A Fish Called Wanda
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The funniest movie I have seen in a long time - Roger Ebert
In 1988, John Cleese, former Python and the mastermind behind Fawlty Towers, teamed up with the veteran Ealing Comedy director Charles Crichton (The Lavender Hill Mob) to produce another classic of British comedy.
Cleese plays Archie Leach, a weak-willed barrister who finds himself embroiled with a quartet of ill-matched jewel thieves two American con artists played by Jamie Lee Curtis and Kevin Kline, Michael Palin s animal-loving hitman and London gangster Tom Georgeson when Georgeson is arrested. Only he and Palin know the whereabouts of the diamonds, prompting plenty of farce and in-fighting as well as some embarrassing nudity and the unfortunate demise of some innocent pooches...
Nominated for three Academy Awards and winning one for Kline s outstanding supporting turn as the psychopathic Otto, A Fish Called Wanda has stood the test of time, earning its rightful place among its creators remarkable comedy pedigree.
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The funniest movie I have seen in a long time. --Roger Ebert
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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!
My absolute favorite part, which doesn't give anything about the movie away, is near the end when John Cleese imitates an American accent. Usually we see comedians here making fun of British, French, and other foreign accents, so it was fun to see someone try to imitate us here in the States.
I'd say this is a MUST RENT no matter what and a MUST BUY for anyone who likes British humour and/or wants to see Cleese do something different.