Growing up, I was a huge fan of Cary Grant, catching up with his classics from the '30s and keeping up with new productions like North by Northwest.
Hitting the '60s, appearances began to slow down. Only six after his final Hitchcock epic.
Olive has brought us two of those, The Grass is Greener (1960) and Father Goose (1964), both originally released through Universal.
As directed by Stanley Donen, who had previously done Indiscreet and Charade, two superb films, The Grass is Greener comes off as a bit of a fun comedy of manners, with a greet supporting cast -- Jean Simmons, Deborah Kerr and Robert Mitchum.
Produced in Technirama, this was a major production, and like many other TLA films, it was released reduction printed to 35mm Panavision and monaural audio.
But it looked extraordinary in its original dye transfer prints.
TGiG is now merely a shadow of itself, both visually and aurally. Is it worth releasing as a Blu-ray?
Knowing what it could look like, I'd say no.
Overall, it has decent color, albeit with a slightly faded look, lacking in pop and resolution. Blacks are almost nonexistent, and colors are decidedly okay.
On the audio front, dialogue is strangely sibilant, and unpleasant.
A wonderful film, and an extremely weak offering on Blu-ray.
Image - 2.5
Audio - 2