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The Odd Couple (The Centennial Collection) (Bilingual)

Jack Lemmon , Walter Matthau , Gene Saks    G (General Audience)   DVD
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Neil Simon's terribly funny play about roommates Oscar the slob and Felix the neurotic was first committed to film in this 1968 production, directed by Gene Saks (Barefoot in the Park). Perfectly timed, ingeniously rendered, not a hair out of place in the history-making performances of Walter Matthau and Jack Lemmon (or the great support cast), The Odd Couple is a movie that one just has to see every two or three years to stay happy. The poker-game sequence in which Oscar's cronies seem to be falling under the sway of fussy Felix's talent for making sandwiches is priceless. --Tom Keogh


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5.0 out of 5 stars THE ODD COUPLE: The Movie June 3 2004
By A Customer
Format:VHS Tape
Neil Simon's THE ODD COUPLE has been a hit in three different incarnations. First, in 1965, there was the Broadway production starring Art Carney and Walter Matthau as Felix Unger and Oscar Madison. The play was filmed in 1968 with Matthau and Jack Lemmon, then turned into the TV series featuring Tony Randall and Jack Klugman. Though the movie opens up the one-set original to include scenes in restaurants, streets, a motel, a ballpark, and a bowling alley, the sequences set in Oscar's Riverside Drive apartment form the heart of the play; director Gene Saks keeps these intact for the movie. Matthau's deadpan Oscar is the perfect foil for Lemmon's melancholy yet funny Felix. The scenes involving the two are alternately riotous - as when Oscar becomes fed up with Felix's constant fussing - and touching - as when Felix cries in front of the Pigeon sisters, his and Oscar's dinner dates. John Fiedler shines as one of Oscar's four poker-playing buddies. THE ODD COUPLE, in whatever version, is ultimately a comedy about friendship enduring despite differences, and this theme is communicated superbly by the team of Lemmon, Matthau, and Saks.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Odd Men Out Are Still In Style March 18 2004
Format:DVD
Perhaps prolific playwright Neil Simon's best known work, the 1968 film adaptation of The Odd Couple, helped to give birth to one of cinema's best comedy teams. It is clear from the begining that Walter Matthau and Jack Lemmon were a match made in heaven.
Recently divorced fussbudget and neatfreak Felix Unger (Lemmon) is down on his luck. With nowhere else to turn, he finds himself, reluctantly, on the doorstep of pal Oscar Madison (Matthau), who is himself divorced. Oscar is a total slob and proud of it. The film is all about how these total opposites, can live with each other, without losing their sanity.
While I never saw the play, (save for a High School produced short version) the filmmakers didn't mess with the formula. Adapting stage plays on film, can at times, seem quite limiting . Not here though. Director Gene Saks has great sense of what works. The chemistry between Lemmon and Matthau is undeniable. The performances are pitch perfect--even from the supporting players. Simon's story and script is timeless and holds up very well...The movie may have been made over 30 years ago and yet...I always liked watching the TV series, still, nothing beats the film version.
It's great to finally be able to see the movie in the widescreen format, though, a cleaner print is called for. The only bonus material on the DVD is the film's theatrical trailer. Both of these great actors are sadly no longer with us, but thankfully their work will live on, in the films they left behind. Recommended with a **** and 1 quarter rating.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Classic Movie from a Bygone Milleau June 12 2002
Format:DVD
This is a New York movie from the New York of the post-war years. A city in which a sports writer like Oscar Madison could afford to rent a seven room apartment on Central Park West. It is a film from an era where Felix could be heterosexual and a man could be rejected by his wife because he was too neat. The plot is full of ironies and scenes which demonstrate the bizaare predictiment of personality extremes Felix and Oscar and their relationship to each other. Last and most importantly, the movie is incredibly funny. None of the jokes are cliche or recycled and each reveals something about the extreme personalities of Felix the neurotic and Oscar the ultra-slob. The city is always the star, even as we are focused on the conflicts and complements of the Odd Couple's relationship. But it is always there, in a way which is familiar to someone who lives in Manhattan. Once of the last scenes of the film have Felix and Oscar arguing on the roof of their building, with the New York City Westside Skyline in the background. That is one of the best New York scenes in any movie. Jack Lemmon and Walter Matthaw are brilliant and the Odd Couple. I only wish that a movie of the genre could be made now, films about personalities and men and New York which are beyond today's narrow box of social types.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The best comedy - especially in Widescreen April 14 2002
Format:DVD
Who says opposites attract? Well, that isn't entirely true when it comes to The Odd Couple. Jack Lemmon and Walter Matthau star in this hilarious comedy that brings laughter to a new level. Felix breaks up with his wife because he is a neat freak. His best friend Oscar decides to take him in to his eight room New York apartment. The only problem is that Oscar is a slob. The two make a horrible combination, but add to the laughs that keep on coming through the whole film. The film is meant to be seen in Widescreen! When the film is cropped for TV, you really do miss a lot. Since the film was shot in the 2.35:1 Panavision Widescreen format, two shots become one shots and wide-shots become close-ups on the TV. When seen on DVD, you can see everything director Gene Saks wanted you to see! It is a great DVD and I just wish they put more features on it. It is also nice to see the original trailer. I recommend this for any fan of Lemmon/Matthau or Neil Simon comedies.
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Format:DVD
The story is a classic. Poor neat Felix is going through a divorce, and old, sloppy friend Oscar takes him in. Both go through mid-life crises, and we get to meet some great character actors along the way.. besides Matthau and Lemmon, of course! John Fielder is magnificent. We all know the film by its countless viewings on TV ... and of course the TV series. It's FINALLY nice, through the magic of wide-screen, to see the ENTIRE poker game. To see the ENTIRE messy apartment ... and those classic New York street scenes. What's not so nice are the color and sound. Neither has held up that well, though Paramount must have made their best efforts to put together something out of bad '60's negatives and/or prints. The color is so muted, and so is a lot of the sound for whatever reason. Still, the DVD version is much better than the pan-and-scan VHS version currently offered. Can't do too much about that '60's color.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
This is a very good movie. I really enjoy watching it.
Published 3 days ago by Catherine Sandberg
5.0 out of 5 stars the Classics in A Classic
if you hate men you going to love them after this movie. if you love men you gonna look at them with candor after this movie. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Mrs. Mona
5.0 out of 5 stars A classic
Love the retro mustard yellow graphics blister packaging. It had the film and not a whole lot of 'now on DVD' preview/ commercials. Read more
Published 10 months ago by CLaire
5.0 out of 5 stars Hilarious!
This is Lemmon and Matthau at their very best. Fabulous play by Neil Diamond, great supporting cast and a fun soundtrack thanks to Neal Hefti
Published 11 months ago by kevin
5.0 out of 5 stars The Odder, The Better
The Odd Couple is a classic comedy of diverse male mannerisms and a hilarious portrayal of men's reactions during crisis. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Peter Andronas
4.0 out of 5 stars a very funny classic!
I wish the language could be a little cleaner.
But these two actors make such a wonderful pair!
I will probably watch it again.
Published 15 months ago by Dominic Sanson
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent!
This was the first time I have ordered an item from Amazon.ca
Very pleased with the result! The DVD is in perfect condition.....just like new!
Thanks! Read more
Published on Aug. 11 2011 by Veronica
5.0 out of 5 stars Oscar and Felix maybe an odd couple but their simply memorable!
I love Felix the best. The whole idea of him being a big neat freak worked and having Oscar being the complete opposite...a slob! This movie had me laughing throughout the movie. Read more
Published on May 29 2007 by Bob
5.0 out of 5 stars A Perfect Comedy Team in the Perfect Comedy
Can two divorced men share an apartment without driving each other crazy? This movie proves that the answer is no. Oscar is a sloppy New York sports writer. Read more
Published on July 9 2004 by Julie A Ross
5.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable comedy
This is a very funny movie with two excellent comic performances from Jack Lemmon and Walter Matthau. Read more
Published on July 4 2004 by Michael
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