Bruce Robinson's bleak, comic cult classic is given new life in this Criterion Collection DVD edition. From the stylish Ralph Steadman artwork in the menus to the excellent digital transfer of the movie, Withnail and I makes for a winning DVD. The 1.85:1 widescreen image is appropriately dark and murky, and it's equally clean and defined. The audio might seem tinny at times, especially during the rock anthems that occasionally crop up, but the dialogue is crisp and clear. The chief bonus feature is a 25-minute documentary, "Withnail and Us," that defines the movie's impact on a legion of fans, as well as the cast and crew. Director Bruce Robinson and actors Richard E. Grant, Paul McGann, and Ralph Brown
all provide fascinating background into the movie and its influential legacy. The other bonus features aren't as enlightening. The Ralph Steadman photo gallery gives a glimpse at 20 photos Steadman took of Grant and McGann as character studies prior to filming. The photos are nowhere near as rugged and immediate as the photography in the movie, so the gallery is a bit of a disappointment. The one-and-a-half minute trailer is suitably irreverent and mocking. A brief Robinson essay in the DVD's liner notes is revealing and poignant. The limited edition poster of the film art is folded and creased inside the DVD's case, making it somewhat pointless. Selecting "Chapters" gives instant access to the DVD's 22 chapters.