Splash

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Overview

The mermaid comedy classic Splash comes back to DVD in a jam-packed 20th Anniversary Edition thanks to Touchstone Home Entertainment. Presented in an anamorphic 1.85:1 widescreen picture with brand-new Dolby Digital 5.1 audio, the flick looks and sounds better than ever. Bonus features are where this sucker really scores the points, and it all starts with the "Making a Splash" all-new featurette. Clocking in at 24 minutes and chock-full of interviews new and old, the making-of is a fun and informative look at the...
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Overview

The mermaid comedy classic Splash comes back to DVD in a jam-packed 20th Anniversary Edition thanks to Touchstone Home Entertainment. Presented in an anamorphic 1.85:1 widescreen picture with brand-new Dolby Digital 5.1 audio, the flick looks and sounds better than ever. Bonus features are where this sucker really scores the points, and it all starts with the "Making a Splash" all-new featurette. Clocking in at 24 minutes and chock-full of interviews new and old, the making-of is a fun and informative look at the film through the eyes of all involved (including a few archival moments with the great John Candy). Also worth a look are the original Ron Howard audition tapes with Tom Hanks and Daryl Hannah. An introduction by Howard leads you into these interesting glimpses at the stars-before-they-were-stars as they work out deliveries and character quirks in a back-and-forth with the director. If that weren't enough, you also get a group commentary from Ron Howard's gang of partners in crime, including the director himself, his spiky-haired producer chum Brian Grazer, and the hilarious comedy writing duo of Lowell Ganz and Babaloo Mandel. The chat is light and brisk as the track bops its way along, with Mandel and Ganz cracking wise every chance they get, while Grazer proves once again why producers don't make for good commentators -- the "This is Brian" tag that he throws in literally before everything he says gets old really fast! Some would call out the studio for not including a trailer, but that unfortunately seems to be the norm in big discs these days. If you're a fan of the flick and have been looking forward to a better version than the first slim release, you'll flip over this edition.
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Special Features

Closed Caption; "Making a Splash": Babaloo Mandel, Brain Grazer, Daryl Hannah, Eugene Levy, John Candy, Lowell Ganz, Ron Howard, and Tom Hanks reminisce on making the film; Commentary by director Ron Howard, producer Brian Grazer, and writers Lowell Ganz & Babaloo Mandel (with introduction and closing by Ron Howard); Tom Hanks and Daryl Hannah audition tapes with introductions by Ron Howard
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide
Splash, Ron Howard's bubbly romantic comedy fairy tale, marks Tom Hanks at his early screwball best, as light and buoyant then as he has since become serious and stately. In one of his first prominent film roles, Hanks effectively plays the loosey-goosey romantic idealist Allen Bauer. Darryl Hannah brings touching innocence to the role of the adult mermaid, hiding her identity from Bauer by never allowing her legs to get wet with saltwater -- which would transform them into her telltale fin. There are a lot of cute, (forgive the pun) fish-out-of-water set pieces in New York, the most farfetched of which is Hannah's character learning English after a day of watching TV at Bloomingdale's. While Hanks is quite funny, and sometimes as charmingly naïve and hopeful as his best moments in Big, the film's considerable laughs belong mostly to John Candy and Eugene Levy. Candy plays his typical loveable lout, a jokester with soul, and Levy is riotous as the oft-injured scientist villain, whose apropos refrain ("What a week I'm having!") is supported by a chain of slapstick scenarios that only Levy could play with such goofy frustration. At the helm, Howard strikes a sweet balance between humor and sentiment in one of the earliest of a string of directorial successes.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/23/2004
  • UPC: 786936207972
  • Original Release: 1984
  • Rating:

  • Source: Walt Disney Video
  • Region Code: 1
  • Aspect Ratio: Theatre Wide-Screen (1.85.1)
  • Presentation: Wide Screen
  • Sound: Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround
  • Language: English, Français
  • Time: 1:50:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 817

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Tom Hanks Allen Bauer
Daryl Hannah Madison
John Candy Freddie Bauer
Eugene Levy Walter Kornbluth
Dody Goodman Mrs. Stimler
Shecky Green Mr. Buyrite
Richard B. Shull Dr. Ross
Christopher Thomas Wedding Guest
Nancy Raffa
Charles Macaulay The President
Ronald F. Hoiseck Dr. Johanssen
Bobby Di Cicco Jerry
Howard Morris Dr. Zidell
Tony di Benedetto Tim the Doorman
Patrick Cronin Michaelson
Charles Walker Michaelson's Partner
David Knell Claude
Jeff Doucette Junior
Royce D. Applegate Buckwalter
Tony Longo Augie
Nora Denney Ms. Stein
Lou Tiano Bartender
Joe Grifasi Manny
Rance Howard McCullough
Corki Grazer Wife
Fred Lerner Husband
David Nelson Lt. Ingram
Lowell Ganz Stan the Tour Guide
James Ritz T.V. Dept. Manager
Babaloo Mandel Rudy
Pierre Epstein Dr. Hess
Louisa Marie Girl at Wedding
Valerie Wildman Wedding Guest
Richard Dano Wedding Guest
Clint Howard Wedding Guest
Ron Kuhlman Man with Date
Joe Cirillo Sgt. Munson
Tom Toner Parilli
Lee Delano Sgt. Lelandowski
Jack Denton Man by Elevator
Fil Formicola Policeman
Than Wyenn Mr. Ambrose
Clare Peck TV Reporter
Eileen Saki Dr. Fujimoto
Jodi Long Reporter
Amy Ingersoll Reporter
Jack Hallett Reporter
Bill Smitrovich Ralph Bauer
Jason Late Young Freddie
Darryl Edwards Reporter
Nick D'Elia TV News Truck Driver
Technical Credits
Ron Howard Director
Richard S. Church Sound/Sound Designer
Jack T. Collis Production Designer
Rita Coolidge Songwriter
Bruce Jay Friedman Screenwriter
Lowell Ganz Screenwriter
Brian Grazer Original Story, Producer, Screenwriter
Daniel Hanley Editor
Michael Hill Editor
Lee Holdridge Score Composer, Songwriter
Will Jennings Songwriter
Babaloo Mandel Screenwriter
Louis Mann Production Designer
John Mansbridge Art Director
Mike Nomad Choreography
Norman Rockett Set Decoration/Design
May Routh Costumes/Costume Designer
Bill Shepard Casting
Phil Smith Set Decoration/Design
Jesse Wayne Stunts
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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Opening Credits
2. Boy Overboard
3. Grownup Problems
4. Desolate Drunk
5. Cape Cod
6. Mysterious Encounter
7. To the Rescue
8. Bloomingdale's
9. Home Away From Home
10. A Distant Memory
11. Allen in Love
12. A Big Present
13. Allen's Proposal
14. Looking for Love
15. Behold, the Mermaid
16. A Lucky Guy
17. Covert Operation
18. On the Run
19. A Leap of Faith
20. End Credits
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Menu

Side #1 --
   Play
   Bonus Features
      Making a Splash
      The Audition Tapes
         Tom Hanks
         Daryl Hannah
      Audio Commentary With the Filmmakers Ron Howard, Brian Grazer, Lowell Ganz & Babaloo Mandel: On
      Audio Commentary With the Filmmakers Ron Howard, Brian Grazer, Lowell Ganz & Babaloo Mandel: Off
      Register Your DVD
   Scene Selection
   Sneak Peeks
      Play All
      Hope Springs
      Calendar Girls
   Set Up
      Audio Options
         English Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround
         French
      Captions & Subtitles
         Captions: English for the Hearing Impaired
         Subtitles: Spanish
         Subtitles: None
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Customer Reviews

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Love It!!!

    oh my god this has got to be one of the funniest movies ever a pretty blonde is a mermaid she has legs in the water and feet on land she saves Alans life a man who wants to meet a woman fall in love and get happily married too she goes into Manhatten city and stays with Alan the only problem she has is that she's a mermaid I'ts a secert she wants to tell Alan anyways in the movie this crazy man Mr. Cornbluth is trying to prove that there's a mermaid but nobody belives him not even a scientiest the mermaid Madsion decides she wants to marry Alan so they go to a dinner to see the presidant when Madsion is ready to tell Alan her secert Alan takes Madison outside but Mr. Cornbluth takes a hosepipe and splashes Madsion the crowd is shocked and very surprised to see a real meramaid Behold the mermiad! Mr Cornbluth yells but the roamntic scence is that Alan stays with Madsion she jumps into the water and Alan is now safe living with her its so romantic a man falls in love with a mermaid.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Awsome

    The best mermaid movie of all time. It is one you can watch again and again.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Mermaid in Manhattan - A Fairytale for Stunted Adults

    'Splash' is one of those totally ridiculous, feel good, charmers from the mid-eighties that asks nothing more from its audience than to maintain its suspended belief in the romance between Joe Everybody ¿ Allen Bauer (Tom Hanks) and an underwater fantasy creature, Madison (Darryl Hannah). John Candy costars as Freddie, Allen¿s blithering idiot brother, whose one desire is to see his name published in Penthouse magazine. Ah, ambition! How does it all end? With anyone other than director, Ron Howard, it might have been superficial tripe. Actually, it still is. But with Howard, Hanks et al, we get a modern day fairytale of love on the high seas - unlikely, implausible and thoroughly engaging. This DVD is only marginally better than Buena Vista's other release 'Ransom'. Though color balancing is generally more solid, colors are still weak and sometimes muddy. Film grain is excessive in several scenes. Black levels are weak. Fine details are lost during darker scenes. Edge enhancement and pixelization crop up now and then but do not terribly distract. Age related nicks, chips and scratches are everywhere. The audio is Stereo Surround. Extras include a making of featurette, audio commentary and theatrical trailers. Big deal! If you're a fan of the movie you'll want to add this to your collection. But for anyone else my advice is to swim for shore!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Dive in to a movie that won't disapoint

    This movie definatly diserves five stars. This is the story about a man who thinks he will never find the women of his dreams, thats untill he meets a beautiful women who happens to be a mermaid. This movie is sexy, funny, and romantic. This is defenatly a classic that should be treasured. The performances of Tom hanks, Daryl Hannah, John Candy, and Eugene Levy are fantastic. With four great actors and a story line like this one it has to be a great movie, and it is. On a scale of 1 to 10 this movie is an 11. I can not give it enough compliments. I LOVED IT.

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