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Boeing Boeing aka Boeing (707) Boeing (707) [Blu-ray]
(John Rich, 1965)
Review by Gary Tooze
Video: Olive Films
Region: 'A' (as verified by the Momitsu region FREE Blu-ray player)
Disc Size: 22,178,325,031 bytes
Feature Size: 22,018,437,120 bytes
Video Bitrate: 26.10 Mbps
Case: Standard Blu-ray case
Release date: February 14th, 2012
Aspect ratio: 1.78:1
Resolution: 1080p / 23.976 fps
Video codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video
DTS-HD Master Audio English 918 kbps 1.0 / 48 kHz / 918 kbps / 16-bit (DTS Core: 1.0 / 48 kHz / 768 kbps / 16-bit)
Description: American Bernard Lawrence is an International Press correspondent based in Paris, where he lives with his fiancée, British national British United air hostess Vicky Hawkins. Or is it German national Lufthansa air hostess Lise Bruner? Or is it French national Air France air hostess Jacqueline Grieux? In fact, it's all three, but none of the three know about the other two. With a master airline schedule in hand, Bernard is able to schedule time separately with each of his three fiancées in the same apartment at different times - when one is in Paris, the other two are off flying around the world. Helping Bernard is his acerbic-tongued, efficient but slightly tired live-in maid, Bertha, who has to manage three sets each of photographs, clothing (two of which are always locked up) and bed linens, and has to remember that it is Vicky who eats kidneys, Lise who eats knockwurst and Jacqueline who eats soufflés. Trouble ensues when a rival reporter acquaintance, Robert Reed, comes to Paris. Upon finding out about Bernard's personal situation, Robert blackmails Bernard, the ransom for not exposing Bernard's secret to any of the three women being being able to stay at the apartment while in Paris. But Robert sees somewhat of a good thing, as when he learns that Bernard may be relocated to New York, Robert has dreams of taking over Bernard's Paris situation. But worse for Bernard is that British United, Lufthansa and Air France have all purchased new jumbo jets making air travel faster, which in turn means a whole revamp of their respective airline schedules and the schedules of the three fiancées.
The movie opens promisingly, in this adaptation by Edward Anhalt of a
French play. While Hal Wallis's production has the young people
sprinting around Paris streets and airports, the plot is primarily
anchored to Mr. Curtis's apartment, a lavish lair for any foreign
correspondent—not that the actor ever hits a typewriter.
Old friends Tony Curtis and Jerry Lewis played opposite one another for
the first and only time in Boeing, Boeing (1965), a door-slamming sex
farce set in the City of Lights where the two stars share top billing
(in a revolving credit that favors neither one of them). Though based on
the French stage comedy by Marc Camoletti, the winking smart-alecky
cynicism and mercenary scheming has a decidedly American feel in its
attitudes toward American anti-heroes in love and war. Mostly love. Or
at the very least sex on tap.
Image : NOTE: The below Blu-ray captures were taken directly from the Blu-ray disc.
Boeing, Boeing looks better on Blu-ray to my eye than SD could relate. This is 1080P but only single-layered and there is nothing to extol visually. The image is clean (a few, infrequent, speckles). This Blu-ray looks a shade thin but provides a consistent presentation without much depth.
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Less dynamic but lossless mono track. The authenticity is appreciated and there is nothing here to critique - dialogue is clear and there are no subtitles offered. Neal Hefti's score is light but not memorable. My Momitsu has identified it as being a region 'A'-locked.
Typical of Olive Films - especially with their Paramount titles - there are no extras at all. It's another totally bare-bones package.
February 11th, 2012
About the Reviewer: Hello, fellow Beavers! I have been interested in film since I viewed a Chaplin festival on PBS when I was around 9 years old. I credit DVD with expanding my horizons to fill an almost ravenous desire to seek out new film experiences. I currently own approximately 9500 DVDs and have reviewed over 3500 myself. I appreciate my discussion Listserv for furthering my film education and inspiring me to continue running DVDBeaver. Plus a healthy thanks to those who donate and use our Amazon links.
Although I never wanted to become one of those guys who
focused 'too much' on image and sound quality - I
find HD is swiftly pushing me in that direction.
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Gary W. Tooze
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