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on 20 May 2017
Enough has been said for this 80's classic , so I want to review the Hi Def transfer here for those lucky enough to have a region free Blu-ray player thinking of investing in this Criterion release..
The sticker on the font says "Director Approved" which some might believe to think it has been pain-stakenly restored to a pristine , glowing restoration like many other past Criterion titles lavishly released over the years..
It is very clear to see as the opening credits roll , that very little restoration has been applied..
(if your TV setting are correct with contrast and brightness levels)..and the marks on the lens are still very present and the odd flicker of residue on the film itself are as sharp as the actual picture it-self..
But , don't be put off by this..
The image is sharp and vibrant , and the newly scanned print has a depth of picture that knocks the original DVD image out off the colour pallet..
The colour pallet Director Johnathan used is inspired , and it resonates deeply in the 1st 30 minutes of the film with Lulu's character wardrobe and car furnishings..
The 16:9 picture is rich and the blacks are ink-like and solid , and the skin tones on the faces are pure to the point of seeing the brush marks on the stage make-up through all close-up shots..
The detail is delightful and New York in the 80's looks as vibrant then as one might imagine at a time of a "New Wave" scene , and the clothes and soundtrack take you back to a somewhere "up-beat" , and the 1080 picture quality we see is also as up-beat as the films time period itself.

The Sound too has a beautiful up-grade to add the texture of the whole package of a great movie..
The new formatted DTS master is lavishly mixed to spilt dialogue and music tracks crisply and sharply , with the ambient sounds in the background there for all to enjoy.

"Something Wild" is a film rarely shown on TV networks these days , as fashions and PC attitude changes , so to have this gem given a make-over to its best presentation is , for those a fan of this Movie , been a delight to enjoy in High Definition..

Aside from a little grain here and there , the transfer is perfect and the colour and sharpness alone make this a stand-out film next to may other 1080 picture formatted titles that fail to impress..

The Bonus content could have been better as it has just two short interviews , one with Director The "late" Johnathan Demme who takes us though his memories of making "Something Wild" with many facts that are interesting..
The other interview is with script writer/editor that wrote the original story about the two character's s that met in a Diner..
Its a great shame there is not more to dig into as Criterion excel at finding material of interest to all fans of this style of film , and it would have been fabulous to have had the actors input about their experience , or better still a Commentary track talking though the film filled with anecdotes
..or even to have found just a few humours "out-takes" of which at the time of filming there much have been many..

The Blu-ray is a gem , although not the best value , its content is solid and the best you will probably ever see of this print ..
Nothing added or taken away , ..no tweaks or fiddling , ..
Its , by far the BEST version there is to see , will remain testament to those who adore Johnathan's fabulous work..
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on 4 June 2017
With a great opening, the film's an outrageous, quirky comedy fun filled roller-coaster ride for the first hour with Melanie Griffith looking simply fantastic,delightfully mischievous and never sexier (ever!) and Jeff Daniels looking like he's lapping it all up and enjoying every damn minute of it. Just when you think it can't get any better, enter Ray Liotta and the film suddenly shifts gear, goes amazingly dark and it then plays as a neat comedic psycho thriller. Ray almost steals the show in his film debut, impressively conveying real menace in every scene he's in. The film ends on a slightly disappointing, typically 80's predictable note but overall the film's an overlooked little gem that really deserves a much wider audience.
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TOP 1000 REVIEWERon 21 February 2011
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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on 10 December 2015
Some people"over-analyse" this film; to me, its a great story which doesn't need justifying , vindicating or explaining! The casting director is the one who should receive the plaudits , because, without even any one of any actor was missing from the final line up, would make for a lesser film! I would love to be a fly on the wall, at any reunion the cast ever have!
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on 29 June 2004
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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on 4 November 2013
never seen this movie just bought it on the off chance but its not a bad movie to be honest
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on 19 August 2016
great film arrived on time
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on 9 August 2015
It's good innit.
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on 27 January 2014
It's hard to believe that this movie is almost thirty years old. It provided Ray Liotta with his first real substantive part, and although Melanie Griffith and Jeff Daniels had had a bit more experience, it was relatively early in their careers too. It's an engrossing movie -- it keeps you off balance at first, since we don't know enough to make sense of the different kinds of "wild" behavior on the part of Daniels's and Griffith's characters. Daniels (Charlie) seems to be a married, suburban husband who has just made VP in a financial firm, and Griffith (Audrey/Lulu) seems to be a quintessential free spirit, and she takes Charlie for a ride that he seems not totally unwilling to be taken on, and presents him as her husband to her mother (who isn't fooled, and we soon find out why) and to her high-school reunion classmates. The reunion, by the way, provides Jack Gilpin and Sue Tissue with a neat cameo, as one of Charlie's co-workers and his pregnant wife. But we learn at the reunion that Charlie isn't married -- his wife took the kids and ran off with a dentist nine months earlier, so that puts a new perspective on wildness and puts Audrey's wild behavior in a new context, the effect of which is to make us more sympathetic to Charlie and Audrey -- or rather it enables the audience to somewhat settle their feelings about these characters and to see their behavior up to that point in more clearly comic terms than had appeared at the time. But then a different kind of wildness enters the scene in the person of Ray (Ray Liotta), Audrey's violent ex-con husband. He wants Audrey back, but she isn't up for THAT degree of wildness. But he carts her off after beating up Charlie, at which point the worm turns -- Charlie is determined to get her back. The problem for Jonathan Demme at this point is to blend comedy, suspense, and violence, and he does it masterfully, allowing each its due (one important feature is the quality of the witty writing for the violent Ray). Blending of this kind creates its own uneasiness ( different from that of the movie's beginning), but fans of the later "Fargo," for example, will understand how these things work.

Good performances by all -- Melanie Griffith, with that little-girly voice, is always an appealing actress, and Liotta is effectively funny and frightening. Jeff Daniels is perfect too -- he's one of these actors who never calls attention to himself, but never puts a foot wrong. Demme directs with splendid efficiency. Add lucid cinematography from Tak Fujimoto, and a great score, and you have a winner.
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on 7 December 2007
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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