I never bought this title on SD-DVD because it was not OAR. I'm glad to read that Warner did not use heavy NR on the transfer. I will definitely be picking up this comedy classic. Thanks for the review, Michael.
It's a mystery to me why this movie has been treated so badly in the past. I have refused to buy any version of it because it was only available in pan and scan. I'm happy to read that the PQ is good and they didn't NR it to death. It does seem to me they are continuing to devalue this movie by not including any extras. Surely they could have found someone to do a really good commentary. With Lemmon and Mattheau, there must have been back-stories galore to tell.
I have adopted a policy of not buying on release date, but this movie is selling for $19 at Amazon. I'm sure after a couple of months it will drop in price, but for this one, I don't think I can wait.
It's been a while since I've seen this movie, was Mattheau's last adlib the "nude scene"?
It's hard to remember, but I think I had this on laserdisc in OAR wasn't it?
anyway, It's been that long since I've seen this movie.
Just for the mere fact that I didn't want to watch the DVD in a marred version.
The Grumpy Old Men movies are two of the very few non-OAR movies I ever bought on DVD. Why? Because they're not pan 'n' scan, but open matte. I simply treat them like non-anamorphic widescreen movies, zoom in and get a (fairly) proper widescreen image. Of course, the resolution is reduced, but it's better than nothing (and if they were truly P&S, I wouldn't have bought them).
Anyway, I'm certainly glad to see these movies coming out in OAR on Blu-ray. I'm not sure I'll feel the need to upgrade, but it's nice to know that the option exists.