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Something Wild (The Criterion Collection) [Blu-ray] (1986)

Jeff Daniels , Melanie Griffith , Jonathan Demme  |  R |  Blu-ray
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (66 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Jeff Daniels, Melanie Griffith, Ray Liotta, George 'Red' Schwartz, Leib Lensky
  • Directors: Jonathan Demme
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Blu-ray, DTS Surround Sound, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Criterion Collection
  • DVD Release Date: May 10, 2011
  • Run Time: 114 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (66 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004NWPY7U
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #101,419 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

Special Features

New, restored digital transfer, supervised by director of photography Tak Fujimoto and approved by director Jonathan Demme, with DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack on the Blu-ray edition

New video interviews with Demme and writer E. Max Frye

Original theatrical trailer

PLUS: A booklet featuring a new essay by film critic David Thompson


Editorial Reviews

A straitlaced businessman meets a quirky, free-spirited woman at a downtown New York greasy spoon. Her offer of a ride back to his office results in a lunchtime motel rendezvous—just the beginning of a capricious interstate road trip that brings the two face-to-face with their hidden selves. Featuring a killer soundtrack and electric performances from Jeff Daniels (Terms of Endearment, The Squid and the Whale), Melanie Griffith (Body Double, Working Girl), and Ray Liotta (Field of Dreams, Goodfellas), Something Wild, directed by oddball American auteur Jonathan Demme (Stop Making Sense, The Silence of the Lambs), is both a kinky comic thriller and a radiantly off-kilter love story.

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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Why has time forgotten this classic? May 2, 2000
Format:VHS Tape
I thought Demme walked on water after seeing this movie (and its follow-ups, Married to the Mob and Silence of the Lambs). I love the layers of texture to this movie--there's always some set decoration I never noticed before, and the performances he wrings out of his stable of actors is great. This movie defined "alternative" when it was released, and deftly pulled off the seemingly impossible feat of starting out screwball comedy and turning violent halfway thru without losing its voice. All three leads have never done better than they did here (okay, maybe Liotta in Goodfellas). So why is SW subjected to the basement of video VHS? This movie made tons of critics top 10 lists for the Eighties (sadly not much of a challenge, but still...) and yet can't even get a DVD date to prom. Wild...
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars My favorrite movie... on DVD at last! January 18, 2002
Format:DVD
I first saw this movie in the theaters, and I remember sitting spellbound, utterly enthralled by the adept manner in which Jonathan Demme blends comedy, romance, drama, and suspense in a single film. For years, I would catch it whenever I could on cable -- or, if I were hanging with a "virgin" friend who had never before seen the film, I'd scrounge up a rental copy (pan-n-scan, of course) at the local video store. All told, I've seen it about a dozen times, twice as many times as I have seen any other movie -- but only once in the widescreen format in which it was originally composed.
When people ask me what my favorite movie is, I tell them without hesitation, "Something Wild." Inevitably, a look of comprehension is absent from their face. I briefly explain the plot, describe Melanie Griffith in the black wig, Jeff Daniels as the nebbishy accountant, and Ray Liotta as the Lulu's sinister ex-con (IMHO, career-best performances for all three), and faces begin to light up. Most people have caught at least a part of this film on Comedy Central and recognize it (if only slightly) from those heavily edited screenings, which is a shame because this movie needs to be seen in its unexpurgated form in order to really gain an appreciation of its genius.
So you can imagine my delight when I opened a birthday gift from my girlfriend and found inside a copy of "Something Wild" on DVD. If I were capable of squealing, I would have. You see, I was under the impression that this was one of those "lost titles" that would never be released on DVD. Yet there it was, in my hands, a true cinematic masterpiece, one of the best films of the 80s, my favorite movie. Sigh. What a great birthday present!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Religious implications August 31, 1999
By A Customer
Format:VHS Tape
I realize it might be a little late, but to the student from Santa Clara, to proclaim "Something Wild" as a deeply religious movie would not be too far off the mark. Director Jonathan Demme uses an abundance of crosses and portraits of the Virgin Mary in many scenes (at "Mom and Dad's Restaurant"; "Peaches"'s house; Lulu's apartment) and many scenes from the film mirror the Good Samaritan parable of the Bible: the hitchhikers Charlie and Lulu pick up; the little black girl who asks Charlie if he needs help outside the gospel church; the naive teen who pays for Ray's dinner after Charlie and Lulu leave him stranded at the restaurant; the gas-station attendant ("Attempt to be cool!"); the man at the motel who offers Charlie Pepto-Bismol to conquer his hangover ("It's better to be a live dog than a dead lion."); and ultimately Charlie and Lulu, who each gives the other something they've been longing to have. Lulu gives Charlie a rebellion which had only previously been "channeled into the mainstream" and thusly ends his repression; and Charlie gives Lulu a sense of comfort and love after years of one-night stands in motel rooms. I'm sure you could even make something out of the religious radio program Ray is listening to as he is embarking for an all-night search for revenge. Of course I have seen this film many times and one of its many strengths is its watchability. Why this film isn't cited in more film-buff circles is beyond me, but let me go on record saying that this is a great movie. It is precisely these deep subtexts which make me want to pop it in the VCR for the millionth time. Well, that and the soundtrack. I love this movie simply because it's so damn quirky! Read more ›
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great musical time capsule for the time January 25, 2003
Format:VHS Tape
First, the music in this movie. Director Jonathan Demme has always put good songs in, but "Something Wild" might be the best example. Just about every song used reminds me of the good things about inventive creative music from the 80's, while leaving the garbage out. Thus the "time capsule" header, as this is the way I'd like to remember that era.
The movie itself is a wild roller coaster that is somewhat of an updated version of a Hitchcock movie. The comparison here is based on an everyday guy getting himself drawn deeper and deeper in to a situation, where he not only at times escape is fairly difficult, but he'll eventually have to fight for his life.
But what makes it more intriguing is that when the everyday guy does get a chance to escape, he finds his situation so intriguing that he changes his mind. He not only spies on the situation he probably should be running away from as fast as he can, but he also confronts it in one of the most ballsy scenes in movie history. The restaurant scene where he virtually walks in and takes the girl from the nasty bad guy is a cinematic treat.
So is the casting. Jeff Daniels is perfect as the everyday guy. It's disappointing to see Melanie Griffith today, because in this movie she absolutely sizzles as the bad girl who gets him into the predicament, but also has a good side that wants to get out of the bad life. And the screen debut of Ray Liotta is absolutely electrifying as an intelligent violent man, and I'm sure this is what got him the recognition that led to "Goodfellas". I'm amazed that I saw this movie while well into my adult life, and considering that was already sixteen years ago, I'm starting to feel old again.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Thank you!
Published 12 hours ago by Nicholas Ehlers
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Amusing
Published 21 days ago by Gonzalo
5.0 out of 5 stars positively special
i walked into the theatre knowing nothing about the film, both daniels and grffith had done little else in their careers and we'd never seen ray liota so i got sucked in. Read more
Published 1 month ago by will crow
5.0 out of 5 stars A fun movie
Funny to serious , A woman of the 80's ,and an old fashioned guy. Ray Liota and Melanie Griffith play their roles to a T. There is a message at the end of the movie most may miss. Read more
Published 2 months ago by hempy
3.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable road movie at first, but veers off half-way
The first half of the film is great, which is why I'm giving it three stars; Melanie Griffith plays a zany, sexy character named Lulu who takes buttoned-up Charlie (Jeff Daniels)... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Eugene
5.0 out of 5 stars Easily one of my all-time favorite movies
There are very few movies that I refer to as my "all-time favorites," but this is clearly one of them. Read more
Published 3 months ago by J. Dimassimo
5.0 out of 5 stars One of my favorite all time goofy movies
Really two movies. First part is mostly an odd ball madcap romantic comedy and the last part is a serious high tension thriller. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Joseph R. Norman
5.0 out of 5 stars always good to see the worm turn
It's hard to believe that this movie is almost thirty years old. It provided Ray Liotta's with his first real substantive part, and although Melanie Griffith and Jeff Daniels had... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Stanley Crowe
3.0 out of 5 stars DVD
Very disappointed through it out. It said it was for all regions. No it is not. It only plays in region 2 dies not play in our region one. It was boughten for a friend.
Published 6 months ago by Paula A. Stephens
5.0 out of 5 stars Something Wild
This is one of the funniest, coolest movies I have EVER seen! I remember watching it when it came out in 1988 and bought the movie as soon as it came out on video in VHS. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Mary D. Blackwell
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