British distributors Arrow Video have revealed that they are planning to bring to Blu-ray director Bruce Robinson's Withnail and I (1987), starring Richard E. Grant, Paul McGann, and Richard Griffiths. A preliminary street date and supplemental features to be included on this upcoming release are yet to be revealed.
Bruce Robinson's celebrated cult comedy starring Richard E. Grant and Paul McGann. It's the end of the 1960s and two out-of-work actors, Withnail (Grant) and 'I' (McGann), subsist on a diet of booze, drugs and fags in their revolting Camden flat. In order to escape the depressing nexus of visits from their dealer and the months of untouched washing-up, they escape to the country, with the intention of getting some R and R at a cottage owned by Withnail's uncle Monty (Richard Griffiths). However, things do not exactly go as planned, Withnail being particularly unsuited to the quiet social mores of countrypeople. The pair's friendship starts to become sorely tested amid the vicissitudes of their 'holiday'. More ominously, uncle Monty appears in person seemingly with something of an eye for 'I'.
This is my all time favourite, I personally rank it among the cinematic masterpieces. If the transfer is in the least improved upon it will make my day as I thought the first release left a lot to be desired and I never bothered with the second release as it got even lower marks for PQ. But I'm not expecting any miracles.
A true British classic in every sense of the word; the characters are hilarious, the situations are over the top (I mean who goes on holiday by mistake?) And most of all the dialogue is so quotable that you'll be quoting it for months.
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