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‘Withnail and I’ Blu-ray Review (Arrow Video)

11 November 2014 2:38 PM, PST | Blogomatic3000 | See recent Blogomatic3000 news »

Stars: Richard E. GrantPaul McGannRichard Griffiths, Ralph Brown, Michael Elphick | Written and Directed by Bruce Robinson

I have a list of films inside my head that are ones that I haven’t seen yet, and each time I watch one of them I can tick them off.  Some of these sit there for years but deserve to be seen, and some I consider as a crime against my geekhood that I’ve not seen them yet.  One these is Withnail and I but the good news is that now that Arrow Video have released their limited edition of the film I’ve finally managed to see it, and it has become one of my favourite films.

Seen as a cult favourite popular with students, it tells the tale of Withnail (Richard E. Grant) and Marwood (the “and I” of the title, portrayed by Paul McGann).  Two unemployed actors »

- Paul Metcalf

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DVD Review – How to Get Ahead in Advertising (1989)

27 October 2014 1:33 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

How to Get Ahead in Advertising, 1989.

Written and Directed by Bruce Robinson.

Starring Richard E.Grant, Rachel Ward, Richard Wilson, John Shrapnel and Tony Slattery.


A young advertising executive is overcome with stress when attempting to develop a new campaign for a brand of pimple cream. His extreme anxiety eventually leads to a boil growth on his shoulder that begins to talk and act…

A unique selling point (Usp) is, as those in the know will constantly tell you, essential in the world of marketing and advertising. Occasionally this dread inducing marketing speak can be applied to cinema and filmmaking as well. In the case of Bruce Robinson and Richard E Grant’s follow up to the redoubtable Withnail & I, the Usp (released here in a restored DVD/Blu-ray dual format edition) here is the continued strident and frenetic form of darkly tinctured slapstick that has more than a few f-yous to modern society. »

- Gary Collinson

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Movie Review – Withnail & I (1987)

6 October 2014 2:10 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Withnail & I, 1987.

Directed by Bruce Robinson.

Starring Richard E. Grant, Paul McGann, Richard Griffiths and Ralph Brown.


Withnail (Richard E. Grant) is an unsuccessful, pill-popping actor; ‘I,’ or Marwood (Paul McGann), is Withnail’s roommate and another equally underemployed actor. The time is 1969: Withnail is fast becoming a burned-out relic of the ’60s, while Marwood is trying to reassimilate into society. The two take a trip to the country in hopes of rejuvenating themselves, but things go from worse to even worse.

Only a select number of films can claim to have their own set of passionate cult followers. Star Wars and Star Trek have their legions of ever growing fan bases, no matter which period of history or selection of films or TV series said fans worship. Among the student fraternity in particular, Withnail & I is a film that has become a cult favourite over the years. »

- Gary Collinson

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