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Something Wild (Criterion) (Blu-Ray)
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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.
DIRECTOR-APPROVED SPECIAL EDITION 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
Jonathan Demme's sexy 1986 road comedy, a story about the liberation of a stuffed-shirt businessman (Jeff Daniels) by a free-spirited punkette (Melanie Griffith), looks better and better as the years go by. By dressing Griffith in a bowl-cut black wig and giving her character the resonant nickname Lulu, Demme establishes a clear link with G.W. Pabst's 1928 Louise Brooks melodrama Pandora's Box--except that in this case the influence of a sexual free spirit is not seen as malign or corrupting. The turning point comes when the girl's hard-edged manner is discarded along with the wig and the nickname: Lulu turns into Audrey, a touchingly vulnerable, fluffy blonde. Ray Liotta, making his first big splash as Audrey's ex-con ex-husband, a hot-wired collection of homicidal tics, personifies the menacing aspects of the "wild side" of life. The intensity of the final showdown between Daniels and Liotta startles some viewers, but it provides a needed catharsis. The film's glorious soundtrack album featuring David Byrne's peppy title track became a hit in its own right, and is still readily available. --David Chute --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Melanie Griffith plays Lulu, a fun-loving lady with a shady past. She stumbles across Jeff Daniels one day in a diner and is drawn to him through his attempt to leave without paying. Next thing the two of them are on a wild journey full of funny situations. However, its not all fun! There are some genuine scary and tense moments in the film when Lulu's ex-husband turns up. But these help add spark to the film and make it one of the great films of the 80's.
Something Wild" is one of those special films that comes along once in awhile. It's also one of those films you can watch over and over, I just love it! Along with "Working Girl", this is one of Melanie Griffith's shining moments.
DVD SUMMARY: Let me begin by saying that I was thrilled to obtain this on DVD, after owning a rather poor quality pan/scan video version of it. The DVD is in widescreen anamorphic, and while the transfer is not exactly clear and pristine, it is accceptable considering its age. Special features include a trailor.
SOMETHING WILD is a must-own DVD. Grab it before it goes out of print.
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!Read more ›
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I love this movie. It has all aspects needed for a great story. Sit back and enjoy the twists and turns, while the wonderful characters take you on a wild ride.Published on July 14 2002 by Bece