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Withnail And I (Blu-ray)

Released on 31 August 2009

Featuring: Paul McGann, Richard E. Grant & Richard Griffiths

Format: Blu-ray | Rating: 18 years & over

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Withnail And I portrays the last throes of an eccentric friendship during the final days of the sixties. Withnail and I are two young would-be actors who wake up one morning to find only ninety days left in the decade.

Bound together by poverty and dreams of stardom, they share a flat of indescribable squalor and live on a diet of booze, pills and weed. The two friends decide to spend a soul-cleansing weekend in the country in a primitive cottage borrowed from Withnail's eccentric Uncle Monty.

From the very start things go wrong and their dreams of an idyllic retreat rapidly degenerate into an hilarious nightmare.
  • Suitable for 18 years and over. Not for sale to persons under age 18. By purchasing this product, you declare that you are 18 years of age and over.
  • Commentary by Actors Paul McGann and Ralph Brown
  • Commentary by Director Bruce Robinson
  • Postcards From Penrith Featurette
  • The Drinking Game
  • Bruce Robinson Interview
  • Behind the Scenes Stills by Ralph Steadman

customer Reviews

 Average rating (5 reviews)

 A Real "Brit Classic"!!!!.

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This looks fantastic shot in very low light but the detail is superb.. so buy it!!!.

 Excellent picture, average audio

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The picture quality of bthe transfer is superb but the audio seems a little ropey in some places. Muffled dialogue which very occasionally doesn't synch with lip movements. It's not enough to ruin one of my Top 5 fave films ever though

 awsome blu ray

| | See all swoop316's reviews (3)

great blu ray good special features dont try the drinking game though will prob kill you lol

 Greatest film of all time

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Top 100 DVD Reviewer

This film is fantastic and well deserves its place in the top 10 greatest comedy films of all time. Richard E Grant delivers a master class in acting and the plot, look and direction is excellent in everyway.

From the opening credits where King Curtess weeps into his trumpet in the opening bars of the theme music to the thumping Jimi Hendrix songs the film oozes talent and perfection. The detail is amazing from the set design to costumes even down to the choice of clapped out old car.

This film will make you laugh all over again, buy it!

 We've gone on holiday by mistake.

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This movie is most definitely filed in the "marmite" category, you either love it or hate it. If you do enjoy it then you've found a friend for life. It just gets better and better with repeated viewings.

We follow two unemployed actors in the late sixties as they go on "holiday by mistake" to Wales to escape the squalor of they're London flat. There's something inherently funny about two thespians in crises, this is how director Bruce Robinson describes it and he's spot on with that analysis.

Miss-understood during production, after release and even today by many. This did not break any records when initially released in the latter part of the 1980's but as time passed it began to find a loyal following and today is seen by its growing legion of fans, as one of the most endlessly watchable and quotable movies of all time.

Cult status is forever assured. I once saw a T-Shirt printing stall at the Glastonbury Festival where you could have the line of your choice emblazoned across it. "Don't threaten me with a dead fish" was always a personal favourite.

I liken this movie in some ways to "The Big Lebowski", it doesn't follow a conventional plot narrative or conform to the ethics of start, middle and end. Yet it has characters so perfectly cast and performed so astoundingly with perfect dialog and interaction that you just can't stop watching it.

Very highly recommended.

The transfer..................

Anchor Bay have granted this feature with an MPEG-4 AVC encoded, 1.77:1 framed, 1080p transfer onto a 50GB Blu-ray disc of poor picture quality. What a shame.

Firstly I must say that I never thought that this movie was ever going to look astounding in HD. The colour saturation is muted which could well be intentional. Browns fill the pallet but we do not get great vibrancy anywhere, even the black levels appear more dark grey in appearance. Skin tones are on the pale side.

Detail, although enhanced from previous DVD releases, is never exceptional. We do get a greater feeling of clarity and depth when scenes move to the Welsh valleys, some daylight moments look quite good. Film grain is purely filmic and is never obtrusive, no DNR scrubbing has been used, in fact we do not suffer any digital enhancements with this transfer.

We do suffer some compression issues though, with one or two moments of macro blocking visible, crush also appears in a few of the darker moments. I also suffered moments of shudder here and there. The print itself is in pretty good condition but I feel that a new master should be sourced and this would definitely benefit from a full restoration.

A disappointing image for a truly wonderful film.

Film 5/5 Transfer 2/5

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ActorsPaul McGann, Richard E. Grant, Richard Griffiths, Ralph Brown & Michael Elphick
DirectorBruce Robinson
Certificate18 years and over
ScreenWidescreen 1.77:1
LanguagesEnglish - DTS-HD Master Audio (5.1) / LPCM (2.0)
SubtitlesNone Listed
Duration1 hour and 47 minutes (approx)