The Matchmaker Studio: Paramount Year: 1958 Rated: NR Length: 100 Minutes Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1 Audio: English Dolby Digital Mono Subtitles: English Closed Captioned Special Features: None S.R.P. $14.99 Release Date: January 18, 2005 The Matchmaker is a 1958 film adaptation of Thornton Wilder’s hit Broadway play, which was later adapted again, to become the well known classic musical, “Hello, Dolly!”. This 1958 film version by director Joseph Anthony finds matchmaker Dolly Levi (Shirley Booth) trying to arrange a marriage for herself - to middle-aged widower and shopkeeper Mr. Vandergelder (Paul Ford). Vandergelder has his eyes on young Irene Molloy (Shirley MacLaine), who, in turn, has her eyes on Vandergelder’s chief clerk, Cornelius (Anthony Perkins). You can see where this is going... This is a lighthearted farce with funny and solid performances all around, as well as a wonderful period feel. Solid direction, wonderful art direction and some genuinely funny moments add up to a wonderful classic film. The Transfer The film is beautifully rendered in black and white, in its original aspect ratio of 1.85:1. Contrast is outstanding. Black levels are solid, while retaining detail in the shadows. Whites are bright and neutral and never bloom. The image is nice and sharp, with no evidence of sharpening or compression artifacts. It’s a detailed, richly textured film with a very fine grain structure. Only an occasional fleck of dust mars the print, which is in excellent shape. The audio is monaural, delivering a good range of frequencies. Dialog is natural sounding, and music is well represented. A faint hiss can occasionally be heard during quiet scenes if the volume level is increased to a higher than comfortable listening level. I’m impressed with this transfer. Well done. Special Features There are no special features. Final Thoughts This classic film is very well represented in terms of audio and video quality, which is impressive enough that I couldn’t ask for anything more. With a suggested retail price of $14.99, you’ll see street prices as low as $10. At that price, this little gem is hard to pass up. Recommended.