A few words about…™ They Might Be Giants — in Blu-ray

The HD master supplied to Kino Lorber, for this long-awaited Blu-ray, appears to have a bit of bottle age, could be sharper, and more stable, but does the trick for government work. 4 Stars

Anthony Harvey’s 1971, They Might Be Giants, is one of those delicious trifles, that’s always a pleasure.

It’s an unconventional rom-com, about a retired judge, who knows that he’s actually Sherlock Holmes, and the psychiatrist assigned to his case.

For those who may never have been aware of the film, it’s best viewed with no information up front. Main cast members are George C. Scott – going into TMBG directly after Patton, and Joanne Woodward, whose husband was a producer on the project.

Photographed on location, in Manhattan by Victor Kemper, and with a score by John Barry, it’s one of those little films that I love.

Tony Harvey had previously directed The Lion in Winter, and here, was re-united with his author and screenwriter, James Goldman – adapted from his play.

The HD master supplied to Kino Lorber, for this long-awaited Blu-ray, appears to have a bit of bottle age, could be sharper, and more stable, but does the trick for government work.

Extras include a featurette, and a commentary of sorts.

Image – 3.5

Audio – 5

Pass / Fail – Pass

Upgrade from DVD – Yes

Highly Recommended

RAH

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Robert Harris

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6 Comments

  1. Thanks for the review. I enjoyed your commentary track with Harvey but I did have a question about the film–since this was co-produced by Paul Newman (Newman-Foreman Productions), did Harvey indicate any other actor that he considered for the role of Playfair (I don't remember hearing anything in the commentary about it)? I'm on a George C. Scott run with The Hospital, this film, Oklahoma Crude and a couple of other films. Scott gives a marvelous performance here.

    Another question–is the transfer you provided the commentary track here for the same source used for the Blu-ray?

    Thanks for continuing to do these overviews.

  2. Robert Harris

    Anthony Harvey's 1971, They Might Be Giants, is one of those delicious trifles, that's always a pleasure.

    It's an unconventional rom-com, about a retired judge, who knows that he's actually Sherlock Holmes, and the psychiatrist assigned to his case.

    For those who may never have been aware of the film, it's best viewed with no information up front. Main cast members are George C. Scott – going into TMBG directly after Patton, and Joanne Woodward, whose husband was a producer on the project.

    Photographed on location, in Manhattan by Victor Kemper, and with a score by John Barry, it's one of those little films that I love.

    Tony Harvey had previously directed The Lion in Winter, and here, was re-united with his author and screenwriter, James Goldman – adapted from his play.

    The HD master supplied to Kino Lorber, for this long-awaited Blu-ray, appears to have a bit of bottle age, could be sharper, and more stable, but does the trick for government work.

    Extras include a featurette, and a commentary of sorts.

    Image – 3.5

    Audio – 5

    Pass / Fail – Pass

    Upgrade from DVD – Yes

    Highly Recommended

    RAH

    Also one other question about the shorter version–I enjoy what was the additional footage shot for?

  3. Wayne Klein

    Thanks for the review. I enjoyed your commentary track with Harvey but I did have a question about the film–since this was co-produced by Paul Newman (Newman-Foreman Productions), did Harvey indicate any other actor that he considered for the role of Playfair (I don't remember hearing anything in the commentary about it)? I'm on a George C. Scott run with The Hospital, this film, Oklahoma Crude and a couple of other films. Scott gives a marvelous performance here.

    Another question–is the transfer you provided the commentary track here for the same source used for the Blu-ray?

    Thanks for continuing to do these overviews.

    The track was produced for the DVD aeons ago. Unfortunately, Mr. Harvey has left us, and I never asked, but one would presume not.

  4. Watched this over the weekend, have not yet listened to the commentary but looking forward to it. I also recently watched another Harvey directed picture, Eagle's Wing from 1979…the stories about him when he was working on that picture portrayed him as being a bit…well…out of his mind. Not sure if that had to do with the circumstances or…well…I really don't know.

    This is a fun goofy little film though and there seems to be a bit in it that was later borrowed for both The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai and Wes Anderson's The Life Aquatic (who I think was borrowing from Buckaroo Banzai and not this).

    Good stuff, happy to have this picture on blu-ray.

  5. Richard Kaufman

    Does the new blu have the ending in the supermarket?

    Well, there is a sequence in a supermarket but that is not where the film ends.

    Spoiler: SPOILER

    This is advertised as including scenes that I believe were not shown theatrically. Honestly, I never saw this film in a theater, I saw it once decades ago on television. So, I could not identify which scenes were added and which had never been shown. It all plays well as it is, so there do not seem to be any scenes that stood out as something that may have been cut but now reinstated.

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