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Love Happy [Blu-ray]
(David Miller, 1949)
Review by Gary Tooze
Theatrical: Artists Alliance
Region: 'A' (as verified by the Oppo Blu-ray player)
Disc Size: 20,173,156,219 bytes
Feature Size: 20,079,550,464 bytes
Video Bitrate: 26.97 Mbps
Case: Standard Blu-ray case
Release date: May 6th, 2014
Aspect ratio: 1.33:1
Resolution: 1080p / 23.976 fps
Video codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video
DTS-HD Master Audio English 846 kbps 1.0 / 48 kHz / 846 kbps / 16-bit (DTS Core: 1.0 / 48 kHz / 768 kbps / 16-bit)
Description: The Marx Brothers' final starring feature Love Happy began life as a solo vehicle for Harpo. The financiers wouldn't go for this, insisting that all three Marx boys appear on screen. Thus, Chico was hastily written into the proceedings, while Groucho made what amounted to a guest appearance as narrator and last-minute problem solver. The story concerns a group of aspiring actors who are putting together a musical review called "Love Happy." Harpo, the troupe's mascot, keeps the actors from starving by cleverly filching canned goods from a local grocer. On one such excursion, he accidentally gets hold of a sardine can containing a fortune in stolen diamonds. This makes Harpo the target of icy adventuress Madame Egilichi (Ilona Massey) and her henchmen (Melville Cooper, Raymond Burr, Bruce Gordon). When he isn't fending off the villains, Harpo is making life a little brighter for "Love Happy"'s leading lady Maggie (Vera-Ellen).
Mary Pickford produced the last Marx Brothers feature (1949), which is far from their best, even though both Ben Hecht and Frank Tashlin worked on the script. Marilyn Monroe appears in a bit, and a good many product plugs figure in a climactic rooftop scene involving neon signs.Excerpt from Jonathan Rosenbaum at the Chicago Reader located HERE
Love Happy (1950), sadly known in cinema history as the last Marx Brothers feature, actually began as an entirely different animal cracker. For those who participated in the production there would ultimately be little love and no happiness - all the more amazing as the movie contains a number of amusing and enjoyable vignettes, and, while it may be the least of the Brothers Marx, it is still preferable to the films of most other comedians.Excerpt from TCM located HERE
Image : NOTE: The below Blu-ray captures were taken directly from the Blu-ray disc.
Love Happy has a typical, single-layered Blu-ray transfer from Olive Films. The source is clean and the 1080P image looks solid. The black levels look excellent and the image shows some textured grain. This is another 'straight' transfer from Olive - no manipulation and a good representation of the source used. Detail has impressive moments and there was depth exported. The Blu-ray improved the presentation over an SD rendering and I was pleased with the appearance on my system.
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Audio is transferred via a DTS-HD Master mono track at 846 kbps. The musical numbers (Vera-Ellen singing, Harpo on a harp, or Chico on piano) sound quite clean and strong. The track exported a few instances of surprising depth. There are no subtitles and my Oppo has identified it as being a region 'A'-locked.
No supplements - not even a trailer which is the bare-bones route that Olive are going with their Blu-ray releases.
April 27th, 2014
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 5000 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.
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