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(aka "Irma la dulce")

 

Directed by Billy Wilder
USA 1
963

 

The stars and director of The Apartment reunite in the bawdy, charming and romantic farce about a French policeman (Jack Lemmon, Avanti!) who falls in love with a prostitute (Shirley MacLaine, Being There). Meet Nestor (Lemmon), a young man with a very complicated love life. To keep his beloved, the proud and profitable lady of the streets Irma la Douce (MacLaine), off the streets, he disguises himself as Lord X, who immediately becomes Irma’s sole client and means of support. But what’s a jealous boyfriend to do when the illustrious Irma claims that the man she’s really in love with is not the smitten Nestor, but the dotty old Lord himself? The wonderful character actors Lou Jacobi (Cotton Comes to Harlem) and Herschel Bernardi (Love with the Proper Stranger) co-star in this classic comedy co-written and directed by the great Billy Wilder (One, Two, Three). André Previn (Elmer Gantry) won an Oscar for his rousing score. The film also received Oscar nominations for Best Actress in a leading role (MacLaine) and Best Cinematography, Color (Joseph LaShelle, Marty).

 

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Release: June 5th, 1963

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Review: Kino - Region 'A' - Blu-ray

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Distribution Kino - Region 'A' - Blu-ray
Runtime 2:23:05.743
Video

2.35:1 1080P Dual-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 41,766,324,459 bytes

Feature: 40,756,992,000 bytes

Video Bitrate: 34.00 Mbps

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

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

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DTS-HD Master Audio English 1557 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1557 kbps / 16-bit (DTS Core: 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 16-bit)

Commentaries:
Dolby Digital Audio English 192 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 192 kbps
Dolby Digital Audio English 192 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 192 kbps

Subtitles English, None
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Studio:
Kino

 

2.35:1 1080P Dual-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 41,766,324,459 bytes

Feature: 40,756,992,000 bytes

Video Bitrate: 34.00 Mbps

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

 

Edition Details:

Audio Commentary by Film Historian Joseph McBride, author of How Did Lubitsch Do It?
Audio Commentary by Film Historian Kat Ellinger
Original Theatrical Trailer


Blu-ray Release Date:
Ju
ly 24th, 2018
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Chapters 8

 

 

Comments:

NOTE: The below Blu-ray captures were taken directly from the Blu-ray disc.

ADDITION: (July 2018) Kino - Region 'A' - Blu-ray: Kino brings us the Billy Wilder comedy, "Irma La Douce" from a brand new HD master of a 4k scan from the original camera negative. The film is housed on a dual-layered Blu-ray with a maxed out bitrate. The 1080p image has quite a strong amount of detail in the 2.35:1 frame, never looking too waxy. There is also an appropriate amount of grain here, giving a natural film-like appearance. There are occasionally noticeable instances of light damage, including surface scratches, and speckles. Though these appear frequently, they are mostly on single frames, and therefore not too distracting when viewing the film in motion.

NOTE: As sent to us in email by many (and thanks John): "Irma La Douce was not "shot in Technicolor". It was shot on Eastman color negative and processed by Technicolor. Original 35mm prints were manufactured using the dye-transfer system. No film was shot in Technicolor after 1955. So, any characteristic Technicolor look of this film would be from lighting, costuming, or art design, since it was shot with the same Eastman color process as thousands of other films."

The film is presented with a (16-bit) DTS-HD Master 2.0 track. Though a 24-bit track would have most likely resulted in a slightly better sound, this track is sufficient. The dialogue can occasionally sound a little unpolished, and somewhat muffled, but it gets the job done.
André Previn (Bad Day At Black Rock, Dial 1119, Cause For Alarm!, The Fastest Gun Alive, Elmer Gantry, Long Day's Journey Into Night) won an Oscar for his work on "Irma La Douce" and his score punctuates the various scenes, giving them a weight or levity that would otherwise be absent. Some will recognize "Our Language of Love". There are optional English subtitles on the Region 'A'-locked Blu-ray.

Kino has kindly provided 2 audio commentaries for this release, and they are both worth your time taking different views of the film. First up is a track with film historian, Joseph McBride (author of How Did Lubitsch Do It?). Next we get the input and analysis of film historian Kat Ellinger (author of All The Colours Of Sergio Martino). Kino also include the film's trailer.

The original Broadway production ran for 524 performances and Irma la Douce is another brilliant Billy Wilder comedy. Lemmon and Shirley MacLaine work so well together - supporting their own comic timing and adding some subtext of romance. Keep your eyes peeled and you'll catch Grace Lee Whitney (Yeoman Janice Rand of TOS - Star Trek). Two commentaries? and a masterpiece, Wilder, comedy? 4K-restoration? This Blu-ray has our highest recommendation!  

Colin Zavitz

 

 


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