Arguably the most quoted British movie ever, Withnail and I is an amazing 20 years old. And to celebrate, Anchor Bay is issuing a three-disc 20th Anniversary Edition.
Bruce Robinson’s semi-autobiographical comedy (and indeed drinking game) is set in 1969, covering the booze-fuelled exploits of two out of work actors, Withnail (Richard E. Grant), and "I" (Paul McGann). Seeking a release from their frustrations and squalor, they embark on a trip to the Lake District, living in a cottage owned by Withnail’s uncle Monty (Richard Griffiths). Unfortunately, they realise they have "gone on holiday by mistake", tested by a lack of food and drink, the inhospitable locals, the terrible weather and the unexpected arrival of their "eccentric" benefactor.
And this digitally remastered movie is boosted further by a host of extras, including an audio commentary by writer-director Bruce Robinson, plus actors Paul McGann and Ralph Brown, a brand new interview with Bruce Robinson, a "Postcards From Penrith" featurette, the 1999 documentary "Withnail and Us", the drinking game, behind the scenes stills by Ralph, the original theatrical trailer and the film’s original soundtrack.
The three-disc Withnail and I 20th Anniversary Edition will be released on DVD by Anchor Bay UK on 2nd October 2006.