Withnail And I 1986

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Bruce Robinson's celebrated cult comedy starring Richard E. Grant and Paul McGann. It's the end of the 1960s and two out-of-work actors, Withnail (Grant) and 'I' (McGann), subsist on a diet of booze, drugs and fags in their revolting Camden flat. In order to escape the depressing nexus of visits from their dealer and the months of untouched washing-up, they escape to the country, with the intention of getting some R and R at a cottage owned by Withnail's uncle Monty (Richard Griffiths). However, things do not exactly go as planned, Withnail being particularly unsuited to the quiet social mores of countrypeople. The pair's friendship starts to become sorely tested amid the vicissitudes of their 'holiday'. More ominously, uncle Monty appears in person seemingly with something of an eye for 'I'.

Starring:
Michael Elphick, Paul McGann
Rental Formats:
DVD, Blu-ray

Product Details

Discs
  • Feature ages_15_and_over
Runtime 1 hour 43 minutes
Starring Michael Elphick, Paul McGann, Ralph Brown, Richard Griffiths, Richard E. Grant, Daragh O'Malley
Director Bruce Robinson
Genres Comedy, Drama
Studio ELEVATION
Rental release 12 November 2001
Main languages English
Discs
  • Feature ages_15_and_over
Runtime 1 hour 43 minutes
Starring Michael Elphick, Paul McGann, Ralph Brown, Richard Griffiths, Richard E. Grant, Daragh O'Malley
Director Bruce Robinson
Genres Comedy, Drama
Studio ELEVATION
Rental release 31 August 2009
Main languages English

Customer Reviews

4.5 out of 5 stars

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

31 of 32 people found the following review helpful By Milt M. R. Ingarfield on 3 Oct 2006
Format: DVD
For the 20th anniversary of this 1986 production a 3 disc set has been assembled which contains a host of extras which includes a director's commentary, a channel 4 documentary and the stunning soundtrack.

This comedy about a couple of out of work actors which stars Richard E Grant and Paul McGann set at the tail end of the 60's who escape their squalid London flat to go to on a holiday in the Lake District, the rich dialogue which contains and ever increasing amount of insults really starts to flow once all involved start drinking heavily.

This is an excellent package for a film that has a huge cult following since its release, a rare example of stunning British cinema given the re-release it deserves a must see film.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 26 Nov 2000
Format: VHS Tape
Ritchard E Grant as Withnail, Paul Mcgann as And I. With Richard Griffiths as eccentric uncle Monty. Two friends decide that they've had enough of drinking lighter fluid and living without heat. They decide that it's time for a holiday and turn to Withnail's gay uncle for a lend of a country house in Cumbria. Their trip soon turns to hell as they have no food or heating. With all forms against them they attemped to have a good time. Facing mad bulls and homicidal poachers they get through the first few days until Uncle Monty turns up. Then Uncle Monty has a holiday at "And I's" expence and Withnail has a holiday at Uncle Montys expence. The end product is simply priceless. This is possibly the best film that I've ever seen.
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30 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Charles A. Foley on 19 Feb 2010
Format: Blu-ray
This is my favourite film of all time the conversion to blu ray is good you can actually see posters and labels in the kitchen previously just a blurry mess.
What impressed me the most was the sound quality the initial music as you turn it on with a decent digital sound set up it feels like your there. I've had this film on every format and must have seen it 30 times and still probably will watch it again. Highly recommend.
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32 of 34 people found the following review helpful By Touring Mars VINE VOICE on 5 Jun 2003
Format: DVD
Bruce Robinson's "Withnail and I" is a modern classic, beloved by its cult following, and can be rewatched so many times that most people feel the need to have a spare copy handy just in case one wears out. Indeed, if you can hold on to your copy without lending it to someone and never getting it back, you're doing better than the rest of us!
Loosely based upon his own life, this is a story of two 'resting' actors and how they try in vain to escape the festering stink-hole that is Camden Town in 1969 by having a weekend out in country. Richard E. Grant's astonishing performance as the brilliantly sarcastic, cynical and eloquent anti-hero Withnail, is counterbalanced by the aloof Marwood (better known as 'I'), from whose perspective the film is based around. Richard Griffiths amazingly camp performance as Uncle Monty is one of his greatest roles, and when thrown into the mix with the scheming Withnail and the unsuspecting 'I', it makes for one of the most fascinating menage-a-trois ever to be caught on camera. Aside from the three main characters, there isn't really many other people in the film, but they include the late Michael Elphick as a poacher (who threatens Withnail with a dead fish), Withnail's dodgy mate Danny (who invents the legendary 'Camberwell Carrot', a joint that utilises up to 12 skins) and Presuming Ed (who doesn't say anything in the film except for 'Hare Rama').
Probably the most quoted movie in British history, nearly every single line is like a sound-bite. It has also spawned the most infamous drinking game in movie history, which involves trying to keep up with Withnail's drinking throughout the movie, which in reality is actually impossible. It is the mark of how great an actor Richard E.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By B. A. Jewitt on 18 Nov 2014
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
A lot of the reviews on the Limited Edition DVD page seemed to be culled from previous releases (or simply reviews of the film). Since I actually ordered this version I thought I'd chime in...

It's a substantial pack, basically a large hardback book incorporating the four discs at the back.

The remaster of the films is very good and this is most definitely the definitive edition of either (it's especially exceptional in outdoor scenes, though some of the darker indoor ones appear a bit grainy possibly due to colour/contrast balancing).

The Withnail Extras consist of all the docs from Channel 4s 1999 Withnail night (one of which I believe was missing from the 20th anniversary DVD release). So you get the good doc with the cast, Bruce, and randomly James Brown and Adam & Joe, and you also get the doc with the cringey people on a sofa loudly misquoting or misemphasising lines from the film on a sofa on Brighton beach. Plus the doc where more cringey students play the drinking game for your delectation (shudder) and a doc about Bruce Robinson and his writing process (which I didn't remember and is genuinely insightful). A couple of brand new(?) interviews expand on the making of the movie with new stories and info.

The book is coffee table sized, but very large print (I suspect if they do a second/non-limited edition of this release, this book could be massively condensed into a much smaller, thinner paperback book). Republished articles that I don't recall reading before (despite having snipped a fair few out myself), and original reviews contextualising How to Get Ahead...

To make this absolutely definitive I guess they could have chucked in a special edition of Thomas Penman incorporating Paranoia in the Launderette but in terms of the two movies, both of which are f***ing brilliant, this is as good as you can possibly get.
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