Directed by Tony Richardson
USA 1965

 

  The funeral business gets a giant raspberry in this wickedly wacky, resplendently ridiculous farce based on Evelyn Waugh's macabre comic masterpiece and directed with inspired verve by Tony Richardson (Tom Jones). But the American way of death isn't the film's only target: sex, greed, religion and mother love are also in the crosshairs of its satirical shots. Robert Morse plays a bemused would-be poet who gets entangled with an unctuous cemetery entrepreneur (Jonathan Winters), a mom-obsessed mortician (Rod Steiger) and other bizarre characters played by such adept farceurs as John Gielgud, Robert Morley, Tab Hunter, Milton Berle, James Coburn and Liberace.

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Richardson's film was advertised as the movie with something to offend everyone, and although these days it looks pretty tame you can see how it would have had the censors up in arms 35 years ago. Morse is the Brit abroad who encounters all the worst aspects of the funeral business while attending to his uncle's burial in California - he falls for a cosmetologist, but has to compete with a grotesque embalmer (Steiger). With a disparate cast including Sir John Gielgud, Tab Hunter and Liberace, Richardson's film is an outrageously funny parody of southern California life, with Steiger at his most memorable.

Excerpt from Channel 4 located HERE

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Theatrical Release: October 11th, 1965

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DVD Review: Warner Home Video - Region 1,2,3,4 - NTSC

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CLICK to order from:

  On June 20th, 2006 - Warner are simultaneously releasing FIVE  60/70's  gems:

Richard Lester's Petulia with Julie Christie and George C. Scott

A Fine Madness

with Sean Connery, Joanne Woodward and Jean Seberg

Tony Richardson's The Loved One with Robert Morse and Jonathan Winters

I Love You, Alice B. Toklas! with Peter Sellers and Jo Van Fleet

The Gang That Couldn't Shoot Straight with Jerry Orbach and a young Robert De Niro

Distribution Warner Home Video - Region 1,2,3,4 - NTSC
Runtime 2:00:56
Video 1.85:1 Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 5.73 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). DUB: French (Dolby Digital 2.0) 
Subtitles English, French, Spanish, None
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Release Information:
Studio: Warner Home Video

Aspect Ratio:
Original Aspect Ratio 1.85:1

Edition Details:

• Featurette: Trying to Offend Everyone (15:09)
• Theatrical trailer (1:03)

DVD Release Date: June 20th, 2006

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Chapters: 31

 

 

Comments:

Excellent anamorphic and progressive transfer from Warner on this classic dark comedy from the 60's. Strong black levels and a clean print bring us a wonderful viewing experience. Detail is fairly strong and the original audio track is consistent. The featurette is quite enjoyable with fond recollections of the film production and its post reaction. Overall a standard great DVD from Warner and at giveaway price - my only complaint might be with the menus and their ghastly art and a couple of colorized images from the film.

Gary W. Tooze

 





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DVD Box Cover

   

CLICK to order from:

  On June 20th, 2006 - Warner are simultaneously releasing FIVE  60/70's  gems:

Richard Lester's Petulia with Julie Christie and George C. Scott

A Fine Madness

with Sean Connery, Joanne Woodward and Jean Seberg

Tony Richardson's The Loved One with Robert Morse and Jonathan Winters

I Love You, Alice B. Toklas! with Peter Sellers and Jo Van Fleet

The Gang That Couldn't Shoot Straight with Jerry Orbach and a young Robert De Niro

Distribution Warner Home Video - Region 1,2,3,4 - NTSC




 

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