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Withnail and I


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  • Format: NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Studio: Alliance Films
  • Release Date: Jan. 11 2011
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (49 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004AHKMSY
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #5,374 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)


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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Perpetual Pistachios on Feb. 28 2013
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
This is in response to kpb's question of whether this dvd is widescreen or fullscreen. I took the chance and ordered this without knowing whether it would end up being fullscreen or widescreen, and I was extremely relieved to find that it's widescreen! I love this movie. Excellent cast who play unforgettable quirky characters who deliver the best of lines. Give it a chance and you'll see why it's considered a cult classic.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By kpb on Nov. 15 2010
Format: DVD
I WANT to buy this product, but a vital piece of information is missing: is this widescreen format or the wretched "fullscreen" pan-and-scan version? I love this film--my one-star rating is for the product description (the film itself is a five!).
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Written and Directed by Bruce Robinson (who would later go on to make the Uma Thurman movie JENNIFER 8) WITHNAIL & I is a semi-autobiographical black comedy about two struggling actors in Camdenton London during the last months of the 60s. The future is looking rather bleak for Withnail (Richard E. Grant) and I (Paul McGann). Both are out of work and in the midst of drug and alcohol problems. After hitting rock bottom the pair decide to take a peaceful vacation in the country and plan on how to re-establish some direction in their lives before the new decade begins.
However their stay in the country turns out to be anything but tranquil when the boorish, self absorbed Withnail manages to bring out the hostilities of the locals. Both reduced to the status of village pariahs, the unwelcome duo find themselves confined to the tiny cottage where they are forced to burn their own furniture to stay warm, and literally shooting fish in order to survive.
Though the movie is a bit plodding and self-important at times; WITHNAIL & I is nonetheless an absorbing and well-acted low key cult item that is worth a look for curiosity's sake. (Not something I'll have to point out to those people have seen the movie more than a dozen times! I've only seen it once.) The highlight of the movie for me is the scene in which Withnail concocts a novel way to get let off a drink driving charge.
The movie was Produced by the late George Harrison, and Ringo Starr also appears in the credits as "Richard Starkey M.B.E". Sadly, the DVD I watched didn't have any bonus features.
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Format: DVD
As a fan of both Paul McGann and Richard Grant, I looked forward to the Criterion Collection "Withnail and I". But perhaps I'm too American to appreciate the humor found within this film, which I understand has quite a cult following.
The film is mostly a series of vignettes between the alcoholic, acerbic Withnail and the softer Marlowe. Withnail is the sort of person who is intelligent and talented enough to be anything he wanted to if he'd crawl out of a scotch bottle long enough. Marlowe is alternately exasperated by and in awe of Withnail. These are early roles for both McGann and Grant, and they show remarkable talent that would be exploited in later roles.
Though touted as a dark comedy, I found more "dark" than "comedy". There were long periods between laughs while watching this film (mostly mundane things like driving cars, watching them walk to town, and chase a farmer down to buy firewood) and it never quite felt that the film was actually building towards anything until Uncle Monty shows up to the cottage to put the moves on Marlowe. Watching McGann squirm his way out of this was definitely worth watching, but took too long to get to.
Not a horrid film, but one that generally left me with a feeling of, "What was the point of that again?"
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Andrew McCaffrey on July 19 2001
Format: DVD
Criterion has done a wonderful job with this DVD release of WITHNAIL & I. The picture looks sharp, the sound is clear, and the extras are a lot of fun. The biggest difference for me was that the only video version of this film I owned was the full-screen version that contains numerous edits. Watching this film uncut for the first time in years really pointed out how much I had been missing with the video version. Getting this DVD is definitely worth the money.
The film itself is a joy to experience. While the plot cannot be accused of being overcomplicated, this simplicity is more than made up for in the wonderful characters and brilliant dialogue (virtually none of which can be quoted in an all-ages forum such as this). Loosely narrated by Paul McGann's "I" character, this film depicts a brief period in the life of two struggling actors as they attempt to find booze, drugs and jobs in the dying days of the 1960s. The movie covers a wide spectrum from some scenes featuring the funniest lines that you'll ever hear to small touching moments that are surprisingly moving. This is highly recommended to anyone who enjoys good moviemaking.
Every character in the picture is superbly acted and written for. It's a testament to Bruce Robinson's directing skills that the characters compliment each other so well instead of clashing and overbearing the others as could so easily have happened. The secondary characters work as well as the leads and each one adds their unique flavour to the mixture. Robinson doesn't make the mistake of giving the smaller parts too much on-screen time and having them overstay their welcome. Each character says and does no more than they need to and leaves everyone wanting more.
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