A Few Words About A few words about...™ The Apartment -- in Blu-ray

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  1. Robert Harris

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    Many Blu-ray home theater fans have been patiently waiting to add more Academy Award winning Best Pictures to their libraries, and in the past months, an amazingly pleasant number have been added.


    If we return to September, the Best Picture of 1959 - Ben-Hur


    November - West Side Story - 1961


    January - Wings - 1927

    Rebecca - 1940

    The Apartment - 1960

    Annie Hall - 1977

    The English Patient - 1996

    Shakespeare in Love - 1998


    February - All Quiet on the Western Front - 1930


    March - Out of Africa (a replacement for the poor quality first release). In honor of their 100th Universal should actually do a swap on this title for all those who purchased it on Blu-ray presuming a quality release.


    Ten Blu-ray Best Pictures in just several months is huge, especially considering that quite a few a still missing in standard definition. I'm also betting that others will only make it to Blu-ray via the auspices of Twilight Time.


    But let's take a look at The Apartment, a Blu-ray that may have emerged from the shadows from specific vendors, which is a pity, as it should be easily available.


    Directed by the incomparable Billy Wilder, from a screenplay by Mr. Wilder and I.A.L. Diamond.


    One might look at this film as a combination of How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying and Mad Men. While it is far darker than the former, a sweet musical comedy, as a 1960 production, it's also far tamer than the latter.


    For the uninitiated, what you'll find in The Apartment, is brilliant writing, great acting, gorgeous black & white cinematography by Joseph LaShelle (Laura, Hangover Square, Irma La Douce, The Chase).


    On Blu-ray the film looks very nice. It appears to have been taken from a fine grain master, and while the transfer may not be the most recent, it does a nice job of representing the film. Nice blacks, decent gray scale, normal grain. The image is generally without problems, and clean, although a bit of weave is noted. No problems.


    Everything about the production is top quality, as would would presume under the Mirisch Company banner.


    For those who don't know the film, it should be a blind buy. Those that do most likely already have it on order.


    Recommended.


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    Thanks for the positive review, Robert...my order from Target.com shipped last week and should arrive in the next few days!!!
     
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    Indeed, thanks. It's always good to hear that one can purchase a promising catalog release without trepidation.
     
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    The Apartment is one I've been longing for on Blu-ray. Black & White 'Scope is a format I really like, with titles such as Manhattan, The Longest Day, The Diary on Anne Frank and so on. I notice that you (probably on purpose) omitted mention of one Best Picture winner that was also released during that time period ;)
     
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    Great that many Oscar winning Best Pictures are being released on bluray -- one I dearly wish would be released -- and very soon -- would be the Oscar winner of 1955, "Marty" with a commentary track by Ernest Borgnine (please!!)
     
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    I wouldn't mind seeing Marty as a criterion special edition along the lines of Twelve Angry Men. The tv version with Rod Steiger would make a great supplement.
     
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    Add to that, The Deer Hunter is out on Blu March 3rd. Just happened to see the artwork posted at The Bits. Did I miss the announcement? I had no idea.
     
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    The Apartment does not include the original MONO soundtrack. See DVD Savant review.

    Marty would need to include the deleted scene in the DVD but was in the VHS version.
     
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    I am glad to read that the transfer for this terrific film was well done. My only complaint has been the difficulty in finding a copy to purchase. I finally ended up ordering it from DVD Empire.
     
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    In terms of famous and Oscar friendly movies arriving on Bluray - cleopatra just came out in UK and from the hexagons on the discs would seem to suggest this is a region free release. What I've seen so far looks nice.
     
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    The test for this Blu-ray release must surely be this - how clearly do we see the nasal spray?
     
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    Heh - pretty clearly! It's easily visible when it spritzes out of the bottle...
     
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    Nasal spray. Like all previous viewings, I was coughing and sneezing within half an hour of the initial elevator sequence.


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    Can't find a place to buy it? You can win it. We have one copy of The Apartment to give away to a lucky HTF member. To enter send an email to contest 'at' hometheaterforum.com with the code word in the subject line, and you user name, full name and address in the body of the email. The word can be found hidden in Matt's official HTF review of the Apartment on Blu-ray. Winners must have a US or Canadian shipping address, be over 18 and a member of HTF. The winner will be drawn at random from all emails received with the correct code word in the subject line. Contest runs through Sunday 2/5/12. Good luck!
     
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    It's worth mentioning that the theme song to The Apartment was a Top Ten hit single for Ferrante & Teicher in 1960. According to Billboard, the theme song actually was written in 1949 and was released under the title "Jealous Lover." I don't know if this is mentioned in the credits as I don't have the BD yet.
     
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    And as explained in one of the bonus features, it's actually milk that sprays out so it would show up better. It was Lemmon's idea which Wilder greatly appreciated.
     
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    I'm guessing since the HTF members voted it the worst blu-ray release of 2011 (and worst catalog release of 2011) 1964's Best Picture winner which was released in November 2011 doesn't rate inclusion in the above list


    other best pictures released in 2011: "All About Eve" (1950), "Dances With Wolves" (1990) "Rain Man" (1988) "Platoon" (1986) and "Midnight Cowboy" (1969)



    (1964 being My Fair Lady)
     
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    Was very happy with Eve, Dances, and Midnight Cowboy. I don't own the others. Will pick up The Apartment eventually. Would also like to see In the Heat of the Night.
     
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    I was referencing domestic, (the Colonies) Blu-ray releases, just in the past months. I'm unaware of a release of the 1964 Best Picture.


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    You're one funny fellow, Mr. Harris! :)
     

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