Blu-ray, DVD Release: Cabin Boy

Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: Sept. 18, 2018
Price: DVD $14.95, Blu-ray $18.89
Studio: Kino Lorber

A cult classic for fancy lads everywhere, the 1994 comedy Cabin Boy was met with a frothy blend of confusion and hostility upon first release, but has aged like a fine flagon of wine.

From Chris Elliott and Adam Resnick, co-creators of the Elliott-starring “sitcom” Get a Life, Cabin Boy remains as surreal as ever (and definitely one of the weirdest comedies ever released by a major Hollywood studio). After graduating from finishing school as a well-bred “Fancy Lad,” Nathanial Mayweather (Elliott) prepares for a trip to Hawaii. But his plans are dashed when he mistakenly boards The Filthy Whore, a fishing boat manned by a ragtag crew of salty shipmates, and soon becomes the vessel’s hapless Cabin Boy.

On his journey, he woos the feisty but beautiful Trina (Melora Walters, The Lovers) and encounters a host of eye-rubbing curiosities including an amiable shark man, a savage ice monster, a tobacco-chewing cupcake, and a six-armed seductress (Ann Magnuson, Love at Large) who relieves Nathanial of his virginity, much to the displeasure of her 30-foot salesman husband (Mike Starr, Dumb and Dumber).

Inspired by classic seafaring yarns like Captains Courageous, Cabin Boy has grown in reputation over the years as a truly offbeat cult comedy-fantasy with Ray Harryhausen-like special effects, a hilariously oddball performance by Elliott, and a treasure chest of eccentric supporting players including Brian Doyle-Murray, Brion James (Blade Runner), James Gammon (Bobbi Jo and the Outlaw), Andy Richter and Russ Tamblyn (West Side Story), plus a seminal cameo by Elliott and Resnick’s old boss David Letterman as an antagonistic sock-monkey vendor.

Blu-ray extras include the following:

-New Audio Commentary by star Chris Elliott and director Adam Resnick, moderated by writer Mike Sacks
-New Interview with star Chris Elliott and director Adam Resnick
-Limited Edition booklet essay by film critic Nick Pinkerton
-Archival cast interviews featuring Chris Elliott, Ritch Brinkley, James Gammon, Brian Doyle-Murray, Brion James, Melora Walters and Russ Tamblyn
-Audition Tapes: Melora Walters and Andy Richter
-B-Roll Footage
-Edited outtakes
-Newly commissioned art by Jacob Phillips
5 TV spots
-Limited Edition O-Card
-Reversible Art
Theatrical Trailer


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About Laurence

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.