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Fierce Creatures [DVD] [1997]

The comedy Fierce Creatures comes to DVD with a standard full-frame transfer that fails to preserve the original theatrical aspect ratio of the film. An English soundtrack is rendered in Dolby Digital 5.1, while Spanish and French soundtracks have been recorded in Dolby Digital Surround. Spanish subtitles are accessible, and the English soundtrack is closed-captioned. There are no supplemental materials of any consequence. This is a sub-par release from Universal that does boast excellent sound quality.
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    Overall Customer Rating:
    100% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (2 out of 2)

    Synopsis


    Fierce Creatures
    The starring cast of the hit A Fish Called Wanda reunited for this farcical comedy, which star and co-screenwriter John Cleese described as "not a sequel, but an equal." When London's Marwood Zoo is purchased by Octopus, Inc., the multi-national holding company run by New Zealand publishing tycoon Rod McCain (Kevin Kline), the staff is given a firm order: if the zoo is not turning at least a 20% profit soon, it will be shut down. Willa Weston (Jamie Lee Curtis), who was recently hired by McCain to oversee another firm that bit the dust, is assigned to keep a watchful eye over zoo director Rollo Lee (Cleese), who gets the idea that since people seem to enjoy aggressive, violent entertainment at the movies, the zoo should round up and execute all the cute, benign animals and replace them with more vicious specimens to boost attendance. Needless to say, talkative zookeeper Adrian "Bugsy" Malone (Michael Palin) is appalled at this suggestion and attempts to disguise the more timid beasts with fake fangs and daubings of artificial blood. Meanwhile, Rod and his son Vince (also played by Kevin Kline) want the animal displays to be more spectacular, and they hope to boost income by introducing corporate sponsorship with logos pasted on the cages, the staff uniforms, and even the animals themselves. An already complex situation is further tangled by the efforts of Vince, Rod, and Rolo to seduce Willa, whose obsession with the bottom line is compromised by her fondness for the gorillas. Fierce Creatures was originally shot in 1995, but when the original version tested poorly, producers John Cleese and Michael Shamberg opted to reshoot part of the film (most notably the ending), with director Fred Schepisi replacing Robert Young for the revised sequences. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

    Cast & Crew


    • John Cleese
      John Cleese - Rolo Lee
    • Jamie Lee Curtis
      Jamie Lee Curtis - Willa Weston
    • Kevin Kline
      Kevin Kline - Vince McCain/Rod McCain
    • Michael Palin
      Michael Palin - Adrian (Bugsy) Malone
    • Robert Lindsay
      Robert Lindsay - Sydney Small Mammals



    Customer rating

    Rating 4.5 out of 5 stars with 2 reviews

    100%
    would recommend to a friend
    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      I've been attacked by a lemur!

      Posted
      Douglas

      Far and away one of the funniest and most overlooked films in quite some time. The cast of "A Fish Called Wanda" reunites (as totally different characters, not a sequel) to create this fabulous and funny film that lampoons everything and anything that gets in it's way. You will never look at a zoo the same way again! John Cleese and Kevin Kline turn in hysterical performances that are outragous. Jamie Lee Curtis and Michael Palin are excellent.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Zany movie.

      Posted
      dajwh
      • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
      • My Best Buy® MemberMember

      It was enjoyable, but I did enjoy A Fish Called Wanda more.

      I would recommend this to a friend



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