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A Few Words About A few words about...™ The Glass Bottom Boat - in Blu-ray

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  1. Message #1 of 67 Apr 12, 2019
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    Robert Harris

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    As is usually the case, Warner Archive's new Blu-ray of the 1966 M-G-M film, The Glass Bottom Boat, is a stunner.

    What it has going for it, is some beautifully photographed scenery around Catalina Island.

    Other than that, the Frank Tashlin "comedy," really isn't much of one. The gags never seem to work.

    While I've always been a fan of Rod Taylor and Doris Day, this one is for their most stalwart fans only. As for Arthur Godfrey - never like the man, and he can't act.

    A pity, as the new release is A quality.

    One of the questions I ask myself at times like this, is "does the film simply not stand the test of time, or was it not terribly good upon initial release?"

    Image - 5

    Audio - 5

    Pass / Fail - Pass

    RAH

     
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    It can be both! :D

    "GBB" is fascinating as a document of bad combovers. The Blu-ray makes it clearer than ever that poor Rod Taylor was battling baldness in 1966, and he wasn't alone among the castmembers!
     
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    Well, being a fan of both Doris Day and Rod Taylor, I might buy this disc even though the film is nothing special. I'm a sucker for really good Blu-ray discs!
     
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    I lapped this one up like it was honey! But I'll be upfront, I adore Doris Day even in drek but I do think Glass Bottom Boat is cute. Hell, I'm even a big fan of Caprice which many consider one of DD's worst. Actually, the only DD film that pains me to watch is The Ballad Of Josie but other than that dud, if Doris is in it, it goes to the head of the class.
     
  5. Robert Harris

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    I’ll go with Calamity Jane
     
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    Liked the film and seeing Rod & Doris together with Paul Lynde with his snarky performance. Love the theme song sung by Doris but the ending became too goofy for me.
     
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    I read somewhere that she was considered for SOUTH PACIFIC, but somehow ruined her chance to be in it.
     
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    To me, she's a bit too over the top in CALAMITY JANE. I think my favorite musicals of hers are ROMANCE ON THE HIGH SEAS and THE PAJAMA GAME.
     
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    She ruined her chance to be Nellie when she was asked to sing at a party that Josh Logan attended and she declined. At least, that's what I've always heard.
     
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    I enjoy the film for the most part. Great supporting cast (including the Kravitzes. :lol:) And it is MILES ahead of the awful Day-Taylor film, Do Not Disturb.
     
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    Day in 3-strip Technicolor - but only "Calamity Jane" is available on Blu :angry:

    Romance on the High Seas (1948)

    My Dream Is Yours (1949)

    It's a Great Feeling (1949)

    Tea for Two (1950)

    Lullaby of Broadway (1951)

    On Moonlight Bay (1951)

    April in Paris (1952)

    By the Light of the Silvery Moon (1953)

    Calamity Jane (1953)
     
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    I like Caprice, too. It has grown on me over the years despite its plot being unnecessarily garbled.
     
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    So then perhaps what you’re really saying is that Joshua Logan & Co loused up the chance to have the incomparable Doris Day grace South Pacific.
     
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    They did indeed. Mitzi was fine but Doris could have been deeply moving, funny, and, of course, magnificently mellow on those numbers.
     
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    Well, I'm one of the oddballs here, but I actually like Calamity Jane, and consider it one of my favorite Doris Day movies. But I'd certainly be in for any of the others in this list, too! That's the biggest reason I actually wanted to get The Glass Bottom Boat right away, is that I want more Doris Day, since it's been nearly 2.5 years since the last WAC Doris Day release. Otherwise, I'd probably be waiting for a sale to grab this one. I just wish Amazon would get some copies in and start shipping, instead of this long waiting period.
     
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    Surprised to hear that The Glass Bottom Boat isn't well liked. It's one of my favorites.
     
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    Aside from Calamity Jane and the Michael Curtiz ones, I’m not overly fond of Day’s Warner contract musicals. Would love any of her Curtiz films on blu, as well as The Pajama Game.
     
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    I saw it at a sneak preview, where it bombed completely, not a laugh to be heard. I've never liked it, frankly, but will get the Blu-ray for the quality and to see the Tashlin work, which even all these years later I recall not really being in evidence. I much prefer Bachelor Flat for his 60s work. Let's have THAT on Blu-ray.
     
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    I still have yet to watch Storm Warning, The West Point Story, Billy Rose's Jumbo, and The Pajama Game (I'm sort of ashamed as a Doris Day fan to realize that, but happy at the same time that there's so much more to see, which I suppose is why I've dragged my feet for so long to wrap up first time viewings of her entire filmography).

    But of those I've seen, my least favorites easily are Love Me or Leave Me and Where Were You When the Lights Went Out?. Don't really envision myself ever rewatching either one, where as I could sit through Calamity Jane again someday and be mildly amused.

    I enjoy her musicals from her Warner years, especially Tea for Two. But like many Doris Day fans, it's really 1959 onward that I love. Starting with the criminally underrated It Happened to Jane, and then of course all the romantic comedies and her final drama with Midnight Lace.

    The Glass Bottom Boat isn't an A tier Doris Day picture for me, but I do think it's at the top of my list for 2nd tier Doris Day films.
     
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    Ack! Love Me or Leave Me is among my top five FAVORITE Doris Day films. Getting the Blu-ray for that was a dream come true, and I have watched it many times since acquiring it. Different strokes, for sure!
     

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