Jeff Labrecque
January 04, 2007 AT 05:00 AM EST

How good is the ”Fish Called Wanda” DVD?

Can we just pretend it never happened? The skimpy 1999 DVD, with only an eight-page booklet featuring trivia and production notes, doesn’t even include an Italian audio track, which would at least seduce the Wandas of the world. Disappointed!

Cleese stars in a commentary, deleted scenes, and several featurettes that explore his love/hate relationship with America and England. A giddy look back includes the rest of the cast, but the must-see for Python lovers is an extended scene between Cleese and Michael Palin frantically trying to communicate.

Order up the DVD special with extra Cleese. Its features explore the darker film that almost was: a cynical — even morbid — ending and relentless animal cruelty, highlighted by a discarded subplot in which Kevin Kline’s Nietzsche-loving psychopath uses stray cats for target practice. (Which apparently is wrong.)

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