New Release: Something Wild Blu-ray and DVD

Something Wild movie scene

Jeff Daniels and Melanie Griffith get in and out of trouble in Something Wild.

The Criterion Collection put its imprimatur on new editions of the 1986 Jonathan Demme film Something Wild on Blu-ray and DVD on May 10, 2011.

Starring Jeff Daniels (Paper Man), Melanie Griffith (Body Double) and Ray Liotta (Youth in Revolt), the film revolves around the delightful and frequently dangerous adventures had by a straitlaced businessman (Daniels) and the quirky, free-spirited woman (Griffith) he meets at a downtown New York eatery. Her offer of a ride back to his office results in a lunchtime motel rendezvous — just the beginning of a capricious interstate road trip that brings the two face-to-face with their hidden selves.

A marvelous amalgam of thriller, comedy and love story, Something Wild co-stars Margaret Colin (The Missing Person) and Charles Napier (One-Eyed Monster) and features music by John Cale, Laurie Anderson and David Byrne.

Here’s a list of the director-approved features on both the DVD and Blu-ray:

  • new, restored digital transfer, supervised by director of photography Tak Fujimoto and approved by director Jonathan Demme, with DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack on the Blu-ray edition
  • new video interviews with Demme and writer E. Max Frye
  • original theatrical trailer
  • booklet featuring a new essay by film critic David Thompson

The Something Wild Blu-ray and DVD carries the list prices of $39.95 and $29.95, respectively.

The Blu-ray version is the movie’s debut in high-definition.


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Founder and editor Laurence Lerman saw Alfred Hitchcock’s North by Northwest when he was 13 years old and that’s all it took. He has been writing about film and video for more than a quarter of a century for magazines, anthologies, websites and most recently, Video Business magazine, where he served as the Reviews Editor for 15 years.