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  • Language: English, Spanish, French, Italian
  • Subtitles: Spanish, Italian
  • Region: Region A/1
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.66:1
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252 of 266 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars About the DVD version... May 23 2001
By keviny01 - Published on
Format: DVD
To correct the technical info above, this DVD (both the special edition and movie-only edition) DOES HAVE an English monophonic soundtrack that was originally used in the film. Also included is a Dolby Digital 5.1 track, but one wonders if a dialog-heavy film like this should really need a surround soundtrack. Dialogs in both the mono and the 5.1 tracks sound perfectly clear and understable. The surround sound only comes into use during the occasional music and gunfight sequences. I do applaud the inclusion of the original mono track, which quite a few recent DVDs of older movies do not provide in the hope of enticing new DVD owners with 5.1 audio.
The video transfer looks great -- images are sharp, levels of black look realistic (you can clearly see and feel the velvety texture of a black robe Monroe wears), signs of wear and tear are virtually non-existent. The picture aspect ratio is 1.66:1, which is not the 1:85:1 ratio used for the original US theatrical release and for all previous US letterboxed laserdisc releases. The 1.66:1 ratio adds a little picture to the top, but doesn't really affect the composition. The video is also non-anamorphic, so the resolution is not as high on a widescreen TV as it would be with an anamorphic DVD. There is also no English optional subtitles, but there are yellow optional French and Spanish ones.
I would have gladly paid a higher price if they had included better supplementary material on the Special Edition DVD, such as the audio commentary and home movies that were put on the Criterion laserdisc made in the early 90s. The extras on the Special Edition DVD include a lively but superficial 30-minute new interview with Tony Curtis reminiscing about the film, a rather uninteresting 12-minute interview with the actresses who played the girl band members, a segment called "Virtual Hall of Memories" that is essentially a still gallery, and trailers of 7 Wilder films including SOME LIKE IT HOT; all the trailers are in poor video condition. The most interesting extra is a reproduction of a pressbook for the film, but the pictures are blurry and the smaller text is illegible. I am disappointed that we never get to hear from Jack Lemmon or Billy Wilder, both still alive, on this DVD. These extras are not impressive, so one may consider buying the movie-only edition for a cheaper price.
67 of 70 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of Billy Wilder's best comedies gets deluxe treatment it deserves Aug. 1 2006
By Wayne Klein - Published on
Format: DVD
Billy Wilder's most popular comedy finally receives the deluxe treatment it deserves. MGM previously released this classic comedy in a nonanamorphic widescreen version a couple of years back. While that edition looked pretty decent this anamorphic transfer puts any previous editions (including my much favored laserdisc edition) to shame. Wilder's comedy operates as a spoof of gangster films and a comedy about gender roles. Jerry (the late Jack Lemmon) and Joe (Tony Curtis) are two musicians on the lam when they witness the St. Valentine's Day Massacre. With Spats Columobo (George Raft) and his men looking for the duo they go undercover as musicians cross dressing and joining an all female band headed for a gig in Florida. Becoming a woman allows Joe/Josephine to spent time with Sugar (Marilyn Monroe) the latest woman that catches Joe's fancy. Jerry/Daphne on the other hand finds himself romanced by a rich man (Joe E. Brown) who won't take the hint as Jerry tries to blow off his advances.

And you thought the 50's were tame. One of Wilder's richest 50's comedies "Some Like It Hot" continues to be very funny inverting our expectations constantly and playing with the roles that Jerry and Joe take on with their new identities. Joe's eyes open the most as before he was a pretty ruthless womanizer. Becoming a woman puts him in the crosshairs of every male insight and he's on the receiving end of all the smirks, comments and passes that he would have used with Sugar before his change. Wilder mixes social commentary so deftly with comedy (like Hitchcock's work with suspense and social commentary) that at his best--and he's at his best here--it reminds us how entertaining a movie can be without being heavy handed. It's also filled with some marvelous in jokes (for example Colombo played by George Raft observes a thug flipping a coin and comments, "Where did you pick up that cheap trick?" Raft of course did the exact thing in one of his signature roles in "Scarface" from 1932).

A great movie looks even better in this sharp looking transfer. The black and white imagery of the film looks gorgeous. Originally Marilyn Monroe lobbied to have the film shot in color which Billy Wilder felt wouldn't work for this comedy (he persuaded her to agree to shoot in black and white when he showed her make up tests for Jack Lemmon and Tony Curtis in color where their make up as women made them look slightly green) while the film certainly would have looked great in color the sumptuous cinematography by Charles Lang ("The Magnificent Seven", "Wait Until Dark") looks extremely good in this wonderful looking transfer. Detail is quite good and blacks are solid with a nice array of different textures evident in the transfer. Audio is presented in the original mono and sounds fine.

For those that are into such things the special features here are a huge improvement over the previous edition. We get a commentary track compiled from comments by the late Jack Lemmon, Tony Curtis and I.A.L. Diamond's son (working with the comedy writers Lowell Ganz and Babaloo Mandel--honestly I could have thought of better writers to pair with Diamond's son). While the insights aren't exactly a revelation it is an enjoyable commentary track.

We also get two terrific documentaries on the making of the film. The first features a mixture of new and older interviews from the cast and crew. The second documentary "The Legacy of `Some Like it Hot'" is packed with trivia about the making of the film, Wilder & Monroe's relationship on the set and the difficult time Wilder had making the film with his leading lady including footage shot in the 80's of Wilder and Diamond.

Finally we get "Memories from the Sweet Sues" featurette with members of the women who played in the band, an interview with Tony Curtis entitled "Nostalgic Look Back" where Curtis reveals that actor/voice artist Paul Frees did much of his voice as Josephine because he had difficulty reaching the high voice. We also get the imaginatively titled but unimpressive "Virtual Hall of Memories 3-D Tour" The original pressbook appears on the DVD as well and we get reproductions of various lobby cards. Finally we get previews and the original theatrical trailer.

Far more impressive than the lackluster previous DVD releases "Some Like It Hot" looks solid in this re-release although the film could look a bit more vibrant. The featurettes are, for the most part, very good and the compiled commentary track adds loads of trivia (some of which is duplicated in the featurettes) about the making of the film. I do wish that a film historian such as UCLA professor Howard Suber had been involved in some way to help provide context for the movie but that's just personal preference. A fine release that could have been great with a wee bit more effort on the part of Sony/MGM.
49 of 52 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Review of the blu ray version July 10 2011
By barry - Published on
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
SOME LIKE IT HOT is a classic for many reasons. The film may seem a little dated to some viewers but what keeps it forever great and irresistible are the superb performances by Tony Curtis, Jack Lemmon and Marilyn Monroe. Filming it in black and white helped greatly to believe the two men being accepted as women. And it also helped make Marilyn stand out even more with her effervescent and transcendent beauty. But when looking at a blu ray version of a film that has seen much life on dvd a buyer must know if double dipping is really worth it. Especially where SOME LIKE IT HOT came out with a superb dvd transfer years ago.

To put it simply, the film honestly looks and sounds great on blu ray and is a vast improvement over even its best dvd transfer. There is much clarity improvement in the video and the crispness in detail is vivid. Facial closeups are particular standouts. The black and white ratio is perfect and the film has not been overly enhanced or tried to be cleaned up as blu rays often are. The intended grainess is still there which adds character to the film. But seeing Tony and Jack in their female getup with the picture so clear is amazing and nothing can surpass how Marilyn comes across in this blu ray version. When she first walks by the train and the steam comes out you know what picture perfection you are in for. And every time her face appears, be it out of a train sleeping bunk or just entering a scene you can see every feature and fine detail of her face in all its glory. The picture takes on its own life when she is singing I WANNA BE LOVED BY YOU. Just the spotlight highlighting her face whenever she sings is your proof of the blu ray improvement. The sensual gift and aura that was Marilyn Monroe takes full advantage of the blu ray.

And the audio is a huge improvement. The audio now is in a DTS Master 5.1 and the sound will come out all your speakers gloriously. And again the highlights are Marilyn's songs. Sadly the extras here are exactly the same as on the last dvd release. Luckily the retail price of this film is not high. Tony Curtis, Jack Lemmon and particularly Marilyn give career highlight performances and it is amazing to believe the difficulties they had filming due to Marilyn's insecurities. With this film you get a fun farce with endearing performances that stand the test of time. And the blu ray is a must if you are a fan of the film or anyone in it. Highly recommended.
19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Great Movie....Blu-ray not so HOT!!! Sept. 1 2012
By Peter Prainito - Published on
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
My review is not about the movie itself, which is a great classic comedy that everyone should see and own. Rather, I want to comment on the Blu-ray itself, which is a big disappointment.

When the disc is loaded into the player it does not offer a Pop-Up Menu and the movie begins after all the usual disclaimers, which is not a bad thing. But this turns out to be an issue later. Stay tuned....

Prior to the purchase of this Blu-ray I owned the 2-disc Collector's Edition which had a great quality picture and great special features. I read on that the Blu-ray was highly rated in terms of picture quality and sound. So, to my regret, I sold my DVD set to a friend and bought the Blu-ray.....BIG MISTAKE! Apparently sometimes when an older movie is given the High Definition treatment it brings out details and flaws as well. To my eyes the DVD I owned had a superior picture. The Blu-ray reveals more grain and in some scenes a rather odd checkerboard background, especially in dark areas. Some may call this pixilation; whatever it is called, it's annoying and distracting. In the scene when the girls arrive at the Florida resort, there is a definite picture breakup that occurs on the left side of the screen. It is reminiscent of how a film appears as it is about to reach the end of a spool in a projector..I am not kidding.

What about that Pop-Up Menu? Yeah, where is it? It doesn't appear at the beginning or the end of the film. Oh it's there alright, but you need some tricky maneuvering to find it. To say the least, this is a terrible Menu design flaw. When you finally get to the Menu there are some nice extras. These extras are on disc 2 of the DVD Collectors Edition.

In conclusion, I did not expect perfection in this Blu-ray and would have been very happy with just a slight improvement over my DVD. However, this Blu-ray took three steps backward. I am now ordering the 2-disc Collector's Edition on DVD....AGAIN!!! This is something that I never felt necessary to do with any of my other Blu-ray purchases. You've been warned. If you have the movie on DVD, KEEP not upgrade!
17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Oh, yes-they play it real HOT! March 21 2000
By Sean Orlosky - Published on
Format: VHS Tape
Suppose YOU witnessed the St. Valentine's Day Massacre. Would you go to the police? Maybe. Would you go into hiding? Probably. Would you change your name and move to Russia? Why not? But would you don a dress and wig and catch a train to Florida with an all-girls band? Well, that's what Jack Lemmon and Tony Curtis do in this incredibly riotous and timeless comedy from hit-after-hit producer Billy Wilder, and this is his hottest hit! En route to Florida Jerry, er, Daphne (Jack Lemmon) and Joe/Josephine (Tony Curtis) encounter a ditzy ukelele player named Sugar Kane (it used to be Sugar Kuvulchek) who moves "like jello on springs!". Any guesses? Of course it's Marilyn Monroe. And while Daphne is being whooed by an eager millionaire (Joe E. Brown)Josephine takes on a third personality as a Cary Grant imitating-upper class millionaire to impress an even more eager Sugar! A fabulous script, (maybe even more fabulous actors!) and the direction of Billy Wilder come together to make "Some Like It Hot" a greedily enjoyable movie for anyone! Don't miss it and don't worry: Marilyn never cools off for a moment.

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