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|S E A R C H D V D B e a v e r|
(Billy Wilder, 1972)
Review by Gary Tooze
Theatrical: The Mirisch Corporation
Video: Kino Lorber
Region: 'A' (as verified by the Oppo Blu-ray player)
Disc Size: 35,825,172,237 bytes
Feature Size: 28,072,740,864 bytes
Video Bitrate: 22.94 Mbps
Case: Standard Blu-ray case
Release date: October 10th, 2017
Aspect ratio: 1.85:1
Resolution: 1080p / 23.976 fps
Video codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video
DTS-HD Master Audio English 1562 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1562 kbps / 16-bit (DTS Core: 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 16-bit)
• Interview with star Juliet Mills (10:55)
Description:In this hilarious romantic comedy from legendary writer/director Billy Wilder (Some Like it Hot, Witness for the Prosecution) and screenwriter I.A.L. Diamond (One, Two, Three), a wealthy American (Jack Lemmon, How To Murder Your Wife) discovers true love while in Italy. This honey of a film is as delightful as the Wilder/Diamond/Lemmon classics Some Like It Hot and The Apartment. Businessman Wendell Armbruster, Jr. (Lemmon) is summoned to Italy after a car accident claims the lives of his father and his father's secret mistress. As the mistress' daughter (Juliet Mills, Beyond the Door) also arrives in town, the bodies of both of their parents disappear and the two instant foes are brought together in a baffling mystery... and an affair of the heart! Beautifully shot by Luigi Kuveiller (Investigation of a Citizen Above Suspicion) and featuring wonderful performances by Clive Revill (Modesty Blaise) and Edward Andrews (Elmer Gantry).
This enchanting yet dark romantic comedy stars Jack Lemmon and Juliet Mills as a pair of mismatched lovers helplessly drawn into a series of seemingly hopeless but humorous situations as in Lemmon's The Out-of -Towners two years earlier. Lemmon is Wendell Armbruster Jr., an overbearing American business tycoon forced to travel to the beautiful Italian island of Ischia to claim the body of his recently departed father. What begins with a rather elementary premise evolves into a succession of somber twists and turns, as Armbruster meets Pamela Piggott (Mills), the daughter of his father's mistress, who, Lemmon is appalled to learn, died alongside Armbruster Sr., while zipping through the Italian countryside in his sportscar. Even worse, the family who owns the vineyard that his father's car crashed into has stolen the bodies in exchange for damages. Although plagued with a plethora of such problems, as well as an inability to enjoy life (and the ulcers to prove it), Wendell eventually falls in love with Pamela, almost exactly as his father did with her mother.
A sunny black comedy about a stuffy American who meets an overweight Englishwoman on the tourist paradise of Ischia. Each has come to claim the body of a deceased parent - his father, her mother - only to discover that the dead pair were lovers and to find history inexorably repeating itself. The humour (derived largely from un-stereotypical national stereotypes, plus the inexhaustible confusion over luggage, hotel accommodations and bureaucratic red tape) is sometimes a little leisurely, while the camera has a tendency to linger over the travelogue scenery. But any longueurs are more than made up for by the same strangely moving undercurrent of tenderness that Wilder brought to The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes. Marvellous performances from Lemmon and Mills.Excerpt from TimeOut located HERE
Image : NOTE: The below Blu-ray captures were taken directly from the Blu-ray disc.
The dual-layered Kino Lorber Blu-ray of Avanti! looks solid in 1080P. Colors and detail are impressive in the 1.85:1 aspect ratio. The source is clean, and the many outdoor sequences or Capri and the Amalfi Coast, are bright looking beautiful. There is frequent depth and the image is free of speckles or distracting marks. This Blu-ray gave me a very watchable, and pleasurable, viewing in regards to the picture quality.
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Kino Lorber use a DTS-HD Master 2.0 channel track at 1562 kbps (16-bit) in the original English language. There aren't many aggressive effects in the film (plane, boats etc.) - there is no credited score (is it Carlo Rustichelli?) but we can hear Italian music like Senza Fine, A Tazza E' Café, Palcoscenico and a couple of numbers by Sergio Bruni. The dialogue was always audible. There are optional English subtitles (see sample above) offered and my Oppo has identified it as being a region 'A'-locked.
Kino include a new 11-minute interview with the lovely, 75-years young, Juliet Mills and one of Robert Fischer's Fiction Factory documentaries - an interview with New Zealand singer and character actor, Clive Revill running 1/4 hour. There is a trailer for the film and three other trailers.
October 5th, 2017