A truly fantastic ’80s flick, now out again on DVD

Jonathan Demme’s 1986 action comedy Something Wild featured a star turn by Melanie Griffith, Jeff Daniels’ finest performance (Dumb and

Jonathan Demme’s 1986 action comedy Something Wild featured a star turn by Melanie Griffith, Jeff Daniels’ finest performance (Dumb and Dumber fans might argue, but we’re sticking to our guns), and a pre-Goodfellas Ray Liotta. It’s one of our favorite ’80s movies—and, inexplicably, it’s been unavailable on DVD for some time.

Happily, the Criterion Collection reissued it this week, in a pristine transfer that was supervised by the original cinematographer, Tak Fujimoto, and approved by Demme. It looks stunning. The extras are great. And the film itself is as surprising today as it was when it first came out: a sex romp that gets very dark and, finally, deadly. (Liotta’s turn as the bad guy earned him a Golden Globe nomination, which he totally deserved to win.) A bonus fun fact? VSL favorites The Feelies play the film’s high school reunion—they’re billed as the Willies, and cover David Bowie’s “Fame.”

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