Something Wild

Something Wild

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Director: Jonathan Demme, Jeff Daniels, Melanie Griffith, Ray Liotta

Cast: Jonathan Demme, Jeff Daniels, Melanie Griffith, Ray Liotta

     
 

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Jonathan Demme's classic offbeat '80s movie Something Wild comes to life on DVD care of MGM Home Entertainment. Something Wild has finally been released in its original 1.85:1 aspect ratio, and this is the best the picture has ever looked. Presented in anamorphic widescreen, the colors and flesh tones are vivid and natural, with blacks especially solid.

Overview

Jonathan Demme's classic offbeat '80s movie Something Wild comes to life on DVD care of MGM Home Entertainment. Something Wild has finally been released in its original 1.85:1 aspect ratio, and this is the best the picture has ever looked. Presented in anamorphic widescreen, the colors and flesh tones are vivid and natural, with blacks especially solid. Though the image features a few blemishes and imperfections, overall MGM has done a very nice job with this transfer. Audio is presented in Dolby Stereo Surround 2.0 in English, as well as Dolby Mono 1.0 in French. The Dolby 2.0 track includes finely mixed dialogue, effects, and music, though the surround feature is not utilized to its full extent. Also included on the disc are French and Spanish subtitles. Curiously, Something Wild includes only an original theatrical trailer under the bonus features menu. Since Something Wild is somewhat of a cult hit, it's surprising that MGM has decided to release this disc as an almost bare-bones edition. As is often the case with MGM titles, the studio may decide to double dip on this feature and release a special edition sometime in the near future. Until then, fans are stuck with a DVD edition of Something Wild that is anything but wild.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Robert Firsching
Jonathan Demme's stylistic choices here hearken back to such 1930s screwball comedies as Bringing Up Baby, with a liberal dose of the danger and insanity of Martin Scorsese's After Hours. The tone of much of this film is lighter than Scorsese's, though, making the transition from comedy to thriller even more disarming when it occurs. A beautifully structured screenplay by E. Max Frye and believable performances with a dark and strangely erotic edge make this a film that really lives up to its title. The three leads all do excellent work. Ray Liotta is nasty and menacing in his role, chasing the pair to New York and nearly kicking them both to pieces with his steel-tipped boots before meeting a gory demise. Perhaps Liotta is even a bit too menacing, as his sadistic thrashings of Daniels and Griffith threaten to throw off the balance of the film at times, but Demme eventually gets things back on track for a traditional happy ending.

Product Details

Release Date:
06/05/2001
UPC:
0027616862839
Original Release:
1986
Rating:
R
Source:
Mgm (Video & Dvd)
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital, monaural]
Time:
1:54:00

Special Features

Original theatrical trailer; English: Stereo Surround; Spanish: Mono; French & Spanish subtitles

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Jeff Daniels Charlie Driggs
Melanie Griffith Audrey 'Lulu' Hankel
Ray Liotta Ray Sinclair
Margaret Colin Irene
Tracey Walter The Country Squire
Dana Preu Peaches
Jack Gilpin Larry Dillman
Su Tissue Peggy Dillman
Kristin Olsen Tracy
John Sayles Motorcycle Cop
Charles Napier Irate Chef
Kenneth Utt Dad
Emma Bryne Junk Store Gal
John Carpenter Actor
Crew Gas Station Rapper
Lee Joseph Davis James Williams
Ding-A-Ling Motorcycle Dog
Ardella Mary Drew Donna Penski
Dung Chau Robbery Victim
Sister Carol East Dottie
Feelies The Willies
Jeff Herig Police Officer
D. Byron Hutcherson Actor
Max the Dog Himself
Stanton D. Miranda "Darlene"
Robert Ridgely Richard Graves
R. Jeffery Rioux Actor
Steve Scales Nelson
K. Marilee Smith Actor
T. Maggie Country Squire Bulldog
Henry George Wyche Actor
Texas Kid Hitchhiking Cowboy
George "Red" Schwartz Counter Man
Leib Lensky Frenchy
Patricia Falkenhain Charlie's Secretary
Sandy McLeod Graves' Secretary
Buzz Kilman TV Newscaster
Adelle Lutz Rose
Jim Roche Motel Philosopher
Eleana Hutcherson Hitchhiking Kid
Thomas Cavano Guitar Player
Dorothy Demme Junk Store Gal
Edward Saxon Kevin Stroup
James Hurd Stylish Reunion Couple
Joanna Kitchen-Hurd Stylish Reunion Couple
Gary Goetzman Guido Paonessa
Chloe Amateau Chloe
John Montgomery Harmonica Slim
Heather Shaw Choir Girl
Vic Blair Cowboy Maitre d'
Johnny Marrs Motorcycle Driver
Gil Lazier Homicide Detective
Anna Levine The Girl in 3F

Technical Credits
Jonathan Demme Director,Producer
Carlos Alomar Songwriter
Laurie Anderson Score Composer
Eugenie Bafaloukos Costumes/Costume Designer
Harold Baile Songwriter
Tina Baker Songwriter
Arthur Baker Songwriter
David Bean Songwriter
N.S. Bopare Songwriter
David Bowie Songwriter
Ron Bozman Associate Producer
Risa Bramon Casting
Manley Buchanan Songwriter
David Byrne Songwriter
John Cale Score Composer
Robin Campbell Songwriter
Ali Campbell Songwriter
Franklyn Campbell Songwriter
Exene Cervenka Songwriter
Lisa Chadwick Songwriter
Thomas Corey Songwriter
Danny Darst Songwriter
Martha Davis Songwriter
Richard Dean Makeup
Neil Diamond Songwriter
Robert Dockett Songwriter
Sam Dotson Songwriter
Danny Elfman Songwriter
F. Ennui Songwriter
F.A.S. Songwriter
Earl Falconer Songwriter
Cheo Feliciano Songwriter
Robert Forester Songwriter
Max E. Frye Screenwriter
Tak Fujimoto Cinematographer
Bill Garvey Songwriter
Ronald Harris Songwriter
Jerry Harrison Songwriter
Norman Hassan Songwriter
Jasper van't Hof Songwriter
Billy Hopkins Casting
Jack White Songwriter
Tony Jannelli Camera Operator
Jean-Michel Jarre Songwriter
John Doe Songwriter
Jerry Johnson Songwriter
Marilyn Jones Songwriter
Jeff Jourard Songwriter
Mitch Kaplan Songwriter
Vivian Keith Songwriter
Kris Kristofferson Songwriter
Don Letts Songwriter
Stephen Lineweaver Art Director
Little Steven & the Disciples of Soul Songwriter
Louis Marriot Songwriter
Pat McDonald Songwriter
Craig McKay Editor
Grant McLennan Songwriter
L. McQueen Songwriter
Glen Mercer Songwriter
Bob Miller Associate Producer
Herbie Miller Songwriter
Bill Milling Songwriter
Norma Moriceau Production Designer
Chuck Napier Songwriter
Wazmo Nariz Songwriter
New Order Songwriter
Sonny Okossun Songwriter
L. Palmer Songwriter
N. Peters Songwriter
E. Piliso Songwriter
Billy Reynolds Set Decoration/Design
Richard Walters Songwriter
John Robotham Stunts
Jim Roch Songwriter
Scott Rogness Songwriter
John Saxon Executive Producer
Edward Saxon Executive Producer
Pete Shelley Songwriter
Steve Jones Songwriter
Chip Taylor Songwriter
Sidonia Thorpe Songwriter
Camilla Toniolo Editor
Brian Travers Songwriter
Kenneth Utt Producer,Production Manager
Michael Virtue Songwriter
Bill Wharton Songwriter
Marijohn Wilkin Songwriter
Terence Wilson Songwriter
Yellowman Songwriter
Joan York Songwriter

Scene Index

Side #1 --
0. Scene Selection
1. Credits/Closet Rebel [9:09]
2. Good Liar [9:38]
3. Check-Skipping [6:05]
4. Bad Hangover [3:42]
5. Newlyweds [4:10]
6. Meeting Momma [5:25]
7. Reunion [8:07]
8. Ray [7:13]
9. A Night to Remember [6:00]
10. Brutal Turn [:41]
11. Dismissed [4:27]
12. Under Cover [6:18]
13. Taking Possession [6:29]
14. Hot Pursuit [9:17]
15. House Arrest [6:06]
16. Full Circle/Credits [8:47]

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