Finally, Billy Wilder’s 1963 Irma La Douce, gets its due, with a new 4k OCN scan.
And it’s gorgeous.
Great color, densities, a nice light grain structure. It’s all there.
A solid release from Kino Lorber, of a terrific film.
Just pick up a copy, and enjoy.
Image – 5
Audio – 5
Pass / Fail – Pass
Upgrade from DVD and earlier Blu-rays – Absolutely!
This is one of my favorite Wilder films. Can't wait to get an eyeful of Alexandre Trauner's amazing Parisian street scenes in Hi Def.
I didn't bother to watch IRMA on DVD because for me the film works because of the detail of the costumes and sets that create this imaginary Paris that we all secretly--or perhaps not so secretly-- want to live in. And while the story and performances can be--in the right frame of mind--wonderful, it's that detailed fantasy of a Parisian Never-land brought about through the collaboration of Billy Wilder and Alexander Trauner that supports everything else. Without that foundation, the movie suffers.I loved this when I first saw it but was disappointed when I finally saw it again on DVD. As a big fan of Billy Wilder, the high praise and recommendation by Mr. Harris has again spurred me to order something I thought I wouldn't want and gives me high hopes that I'll rediscover why I liked it so much those many years ago. My collection would be much poorer without Robert Harris offering his stellar reviews. And I haven't been disappointed yet when following his recommendations.
btw, welcome to the Forum!
- Sep 30, 2001
- Jul 1, 2008
I believe the entire score is there (I heard at least Valse Milieu) but it's all used for background scoring a la Fanny.What would have made this film even doucer to my ears would have been the inclusion of the full Broadway score, not just one song (Dis donc). Last time I saw this delightful film was via a beautiful 35mm print. Now we know this BD will be as gorgeous, or even better than that print, so I'll be adding this disc to my collection without any doubts.
I think people forget how huge a hit this film was - fifth highest grossing picture of the year.
5th, eh? No slim pickins there, in the year of "The Great Escape", "Hud", "Cleopatra", "Tom Jones", "How The West Was Won", "Lilies of the Field", "The V.I.P's", "The Cardinal", "This Sporting Life","The L-Shaped Room", "Bye Bye Birdie" and "It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World",[...]I think people forget how huge a hit this film was - fifth highest grossing picture of the year.
- Feb 8, 2002
- Real Name
The color doesn't pop as it should, it's pretty soft at times, and nothing about it seems like what's advertised
Um, OK. Something's not right here somewhere.The gorgeous color on this transfer made this movie fun to watch. ... it is a visual treat.
I totally agree with you. I would dearly love to see the show as a musical. Maybe one day someone will make a musical film of the show. I have a love/hate view of the film. Don't hate it but don't rave over it. I am a great fan of both McLaine and Lemmon,having seen both actors perform live on stage but IRMA was not Lemmon's finest hour. Unfortunately not all great Broadway musicals make it to film.ON THE TWENTIETH CENTURY was brilliant on Broadway with Kevin Kline and Imogene Coco and all the songs were unforgettable. CARNIVAL was another classic musical with unforgettable music that was never filmed.CATS was eventually filmed on a studio set ,for home cinema (John Mill's final performance) but nearly forty years after it's stage premiere ,it is only just now about to be filmed . I guess there is always hope in be able to see other great musicals make it to film.While I don't hate it, I'm not a fan of the film but I'll keep my mouth shut lest I offend the film's fans. My lack of enthusiasm for the film is only partially because I'm a fan of the delightful Broadway musical it's based on and never understood the mentality of "Let's buy the film rights to this musical and eliminate all the songs!". But I am a huge fan of Miss MacLaine and RAH's rave review of the transfer will have me buying it in spite of my lukewarm interest in the film itself.