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directed by Stanley Kramer
USA 1967

 

Guess Who's Coming to Dinner is remembered today for two significant reasons: It was the first Hollywood film to portray an interracial romance that had an optimistic ending, and the film featured a dream cast that included Spencer Tracy's final screen performance. Although Tracy was seriously ill at the time, Hepburn knew that, with her help and a restricted shooting schedule, he would be able to work. According to Kramer, Tracy "had no physical energy for the shooting of this film, and so we had to film it only in the morning. Columbia doesn't know to this day that we shot only half days. They didn't believe the film would be a commercial success anyway, and if they'd known our schedule they would have been doubly furious."

Despite Tracy's poor health, filming on Guess Who's Coming to Dinner proceeded smoothly. Ninety per cent of the movie was shot on one set, the Drayton home, which was created on a sound stage. Exteriors for the Drayton's San Francisco house were shot in Pasadena, California and background mattes of the San Francisco Bay, the Golden Gate Bridge and other scenic landmarks were also used.

Excerpt from TCM located HERE

 

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Theatrical Release: December 11th, 1967

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DVD Comparison: 

Sony Pictures - Region 1 - NTSC vs. Sony Pictures (2-disc - 40th Anniversary Edition) - Region 1, 4 - NTSC

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Distribution

Sony Pictures

Region 1 - NTSC

Sony Pictures (40th Anniversary Edition)

Region 1, 4 - NTSC

The Anniversary 2-disc is also available in the Stanley Kramer Film Collection which includes Ship of Fools, The Member of the Wedding, The Wild One, The 5,000 Fingers of Dr. T and Guess Who's Coming to Dinner.

    

    

Runtime 1:48:00 1:47:56

Video

1.85:1 Original Aspect Ratio

16X9 enhanced
Average Bitrate: 4.75 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s

1.85:1 Original Aspect Ratio

16X9 enhanced
Average Bitrate: 4.49 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.

Bitrate : Sony Pictures

Bitrate: Sony Pictures (Anniversary Edition)

Audio English (Dolby Digital 2.0), English (Dolby Digital 3.0), French (Dolby Digital 2.0) English (Dolby Digital 2.0), DUB: French (Dolby Digital 2.0), Spanish (Dolby Digital 2.0)
Subtitles English, French, None English, French, Spanish, None
Features Release Information:
Studio: Sony Pictures

Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen anamorphic - 1.85:1

Edition Details:
• 4:3 version on flip side

DVD Release Date: February 2nd, 1999
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Chapters 28

Release Information:
Studio: Sony Pictures (Anniversary Edition)
 

Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen anamorphic - 1.85:1

Edition Details:
• Separate introductions by Speilberg, Brokaw, Quincy Jones and Karen Kramer

Disc 2
• Featurette: A Love Story of Today
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Featurette: A Special Kind of Love
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Featurette: Stanley Kramer: A Man's Search For Truth
• Stanley Kramer accepting the Irving Thalberg Award
• 2007 Producer's Guild Award

• Stills Gallery
 

DVD Release Date: February 12th, 2008
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Chapters 14

 

Comments:

Back when it was 'Columbia Tri-Star', before being bought by Sony, they produced some incredible DVD transfers... and on single-layered discs too! You can see that the new dual-layered 40th Anniversary DVD is richer, better colors (perhaps some red boosting manipulation) and contrast, but the disparity is not overwhelming although many would say it is significantly better. Framing appears just about the same and overall the new edition is superior in terms of image presentation. The new edition offers a Spanish DUB (as well as the French) but loses the 3.0 track. I didn't notice a lot of (any) differences in the audio tracks - both represent the film very adequately in that regard. The new tacks on a Spanish subtitle option and seeing as that it is also coded for region 4 - it seems likely that it will be sold in South American too.  The new transfer does appear somewhat cleaner - with a few less marks and speckles although I didn't consider it a significant deterrent when watching the older release (which also has a pan + scan version on the reverse side of the disc).

Where the Anniversary editions shows its real value are the supplements as the original release only offered a trailer as the lone extra. Disc one has no commentary but gives us 4 separate 'introductions' by Spielberg, Brokaw, Quincy Jones and Karen Kramer. Each are less than 3 minutes long and are really a chance for these four to express their admiration for Kramer and Guess Who's Coming To Dinner. On disc 2 there are 3 featurettes: A Love Story of Today runs almost a half hour and like the second, A Special Kind of Love (about 17 minutes) it exports similar information about Kramer, the film and its history. In fact it was probably shot at the same time as it has input from many of the same individuals including daughter Karen Kramer. They divide these things up to pay the participants less money. Regardless, good information on Kramer and definitely worth the time invested to watch (both). The third featurette, Stanley Kramer: A Man's Search For Truth is 16 minutes long and gives further detail on the director/producer and some of his more notable films. Lastly we have Kramer accepting the Irving Thalberg award and Al Gore, on behalf of, for the Producer's Guild Award last year. There are also some stills gallery photos. So overall a bit skimpy on the extras all considering, but certainly better than just a trailer.

One of the big positives about this 2-disc releases is the price. The film holds up well and is always enjoyable to watch - carried by the strong performances - regretfully Spencer Tracy's last. Certainly it is worth the price tag of less than $15 in my opinion. So, even with less-than-stellar extras, we recommend!   

Gary W. Tooze

 



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Distribution

Sony Pictures

Region 1 - NTSC

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Region 1, 4 - NTSC


 



 

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