We need more American films like
"Up the Down Staircase." We need more films that might be concerned, even
remotely, with real experiences that might once have happened to real people.
And we need more actresses like Sandy Dennis, who looks as if she may be alive
and not a plastic robot turned out by the little elves who constructed Doris Day
and Sandra Dee. Here, at last, is a film made in America by Americans in which
no one is murdered by a cigarette lighter.
Theatrical Release: July 1967 - Moscow Film Festival
DVD Review: Warner - Region 1,2,3,4 - NTSC
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|Distribution||Warner Home Video - Region 1,2,3,4 - NTSC|
Average Bitrate: 5.56 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.
|Audio||English (Dolby Digital 2.0)|
|Subtitles||English, English (CC), French, None|
No surprises from Warner in this release - it's excessively competent - progressive, anamorphic and dual-layered. I quite enjoyed the film and whole-heartedly agree with Ebert for a change. I think Mulligan deserves a lot of credit. The transfer is accurately represented by the chosen screen caps - colors look very good - there is a bit of noise and some good grain - detail and contrast have some exceptional moments. I'd say this is DVD has great value despite there being no supplements.
My advice is 'give this one a shot' - you may be, as I, very pleasantly surprised. Great lead performances in a touching social drama - and like the image quality, much better than average.