Director Charles Crichton’s 1988 jewel-heist comedy, A Fish Called Wanda — written by Monty Python alum John Cleese — has been give a new 4K restoration from the original film negative by Arrow Video and will be arriving at retail outlets on Sept. 19 as a Blu-ray/DVD Combo Pack.
MVD Home Entertainment will be directing the sales and distribution efforts in the domestic market.
Fellow Python Michael Palin joins Cleese and America actors Jamie Lee Curtis and Kevin Kline in a comedy of laugh-out-loud errors — mainly because of Kline’s over-the-top jealous behavior as his lover, Curtis, seeks to seduce Archie Leach (Cleese), a fuddy-duddy lawyer, into getting his client to reveal the new hiding place of the pilfered diamonds.
As to bonus nuggets, John Cleese provides commentary and documentary filmmaker Iain Johnstone’s 1988 feature-length “documentary,” titled John Cleese’s First Farewell Performance, which is actually something of a behind-the-scenes look at the making of A Fish Called Wanda (it’s damn near as funny as the film itself) is also included here.
Other bonuses are two-dozen deleted scenes, director John Cork’s 2003 retrospective, Something Fishy, Robert Powell hosts a sight-seeing tour of the film’s locations in Fish You Were Here, and there are new video sessions featuring composer John Du Prez, production designer Roger Murray-Leach, executive producer Steve Abbott and makeup supervisor Paul Engelen.