(2018/Universal Blu-ray w/DVD)/Designing
Archive Blu-ray)/Every Day
Region Free PAL Import DVD)/Take
A Girl Like You
(1970/Sony/Columbia/Twilight Time Limited Edition Blu-ray)
B+ & B-/B/B/C+/B- Sound: B+ & B-/B-/B/C+/C+ Extras:
B/C/C+/C+/C+ Films: C/C+/C+/C+/C+
A Girl Like You
Blu-ray is now only available from our friends at Twilight Time, is
limited to only 3,000 copies and can be ordered while supplies last,
Import DVD is now only available from our friends at Umbrella
Entertainment in Australia, can only play on DVD, Blu-ray and 4K
Blu-ray players that can handle the PAL DVD format and the Designing
Blu-ray is now only available from Warner Bros. through their Warner
Archive series. All can be ordered from the links below.
a new mixed group of comedies, old and new...
new comedy Blockers (2018) arrives quickly on home video after
mixed fanfare theatrically. Blockers has a pretty funny
concept and isn't badly executed by any means. Still it hits on
every plot point that you would expect that comes with a coming of
age comedy but isn't as charming or clever as a Judd Apatow film.
film stars John Cena and Leslie Mann who star as two parents who have
a problem letting go off their little girl (Kathryn Newton) as she
blossoms into adulthood. When they catch wind that she is trying to
lose her virginity on prom night via a leaked text, they decide to
stop that from happening at any cost. The film also stars Ike
Barinholtz, Graham Philips, and Colton Dunn to name a few.
combo pack features both the 1080p high definition Blu-ray
presentation and the standard definition DVD presentation as well.
The film features a 2.39:1 widescreen aspect ratio paired with a
DTS-HD MA (Master Audio) 5.1 lossless mix on the Blu-ray to deliver a
clean HD transfer. The DVD features the same widescreen specs in
an anamorphically enhanced, standard definition 1.85 X 1 image and
a lossy 5.1 Dolby Digital mix. For a comedy of this natural, these
specs are standard and up to par for both formats. A digital copy is
Features are more generous than maybe they should be and include (per
the press release)...
commentary by director Kay Cannon
Reel - The entire cast contributes to these on-set flubs.
- The laughs continue after the take!
Mission - Being a parent isn't easy, as Leslie Mann, Ike
Barinholtz, and John Cena make abundantly clear. Hear them and
director Kay Cannon discuss parental mistakes and lessons learned.
They even top it off with a good old-fashioned car explosion!
Night - Filmmakers and cast discuss how they achieved the perfect
prom look and also share some of their own personal prom stories.
History of Sex with Ike Barinholtz - Ike Barinholtz explains the
origins of human sexuality and its evolution through time.
Cena's Prom Survival Kit for Parents - John Cena shows off a
survival kit filled with items that will help parents survive the
most stressful time of year - prom season!
Chug! Chug! - The film introduced the world to the concept of
"butt chugging." Hear cast, crew, and butt-chugger John
Cena discuss how they handled this standout scene.
- One memorable scene involves copious amounts of projectile vomit.
See what cast, filmmakers, and crew went through to make sure the
puke was as authentic as possible.
Minnelli's Designing Woman (1957) has Gregory Peck as as a
sports reporter and Lauren Bacall as his fashion designer wife so
busy with their careers that they have more than drifted apart, so
he's being wooed by a gal he knew years ago, people are talking bout
their problems and some are trying to take advantage of them in what
is a comedy!
not funny is that the script tells the story with SO MUCH voice over
narration that this cold have been a network radio program and they
cold have skipped filming it. This is fine at first, but when you
realize they will keep doing this and it will go on and on and on and
on and on and on and on and on... you either accept it as part of
the joke or you abandon it. I lean towards the latter crowd, just
thinking it is too much, but this MGM release exists like this
whether you land up liking it or not and Warner Bros. has issued it
as part of their Warner Archive Blu-ray series of offerings that need
to be in print.
want to add that I like Bacall and Peck, the film looks good and
supporting actors like Dolores Gray, Jesse White, a young Chuck
Connors and Mickey Shaughnessy are well cast and more than capable of
comic turns, but the film just does not work for me you should only
watch with the 'disclaimer' of excessive voice over if you try it out
1080p 2.35 X 1 digital High Definition image transfer can show the
age of the materials used and the CinemaScope lenses, slight
distortions and all, but this is far superior a transfer to all
previous releases of the film on home video and Warner once again has
restored the film as well as can be expected. Issued in
MetroColor prints, this is pretty much a correct approximation of
what audiences would have seen then. The DTS-HD MA (Master Audio)
2.0 Mono lossless mix is passable, but the film was apparently a
4-track magnetic stereo sound with traveling dialogue and sound
effects whose soundmaster was lost. It might not be in the current
Warner archive, but MGM had an awful period where they trashed many
of their stereo masters for reasons too dumb to go into here. The
sound will do, but more tracks would have been nice if they'd
include the Original Theatrical Trailer and 'mini-documentary' on the
film including Costume Designer Helen Rose.
Day (2018) is a bizarre romantic comedy that is about as silly
and hokey as it can get without it being a soap opera. A girl falls
in love with a celestial being that jumps bodies every twenty four
hours. So every day she is dating a different guy... but the same
guy in all reality. It only gets more twisted and convoluted as it
goes along as this YA novel turned movie tries to witty but instead
becomes a chore to sit through.
film stars Debby Ryan, Maria Bello, Owen Teague, Angourie Rice, and
in 1080p high definition with a widescreen aspect ratio of 2.39:1 and
a nice sounding English DTS-HD MA (Master Audio) 5.1 lossless mix,
the film has a natural look to it and vivid colors that are captured
nicely here. Overall, a solid and noiseless transfer that's fine for
what it is.
A By Any Other Name - Explore the main character A and how the
filmmakers and cast portrayed an entity that wakes up in a different
body every day.
is Love - See what it really means to love another human being,
accepting people for who they are.
Day People - The cast of Every Day provides insight into their
characters and the story.
to Film Adaptation - The cast, filmmakers and author of Every Day
discuss the process of bringing the book to life for the big screen.
D. Lamond's Pacific Banana (1981) is a later OzPloitation sex
comedy from the director of the sex comedy classic Felicity,
but written by the author of Alvin Purple. Sadly, this leans
much more towards Purple than the classic and the result is no
laughs, few chuckles and a tired film with (again) too much voice
over dialogue. This time, that aspect seems desperate and the final
film tries too much. Graeme Blundell of Alvin Purple is back
looking for more quick sex with any gal he gets the hots for, add
taking a small flight (i.e., the title of the film) to an exotic
locale and you have the idea of a comedy that is everything Airplane!
gals are as watchable as the travelogue locations, but the script
does not know what to do with itself and the film becomes desperate
and seems like a time capsule relic of an era that had ended a few
months at least before this was released. Issued by Umbrella
entertainment in a Region Free PAL Import DVD, this works best when
it tries the least hard (no pun intended, please!) in an 80 minutes
that still seems too long. Deborah Grey, Alyson Best and Luan Peters
stop us from falling asleep, as the music does not. A curio worth
seeing once, but disappointing overall.
anamorphically enhanced 1.85 X 1 image is a good transfer from good
35mm elements, with good color, while the lossy Dolby Digital 2.0
Mono shows its age a bit more. It is still clear enough to enjoy or
be disappointed by the jokes.
include Grey & Peters singing their single ''Trouble''
(not the Lindsay Buckingham hit), a Stills/Poster Gallery, Original
Theatrical Trailer and two Behind The Scenes/Making Of featurettes in
Pacific Banana Unpeeled and Confessions Of An R-Rated Movie
we have Jonathan Miller's Take A Girl Like You (1970) with a
rare turn by Oliver Reed as a good guy (of sorts) interested in being
with a young Hayley Mills (past her Disney child star era) who
happens to be a virgin. Will she or won't she and will it be him?
Noel Harrison (The Girl From U.N.C.L.E.) is the 'other guy'
and though this never becomes any kind of love triangle film, we get
a light sexual comic romp that is never goofy or condescending, but
it is not too memorable and might remind some of the Tony
Curtis/Monica Vitti 'comedy' The Chastity Belt (also reviewed
on this site) that tends to be sillier.
is at least a competent, consistent film, the kind of solid
mid-to-low budget film that the British were making as much as anyone
else. Sony has decided that this Columbia Pictures curio would go to
Twilight Time to become one of their Limited Edition Blu-rays and it
is another good choice for a film that was not a huge hit, but
deserves to be issued. Seeing the actors (Sheila Hancock and Ronald
Lacey also star) and locales is enough to see this one once, plus to
see how Mills handles a role stripped of anything Disney.
1080p 1.85 X 1 digital High Definition image transfer can show the
age of the materials used a little bit, but this is far superior a
transfer to any previous releases of the film and in the U.S.,
Columbia issued the film in theaters in 35mm dye-transfer,
three-strip Technicolor prints. As usual, you can see in many places
how good that would have looked in such now valuable copies, which in
this case is very good.
DTS-HD MA (Master Audio) 2.0 Mono lossless mix shows its age as well
with the dialogue sounding more its age, but good enough to enjoy.
Fortunately, the Stanley Meyers music score is available as an
Isolated Music Score track in the extras along with Original
Theatrical Trailers, plus you get another great, illustrated booklet
on the film including informative text and yet another excellent,
underrated essay by the great film scholar Julie Kirgo in the Blu-ray
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A Girl Like You
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