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Wild Things (Unrated Edition) [Blu-ray]
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Release Date: 17-JUL-2007
Media Type: Blu-Ray
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The plot is - well, the plot is twisted, in every sense of the word. The story that seems to be unfolding ends at the halfway point of the movie - and then the real story begins. And in a technique I've never seen before, it continues through the ending credits, as director McNaughton gleefully fills in the holes.
"Wild Things" offers great, juicy turns from Neve Campbell, Denise Richards, Matt Dillon, Kevin Bacon, Theresa Russell, and especially Bill Murray as a hilariously corrupt small-time lawyer. Along the way we get lots of steamy, lurid peek-a-boo sex and nudity (which is so gratuitous it inspires genuine laughter), violence, and characters motivated by nothing more than pure greed. Put 'em together in the Everglades, and you have one hot movie.
I generally don't like movies that mess with the audience by hiding information, and then springing it on them later as a "twist." But twists work beautifully if the character is just as befuddled by them as the audience. Since "Wild Things" offers nothing but characters who think they have secrets and alliances but are actually only pawns in a game, every twist is justified.
This new "unrated" version incorporates scenes that aren't necessary, but are joyful anyway. If you have the original cut and you've got the money to throw around, go for it. If you haven't seen it, well, it's probably not for anyone. But if the thought of a wicked little Hitchcockian melodrama, dripping with sex and humor and directed with a wink, appeals to you, you can't go wrong with "Wild Things."
I had the good fortune of seeing WILD when it had its theatrical run, and, at that time, I wondered about the prospect of some unused footage. This thriller continued to re-invent itself -- even through the closing credits -- so I imagined that there were some elements that the director left on the cutting room floor so as not to bombard the viewer with information overload. Most of what's been restored here is passable: Kevin Bacon's character is fleshed out a bit more, but he ends up appearing more of a conspirator a bit too early in this version as opposed to the original.
However, the stunning Denise Richards, Neve Campbell, and (yes) Theresa Russell make this picture definitely worth exploring on subsequent viewings because they do represent three complex personalities: (1) the woman who can have it all and takes it; (2) the woman who wants it all and takes it; and (3) the woman who is deprived of it all but finds a way to take it anyway.
Also, think what you will of the talents of Bill Murray, but his short work here coupled with his star-power performances in GROUNDHOG DAY and LOST IN TRANSLATION truly show this man is in peak form when the script requires it.
Rediscover this guilty pleasure in its unrated form!
Directed by John McNaughton, the movie will keep you guessing, until the very end. Sex, murder, and money all play a role in how everything unfolds . The film may border on high camp at times and all that. But I maintain that is one reason to like the film. It still draws you in and makes you want to know how it will end. Many people compare this movie to Basic Instinct, while I would say that is sort of justified, Wild Things can stand on its own too. Also of note in the film is actor Bill Murray. who is great, as Dillon's Defense Lawyer. Just who is scamming who in this sexy thriller, I wont say, but I think you wont be disappointed.
I liked the original version of the film and its intitial release on DVD, and even though I know that the only reason the unrated cut is out, is to capitalize on the direct to video sequel, I couldn't resist taking a gander anyway. The highlight of the alternate cut gives viewers an extended "swimming pool" scene with Richards and Campbell. Things get a bit more steamy in the pool. While the controversial motel room sequence is not extended, the rest of the eight minutes really only advances the plot itself, and can be found on the previous disc in the deleted scenes section. The only other extra on the DVD is the film's theatrical trailer.Read more ›
Most recent customer reviews
So most guys buy this for that one scene. Which is a shame because this is actually a good movie with good actors (well not all of them) and a decent story.Published on Sept. 28 2013 by Geordie A.
This movie is not what it seems on the surface --- it is a thriller and mystery and if you don't watch it ALL THE WAY THROUGH THE CREDITS you are missing half of the inside... Read morePublished on Feb. 10 2012 by JanetPLondon
Wild Things is a well crafted.suspense/murder mystery/crime drama.it
should keep you guessing to the end.there are many twists and
turns,perhaps too many. Read more
...that's for sure! This movie really does keep you guessing until the very end. Just when you think you have it all figured out, you don't and are very far from the truth. Read morePublished on June 23 2004 by Nina Masri
This is one of the greatest movies ever made. Its has a mixture of fighting,cat fighting,drowning,betrayl,lieing,decieving, and just everything that makes a movie good. Read morePublished on May 26 2004 by Dusty Huff
I was one of the few people who actually saw this in a theatre. One of the most pleasant surprizes I've had, it's rare to walk into a movie that completely exceeds you... Read morePublished on May 18 2004 by klownboy
Anyone thinking the unrated version is going to have extended motel or pool scenes will be sorely disappointed in this "unrated" version. Read morePublished on May 2 2004 by BS
I dont see difference from the previous edition. Are there hidden features or tracks I missed? Hope anyone can help me here.Published on April 30 2004 by Fish Myer
This new unrated edition emphasizes 'Sexier' and 'Hotter' on the keep case; however, the actual 'sexier' and 'hotter' parts are not the pictorial scenes but the completeness of... Read morePublished on April 30 2004 by Otto Yuen