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Splash [20th Anniversary Edition] [DVD] [1984]

Release Date:03/23/2004
The mermaid comedy classic Splash comes back to DVD in a jam-packed 20th Anniversary Edition thanks to Touchstone Home Entertainment. Presented in an anamorphic 1.85:1 widescreen picture with brand-new Dolby Digital 5.1 audio, the flick looks and sounds better than ever. Bonus features are where this sucker really scores the points, and it all starts with the "Making a Splash" all-new featurette. Clocking in at 24 minutes and chock-full of interviews new and old, the making-of is a fun and informative look at the film through the eyes of all involved (including a few archival moments with the great John Candy). Also worth a look are the original Ron Howard audition tapes with Tom Hanks and Daryl Hannah. An introduction by Howard leads you into these interesting glimpses at the stars-before-they-were-stars as they work out deliveries and character quirks in a back-and-forth with the director. If that weren't enough, you also get a group commentary from Ron Howard's gang of partners in crime, including the director himself, his spiky-haired producer chum Brian Grazer, and the hilarious comedy writing duo of Lowell Ganz and Babaloo Mandel. The chat is light and brisk as the track bops its way along, with Mandel and Ganz cracking wise every chance they get, while Grazer proves once again why producers don't make for good commentators -- the "This is Brian" tag that he throws in literally before everything he says gets old really fast! Some would call out the studio for not including a trailer, but that unfortunately seems to be the norm in big discs these days. If you're a fan of the flick and have been looking forward to a better version than the first slim release, you'll flip over this edition.
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    100% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (19 out of 19)

    Special Features

    • "Making a Splash": Babaloo Mandel, Brain Grazer, Daryl Hannah, Eugene Levy, John Candy, Lowell Ganz, Ron Howard, and Tom Hanks reminisce on making the film
    • Commentary by director Ron Howard, producer Brian Grazer, and writers Lowell Ganz & Babaloo Mandel (with introduction and closing by Ron Howard)
    • Tom Hanks and Daryl Hannah audition tapes with introductions by Ron Howard
    • Closed Captioned


    "I'm in love with a mermaid!" read the opening line of Leonard Maltin's original review for Splash. And with the delightful Darryl Hannah in the lead, who could fault Maltin for his public declaration of ardor? The story begins in 1959, when a young boy is rescued from a watery grave by an adolescent mermaid. Twenty-five years later, the boy has grown up--and lo and behold, it's Tom Hanks. Meanwhile, the mermaid, likewise grown up, has surfaced in search of Hanks, her long-lost love. On dry land, the mermaid is able to walk about on legs; any contact with salt water, and she reverts to her half-fish form. Adopting the name of Madison from a New York street sign, the girl manages to win Hanks' heart. Alas, a secret government lab, populated by such smarmy types as Richard B. Shull and Eugene Levy, captures Madison for research purposes--and possible vivisection. Egged on by his brother John Candy, Hanks rescues his beloved, joining her in the ocean depths as a mer-man (mer-fellow? mer-guy?) A captivating confection from the peerless creative team of director Ron Howard and screenwriters Lowell Ganz and Babaloo Mandel, Splash was a winner all the way--especially at the box office, where the $11 million film racked up a huge profit. Historical sidebar: Splash was the first release from Disney's Touchstone Pictures division. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

    Cast & Crew

    • Tom Hanks
      Tom Hanks - Allen Bauer
    • Daryl Hannah
      Daryl Hannah - Madison
    • John Candy
      John Candy - Freddie Bauer
    • Eugene Levy
      Eugene Levy - Walter Kornbluth
    • Dody Goodman
      Dody Goodman - Mrs. Stimler

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