A few words about…™ My Favorite Year – in Blu-ray

4 Stars

Richard Benjamin’s first foray into direction, was a relatively low-budget affair, shot on both coasts – location in various parts of New York, and studio work at M-G-M in Culver City.

It was photographed by one of my favorite cinematographers, who would work equally well in black & white, as well as that new-fangled Eastman Color.

Black & white, think Fail-Safe and the brilliant Young Frankenstein. Color, Goodbye, Columbus (there’s that connection) and Last Summer.

My Favorite Year (1982) is one of my favorite films. Not just of the era, but ever.

I’ve always considered it to be the last of the great Errol Flynn films, although strangely, Mr. Flynn, who was unavailable, is played not by an Australian, but rather, by some Englishman.

Regardless, for those who are unaware, I suggest you order a copy immediately – possibly avoid Amazon – and place it at the top of your “to view” pile.

It’s That good!

With huge thanks to Warner Archive of finally making this available as a Blu-ray!

As an extra, a quality commentary by herr director.

Image – 5

Audio – 5

Pass / Fail – Pass

Upgrade from DVD – You’d better believe it

Very Highly Recommended

RAH

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Robert Harris

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31 Comments

  1. Robert Harris

    Richard Benjamin's first foray into direction, was a relatively low-budget affair, shot on both coasts – location in various parts of New York, and studio work at M-G-M in Culver City.

    It was photographed by one of my favorite cinematographers, who would work equally well in black & white, as well as that new-fangled Eastman Color.

    Black & white, think Fail-Safe and the brilliant Young Frankenstein. Color, Goodbye, Columbus (there's that connection) and Last Summer.

    My Favorite Year (1982) is one of my favorite films. Not just of the era, but ever.

    I've always considered it to be the last of the great Errol Flynn films, although strangely, Mr. Flynn, who was unavailable, is played not by an Australian, but rather, by some Englishman.

    Regardless, for those who are unaware, I suggest you order a copy immediately – possibly avoid Amazon – and place it at the top of your "to view" pile.

    It's That good!

    With huge thanks to Warner Archive of finally making this available as a Blu-ray!

    As an extra, a quality commentary by herr director.

    Image – 5

    Audio – 5

    Pass / Fail – Pass

    Upgrade from DVD – You'd better believe it

    Very Highly Recommended

    RAH

    Thanks for the early review, RAH. One of my favorite comedies and films ever! I think the only person who would not like this film is Boss Hijack himself:)!!!

  2. Tino

    Again, why?

    Don;t know why Amazon has had issues for the last 6-9 months with most of the WAC discs, but it's happened to more discs than not.
    Yet another Amazon distributor issue — Disney, WAC, Universal and Sony Allied Vaughn pressed MODs, general Warner titles.
    More releases than not it appears Amazon has little ability to deliver on time or even within several weeks of release.

  3. Garysb

    Learn something new all the time. I am surprised this very New York set film had its interiors filmed in Culver City. Was anything filmed at 30 Rock?

    Apparently, only exteriors, and possibly lobby. One would have to look closely. Or may be noted in the commentary, which I find quite open and honest.

  4. Robert Harris

    Apparently, only exteriors, and possibly lobby. One would have to look closely. Or may be noted in the commentary, which I find quite open and honest.

    I visited the rooftop set when my friend was filming a part in Billy Wilder's Buddy Buddy!

  5. Robert Harris

    Richard Benjamin's first foray into direction, was a relatively low-budget affair, shot on both coasts – location in various parts of New York, and studio work at M-G-M in Culver City.

    It was photographed by one of my favorite cinematographers, who would work equally well in black & white, as well as that new-fangled Eastman Color.

    Black & white, think Fail-Safe and the brilliant Young Frankenstein. Color, Goodbye, Columbus (there's that connection) and Last Summer.

    My Favorite Year (1982) is one of my favorite films. Not just of the era, but ever.

    I've always considered it to be the last of the great Errol Flynn films, although strangely, Mr. Flynn, who was unavailable, is played not by an Australian, but rather, by some Englishman.

    Regardless, for those who are unaware, I suggest you order a copy immediately – possibly avoid Amazon – and place it at the top of your "to view" pile.

    It's That good!

    With huge thanks to Warner Archive of finally making this available as a Blu-ray!

    As an extra, a quality commentary by herr director.

    Image – 5

    Audio – 5

    Pass / Fail – Pass

    Upgrade from DVD – You'd better believe it

    Very Highly Recommended

    RAH
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  6. Garysb

    Learn something new all the time. I am surprised this very New York set film had its interiors filmed in Culver City. Was anything filmed at 30 Rock?

    According to production notes, the interior of Swann’s hotel suite, a building rooftop, the sixth floor of NBC Studios, and the Stork Club restaurant were all recreated on Stages 27 and 30 of M-G-M’s Culver City, CA, studios.

  7. atcolomb

    Mel Brooks was the executive producer and Peter O' Toole gives another great performance.

    The scene where Swann finds out he’s doing his scenes on live television is one of the best examples of acting that I can think of- his anxiety and terror comes across as real.

  8. David Deeb

    One of my favorite movies ever. I can't wait for this. And one of my favorite jokes ever too.

    Doug Otte

    "Welcome to our humble chapeau." That one?

    That's a good one too, but I love the one of the 2 stockbrokers on the balcony.

    Spoiler: spoiler
  9. My copy arrived yesterday to my surprise. After two "hurry up and wait" WAC orders from Amazon, I used Best Buy this time.

    This is one of my all-time favorite movies.

    We watched it last night and were not disappointed. It's a huge step up from the DVD. There's still a brief odd optical effect weirdness that happens during the rooftop scene but it's over quickly. It was on the DVD too but much more obvious.

  10. It looks like another winner from Warner Archive and a perfect chance to revisit it for the first time in years.

    jan goorsky

    Story line is very close to Neil Simon's "Laughter on the 23rd Floor". Watch Lainie Kazan try out the Jewish Mother character that she later used on "The Nanny"

    Actually, she was Fran's aunt Frieda; Renée Taylor, who played the actress playing Eva Braun in the original Producers, was Fran's mother. Lainie was Dr. Fiscus's (Howie Mandel) mother on St. Elsewhere, which started on NBC the same year this movie came out.

  11. Actually, Mr. O'toole was Irish, not English. I am surprised no one heretofore caught this. During my senior year in college at University of St. Andrews, Scotland, I had the good fortune to catch Mr. O'toole on stage in a London production of "Pygmalion". It was alarmingly obvious from the outset he had a very hoarse voice. I half expected him at any moment to throw up his hands and proclaim to the audience that he simply could not continue – with, of course, typical O'toole flamboyance. Nevertheless, he shouldered on to the finish. Quite a trooper. He remains my favorite actor and this was one of my favorite O'toole performances. Alas, we shall not see his like again. A final note: In his biography of Mr. O'toole, author Nicholas Wapshott begins with this cogent sentence: "If there is one single fact which would explain Peter O'toole's wayward character, it is that he was born an Irishman."

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