Sunday, March 08, 2009

I love robbing the English, they're so polite.

My copy of A Fish Called Wanda is just not the best quality, it's sad. Is there a remastered one out there? And I have no special features, just some crappy trailer. I'm really not all that into special features, but this is one of those movies where I absolutely would be.

The audio mix is really crap on this DVD, too. Grr. And it's such a great movie. In case you can't guess, I'm watching it right's been too long. (Not that I can't still quote it verbatim, mind you.)

It does strike me how much harder it gets to make movies like this (caper-esque, but it's so much better than that) as times change and technology gets know, so much easier to prove/disprove various things...but the whole point of a movie like this is fun.

And nostalgia may have me biased but I still don't find it even minutely dated...must be the charismatic acting on everyone's part. Still nothing but great chemistry, witty dialogue, more than enough story going on with fabulous editing and soundtrack both. Very much a classic.


Anonymous said...

I adore this movie! It's been WAY too long since I've seen it!

Ellen Aim said...

It's time to revisit, it's so great.

alex said...

I know exactly what you mean--I was just watching Rififi (1955 French crime film) for the first time on Friday. Had to marvel how TOTALLY low-tech the security measures were, but how thrilling it still was because they still had to be overcome. I think movies like that, like Wanda, and Ocean's Eleven (etc), will always hold up if the suspense and style are solid. Wanda has fun suspense and fantastic style.

Ellen Aim said...

I remember Riffifi! Been ages, though.

I guess as long as the films are consistent in style, I'm willing to buy into it, regardless of how dated things may really be.