(aka 'How to Steal a Million Dollars and Live Happily Ever After')

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USA 1966

 

  How to Steal A Million was one of several elaborate heist comedies that formed sort of a subgenre in the 60's (Topkapi and Gambit to name a few others) This was Hepburn's first film after My Fair Lady and marked her last collaboration with William Wyler (who directed her in her Oscar winning role in Roman Holiday and The Children's Hour). Set in Paris, the tale involves a daughter (Hepburn) who hires who she thinks is an art thief (O'Toole) to steal back a statue sculpted by her art forger father (Hugh Griffith) before museum authorities test it for authenticity. The film is light and breezy, if a bit slow paced in the beginning. Neither Hepburn or O'Toole is required to do much acting, but they have star quality in spades and that elusive cinematic term called CHEMISTRY that is all this movie requires. Lots of eye catching Parisian locations, fashions and production values make this entertaining piece of fluff very easy to enjoy. The closet scene is a classic and Hepburn wearing washerwoman's clothes is a wonderful cinematic joke! (She even manages to look chic in that get up!) John Williams, pre-Jaws, provides a catchy score.

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Theatrical Release: July 13th, 1966

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Distribution 20th Century Fox Home Video (Studio Classics # 25) - Region 1 - NTSC
Runtime 2:03:16 
Video 2.35:1 Original Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 5.17 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s 

NOTE: The Vertical axis represents the bits transferred per second. The Horizontal is the time in minutes.

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Audio English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo), English (Dolby Digital 1.0), French (Dolby Digital 1.0), Spanish (Dolby Digital 1.0)
Subtitles English, Spanish, None
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Release Information:
Studio: 20th Century Fox Home Video

Aspect Ratio:
Original aspect Ratio 2.35:1

Edition Details:

• Commentary by Eli Wallach and Catherine Wyler
• A&E Biography: Audrey Hepburn

• 2 TV spots
• Theatrical trailer

DVD Release Date: December 7th, 2004

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Colors are very good but the image is a little soft - it may, however, have been shot with soft lens'. The film has many dark scenes and I don't believe Fox has done any manipulations. The Aspect ratio also seems un-tampered with. Decent commentary with Wallach and Catherine Wyler and although I had seen the AE bio on Hepburn, it always bears repeat viewings. This is a fun caper/comedy film with the enduring grace and elegance of the reigning 'princess' of the silver screen. We recommend on that basis alone!

Gary W. Tooze

 





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