HTF REVIEW: "The Owl and the Pussycat"

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  1. Ronald Epstein

    Ronald Epstein Administrator

    Jul 3, 1997
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    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
    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.
  2. Billy Fogerty

    Billy Fogerty Stunt Coordinator

    Aug 12, 2001
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    I can remember seeing this in theater when it came out. I always thought it was a very funny film. I'm far from a big Striesand fan, but she was very funny hear. George Seagal is the whole movie though. He was a very good comedy actor.
  3. Robert Crawford

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    Dec 9, 1998
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  4. Ronald Epstein

    Ronald Epstein Administrator

    Jul 3, 1997
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    I knew it was a stage play, as I mentioned

    that in my review.

    Yes, Streisand looks extremely hot in this film.
  5. MikeAW

    MikeAW Second Unit

    Nov 29, 2001
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    How about Robert Klein's performance ?

    I feel his understated comedy performance here compliments

    the rest of the cast well.

    I can't wait to get my hands on this as well for Streisand in her nightgown !

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