Spotlight Title: THE FISHER KING (1991; Directed by Terry Gilliam; On Blu-ray Disc and DVD from The Criterion Collection)
THE FISHER KING received the Criterion treatment during the Laserdisc era, and now finally Criterion is releasing the film on Blu-ray Disc and DVD.
This modern day fairy tale has Jeff Bridges as a radio shock jock who finds his life spinning out of control following a career related scandal. He meets homeless Robin Williams who is in search of the Holy Grail – in Manhattan of all places. With their pasts intertwined, the two men form a bond as they help each other in very unorthodox ways.
After the passing of Robin Williams, this movie suddenly became a hot topic again. I revisited this film as part of my memorial to his work, and was enchanted by it all over again. Its exciting to see Criterion release this film on Blu-ray disc, and I’m sure it meet their usual high standards of quality.
This new Director approved edition features a newly restored 2K digital transfer with a 5.1 surround DTS-HD soundtrack.
Special features include: An Audio Commentary featuring Terry Gilliam, New Cast and Crew interviews, a 2006 interview with Robin Williams, a video essay featuring Jeff Bridges’ on-set photographs, footage of Bridges training to be a radio personality, Deleted scenes with Commentary, Costume tests, an essay as well as theatrical trailers.
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Ex Machina (Lionsgate)
Woman in Gold (Anchor Bay)
Also released on Disc today:
3-D Rarities (Flicker Alley)
Bank Shot (Kino Lorber)
Cops and Robbers (Kino Lorber)
Dog Soldiers: Collector’s Edition (Scream Factory)
Harry in Your Pocket (Kino Lorber)
Lupin III: The Castle of Cagliostro (Anime – Discotek Media)
Mission: Impossible Quadrilogy (Paramount)
Needful Things (Kino)
Pit Stop (Arrow Video)
Pound of Flesh (Entertainment One)
Ripper Street – Season 3 (BBC)
Soul Plane (Olive Films)
Stone Cold (Olive Films)
Sugar Hill (Kino)
The Bridge (The Criterion Collection)
The Forger (Lionsgate)
The Island of Dr. Moreau (1977) (Kino)
The Mean Season (Olive Films)
The Thing With Two Heads (Olive Films)
Timbuktu (Cohen Media Group)
Workaholics – Season 5 (Comedy Central / Paramount)