Paramount gives the treatment to another classic film.
Bulky packaging. Redundant extras.Jack Lemmon and Walter Matthau are the stars of this classic film, The Odd Couple. These men play two divorcees who end up living together out of convenience. What makes things so funny is how different these two are from one another. Lemmon is Felix Ungar, a man so clean he makes the Mother Theresa look dirty. Walter Matthau is Oscar Madison, he never met a mess he didn't like. After awhile, it becomes inevitable that these two men are never going to learn to live together, yet somehow they do.
Mixing in the funny experiences these two men have with one another, not to mention the laughs they create when allowing other people into their world, The Odd Couple he kind of movie that still holds up many years later.
The siblings are on hand for this commentary track as Charlie Matthau and Chris Lemmon sit back and discuss their parent's work. I wasn't sure how to take this at first but I really warmed up to it. These two men reverentially discuss the work of their fathers, the story of how the movie came together, what The Odd Couple represented to society and the world of film, etc. While there are moments were it seems like these two are doing a bit of fawning, they are discussing their parents so that can be forgiven.
The Odd Couple Featurette
Paramount has put the following featurettes on this release:
- In the Beginning...
- Matthau & Lemmon
- Inside The Odd Couple
- The Odd Couple: A Couple
My reasoning in putting all of these featurettes together is the following... LOOK AT THE TITLES OF THE FEATURETTES!!! They are all basically the same thing. They talk about the history of this show, the actors, set anecdotes (some of which are repeated), etc. I know that for a release like this they try and make it seem like it has as many bells and whistles as possible, I think Paramount would have been okay with the fans if this movie had come out as a single disc release with a director's commentary only.
Widescreen Version - Enhanced for 16:9 TVs. This movie looked really solid here. I, for some reason, thought that this title was in black and white but it's in color here and I am not going to argue. Paramount has done a solid job with the DVD transfer. The colors stay strong throughout this film's entire 105 minute run time. In fact, I don't recall ever seeing any dirt or dust on the images at all.
Dolby Digital: English 5.1 Surround. French and Spanish Mono. Subtitled in English, French and Spanish. Since this is one of the most well known dialogue films to ever hit the silver screen (and DVD), it would make sense that having good audio would be of Paramount importance. I say that because this movie's action is its dialogue. If we can't hear what people are saying we are really going to be at a loss. Paramount has leveled things quite nicely on this release. I didn't notice any dips in the audio and I found that things stayed the same pretty much over both discs.
There is a slipcase cover that houses the amaray case that this release comes with. The artwork for both of these things is the same. The front cover features a shot of Lemmon and Matthau that is obviously photoshopped. The back cover gives users a quote from the film, a description of what this movie is about, three images from the film, a Special Features listing, a cast list, and technical specs.
I have seen this movie two times now and I can safely say that I am firmly on the side of Oscar Madison. If I had to live with the neatness of Felix Ungar I would go crazy. I recall having these thoughts when I first saw the film, but I wondered if maybe, given time, I might soften up my stance a little bit. I can safely say that this isn't the case at all. It isn't any surprise that these two have the problems that they do. I thought that there might be some give and take, but as I get older and watch this film it becomes more and more clear that Felix Ungar needs a knuckle sandwich, but good.