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The Fisher King Blu-ray Review

The Fisher King Blu-ray

“The Fisher King” is one of Terry Gilliam’s finest films.

A Howard Stern esque shock jock (Jack Lucas) finds his life reaching a new low when a caller to his show commits heinous murders on account of one of his rants. Lost and suicidal, Jack is literally saved by a crazy homeless vigilante (Perry) that believes he is a Knight on a quest for the Holy Grail and that Jack was destined to help him. To make matters even stranger, Jack discovers that their lives are intertwined in a way. From there on out, Jack tries to not only better his life, but to help Perry work through his inner demons and find love with an odd woman (Lydia) whom Perry has a massive crush on.

Director Terry Gilliam’s “The Fisher King” is the type of film you don’t see much of these days. The script penned by Richard LaGravenese is deeply weird and quirky, but it also manages to be accessible thanks to the heartfelt characters and powerful themes about friendship, love, and redemption. In other words, it’s positively brimming with life and is by no means a movie that you forget about the instant you see it like so many films these days.

Aside from the clever writing, a lot of credit belongs to Terry Gilliam who manages to make the material work. The director brings his brand of eccentricity, visual flair, and unique production design, but he also coaxes great performances out of the cast.

On the subject of the cast, “The Fisher King” is truly an actor’s showcase. Not only do Jeff Bridges and the late great Robin Williams play off of each other so well here, but they also gave some of the finest performances of their brilliant careers. Mercedes Ruehl may not be a household name, but she steals many a scene here and deservedly won an Oscar for her role as Jack’s girlfriend Anne. Amanda Plummer and Michael Jeter also make a great impression in supporting roles as they more than hold their own against the three leads.


Presentation: 1.78:1 1080p. How does it look? The 2K digital transfer is a tad grainy at times, but the print has certainly been cleaned up. The night scenes in particular are noticeably sharper looking than in past releases.

Audio Track: 5.1 DTS-HD MA. How does it sound? This DTS track does the job.

* A booklet featuring an essay by critic Bilge Ebiri.
* 5 “The Fisher King” trailers.
* Costume tests for Amanda Plummer, Mercedes Ruehl, Jeff Bridges and Robin Williams.
* 6 deleted scenes with optional commentary by Gilliam.
* “Jeff’s Tale”- A production photo gallery by Jeff Bridges. Bridges also provides narration.
* “Jeff and Jack”- An interview with Jeff Bridges in which he talks about how his acting coach Stephen Bridgewater helped him take on the role of Jack. Archival video and pictures are included.
* “The Tale of the Red Knight”- Artists Keith Greco and Vincent Jefferds talk about the creation of the Red Knight.
* “Robin’s Tale”- A 2006 interview with the legendary Robin Williams about “The Fisher King.”
* “The Tale of the Fisher King”- A brand new 2 part hour long documentary about the film’s production. Interviews with cast and crew members are included. Easily the best new extra feature on this disc.
* An amusing and insightful 1991 solo commentary by Terry Gilliam.

June 27, 2015 - Posted by | Blu-Ray review | , , , ,

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