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Splash (SE)
DVD disk
WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
The classic story of what happens when a beautiful mermaid comes to Manhattan in pursuit of her one true love. A comedy much beloved since its release twenty years ago and now available in this 20th Anniversary Collector’s edition including all new bonus features.
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
How can a comedy by Academy Award-winning director Ron Howard (he'll always be Richie to me!) starring a great lead actor such as Tom Hanks paired up with a gorgeous leading lady in the “mermaidy” form of Daryl Hannah fail? Especially if the supporting cast includes none other than the hilarious John Candy and the fantastic Eugene Levy among others…and well as an extremely well written story to boot!? Easy answer: it can't. What I’m trying to say is that this film is really entertaining, and funny as hell! I had forgotten what a funny masterpiece this film was because I had not watched it since it came out in 1984, some two decades ago. I laughed out loud at least four times here. I consider a film a "masterpiece" when it contains few flaws and this film definitely qualifies.

It’s a sweet, touching and humorous love story between two very mismatched individuals (a mermaid and a human) where love triumphs in the end. I really related to the actors as they were all very believable in their respective roles. Honorable mentions go out to John Candy (I miss him) and also Eugene Levy, who is absolutely great here. I also cannot forget Eve Arden as Hanks’ secretary, who is adorable. She has a very small role, but she is as lovable here as she was in the film GREASE. It was nice to see some classic scenes from the film again, like the Statue of Liberty scene where Madison, the mermaid, is discovered walking around naked. Which brings me to nudity. Although very present in this film, due to its subject matter naturally, it is innocent nudity and not offensive to children in my view. We never see Daryl’s yaya or Hanks’ wee-wee, although they both have nude scenes. Tom only one and Daryl throughout the entire film practically.
THE EXTRAS
Original Tom Hanks and Daryl Hannah Audition Tapes: Watch this only if you’re a huge fan of Hannah or Hanks, otherwise it is not all that exciting. Way too long and really bad sound quality.

Making a Splash: The Making of the Film: Director Ron Howard, producer Brian Grazer and screenwriters Babaloo Mandel and Lowell Ganz as well as the film’s main actors talk about how the movie came about. An interesting feature, somewhat technical for my taste though.

Audio Commentary with director, producer and writers: Unfortunately, they all do the audio commentary together which is quite distracting and even annoying at times as their voices overlap and becomes confusing. Not very entertaining in my view, but it’s there for those who are interested.
FINAL DIAGNOSIS
This is a funny, touching and sweet movie that the whole family can enjoy together. If you liked E.T., then you’ll like this movie as both include non-humans that are lovable. You should also watch this if you are a fan of great comedies, or a fan of Tom Hanks. Whether you rent or buy this movie depends on how much you like it. But I guarantee you’ll like it and it’s great for children.
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