The Owl and the Pussycat Since this was a movie that I have never previously seen, I took the initiative to do a little background check on this 1970 film. The Owl and the Pussycat was one of many stage to screen plays that were directed by Herbert Ross whose future credits included THE SUNSHINE BOYS, THE GOODBYE GIRL, FOOTLOOSE and STEEL MAGNOLIAS. Many of the on-line reviews I took the time to read credited this film as being a likeable all-time classic comedy. Unfortunately, I didn't care for it. The story concerns an owlish novelist named Felix (Segal) who lives alone in his NY apartment and spends his time clicking and clacking away at his typewriter. One evening Felix peers out his window and catches Doris (Streisand), a loud and harsh prostitute entertaining a gentleman caller. When Felix complains to the landlord, Doris is thrown out and forced to move in with Felix. The rest of the film involves two totally opposites who don't necessarily attract -- or do they? Though the movie is cleverly written, I found it to be overly talkative and not particularly funny. The movie has the feel of a stage play and most of the scenes are limited to a few different apartments where Streisand and Segal constantly exchange their theories. The transfer is exceptional for a film of this era. Columbia Pictures certainly has the knack for making their older catalog titles look pristine. The print used is in immaculate condition. The only flaws are in the way the movie was filmed. The picture is very soft. Some shots are very clear, while others have a haze to them. Again, this is just the way the movie was shot. I did notice, what I belive to be a goof in the print. In chapter 25, we find Streisand and Segal in a bubbly bathtub. Streisand asks Segal why he and his fiancee, Weyderhaus, don't fool around. Segal answers, "I told You". The same exact sequence is then played again, but from a different angle. It looks as if two separate shots were accidently included together. The audio, presented in mono, is quite clear. At the end of the film, we see Streisand putting Segal into bed as he complains about being ill. Jazzy music plays in the background featuring the very distinct sound of a cymbal. It was amazing to hear the clarity of those brass plates being clashed together and goes to prove that even a mono track can sound very good. The added Special Features are a bit sparse. There is a Filmography that gives background information on Streisand, Segal and Herbert Ross. The included Trailers are a letdown, as there is no included trailer for this film. Instead, there are trailers for ROXANNE, THE MIRROR HAS TWO FACES, and FOR PETE'S SAKE. Why on earth could Columbia not include an original trailer? Columbia has also once again altered the original poster art for this release, though I must admit, the cover art featuring Streisand and Segal embracing each other isn't as bad as some of their other substituted artwork featured on their recent line of releases. I would expect there are fans who grew up with this film that will be adding this DVD to their collection. Fans will be extremely happy with the clarity of this transfer. For those of you who have never seen The Owl and the Pussycat, this film is not worth watching other than to see a young, sexy Streisand wearing a hot teddy with painted hands across its breasts.