When one thinks of the films and stage plays of writer, Neil Simon, popular titles like "The Odd Couple" and "The Goodbye Girl" usually come to mind for most people. But I always think of Simon's wonderful show biz comedy, "The Sunshine Boys". Over the years I would catch here and there, bits and pieces of this 1975 film on late night television. For some reason, I never got to see the whole thing. Well finally this chuckle inducing movie has come to DVD and I love it! In the story we meet Willy Clark (Walter Matthau) a septuagenarian and former half of the legendry, Vaudeville comedy team of 'Lewis & Clark'. He now spends his days traveling the streets of NYC, going on casting calls. Willy drives both directors, casting people and his agent/nephew, Ben Clark (Richard Bejamin) crazy with his stubborn and obnoxious behavior. It looks like forced retirement is in the wings. But at the last moment, Ben comes up with a big job offer. ABC television wants Willy and his former partner, Al Lewis (George Burns) to have a one time only reunion and bring back a 'Lewis and Clark' sketch for a "History of Comedy" special. There is just one...little catch. These two elderly, comedians literally can't stand the sight of each other! Just getting them into the same room is a major undertaking. This humorous film shows us how this original 'odd couple', fight it out during their reunion and eventually come to terms with each other. Herbert Ross's direction is steady and well done. But what really makes this film is Neil Simon's story and hilarious back & forth dialogue, which is filled with both zingers and heart.I love how as Willy leaves his botched casting call, he gives a speech to his nephew, Ben on what words can get a laugh. "Alka-Selzer is funny...Pickle is funny...anything with a K in it." The casting in this film is sheer perfection. Yes, we have seen Matthau do his 'grumpy old man' before and since. But this is the actor doing it at his best! His Willy Clark is truely a stubborn force of nature, who would rather spite himself then be proven wrong. George Burns is also very good (he won the 1975 Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor) in the role of a elderly, sedentary comedian, who although slowed down physically by age, can still turn around and zing his partner with acid-like comebacks. I also particulary like Richard Benjamin's portrayal as Willy's nephew and agent. Yes, we have seen Benjamin do this part before as the guy, who's pulling his hair out and getting an ulcer. But behind the comedy schtick you can tell, that the character really does care about his Uncle and wants what is best for him. Finally look for Howard Hesseman (of WKRP fame) in a small, but very funny role of a director, who is practically being tortured by Willy Clark's obstinance at a casting call for a potato chip commercial. You have to see it, to believe it! The DVD for the film is only fair. The sound and picture could be better. Extras include Richard Benjamin's commentary, a theatrical trailer, an MGM promotional film about the movies they were putting out in 1975, make up and screen tests for various actors up for the roles. This is one of Neil Simon's best works. For an evening a great comedy, I highly recommend "The Sunshine Boys"!