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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 (65 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004NWPY7U
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #70,513 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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This is a great twist on the traditional love story.
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There are also enough subtle layers to the characters that make the film worth repeated viewings.
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That's all I'm gonna tell you, because the film works best when you don't know what will happen.
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21 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Robert Naugle on 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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An interesting choice for the Criterion label, I have hoped desperately that Jonathan Demme's 1986 madcap road picture "Something Wild" would get a deserving upgrade from its rather drab earlier DVD presentation. I actually went to a theater and saw this film twice and it is easily one of my favorite Demme pictures. With his eclectic resume, Demme will perhaps always be known best for "The Silence of the Lambs" but his legacy has several terrific screwball comedies (Married to the Mob) and understated masterpieces (Melvin and Howard) prior to him being anointed an Academy Award winner. "Something Wild" fits comfortably into the screwball comedy category--but what makes it so unorthodox and refreshing is that it has both heart and edge. A lot has changed since 1986. Back then, Jeff Daniels was still a leading man as opposed to a character actor. Melanie Griffith was sexy, surprising, and a blossoming talent. And a relatively unknown Ray Liotta was trying to break into a big screen career after years on television. These three leads turned in unexpectedly strong performances and ALL were nominated for Golden Globe awards.

Styled after silent screen star Louise Brooks, Griffith vibrantly portrays Lulu (at least, that's the name she calls herself). Wild, aggressive, and sexually uninhibited, Lulu crosses paths with Daniels' uptight businessman. Challenged by the rebellious free spirit, Daniels' mild mannered existence is all but hijacked by adventure as the unlikely duo take to the road. A culture clash and wacky hilarity ensue--but then the picture softens as a real persona emerges from beneath the Lulu alter ego.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Septic on September 11, 2009
Format: DVD
I remember seeing this waaaay back when it was in theaters. One of those incredibly under-rated cinematic gems. What I liked most about it was the transition from a seemingly lighthearted Indie-ish goofball romantic comedy, to dead on noir. I caught this recently on a High-Def channel on cable. All I can say is WOW ! It was like I was seeing it for the first time, Déjà vu all over again. This film deserves a Blu-ray release, preferably packed with extra features, commentaries etc.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Benjamin W. Marshall on August 29, 2009
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this film knocks me out every time I see it. the acting is great and the story so different and original. Jonathon Demme really knew his stuff. Generally an all round brilliant effort and an unlauded gem in the opinion of yours truly.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Keith Taylor on August 8, 2008
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This is a great twist on the traditional love story. Demme takes you on a 'wild' ride. Inspires to get priorities correct in life. An interesting evening for two: somthing for the guys - someone who get over their head, something for the girls - an untraditional love story that touches the heart. Let's hope that not every couple starts out like this. Great cast with Griffith, Daniels, Liotta (in a superb and very scary performance).
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Tahir J. Naim on March 7, 2001
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I have no complaints about the quality of the DVD. The movie itself I give 5 STARS. Melanie Griffith is a delight in the role of Lulu (and led me to having a crush on her yow!). Lulu is a woman who's been leading a freewheeling, marginal life of a kind that must have reminded Ms. Griffith a bit of her own wild times, but with a better outcome. Anyway, the movie starts out lighthearted with Lulu essentially shanghaiing (sp?) Jeff Daniels away from his empty job in NYC and off to her high school reunion in PA. There, the couple run into Ray (Ray Liotta) who's Lulu's real husband and who is also fresh outta jail and looking to get the one good thang (Lulu) back in his life. At this point (about the last 30 minutes or so) the movie turns from freewheelin' fun to drama and violence. Kind of like life, eh? One minute you're up, the next.... I recall reading a review once that said the movie wasn't as popular as it should have been because it didn't fit neatly as either a comedy or a drama. Pity it wasn't marketed as both. Go for it!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By D. Hartley on February 6, 2001
Format: VHS Tape
After recently re-watching "Something Wild", I was reminded why Jonathan Demme was one of the more promising new directors of the 80's,before being reduced to a hired hand on Oprah Winfrey's ego project "Beloved". Melanie Griffith and Jeff Daniels (before his one-note aw-shucks Jimmy Stewart persona became tiresome)give top performances as the kooky free spirit and the (initially) uptight yuppie. Demme successfully blends classic 30's-style screwball comedy with some surprisingly frank sexuality (for a Hollywood film). A mid-80's zeitgeist fills each scene with rich neon colors and a very hip selection of music. The introduction of Ray Liotta's well played, menacing psycho ex-husband character, while initially jarring, saves the film from becoming merely a collection of zany, episodic vignettes, adding interesting dramatic tension. There are also enough subtle layers to the characters that make the film worth repeated viewings. A definite sleeper that has aged well.
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