Goodbye Charlie

 

Goodbye Charlie

Based on the Play by George Axelrod

Screenplay by Harry Kurnitz

Photography by Milton Krasner

Art Direction by Richard Day & Jack Martin Smith

Edited by John W. Holmes

Music by Andre Previn

Produced by David Weisbart

Directed by Vincente Minnelli


Cast:

Tony Curtis

Debbie Reynolds

Pat Boone

Joanna Barnes

Ellen Burstyn
Laura Devon

Martin Gabel

Roger C. Carmel

Walter Matthau

 

Production Studio:

Theatrical: Venice Productions

Video: Fox Cinema Archives

 

Video

Aspect ratio: 1.33:1 (cropped from 2.35:1)

Resolution: 480

Disc Type: DVD-VOD

Bit Rate: Moderate~Low (ca. 4.0~5.0 Mbps)

Runtime: 116 minutes

Region: 1

 

Audio:

English Dolby Digital 2.0

 

Subtitles

None

 

Bonus Features

None

 

Presentation:

DVD Clamshell Case: DVD on Demand

Street Date: April 16, 2013


 

Critical Press:

TV Guide

This novel comedy involves a suave Hollywood writer and ladies' man who is murdered by angry Hungarian film producer Matthau when the producer catches him in bed with his wife. The playboy returns to life in the form of the beautiful and sexy Reynolds and moves in with his/her old friend Curtis, who has returned from Paris to deliver the eulogy and settle his buddy's estate. Curtis is a bit confused by this woman who, despite her female charm, acts like the male friend. Reynolds uses her new-found freedom to cash in on affairs he/she has had with other Hollywood wives and to get his/her revenge on Matthau. Funny but far-fetched entertainment from director Minnelli, who doesn't need to rely on strange plot devices to make a good movie.


             

 

Image: 3

What’s this! 4x3 Pan & Scan reduction in this day and age when nearly 100% of all TV sets sold in the USA 16x9 high-definition! This is becoming a habit with CinemaScope movies on Fox Cinema Archives VOD, which means that 40% of the movie is missing from this video, and makes any discussion of how good or bad the remaining image is moot. As it happens, The image quality is fairly good. Color and contrast is about right. A mite grainy, but acceptable.

 

Extras:

None.


             

 

Recommendation: 2

Even for comedies, “Pan & Scan” video transfers are unacceptable, and always have been in my opinion; but for today’s Widescreen television displays, Fox’s habit of continuing to transfer CinemaScope movies for last centuries televisions passes all understanding.


Leonard Norwitz

© LensViews

May 11, 2013


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