Have just bought Withnail & I on DVD - 20th Anniversary Edition, no less. And fuuuuuuu... that film. One of my favourite films of all time, and I've got exactly three of those.
Withnail & I is an absolute cult classic, especially among students who like to quote the lines at each other while drunk, from what I gather. As for me, well, the film got me through the most awful year of my life back when I was in high school. During that year there wasn't a week I didn't see it, so yeah, I've watched the film a LOT of times.
I can still remember the first time I saw it *trips down the memory lane* - home alone, 11 PM, flipping through the channels and planning to go to bed. Then I stopped at a regional TV station because some film was just starting and there was Procol Harum's A Whiter Shade of Pale which I was always pretty 'meh' about, but stayed to listen. The next scene (at the pub) had me hooked for good, though, because the humour clicked so perfectly. And by the time the film ended, I was convinced it was the greatest film ever made.
That TV station showed it again a little while later, so I taped it and the rest, as they say, is history. It was high time to buy the DVD; I haven't even got a VHS player anymore.
All right, embarrassingly personal info aside, here's what Wthnail & I is actually about:
London. The '60s. Two unemployed actors - acerbic, elegantly wasted Withnail (Richard E. Grant) and the anxiety-ridden "I" (Paul McGann) - drown their frustrations in booze, pills and lighter fluid. When Withnail's Uncle Monty (Richard Griffiths) offers his cottage, they escape the squalor of their flat for a week in the country, but soon realise the've gone on holiday by mistake when their wits - and friendship - are sorely tested by violent downpours, less-than-hospitable locals and empty cupboards. (text taken from the DVD back cover)
The 20th Anniversary Edition consists of three discs: the 1st one contains the main feature, commentary by Paul McGann and Ralph Brown and commentary by director Bruce Robinson. The 2nd one contains Postcards from Penrith Featurette, The Drinking Game, Swear-A-Thon, Bruce Robinson interview, Behind the Scenes stills by Ralph Steadman, Withnail & Us - a 1999 documentary on the film and the original theatrical trailer. And the 3rd disc is the film's score: eight tracks, most of which are variations on the main theme.
Watch it/listen, if you've got an opportunity. Never a time better spent.