Blu-ray, DVD Release: The Fisher King

Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: June 23, 2015
Price: DVD $29.95, Blu-ray $39.95
Studio: Criterion

Robin Williams (l.) and Jeff Bridges in The Fisher King

Robin Williams (l.) and Jeff Bridges in The Fisher King

Terry Gilliam’s (Brazil) fantastical 1991 comedy-drama The Fisher King is a fairy tale grounded in a poignant Manhattan-set reality.

In the film, Jeff Bridges (Thunderbolt and Lightfoot) plays a former radio shock jock reconstructing his life after a scandal, and Robin Williams (Good Will Hunting) is a homeless man on a quest for the Holy Grail—which he believes to be hidden somewhere on the Upper West Side. Unknowingly linked by their pasts, the two men aid each other on a fanciful journey to redemption.

This unique American odyssey features a script by Richard La Gravenese (The Bridges of Madison County), evocative cinematography by Roger Pratt (12 Monkeys), and superb supporting performances by Amanda Plummer (The Hunger Games: Catching Fire) and an Oscar-winning Mercedes Ruehl (Married to the Mob).

The Fisher King Criterion Blu-ray boxCriterion’s Blu-ray and DVD editions of The Fisher King contain the following:

• New, restored 2K digital transfer, approved by director Terry Gilliam, with 5.1 surround DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack on the Blu-ray
• Audio commentary featuring Gilliam
• New interviews with Gilliam; producer Lynda Obst; screenwriter Richard La Gravenese; and actors Jeff Bridges, Amanda Plummer, and Mercedes Ruehl
• New interviews with artists Keith Greco and Vincent Jefferds on the creation of the film’s Red Knight
• Interview from 2006 with actor Robin Williams
• New video essay featuring Bridges’s on-set photographs

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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.