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A Fish Called Wanda (Limited Edition) Blu-Ray Review

Arriving this week on Limited Edition Blu-ray is the 1988 comedy,
A Fish Called Wanda”.  To the best of my knowledge, I don’t think I have watched this film in its’ entirety since its’ theatrical release nearly three decades ago.  The one main thing I remembered is that I loved Kevin Kline’s performance in it. Since he won an Academy Award for the film, I am guessing most people who have seen it feel the same as I do.

Having revisited “A Fish Called Wanda” after all this time, I am glad to finally have it in my collection. Arrow Video has delivered a new 4K restoration as well as tons of bonus features. There are also a whopping 24 deleted/alternative scenes.  If you are a fan of this film, you might want to pick up the Arrow release.

SPECIAL EDITION CONTENTS

  • Brand-new 4K restoration from the original negative, produced by Arrow Films exclusively for this release
  • High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) presentation
  • Original English mono audio (uncompressed LPCM)
  • Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard-of-hearing
  • Commentary by writer and star John Cleese
  • Brand-new appreciation by Vic Pratt of the BFI National Archive
  • Brand-new interviews with composer John Du Prez, production designer Roger Murray-Leach, executive producer Steve Abbott and makeup supervisor Paul Engelen
  • John Cleese s Final Farewell Performance, a 1988 documentary on the making of A Fish Called Wanda featuring interviews with actors Cleese, Jamie Lee Curtis, Michael Palin, Kevin Kline and director Charles Crichton
  • Something Fishy, a 15th anniversary retrospective documentary featuring interviews with Cleese, Curtis, Kline and Palin, executive producer Steve Abbott and director of photography Alan Hume
  • Fish You Were Here, a documentary on the film s locations hosted by Robert Powell
  • 24 deleted/alternative scenes with introductions by Cleese
  • A Message from John Cleese, a tongue-in-cheek introduction recorded for the film’s original release
  • Gallery
  • Trivia track
  • Theatrical trailer
  • FIRST PRESSING ONLY: Booklet featuring writing on the film by Sophie Monks Kaufman

By: Marc Ferman