A Fish Called Wanda

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Overview

A very funny film from Monty Python regulars John Cleese and Michael Palin, A Fish Called Wanda in its current DVD format is a bare-bones release with very few extras. The disc is two-sided, with a decent widescreen transfer on one side and a standard full-screen transfer on the other. As most comedies are 1:85 format, however, the black bars on top and bottom are minimal, resulting in no noticeable difference between the two sides. Even the Dolby Digital Audio is Mono. The most exciting extra on this disc is the...
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Overview

A very funny film from Monty Python regulars John Cleese and Michael Palin, A Fish Called Wanda in its current DVD format is a bare-bones release with very few extras. The disc is two-sided, with a decent widescreen transfer on one side and a standard full-screen transfer on the other. As most comedies are 1:85 format, however, the black bars on top and bottom are minimal, resulting in no noticeable difference between the two sides. Even the Dolby Digital Audio is Mono. The most exciting extra on this disc is the "Wanda" screensaver that turns the television screen into a fish tank for a few minutes. Viewers can watch the computer-animated fish float around, blowing bubbles and looping the same path. Finally the disc comes with an eight-page color booklet featuring production notes, which is simplistic at best. Even the single theatrical trailer is nothing more than standard on this disc. Overall, this disc feels like a rental for first-time viewers of the film, not a true collector's prize. Language and subtitles are in English and French.
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Special Features

8-page booklet featuring trivia, production notes, and the making of the film; Original theatrical trailer
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide
One of the best black comedies of the 1980s, A Fish Called Wanda revels in poking fun at stereotypes: neither British nor Americans are ever completely off the hook. Representing the Yanks, Jamie Lee Curtis finally received a role worthy of her ample comic sensibilities, and Kevin Kline's antagonistic wackiness secured him a Best Supporting Actor Oscar. For the Brits, scene-stealer Michael Palin and lead/co-scripter John Cleese display a wit and spontaneity not seen since their Monty Python years. Co-writer/director Charles Crichton had previously proven his skills with the classic 1951 crime farce The Lavender Hill Mob, and Wanda is every bit the classic that film was. Lampooning as many sacred cows as it does, Wanda is bound to put off some viewers; but it's hard to take too much offense at a film where all the characters eventually get theirs.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/23/1999
  • UPC: 027616626622
  • Original Release: 1988
  • Rating:

  • Source: Fox Searchlight
  • Region Code: 1
  • Aspect Ratio: Pre-1954 Standard (1.33.1), Theatre Wide-Screen (1.85.1)
  • Presentation: Wide Screen / Pan & Scan / Mono / Dolby 5.1
  • Sound: Dolby Digital, monaural
  • Language: English, Fran├žais
  • Time: 1:48:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 57,251

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
John Cleese Archie Leach
Jamie Lee Curtis Wanda Gerschwitz
Kevin Kline Otto West
Michael Palin Ken
Tom Georgeson George
Maria Aitken Wendy Leach
Patricia Hayes Mrs. Coady
Al Ashton Warder
Kim Barclay Nanny
Imogen Bickford-Smith Stenographer
Roger Brierley Davidson
Ken Campbell Bartlett
Robert Cavendish Copper
Cynthia Caylor Portia
Jeremy Child Mr. Johnson
Charu Bala Chokshi Indian Cleaner
Waydon Croft Prison Officer
John Dixon Prison Officer
Mark Elwes Shop Customer
Stephen Fry Hutchison
Roger Hume Locksmith
Katherine John Johnson Child, 10
Sophie Johnstone Johnson Child
Peter Jonfield Inspector Marvin
Kate Lansbury Magistrate
Tia Lee Junior Barrister, Prosecution Counsel
Andrew Maclachlan Eebedee
Roland MacLeod Vicar
Robert McBain Hotel Clerk
Clare McIntyre Airline Employee
Pamela Miles Mrs. Johnson
Patrick Newman Defense Counsel
Geoffrey Palmer Judge
Anthony Pedley Irate Driver
Michael Percival Percival
Neville Phillips Shop Manager
Robert Putt Police Officer
Llewellyn Rees Sir Jake
David Simeon Court Clerk
Tom Piggot-Smith Johnson Child, 13
Sharon Twomey Defense Counsel
Technical Credits
Charles Crichton Director, Original Story, Screenwriter
Steve Abbott Executive Producer, Producer
Jonathan Benson Asst. Director
John Cleese Executive Producer, Original Story, Producer, Screenwriter
John Comfort Associate Producer
John Du Prez Score Composer
Paul Engelen Makeup
George Gibbs Special Effects
Romo Gorrara Stunts
Alan Hume Cinematographer
Gerry Humphreys Sound/Sound Designer
Priscilla John Casting
John Jympson Editor
Stephenie McMillan Set Decoration/Design
Roger Murray-Leach Production Designer
Hazel Pethig Costumes/Costume Designer
Lee Rich Producer
Michael Shamberg Producer
John Wood Art Director
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Scene Index

Side #1 -- Widescreen
0. Scene Selections
1. Logo/Opening Credits [:08]
2. Wanda's "Brother" [2:28]
3. The Heist/A Witness [4:45]
4. Double Double-Cross [4:27]
5. "Oh, George!" [4:10]
6. "Archie Leash...Leach!" [2:44]
7. Otto Erotica/The Key [2:44]
8. Interrogating Ken [3:43]
9. Flirting With Archie [3:31]
10. Pre-Bed Rituals [6:08]
11. Pre-Trial Manipulation [5:50]
12. Dog's Bite/Otto's Bark [2:47]
13. Wanda's Date [7:16]
14. Harvey Manfrentenson [1:58]
15. Doggie Death #1 [1:19]
16. Private Getaway #1 [2:28]
17. Otto Interrupts [3:51]
18. Doggie Death #2 [2:22]
19. Insult To Stupid People [1:17]
20. Otto's Apology #1 [2:35]
21. Private Getaway #2 [4:04]
22. Meeting The Johnsons [3:12]
23. Otto's Apology #2 [1:24]
24. Doggie Death #3 [2:45]
25. A Meal Called Wanda [3:13]
26. Tough Day In Court [5:20]
27. Archie & Wanda Level [5:00]
28. "The Ca...The Ca..." [2:21]
29. Heathrow [3:12]
30. Limey Revenge [2:55]
31. Russian & Romance [3:24]
32. End Credits [1:24]
Side #2 -- Full Screen
0. Scene Selections
1. Logo/Opening Credits [:08]
2. Wanda's "Brother" [2:28]
3. The Heist/A Witness [4:45]
4. Double Double-Cross [4:27]
5. "Oh, George!" [4:10]
6. "Archie Leash...Leach!" [2:44]
7. Otto Erotica/The Key [2:44]
8. Interrogating Ken [3:43]
9. Flirting With Archie [3:31]
10. Pre-Bed Rituals [6:08]
11. Pre-Trial Manipulation [5:50]
12. Dog's Bite/Otto's Bark [2:47]
13. Wanda's Date [7:16]
14. Harvey Manfrentenson [1:58]
15. Doggie Death #1 [1:19]
16. Private Getaway #1 [2:28]
17. Otto Interrupts [3:51]
18. Doggie Death #2 [2:22]
19. Insult To Stupid People [1:17]
20. Otto's Apology #1 [2:35]
21. Private Getaway #2 [4:04]
22. Meeting The Johnsons [3:12]
23. Otto's Apology #2 [1:24]
24. Doggie Death #3 [2:45]
25. A Meal Called Wanda [3:13]
26. Tough Day In Court [5:20]
27. Archie & Wanda Level [5:00]
28. "The Ca...The Ca..." [2:21]
29. Heathrow [3:12]
30. Limey Revenge [2:55]
31. Russian & Romance [3:24]
32. End Credits [1:24]
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Menu

Side #1 -- Widescreen
   Play
   Theatrical Trailer
   Languages
   (Treasure Chest)
Side #2 -- Full Screen
   Play
   Theatrical Trailer
   Languages
   (Treasure Chest)
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Very Smart! Very Funny!

    Extermly smart educated style of funny, laugh out loud, humor. <BR/>Very well done and the interlectual wit surpasses your common "funny comedy" It is not your Eddie Murphy funny at all. If you like that kind of funny you wont like this movie, because you won't get it. <BR/>It got funnier each time I watched it, because you miss so much, the first time, due to the fact that you were laughing at something else prior, to the following punch line. Just rent it you'll be glad you did.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Funniest comedy ever

    One of my favorite films of all time-- non-stop laughs in a very low key. Jamie Lee Curtis and Kevin Kline were both wonderful, but the others were perfect as well.

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