Withnail & I

Withnail & I

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Director: Bruce Robinson

Cast: Bruce Robinson, Richard E. Grant, Paul McGann, Richard Griffiths

     
 

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Bruce Robinson's bleak, comic cult classic is given new life in this Criterion Collection DVD edition. From the stylish Ralph Steadman artwork in the menus to the excellent digital transfer of the movie, Withnail and I makes for a winning DVD. The 1.85:1 widescreen image is appropriately dark and murky, and it's equally clean and defined. The audio might seem tinny at… See more details below

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Bruce Robinson's bleak, comic cult classic is given new life in this Criterion Collection DVD edition. From the stylish Ralph Steadman artwork in the menus to the excellent digital transfer of the movie, Withnail and I makes for a winning DVD. The 1.85:1 widescreen image is appropriately dark and murky, and it's equally clean and defined. The audio might seem tinny at times, especially during the rock anthems that occasionally crop up, but the dialogue is crisp and clear. The chief bonus feature is a 25-minute documentary, "Withnail and Us," that defines the movie's impact on a legion of fans, as well as the cast and crew. Director Bruce Robinson and actors Richard E. Grant, Paul McGann, and Ralph Brown all provide fascinating background into the movie and its influential legacy. The other bonus features aren't as enlightening. The Ralph Steadman photo gallery gives a glimpse at 20 photos Steadman took of Grant and McGann as character studies prior to filming. The photos are nowhere near as rugged and immediate as the photography in the movie, so the gallery is a bit of a disappointment. The one-and-a-half minute trailer is suitably irreverent and mocking. A brief Robinson essay in the DVD's liner notes is revealing and poignant. The limited edition poster of the film art is folded and creased inside the DVD's case, making it somewhat pointless. Selecting "Chapters" gives instant access to the DVD's 22 chapters.

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Editorial Reviews

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One of the funniest and most original British films in the second half of the 20th century, Withnail & I is a genuine cult classic. Set at the gray, scabby end of the 1960s, the film is a marvelous character study of two "resting" (read: unemployed and possibly unemployable) actors whose bitterness and frustrated hopes mirror the era's soiled, run-down glory. Few films have explored bitterness and filth with more acidic wit, and few actors have given more exuberantly poisonous performances than Richard E. Grant as the raging, cadaverous Withnail. Whether vomiting lighter fluid onto the shoes of his flatmate (the titular "I," or Marwood, portrayed as a seeming innocent by Paul McGann) or trying to kill a chicken for dinner, he is pitiful, charismatic, and endlessly watchable all at once. Also excellent is Richard Griffiths as Withnail's gay uncle Monty, a huge man with a bacchanalian lust for life, not to mention for the unsuspecting Marwood. Withnail and Monty are two of the film's more unapologetically profane aspects, while Grant provides its thorny, tragic soul.

Product Details

Release Date:
07/10/2001
UPC:
0715515012225
Original Release:
1987
Rating:
R
Source:
Criterion
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[monaural]
Time:
1:48:00

Special Features

Exclusive uncut widescreen version, supervised by director of photography Peter Hannan; "Withnail & Us," a 1999 documentary on the film; Rare pre-production photos by Ralph Steadman; Original theatrical trailer; Limited-edition collectible poster of the original film art by Ralph Steadman; English subtitles ; Optimal image quality: RSDL dual-layer edition; 1.85:1 aspect ratio

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Richard E. Grant Withnail
Paul McGann Peter Marwood ("I")
Richard Griffiths Monty
Ralph Brown Danny
Michael Elphick Jake
Daragh O'Malley Irishman
Michael Wardle Isaac Parkin
Una Brandon-Jones Mrs. Parkin
Noel Johnson General
Irene Sutcliffe Waitress
Llewellyn Rees Tea Shop Proprietor
Robert Oates Policeman 1
Eddie Tagoe Presuming Ed

Technical Credits
Bruce Robinson Director,Screenwriter
David Dundas Score Composer
Bob Dylan Songwriter
Peter Frampton Makeup
Andrea Galer Costumes/Costume Designer
Peter Hannan Cinematographer
Henry Harris Art Director
George Harrison Executive Producer
Paul Heller Producer
Peter Kohn Asst. Director
Denis O'Brien Executive Producer
Michael Pickwoad Production Designer
Mary Selway Casting
Bob Smith Camera Operator
Alan Strachan Editor
Rick Wentworth Score Composer
David Wimbury Co-producer
Clive Winter Sound/Sound Designer

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Scene Index

Side #1 --
0. Chapters
1. Camden Town,London 1969 [:09]
2. The arena of the unwell [8:38]
3. "I fuck arses" [4:27]
4. The embalmer [3:31]
5. Montague H. Withnail [6:29]
6. "All Along the Watchtower" [5:54]
7. Crow Crag farm [4:44]
8. On holiday by mistake [2:54]
9. Fire lighter, fuel collector, food and plumbings [6:23]
10. "Shut the gate!" [3:34]
11. An evening at the Crow [3:45]
12. "I want something's flesh!" [4:57]
13. Garlic, rosemary,and salt [6:10]
14. "The finest wines available to humanity" [4:44]
15. A delightful weekend in the country [4:19]
16. "Here. Hare. Here. Jake" [4:18]
17. A queen to the rescue [2:17]
18. "I am yours,ever faithfully..." [4:28]
19. "Voodoo Chile": Making Time [3:23]
20. The Camberwell Carrot [3:45]
21. The Dane [3:58]
22. End Credits [7:54]

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