A few words about…™ Irma La Douce — in Blu-ray

Upgrade from DVD and earlier Blu-rays - Absolutely! 4 Stars

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!

Highly Recommended

Published by

Robert Harris

editor,contributor

13 Comments

  1. I've had this on pre-order for a while. Glad to hear it has the RAH seal of approval.

    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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. RJGT

    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.

    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.

    btw, welcome to the Forum!

  5. After having been suckered into buying the French Blu-ray by a RAVE here and knowing in my heart of heart it was only going to be the transfer used for the DVD, which it was with lots of DNR added to smooth it out, well, fool me once and never again, so I cannot wait to see this.

  6. 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.

  7. YES, YES and YES !!!

    One more Wilder.
    One more Lemmon and MacLaine.
    One more Previn.
    One more LaShelle.
    One more 4K scan from the OCN.

    And…most of all…it's "Gorgeous", too.:)

  8. bujaki

    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 believe the entire score is there (I heard at least Valse Milieu) but it's all used for background scoring a la Fanny.

  9. Having written the liner notes for the soundtrack release of Irma La Douce – Previn used, I believe only three pieces from the Broadway score – Our Language of Love, Dis-Donc, and Valse Milieu. I should look at my liner notes to be sure 🙂

    I think people forget how huge a hit this film was – fifth highest grossing picture of the year.

  10. haineshisway

    […]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",

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