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Splash [DVD] [1984]

4.7 out of 5 stars 154 customer reviews

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  • Actors: Tom Hanks, Daryl Hannah, Eugene Levy, John Candy, Dody Goodman
  • Directors: Ron Howard
  • Writers: Brian Grazer, Babaloo Mandel, Bruce Jay Friedman, Lowell Ganz
  • Producers: Brian Grazer, John Thomas Lenox
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Finnish, Icelandic, Portuguese, Russian
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: Walt Disney Studios HE
  • DVD Release Date: 14 Oct. 2002
  • Run Time: 105 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (154 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00006JI3U
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,643 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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DVD Special Features:

Audio Commentary

Tom Hanks and Daryl Hannah Auditions

Making a Splash

Sound: Dolby Digital 5.1

Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1

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Splash was big news in 1984. It was the sole reason for a renewed Disney Studios forming its Touchstone Pictures subsidiary. This was so they could get away with displaying Daryl Hannah's nude bottom! It was also big news for launching the film career of Tom Hanks, who immediately became a massive box-office comedy draw in the 80s. For Ron Howard, it was the breakaway success that guaranteed he'd be able to pursue as diverse a directorial career path as he wanted to. It's a simple romance tale, spiced up by making the female lead a mermaid. The stroke of brilliance in the script was in making the comedy happen around the two leads, while letting them believably convey they are hopelessly lost in love. The comedy comes from the ever-reliable John Candy as a larger-than-life womanising older brother, and Eugene Levy as a scatty scientist. Although New York looks a little different today, the movie has hardly aged at all. Which is just as well since it boldly begins "This morning."

On the DVD: Splash offers a transfer that has some defects, but colours and dark areas seem just about right. We're spoiled for extras, with a warmly nostalgic Howard joining a key production crew commentary in reminiscing on how much fun they had making the movie. There's a half-hour documentary ("Making a Splash") interviewing everyone involved, including some archival footage of the late Candy. Best of all are the original Audition Tapes for Hanks and Hannah, which reveal the consummate professionals these once-hungry stars really are. --Paul Tonks

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I remember seeing this movie AT THE MOVIES - yes I'm THAT old !!

It was showing on the television one Sunday afternoon and my daughter was entranced! She kicked and screamed up a fuss when the ads came on. She just stared and stared at Daryl Hannah (ie Madison) so I thought I'd look around to see if it was on DVD. I thought I'd find in bargain bins at local department stores but to no avail. When I saw it here on Amazon.uk and at such a cheap price, I snapped it up.

I'm very happy with the price and it was delivered in next to no time at all.

Suffice to say, this movie is my daughter's obsession! She has now developed a love of all things mermaid.

And a note to any parents - this movie is perfect for young children. There are no sex scenes, no swearing, no violence. It's just a really fun movie with some sad bits and happy bits complete with a happy ending.

A lovely film that my 3 year old daughter watches again and again and again.
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This had been my favourite movie when I was younger, I have been telling my daughter, 4, all about the mermaid (she loves mermaids) and told her about how Madison says her name in Mermaid language and all the tvs shatter, she really wanted to see the movie so I bought it, we've watched it a few times, she loves this movie as much as I do, Daryl Hannah and Tom Hanks are just perfect for this movie, it always brings a tear to my eye when Madison is 'discovered to be a mermaid'. The movie takes you on highs, slight lows, laughter, you can really be taken away within this movie, go with it and enjoy, it's brilliant and a must-see-movie for everyone. Some of the scenes where the mermaid is swimming about in the sea are so lovely and you can believe she's a real mermaid, her tail looks the part and she plays the part beautifully. You also get to see the auditions of Daryl and Tom in bonus features which is nice to see.
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Such a fantastic movie, and a favorite from my childhood. Everyone in this movie is amazing and there are so many funny moments... John Candy is especially hilarious. And it goes without saying that Daryl Hannah is stunning (I was always fascinated by those hips of hers, too) and it's pretty awesome to see so much of her, if you get my drift. Speaking of which, Blu-ray brings out A LOT OF DETAIL that even the dvd didn't reveal... and that's quite thrilling. Actually I'm kind of amazed this is PG and the nudity isn't even mentioned (but maybe that's a good thing in an otherwise stiflingly puritan Hollywood where it's ok to show gratuitous violence but one nipple and people freak).

The other thing that's awesome in this movie is all the scenery, both the shots of NYC and also all the underwater stuff (really gorgeous sea life and lots of Hannah swimming through). Again, Blu-ray gets us that close () to the original film quality and it's beautiful.

Alas, the only negative I noticed on my Blu-ray player is that the A-B loop function is disabled, and so is the zoom function. But lots of Blu-rays seem to do that these days, the zoom is somehow mapped to the scene selection function which is a bit frustrating.

HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!!
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Yet another whim purchase on my part, I remembered seeing this for the first time when I was about 10 and enjoying it, so when I saw it in a sale I thought why not get it.

Watching it again after so long brought back some really nice memories of viewing it the first time around and reminded me just why I had liked the film so much in the first place. Daryl Hannah is perfect as the innocent and totally captivating Madison, whilst Tom Hanks plays the sweet and down on his luck Allen who falls head over heels in love with her brilliantly. The film is peppered with a mixture of sweet, funny and moving moments leaving a real feelgood feeling behind when the credits roll. Eugene Levy and John Candy are equally fantastic in their supporting roles and the plot well thought out and developed.

If you've never seen this film, that made stars of Tom Hanks and Daryl Hannah, then now's your chance. Don't miss it!
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In the first of Ron Howard's and Tom Hanks' collaborations, Hanks stars as Allen Bauer, an unlucky in love man who travels to Cape Cod, where he meets a beautiful woman, who has a secret, she is a mermaid.

In perhaps a forgotten gem of the 80's, Howard delivers a heart warming tale about one man and his unlucky in love life, and how the extraordinary can bring out the hearts desires in a truly good funny and ultimately tale.

Hardly his best role, Hanks still delivers in a cliché hero role as Allen, someone all men can relate to. A man who needs to get over his own personal fear in his pursuit for happiness.

Daryl Hannah (Kill Bill) is excellent in the role of Madison the mermaid. The way Hannah portrays her makes you wonder how a real person would feel coming into an unknown environment and having to learn someone else's language. She is a joy to watch and the onscreen relationship with Hanks is perfect, exactly what was needed to produce the wonderful outcome.

Who says romantic comedies are soft mushy stuff? There is plenty of action and suspense in this 1984 comedy to keep everyone entertained.

This is a true family classic, an old fashioned soft tale that is consistently entertaining and funny, something which is rare in modern day cinema.

Eugene Levy (SCTV Network 90) is the funniest in the entire film with a daft character who is simply loveable despite being the villain of the picture.

The whole concept of scientific experiments and animal cruelty is an intriguing side story, and makes you think what would happen today if an unknown creature was found.

Though consistent and funny, it is so by following plenty of conventions, which can give an essence of predictability, but nonetheless it is a heart warming entertaining tale.

8/10
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