Smile (1975) needs a Blu-ray

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  1. MatthewA

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    I just got back from a 35mm screening of Michael Ritchie's 1975 film Smile, and not only does it hold up extremely well as a film, as a satire of beauty pageants and the whole idea of trying to put on a pleasant façade when your life is going to #2, but the quality of the print (yes, it had the Transamerica "T" logo) takes away any excuse MGM had for dumping out the old laserdisc transfer onto a non-anamorphic DVD.

    Maybe Twilight Time wants it.
     
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    Yep, a very underrated satire that deserves far more loving care than it has ever received.
     
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    Buy it in a second. Enjoyed the picture and it's satire. Not sure why it failed so miserably.
     
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    You said the box office curse word..."satire."

    Has any film satire other than Dr. Strangelove been a commercial hit?
     
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    Maybe Murder By Death.
     
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    The Peter Sellers factor, perhaps?
     
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    Wasn't Elysium a satire???
     
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    I guess it tried to be kinda/sorta, albeit clumsily.

    Elysium was certainly closer than Murder by Death or Sellers' Clouseau films, which were parodies/spoofs, not satires.
     
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    My wife and I saw this in '75 and loved it. But then again, we love satire. We saw the original B'way production of Chicago and were practically the only people laughing and enjoying the show.
     
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    True! "Satire is what closes on Saturday night"-- George S. Kaufman
     
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    Tropic Thunder.
     
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    I'd say Parody...and rather broad at that.
     
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    I'd say both The Hospital and Network were satires that were hits.
     
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    This, BAD NEWS BEARS, DOWNHILL RACER and THE CANDIDATE would make welcome Blu-rays as well.
     
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    Touché. :P

    ...although the former was more satirical, the latter was more of a hit.
     
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    Brad here. I think I caught this on TV somewhere in 1977 or so, probably edited of course for television. Of course with all the pretty girls, they had to include a gaggle of horn-dog teen boys trying to take nasty pics of the girls (using a now-primitive Polaroid SX-70 camera). Might make a interesting "time capsule" on blu. Being only 16 myself at the time, I kinda got a laugh. Today if I had daughters that age, I'd be in full combat hunter-killer mode for those boys.
     
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    The Hospital is another UA 1970s satire that could use a Blu-ray, as well as Norman Lear's Cold Turkey, which, like Smile, featured Paul Benedict in a small role and only has a non-anamorphic DVD.
     
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