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".
Not to fear - it was perfectly adequate, in fact, OK (one you got past the opening scenes on the first "reel")
The transfer was actually on par for other low-budget films of the 80s. The audio track, despite its DTS transfer, remains fair. It's all front end loaded with poor differentiation between speakers. Volume had to be turned up for speaking, then turned down for those synth outbursts in the soundtrack.
As noted, the film contains no extras - these would have necessitated a DVD to accompany the blu-ray.
I didn't feel the need to make any additional adjustments on either my player or projector. The picture quality, contrast, saturation (surprisingly) were all good. No one will ever mistake this for a transfer on par with, say, Finding Nemo, but then again - anyone who is expecting that is a bit naive.
Hmm…what does Nemo go well with? AAaahhhh…..chips!
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Just as goofy and silly as it was when I saw it in the theatre back in 1988. Enjoyed sharing it with a friend.Published 8 days ago by EarthDog4
Since the days of Monty Python's Flying Circus, John Cleese has been one of my favorite actors, so after years of being told by friends that I "MUST" watch it, I finally... Read morePublished 8 days ago by William Bliss
Cleaver dialog and timing in actors interactions. Of course the Monty Python style humor always enjoyable.Published 26 days ago by Linda Park
Saw it when it first came out in the 1980s ; and 35 years later watching it with my teenaged son he found it equally hillariousPublished 29 days ago by L Citroen