why mention it? Well, many of my latest Blu Ray acquisitions while pricey only give me a standard gray paint job similar to a rental disc and I find it refreshing whenever a budget release includes nice touches to the packaging. Unfortunately the box is another one of those 'more air than plastic' Eco cases that I am growing to hate.
The video quality is not as bad as other reviews around the web would lead you to believe. The main problem lies with the print used. It is tired, dull, flat, faded, lifeless and full of small imperfections and print damage. (is THAT all??)
Also, the studio did not see fit to even ATTEMPT a little tinkering to improve the situation. They should have. With that said, my Oppo BDP-93 Blu Ray player has a very nice and handy video processing chip and for a title like this I was able to tweak "Wanda" into looking pretty darn good compared to it's out of the box appearance. I kicked in the contrast enhancement and color enhancement by one notch each, and same goes with the artificial sharpening. Normally I stay away from ALL extra processing on my Blu Ray titles, but in THIS case it has made a huge world of difference.
Now why in the heck couldn't the studio have done this with the existing file before release?Read more ›
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I remember thinking this movie was funny the first time I saw it. Well I was pretty offended this time toward the end of the movie when they made fun of the character that... Read morePublished 10 hours ago by Diane Firestone
Still hilarious after all these years. A classic comedy. One of those that can still have you roaring with laughter even though you know exactly what is coming.Published 6 days ago by George Chesney
I love Kevin Kline! He is a great Broadway actor who is also one sexy actor on film. Jaime Lee is also a lot of fun to watch and sexy too. Read morePublished 16 days ago by T. G. Harpster
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|Actor John Cleese looks inbred!||
Interesting. You don't often get Professors of Genetics commenting in these reviews. I've always wondered if 60 million people was a large enough population to prevent inbreeding, but apparently it's not.
Oct 24, 2008 by J. Keaty | See all 2 posts
|Collector's Vs Deluxe?||
You would think that Amazon would actually try to explain what is on the disk that makes them "Deluxe" or Special Edition, wouldn't you? But NOOOoooo. We're left to ask each other what the deal is with these stupid disks. NOT BUYING until I sort out what's actually on there.
Jun 28, 2009 by Marion Ravenwood | See all 2 posts
Sony has moved the date to August 1st.
Hopefully in that time someone intelligent changes the lame US cover to match the better UK one with the faces in the bubbles, and is sure to include the movie's theatrical trailer.
Mar 19, 2006 by Tyler Foster | See all 5 posts
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