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  • Criterion Collection: Something Wild [Blu-ray] [1986] [US Import]
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Criterion Collection: Something Wild [Blu-ray] [1986] [US Import]


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  • Language: English
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004NWPY7U
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 94,559 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Manx Shearwater on 29 Jun. 2004
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
From the infectious opening song by David Byrne to the carnage of the film's climactic scenes, Something Wild is more fun than you can shake a stick at. Cool, clever, funny, menacing, and romantic (to name just a few of its features), the film twists and turns from screwball comedy to violent thriller to romantic fantasy with astounding confidence and energy.
The story may at first sound predictable but the approach the film takes is full of delicious suprises, with endless pleasure to be found in the details and strange but believable characters. With fantastic cameos from a whole cast of cult figures including Tracey Walter, Charles Napier and John Waters, the film revels in the quirky underside of America, but with obvious joy and affection, rather than cynicism or contempt.
Daniels is excellent, and Griffiths, who I am not a fan of, is suprisingly good, but the real plaudits most go to Ray Liotta, tearing up the screen as Lulu's psychotic ex-husband.
An absolutely terrific, often overlooked gem, arguably a career high for many of those concerned.
DVD sadly short on extras, so 2 out of 5 for minimal package, but 5 out of 5 for the movie itself.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By LORRAINE MCCANN on 7 Dec. 2007
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This is one of my favourite films of all time. It's got a strong story, clever direction and three truly great performances from Jeff Daniels, Melanie Griffiths and the superb Ray Liotta. It's both a road movie and a genuinely chilling thriller. I first saw it when it came out in the '80s and I still can't believe it isn't more widely known outside of Jonathan Demme fan circles. What a bargain for less than the price of a fish supper!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Mark Barry HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 1 Mar. 2014
Format: Blu-ray
At present this George Schwartz cult classic starring Jeff Daniels (plays Will McAvoy in Aaron Sorkin's superb TV drama "The Newsroom") is only available on BLU RAY in the States. But therein lies a problem for UK and European buyers...

The US issue is REGION-A LOCKED - so it WILL NOT PLAY on most UK Blu Ray players unless they're chipped to play 'all' regions (which the vast majority aren't).
Don't confuse BLU RAY players that have multi-region capability on the 'DVD' front - that won't help.

Until such time as 1986's "Something Wild" is given a Region B release by someone else - check your player has the capacity to play REGION A - before you buy the pricey Criterion issue...
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Spike Owen TOP 500 REVIEWER on 21 Feb. 2011
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Stiff and strait banker Charles Driggs (Jeff Daniels) meets sexy wild gal Audrey Hankel (Melanie Griffith) and quickly falls under her spell. Initially, and weakly protesting, he soon finds that her lifestyle adds the spark to his otherwise dull existence. However, things get troublesome when her violent ex-convict husband (Ray Liotta) shows up and announces that if he can't have her? Nobody can!

Something of a cult hit these days, Something Wild (directed by Jonathan "Silence Of The Lambs" Demme) has that nice trick of being able to pull us in early for the comedy, and then take us down a darker, but still comical, road. Daniels is always an affable and easy to watch actor, and nothing changes here, but it's Griffith and an early Liotta turn that steals the show. Griffith is a ball of sexuality, and she looks fabulous into the bargain. Her Audrey (AKA Lulu) has a few layers that need to be peeled by Griffith and she does it with style. Liotta serves notice of what was to come four years down the line when a certain Mr Scorsese came calling. Menacing yet fun into the bargain, it's very much the perfect Liotta role. Demme paints an interesting picture as he blends yuppiedom with rebellious excess, the result being a quirky little number that, save for an inevitability that comes with the finale, is a rewarding, time fulfilling experience. Margaret Colin, Tracey Walter, Su Tissue and Charles Napier join the principals in the cast, while the zippy 80s soundtrack contains cuts from some of the decades luminaries like New Order, Fine Young Cannibals & UB40. 7/10
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By doctor oz MB,MRCP on 7 Jan. 2010
Format: DVD
Jonathann Demme might have designed this as a quirky offbeat romantic comedy thriller ,but beneath the veneer you find some real eccentric characters ,which both are rebellious , yet very close to reality of life ,as they are mainstream hollywood but they behave totally in a manner that makes you intriguingly intersted in their wild well mannered existence .

Jeff Daniels is a new yorker who plays a rather naively charming banker,who meets the rather wild child kindred spirit on a bright spring day in manhattan and within hours they are in a sleazy motel where the wild child woman is making wild love to him chained to a bed ,the woman is played in a most naturally virtuoso performance by Melanie Griffiths,she is a rather adventurous ,mysterious and totallly unpredictable character,a delight to watch ,and as their breif acquaintance blossoms into an adventurous road trip romance ,where they are met by a plethora of interesting characters ,as she takes him to Virginia to meet her mother and they pose as a married couple,until her real life husband ,an ex-convict psychopath ,portrayed malignantly and charismatically by Ray Liotta crops up at a class reunion .

The script is very interesting as all the three are actually not sure of their loyalties and the truth becomes a riddle which makes this a very intersting drama with both laughs and suspense which is riddled with an under -current of turgid tension .

I have seen it a few times and it delivers every time despite pre-empting the plot ,as the director has invested his characters with genuinely authentic details,such as the eccentric dialogues and the bizarre costumes which give them an eclectic but definitive aura ,the movie shines despite the predictable plot because of the fastidious details , that mr.
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