The Paul Newman Collection
Somebody Up There Likes Me (1956) The Left Handed Gun (1958)
The Young Philadelphians (1959) Harper (1966) Pocket Money (1972)
The MacKintosh Man (1973) The Drowning Pool (1975)
Somebody Up There Likes Me
Theatrical Releases: 1932- 1948
DVD Review: Warner (7-disc) - Region 1,2,3,4 - NTSC
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|Distribution||Warner Home Video - Region 1,2,3,4 - NTSC|
|Runtime||1:53:16 + 1:42:09 + 2:16:16 + 2:00:40 + 1:39:51 + 1:39:18 + 1:48:12|
Original Aspect Ratio(s)
Average Bitrate: 6.2 - 6.8 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.
|Bit: Somebody Up There Likes Me|
|Bit: The Left Handed Gun|
|Bit: The Young Philadelphians|
|Bit: Pocket Money|
|Bit: The Mackintosh Man|
|Bit: The Drowning Pool|
|Subtitles||English, French, Spanish, None|
Original aspect Ratio(s)
• Somebody Up There
Likes Me (1956)
• The Mackintosh Man
DVD Release Date: November 14th,
Newman's earlier roles in such films as Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, 'The Hustler', 'Hud' and 'Cool Hand Luke' helped define his legendary superstar status and hence this Boxset is one of the more anticipated DVD packages of the year. I'd seen all the films before (except Pocket Money) and revisiting them was a true pleasure. I'd remembered how much I had enjoyed Somebody Up There Likes Me (1956), The Young Philadelphians (1959) and The Drowning Pool (1975) - and re-watching has reinforced those entertaining memories.
Warner's Boxset is as well done as you might have anticipated - we get 7 films (over 7 dual-layered DVDs) with the only glaring weaknesses I noticed were some contrast flickering and damage at the beginning of The Left Handed Gun (1958). Otherwise all progressive, anamorphic (all are widescreen) are pretty clean, relatively sharp and probably look as good as when they were shown theatrically. I think The Young Philadelphians (1959) and Harper (1966) look the best of the lot with maybe Pocket Money (1972) looking the weakest - although I suspect it may have been shot that way - in a gritty ad-hoc fashion. There were some annoying cue blips visible during The Young Philadelphians (1959).
All have English, French and Spanish subtitles except Harper (1966) which also offers Portuguese subs on top of that (and a French DUB). All are encoded in the NTSC standard for Regions 1,2,3 and 4 except Pocket Money (1972) which is only Region 1,2 and 3.
Somebody Up There Likes Me (1956), The Left Handed Gun (1958), The Young Philadelphians (1959) and Harper (1966) have good commentaries of which I enjoyed the ensemble grouping of Newman, Robert Loggia, Director Robert Wise, Martin Scorsese, and Richard Schickel on Somebody Up There Likes Me (1956) - and the often imperfect, but always fun and informative, Vincent Sherman supported by film historian Drew Casper on The Young Philadelphians (1959). There are a couple of featurettes - John Huston - the Man, the Myth , the Filmmaker on The MacKintosh Man (1973) which I have seen somewhere before (on another DVD) and 10 minutes of Harper Days Are Here Again on that DVD. Pocket Money (1972) - the definite weak link of the film collection only offers a theatrical trailer.
For myself, I was anticipating a lot and my wishes were fulfilled. Thanks Warner! Strongly recommend!
Somebody Up There Likes Me
The Left Handed Gun