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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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Comparison: 

Sony Pictures - Region 1 - NTSC vs. Sony Pictures (2-disc - 40th Anniversary Edition) - Region 1, 4 - NTSC vs. Twilight Time - Region FREE - Blu-ray vs. Indicator (UK) - Region FREE - Blu-ray vs. Sony (50th Anniversary) - Region FREE - Blu-ray

 

1) Sony - Region 1 - NTSC - LEFT

2) Sony (Anniversary Edition) - Region 1, 4 - NTSC - SECOND

3) Twilight Time - Region FREE - Blu-ray - THIRD

4) Indicator - Region FREE - Blu-ray - FOURTH

5) Sony - Region FREE - Blu-ray - RIGHT

 

Box Covers

 

 

Distribution

Sony Pictures

Region 1 - NTSC

Sony Pictures (40th Anniversary Edition)

Region 1, 4 - NTSC

Twilight Time
Region FREE -
Blu-ray
Indicator (UK)
Region FREE -
Blu-ray
Sony
Region FREE -
Blu-ray

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 1:48:06.354 1:48:10.275 1:48:08.482

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

1.85:1 Disc Size: 46,586,664,143 bytes

Feature Size: 29,802,835,968 bytes

Total Bitrate: 29.98 Mbps

Dual-layered Blu-ray MPEG4 - AVC

1.85:1 Disc Size: 47,498,691,372 bytes

Feature Size: 36,710,483,520 bytes

Total Bitrate: 34.96 Mbps

Dual-layered Blu-ray MPEG4 - AVC

1.85:1 Disc Size: 42,877,670,771 bytes

Feature Size: 29,401,565,184 bytes

Total Bitrate: 27.93 Mbps

Dual-layered Blu-ray MPEG4 - AVC

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)

Bitrate: Twilight Time Blu-ray

Bitrate: Indicator Blu-ray

Bitrate: Sony Blu-ray

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)

DTS-HD Master Audio English 2066 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 2066 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 24-bit)
Commentary:

DTS-HD Master Audio English 977 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 977 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 2.0 / 48 kHz / 768 kbps / 24-bit)
Isolated Score:

DTS-HD Master Audio English 1548 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1548 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 2.0 / 48 kHz / 768 kbps / 24-bit)

LPCM Audio English 1152 kbps 1.0 / 48 kHz / 1152 kbps / 24-bit
DTS-HD Master Audio English 3337 kbps 5.1 / 48 kHz / 3337 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 5.1 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 24-bit)
Isolated Score:

LPCM Audio Undetermined 2304 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 2304 kbps / 24-bit

DTS-HD Master Audio English 3309 kbps 5.1 / 48 kHz / 3309 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 5.1 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 24-bit)
DTS-HD Master Audio English 2328 kbps 3.0 / 48 kHz / 2328 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 3.0 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 24-bit)
DUBs:

Dolby Digital Audio French 192 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 192 kbps
Dolby Digital Audio Spanish 192 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 192 kbps

Subtitles English, French, None English, French, Spanish, None English (SDH), None English (SDH), None English (SDH), 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
Keep case

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
• 
Featurette: A Special Kind of Love
• 
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
 Keep Case

Chapters 14

Release Information:
Studio:
Twilight Time

 

1.85:1 Disc Size: 46,586,664,143 bytes

Feature Size: 29,802,835,968 bytes

Total Bitrate: 29.98 Mbps

Dual-layered Blu-ray MPEG4 - AVC

 

Edition Details:
• Audio Commentary with Film Historians Eddy Friedfeld, Lee Pfeiffer, and Paul Scrabo
• Isolated Score Track
• Introductions by Karen Kramer (2:44), Steven Spielberg (1:07), Tom Brokaw (2:46), and Quincy Jones (2:50)
• A Love Story for Today (29:53)
• A Special Kind of Love (17:15)
• Stanley Kramer: A Man’s Search for Truth (16:57)
• Stanley Kramer Accepts the Irving Thalberg Award (2:01)
• 2007 Producers Guild Stanley Kramer Award Presentation to An Inconvenient Truth (4:37)
• Original Theatrical Trailer
(2:37)

• Teaser trailer (1:04)

• 8-page liner notes by Julie Kirgo
Limited to 3,000 units

 

Blu-ray Release Date: August, 2015
White Blu-ray case

Chapters 24

Release Information:
Studio: Indicator

 

1.85:1 Disc Size: 47,498,691,372 bytes

Feature Size: 36,710,483,520 bytes

Total Bitrate: 34.96 Mbps

Dual-layered Blu-ray MPEG4 - AVC

 

Edition Details:
• Four Introductions (2007): Karen Kramer (2:43); Steven Spielberg (1:05); Tom Brokaw (2:45); Quincy Jones (2:48)
• A Love Story for Today (2007, 29:53): production retrospective
• A Special Kind of Love (2007, 17:14): documentary featuring archival recordings of Katharine Hepburn
• Stanley Kramer: A Man’s Search for Truth (2007, 16:56): a look at Kramer’s vision
• Stanley Kramer Accepts the Irving Thalberg Award (1961, 1:59)
• 2007 Producers Guild Stanley Kramer Award Presentation to An Inconvenient Truth (4:36)
• Isolated score: experience Frank DeVol’s original soundtrack music
• Image gallery: promotional photography
• Original theatrical trailer (2:37)
• Teaser trailer (1:04)
• Limited edition exclusive 20-page booklet with a new essay by the BFI’s Tega Okiti and a critical overview by Jeff Billington
• UK Blu-ray premiere
• Limited Dual Format Edition of 3,000 copies
Dual format edition

Blu-ray Release Date:
November 28th, 2016
Transparent
Blu-ray Case

Chapters: 12

Release Information:
Studio:
Sony
 

1.85:1 Disc Size: 42,877,670,771 bytes

Feature Size: 29,401,565,184 bytes

Total Bitrate: 27.93 Mbps

Dual-layered Blu-ray MPEG4 - AVC

 

Edition Details:
• Four Introductions (2007): Karen Kramer (2:43); Steven Spielberg (1:05); Tom Brokaw (2:45); Quincy Jones (2:48)  - 9:39 in total
• A Love Story for Today (2007, 29:53): production retrospective
• A Special Kind of Love (2007, 17:15): documentary featuring archival recordings of Katharine Hepburn
• Stanley Kramer: A Man’s Search for Truth (2007, 16:56): a look at Kramer’s vision
• Stanley Kramer Accepts the Irving Thalberg Award (1961, 2:04)
• 2007 Producers Guild Stanley Kramer Award Presentation to An Inconvenient Truth (4:38)
• Photo Gallery (4:10)

• Trailer (2:37)

DigiBook case with essay by Gil Robertson, photos

Blu-ray Release Date:
February 7th, 2017
Blu-ray DigiBook

Chapters: 16

 

 

 

Comments:

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

ADDITION: Sony - Region FREE - Blu-rays (January 2017): The Sony Blu-ray is labeled as a '50th Anniversary Edition'. It has a handsome Digi-book packaging. The a/v quality matches the other two Blu-rays with only some pixel-shifts supporting grain as a differentiation. They have the DTS-HD Master 5.1 bump in lossless as well as a 3.0 channel uncompressed plus two lossy DUB options. Subtitles are available and the video extras match all previous excepting it does not have the isolated score and the booklet (30-pages) is part of the Digi-book case. No limited edition and it's very reasonably priced (32% OFF Pre-order at the writing of this review) - so for many, pragmatic consumers, it's an easy choice to snap-up.

***

ADDITION: Twilight Time / Indicator - Region FREE - Blu-rays (November 2016): The Indicator Blu-rays we have reviewed to date - Christine, Body Double, 10 Rillington Place, To Sir, With Love do seem to have a synergy with Twilight Time - similar a/v, similar extras including isolated scores - also limited editions (3,000 or 5,000 units), Region FREE etc.. Guess Who's Coming to Dinner is the same and it certainly indicates a relationship of some sort. The 1080P image quality is very strong and I can't distinguish any strong differences with the Twilight Time. The HD advances handily beyond the SD with richer colors, depth and better grain/texture support.

Where Twilight Time usually use DTS-HD Master transfers for the audio, Indicator utilize linear PCM tracks (both 24-bit.) My ears aren't capable of determining much of a difference but in this case Indicator also give the option of a DTS-HD Master 5.1 bump. I only briefly sampled it but I don't think the film lends itself to discreet separations.  Frank De Vol's (The Flight of the Phoenix, The Dirty Dozen, Kiss Me Deadly, The Big Knife (1955), What Ever Happened To Baby Jane?, McLintock) poignant and gentle score is able to advance the film's drama and occasional humor. Both Blu-ray editions offer optional English (SDH) subtitles, isolated scores, and both are region FREE and limited to 3,000 units.

Extras for both mimic the 2008 Anniversary DVD with the separate introductions by Spielberg, Brokaw, Quincy Jones and Karen Kramer, the 3 featurettes: A Love Story of Today, A Special Kind of Love and Stanley Kramer: A Man's Search For Truth, Kramer accepting the Irving Thalberg Award and 2007 Producer's Guild Award - a trailer and a teaser. But there are some differences - Twilight Time add a commentary with film historians Eddy Friedfeld, Lee Pfeiffer, and Paul Scrabo (and they are a good team - see our reviews of Schrader's Hardcore, The Laughing Policeman and Cat Ballou.) Indicator have a limited edition exclusive 20-page booklet with a new essay by the BFI’s Tega Okiti and a critical overview by Jeff Billington and the UK package includes a second disc DVD (Dual-Format.)

Both Blu-rays are great releases for this iconic film. Those keen on commentaries may wish to get the Twilight Time while they still can but the Indicator is also a formidable release. Both have our highest recommendation!          

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ON THE DVDs: 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


DVD Menus

(Sony Pictures - Region 1 - NTSC LEFT vs. Sony Pictures (Anniversary Edition) - Region 1, 4 - NTSC RIGHT)

 
 
 

 

DVD Disc 2

 

Twilight Time - Region FREE - Blu-ray

 

 

Indicator - Region FREE - Blu-ray

 

 

Sony - Region FREE - Blu-ray

 

 

 

Blu-ray Extras

 


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1) Sony - Region 1 - NTSC - TOP

2) Sony (Anniversary Edition) - Region 1, 4 - NTSC - SECOND

3) Twilight Time - Region FREE - Blu-ray - THIRD

4) Sony - Region FREE - Blu-ray - BOTTOM

Subtitle Sample: Not exact frame

 


 

1) Sony - Region 1 - NTSC - TOP

2) Sony (Anniversary Edition) - Region 1, 4 - NTSC - SECOND

3) Twilight Time - Region FREE - Blu-ray - THIRD

4) Indicator - Region FREE - Blu-ray - FOURTH

5) Sony - Region FREE - Blu-ray - BOTTOM

 


1) Sony - Region 1 - NTSC - TOP

2) Sony (Anniversary Edition) - Region 1, 4 - NTSC - SECOND

3) Twilight Time - Region FREE - Blu-ray - THIRD

4) Indicator - Region FREE - Blu-ray - FOURTH

5) Sony - Region FREE - Blu-ray - BOTTOM

 


1) Sony - Region 1 - NTSC - TOP

2) Sony (Anniversary Edition) - Region 1, 4 - NTSC - SECOND

3) Twilight Time - Region FREE - Blu-ray - THIRD

4) Indicator - Region FREE - Blu-ray - FOURTH

5) Sony - Region FREE - Blu-ray - BOTTOM

 


1) Sony - Region 1 - NTSC - TOP

2) Sony (Anniversary Edition) - Region 1, 4 - NTSC - SECOND

3) Twilight Time - Region FREE - Blu-ray - THIRD

4) Indicator - Region FREE - Blu-ray - BOTTOM

 


 

1) Sony - Region 1 - NTSC - TOP

2) Sony (Anniversary Edition) - Region 1, 4 - NTSC - SECOND

3) Twilight Time - Region FREE - Blu-ray - THIRD

4) Indicator - Region FREE - Blu-ray - BOTTOM

 


1) Sony - Region 1 - NTSC - TOP

2) Sony (Anniversary Edition) - Region 1, 4 - NTSC - SECOND

3) Twilight Time - Region FREE - Blu-ray - THIRD

4) Indicator - Region FREE - Blu-ray - BOTTOM

 


1) Sony - Region 1 - NTSC - TOP

2) Sony (Anniversary Edition) - Region 1, 4 - NTSC - SECOND

3) Twilight Time - Region FREE - Blu-ray - THIRD

4) Indicator - Region FREE - Blu-ray - BOTTOM

 



Report Card:

 

Image:

Blu-rays

Sound:

Indicator Blu-ray

Extras: Twilight Time Blu-ray
Box Covers

 

 

Distribution

Sony Pictures

Region 1 - NTSC

Sony Pictures (40th Anniversary Edition)

Region 1, 4 - NTSC

Twilight Time
Region FREE -
Blu-ray
Indicator (UK)
Region FREE -
Blu-ray
Sony
Region FREE -
Blu-ray

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.

                

Indicator (Powerhouse) initial slate of Blu-rays
Spine #001 Spine #002 Spine #003 Spine #004

Spine #005

Spine #006

Spine #008 Spine #010 Spine #012 Spine #013 Spine #019 Spine #020

 


 


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