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A Fish Called Wanda (1988)

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NOTE: This commentary is only available on the Deluxe Edition and 2-Disc Collector's Edition releases of the film.

Commentaries on this disc:

Commentary 1: Screenwriter/actor John Cleese Rating:7.6/10 (8 votes) [graph]Login to vote or review
Reviewed by MCT on December 29th, 2006:Find all reviews by MCT
A very informative commentary which ranges from intresting storys about the production to Cleese simply pointing out his favorite momments. There is, however, long pauses inbetween comments at the begining. Overall, a great commentary.
Reviewed by sillybilly on May 28th, 2008:Find all reviews by sillybilly
I enjoyed this commentary, Cleese is an entertaining speaker with lots of memories to share. There's a couple of dry spots at the beginning, but it picks up. I had the trivia track on at the same time, but I ended up ignoring it as I got sucked into the track.
Reviewed by Agressor on May 28th, 2012:Find all reviews by Agressor
Pretty good track by Cleese, his recollection of the shooting seems untarnished and he provides lots of little anecdotes from the time.

As stated there are some moments of silence in the beginning but thankfully Cleese soon finds his pace and the rest of the track moves along nicely.

There are some cases of repetition as well, he harps on a bit too much about the economy of the shots I think, but it doesn't ruin the commentary or anything and it did make me notice it in some scenes where I hadn't thought of it.

It's more than made up for by Cleese's well rounded and informative commentary, I especially like that he provided insights from his position as a writer and "co-director", although he isn't billed as one it seems from this commentary that he was somewhat involved in the directing process and that he and the director was collaborating both with the writing and the directing. His worries about what the audiences would tolerate and not was funny 'cause the audiences reactions was not what he had expected.
Reviewed by Station51 on February 2nd, 2016:Find all reviews by Station51
Cleese does a good job as if he's listened to quite a few commentaries and knows just how to keep things interesting for a couple of hours. There's quite a few good stories and a lot about the process of what makes comedy work. He's surprisingly honest and serious which I didn't expect. I kept waiting for jokes and wasn't hearing any. It didn't matter because I instead was entertained by all the behind the scenes stuff. He says it was a fast shoot at 52 days and everyone made it home in time for dinner each evening. He speaks in glowing terms of everyone in the film. Basil Fawlty he isn't.