Criterion Press Release: Some Like It Hot (Blu-ray)

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One of the most beloved films of all time, this sizzling masterpiece by Billy Wilder set a new standard for Hollywood comedy. After witnessing a mob hit, Chicago musicians Joe and Jerry (Tony Curtis and Jack Lemmon, in landmark performances) skip town by donning drag and joining an all-female band en route to Miami. The charm of the group’s singer, Sugar Kane (Marilyn Monroe, at the height of her bombshell powers) leads them ever further into extravagant lies, as Joe assumes the persona of a millionaire to woo her and Jerry’s female alter ego winds up engaged to a tycoon. With a whip-smart script by Wilder and I. A. L. Diamond, and sparking chemistry among its finely tuned cast, Some Like It Hot is as deliriously funny and fresh today as if it had just been made.

FILM INFO

  • Billy Wilder
  • United States
  • 1959
  • 121 minutes
  • 1.85:1
  • English
  • Spine #950SPECIAL FEATURES
    • New 4K digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray
    • Audio commentary from 1989 featuring film scholar Howard Suber
    • New program on Orry-Kelly’s costumes for the film, featuring costume designer and historian Deborah Nadoolman Landis and costume historian and archivist Larry McQueen
    • Three making-of documentaries
    • Appearance from 1982 by director Billy Wilder on The Dick Cavett Show
    • Conversation from 2001 between actor Tony Curtis and film critic Leonard Maltin
    • French television interview from 1988 with actor Jack Lemmon
    • Trailer
    • PLUS: An essay by author Sam Wasson

    New cover by F. Ron Miller

    November 13, 2018

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  2. I didn't like this film when I saw it theatrically at age 9, but probably that is because most of it (except for the broader gags) went right over my head. Since then, I have grown to appreciate it more and more and look forward to replacing my MGM Blu with the coming Criterion. No, I should say, I look forward to adding it to the MGM Blu, as the latter has a commentary by Tony Curtis.

  3. Dick

    I didn't like this film when I saw it theatrically at age 9, but probably that is because most of it (except for the broader gags) went right over my head. Since then, I have grown to appreciate it more and more and look forward to replacing my MGM Blu with the coming Criterion. No, I should say, I look forward to adding it to the MGM Blu, as the latter has a commentary by Tony Curtis, whose mimicry of Cary Grant in the film is quite laudible.

    Pass…

  4. Dick

    I didn't like this film when I saw it theatrically at age 9, but probably that is because most of it (except for the broader gags) went right over my head. Since then, I have grown to appreciate it more and more and look forward to replacing my MGM Blu with the coming Criterion. No, I should say, I look forward to adding it to the MGM Blu, as the latter has a commentary by Tony Curtis.

    I saw it at my favorite neighborhood theater back in 1959 – I was still eleven when it came out. I could not believe how huge the laughs were – the audience was screaming and I was laughing just as hard and I don't recall much going over my head. It was and is masterful in its structure and dialogue, and you could not have better playing from a cast.

  5. haineshisway

    I saw it at my favorite neighborhood theater back in 1959 – I was still eleven when it came out. I could not believe how huge the laughs were – the audience was screaming and I was laughing just as hard and I don't recall much going over my head.

    Well, that's what two additional years in grade school (I was 9 in 1959…damn, you're older than I am!) will do for one's appreciation of a fairly sophisticated comedy! I hated TOM JONES at age 13, but find it pretty cool now. Anyway, Bruce, so glad you got it from the get-go! But I came around. 😀

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  7. haineshisway

    I loved Tom Jones at fifteen 🙂 Believe me I LOVED Tom Jones at fifteen if you get my meaning. I'm older than everyone. How did that happen?

    No you’re not. However, keep breathing long and enough and you will be. 😛

  8. haineshisway

    I loved Tom Jones at fifteen 🙂 Believe me I LOVED Tom Jones at fifteen if you get my meaning. I'm older than everyone. How did that happen?

    I kept thinking about your comment and had to agree with your “How did that happen?” Seems like I was just truckin’ along in life, minding my own business, when I have my own WTF moment and realize I’m old. There is also some debate among my friends whether I’m also a dirty old man. It happens.:huh:

  9. Brent Reid

    AND finally with the original mono audio. 🙂

    I hope Criterion won't apply their awful high-frequency filtering to this one. I don't understand why they always have to filter the audio:unsure:

  10. I think I will stick with my current copy on the Marilyn Monroe collection. It is perfect and has good supplements. Why is Criterion releasing this after it’s already had several releases on Bluray with a superb transfer when there are so many other classics that haven’t seen the light of day?

  11. warnerbro

    I think I will stick with my current copy on the Marilyn Monroe collection. It is perfect and has good supplements. Why is Criterion releasing this after it's already had several releases on Bluray with a superb transfer when there are so many other classics that haven't seen the light of day?

    I would imagine because its an opportunity to do a NEW transfer in 4K.
    And the work of DP Charles Lang looked great in the 4K transfer of "One-Eyed Jacks";
    so I'm eagerly awaiting to see the maximizing of his Oscar nominated work on "Some Like It Hot", as well.
    Many have posted satisfaction with their current BD, but I, for one, could always see the room for improvements.
    Criterion's upcoming release in 4K will hopefully be fulfilling this wish.

  12. PMF

    I would imagine because its an opportunity to do a NEW transfer in 4K.
    And the work of DP Charles Lang looked great in the 4K transfer of "One-Eyed Jacks";
    so I'm eagerly awaiting to see the maximizing of his Oscar nominated work on "Some Like It Hot", as well.
    Many have posted satisfaction with their current BD, but I, for one, could always see the room for improvements.
    Criterion's upcoming release in 4K will hopefully be fulfilling this wish.

    One E. Jacks in BD is phenomenal ……….The APARTMENT which many said could not be much improved upon were shown to be totally incorrect and this NEW Some like it Hot will blow the existing BD release into oblivion.. Just wait and see.

  13. commander richardson

    One E. Jacks in BD is phenomenal ……….The APARTMENT which many said could not be much improved upon were shown to be totally incorrect and this NEW Some like it Hot will blow the existing BD release into oblivion.. Just wait and see.

    Great! It’s on my list.

    I put in How To Marry a Millionaire last night. Love that one.

  14. warnerbro

    I think I will stick with my current copy on the Marilyn Monroe collection. It is perfect and has good supplements. Why is Criterion releasing this after it's already had several releases on Bluray with a superb transfer when there are so many other classics that haven't seen the light of day?

    Seriously- like where is 3D Andy Warhol's Flesh for Frankenstein? Halloween is coming up!

  15. Robert Crawford

    I'm not into cover art like some of you, but even I have to agree that the new cover art is much better than the one with just Marilyn on it.:)

    Look closely at the original cover art. It's not just Marilyn.

    New cover isn't great, but it's definitely way better than that first one.

  16. Over 50% off now at Amazon. $19.59 plus extra 27 cents off at check out.

    https://www.amazon.com/Some-Like-Cr…1&keywords=some+like+it+hot+blu+ray+criterion

    You can do a little better at Barnes and Noble Criterion sale if you are a member and if sale is on when title is released, November 13th. Coupons have not been working for Criterions during Criterion sales at B&N the last few years. Still you never know. Always a chance they will work next sale.

  17. Garysb

    Over 50% off now at Amazon. $19.59 plus extra 27 cents off at check out.

    https://www.amazon.com/Some-Like-Cr…1&keywords=some+like+it+hot+blu+ray+criterion

    You can do a little better at Barnes and Noble Criterion sale if you are a member and if sale is on when title is released, November 13th. Coupons have not been working for Criterions during Criterion sales at B&N the last few years. Still you never know. Always a chance they will work next sale.

    As a B&N member I decided to bite on this Amazon pricing.

  18. Garysb

    Over 50% off now at Amazon. $19.59 plus extra 27 cents off at check out.

    https://www.amazon.com/Some-Like-Cr…1&keywords=some+like+it+hot+blu+ray+criterion

    You can do a little better at Barnes and Noble Criterion sale if you are a member and if sale is on when title is released, November 13th. Coupons have not been working for Criterions during Criterion sales at B&N the last few years. Still you never know. Always a chance they will work next sale.

    Wow!!!

  19. Robert Crawford

    As a B&N member I decided to bite on this Amazon pricing.

    Me too! I was going to say my old BD of Some Like It Hot would suffice…until I checked my DVD Profiler and found I had never upgraded from my DVD copy! 😮

    Trigger pulled.

  20. Mark VH

    DVD Beaver review is up. Can't say as I love the 1.85 aspect ratio for this one as it lops the top of some folks' heads off in certain shots in the screen grabs, though at that price it seems pretty attractive. I never upgraded my DVD of this as it isn't my favorite Wilder movie, so I may just end up buying the MGM Blu for the preferred aspect ratio.

    http://www.dvdbeaver.com/film/DVDReviews23/some_like_it_hot_blu-ray.htm

    You might say it's your preferred aspect ratio. Wilder might disagree with you.

  21. bujaki

    You might say it's your preferred aspect ratio. Wilder might disagree with you.

    Mark VH

    Can't imagine Wilder would care much, but yes, it is my preferred aspect ratio.

    DP John Seitz was nominated for "Double Indemnity" (1944); "The Lost Weekend" (1945) and "Sunset Blvd." (1950).

    DP Joseph LaShelle was nominated for "The Apartment" (1960); "Irma La Douce" (1963) and "The Fortune Cookie" (1966).

    DP Charles B. Lang, Jr. was nominated for "Sabrina" (1954) and "Some Like It Hot" (1959)

    IMHO, Billy Wilder cared very much.:razz:opcorn:

  22. Mark VH

    DVD Beaver review is up. Can't say as I love the 1.85 aspect ratio for this one as it lops the top of some folks' heads off in certain shots in the screen grabs, though at that price it seems pretty attractive. I never upgraded my DVD of this as it isn't my favorite Wilder movie, so I may just end up buying the MGM Blu for the preferred aspect ratio.

    http://www.dvdbeaver.com/film/DVDReviews23/some_like_it_hot_blu-ray.htm

    Has anyone seen anymore reviews pop up?

    I will try and watch my mgm blu ray again this week.
    Niagara too.

  23. But the 1.66 shouldn't exist, period. It is wrong and though I hate screen caps you can see just HOW wrong in every single cap. No heads are lopped off that weren't intended to BE lopped off for proper framing. Oh, and heads are also lopped off in 1.66. Billy Wilder and his cameraman's framing is the ONLY framing that counts.

  24. It's the old canard that someone decided to transfer all the UA widescreen films that were not 'Scope in the 1.66 ratio, whether they were framed to be shown in that ratio or not. No guesswork.

  25. bujaki

    It's the old canard that someone decided to transfer all the UA widescreen films that were not 'Scope in the 1.66 ratio, whether they were framed to be shown in that ratio or not. No guesswork.

    FILE UNDER: "Some Like It Cropped" — (but definitely not me):cool:

    This re-do has been long overdue;
    Transfer-wise,
    Ratio-wise,
    Wilder-wise.:thumbs-up-smiley:

  26. Robert Crawford

    This is my third Blu-ray release of this great film and I'm not buying it again on disc. Of course, if it's ever released on 4K/UHD disc then I'll have to reconsider it.;)

    You should and I
    tell u why. I received my Criterion copy yesterday and did a direct comparison with the MGM release .
    The new release is 100% better in every department and for one all the many white speckles and dropouts have been eliminated totally. The sound is much improved and the picture is so much clearer and many items are now seen for the first time clearly. This new release makes watching it as if it is for the first time and I have seen the film many times over the years.

  27. commander richardson

    You should and I
    tell u why. I received my Criterion copy yesterday and did a direct comparison with the MGM release .
    The new release is 100% better in every department and for one all the many white speckles and dropouts have been eliminated totally. The sound is much improved and the picture is so much clearer and many items are now seen for the first time clearly. This new release makes watching it as if it is for the first time and I have seen the film many times over the years.

    Many thanks. I didn't realise the difference was going to be as big as that. I'll now buy the Criterion disc as well.

  28. commander richardson

    You should and I
    tell u why. I received my Criterion copy yesterday and did a direct comparison with the MGM release .
    The new release is 100% better in every department and for one all the many white speckles and dropouts have been eliminated totally. The sound is much improved and the picture is so much clearer and many items are now seen for the first time clearly. This new release makes watching it as if it is for the first time and I have seen the film many times over the years.

    I think you misunderstood me. I have the Criterion Blu-ray. It's the third time I bought "Some Like It Hot" on Blu-ray. The first time the MGM BD you referenced, the second time as part of the "Forever Marilyn" BD Boxset and now the third time from Criterion with a new 4K digital restoration. With that said, I'm done buying it again on Blu-ray while a 4K/UHD release is a different matter.:)

  29. Robert Crawford

    I think you misunderstood me. I have the Criterion Blu-ray. It's the third time I bought "Some Like It Hot" on Blu-ray. The first time the MGM BD you referenced, the second time as part of the "Forever Marilyn" BD Boxset and now the third time from Criterion with a new 4K digital restoration. With that said, I'm done buying it again on Blu-ray while a 4K/UHD release is a different matter.:)

    Sorry I misunderstood !!!!!!!

  30. I checked 4 frames over at caps-a-holic and the picture has been cropped on all sides in the process of reframing it to a 1.85:1 aspect ratio, not just top and bottom:

    https://caps-a-holic.com/c.php?go=1&a=0&d1=12614&d2=12615&s1=125626&s2=125633&i=6&l=0

    It is only a few percent that are missing left and right but it is happening across several frames and makes me wonder by which criteria they decide on the proper framing.

    Apart from that a big upgrade in detail and textures, very impressive and surely to be part of my next Criterion purchase!

  31. Tino

    Good one Pete. You know what the answer is going to be of course. 😀

    The answer is he hasn't seen it, clearly. He did this same thing on the other site – but there, those people actually take the bait. Then someone tells him that whoever put the caps up did them poorly and redid them. I mean, when will people EVER learn? I just wish they'd not bring it here.

  32. haineshisway

    The answer is he hasn't seen it, clearly. He did this same thing on the other site – but there, those people actually take the bait. Then someone tells him that whoever put the caps up did them poorly and redid them. I mean, when will people EVER learn? I just wish they'd not bring it here.

    I agree with you. However, there are some here who live and die by that craps-a-holic site unfortunately. And you’re right. They will never learn.

  33. Robert Crawford

    I think you misunderstood me. I have the Criterion Blu-ray. It's the third time I bought "Some Like It Hot" on Blu-ray. The first time the MGM BD you referenced, the second time as part of the "Forever Marilyn" BD Boxset and now the third time from Criterion with a new 4K digital restoration. With that said, I'm done buying it again on Blu-ray while a 4K/UHD release is a different matter.:)

    +1 😉

  34. Arthur Powell

    I had told myself several months ago that I was perfectly content with the MGM blu and that I wouldn't be purchasing this "double dip," but I find that resolve is now weakening after reading the updates to this thread. 😛

    Curse you HTF! 😉

  35. Arthur Powell

    I had told myself several months ago that I was perfectly content with the MGM blu and that I wouldn't be purchasing this "double dip," but I find that resolve is now weakening after reading the updates to this thread. 😛

    You won't regret it. I just watched the Criterion and it's a vast improvement over the old BD…

  36. Colin Jacobson

    You won't regret it. I just watched the Criterion and it's a vast improvement over the old BD…

    I'm starting to feel like Sylvester the Cat in the cartoon where he joins that bird eaters anonymous group! 😆
    You've all convinced me – I'll be upgrading sometime in the new year. I do have to wait a bit since I just went a bit over my budget with pre-ordering the new blu-rays of The Sea Hawk and Popeye cartoons – then again that's why they invented Top Ramen, right?
    I do get a bit nostalgic thinking about Some Like It Hot. The first time I saw the film was on an over-the-air recording my parents made on their Betamax probably about a decade or so before I was born. I can still remember where a lot of the commercial breaks were and when the station would flash on their corner identifying bugs. Also, I remember they filled up the remainder of the tape with episodes of The Addams Family. 😉

  37. Arthur Powell

    Also, I remember they filled up the remainder of the tape with episodes of The Addams Family. 😉

    Getting off topic here, but that's how I was first introduced to The Addams Family back in 1992 when it aired on TBS, I still have the tape with those episodes and all those classic 90's commercials as well.

  38. Arthur Powell

    I had told myself several months ago that I was perfectly content with the MGM blu and that I wouldn't be purchasing this "double dip," but I find that resolve is now weakening after reading the updates to this thread. 😛

    Well, Arthur, don't just go by the word of those who own the Criterion and have actually watched it;
    caps-a-holic should have the final say in all your viewing pleasures.:laugh::laugh:;):laugh::laugh:

  39. I noted another review stated that this release had mastering assistance from park circus?

    Criterion and mgm were also involved but I didn’t know about park circus.

    I only am aware of park circus as they are the service to book theatrical showings of films. I noted the 007 films in 4K are also listed / available for booking on the park circus website as well.

  40. Okay, let's call it like it is – this isn't just an upgrade, this isn't just an improvement, this is a massive upgrade and improvement. There is no contest here – this is a gorgeous transfer in every possible way. This is what this masterpiece deserves. Anyone who talks about bits and compression as regards this disc should stop reading other sites, stop looking at numbers, stop looking at stupid screen captures and start actually supporting this kind of work by purchasing the Blu-ray and seeing for themselves how great this is. A simple side by side with the old Blu-ray is all you need if you must compare – if you cannot see how massive this upgrade is by doing that then I'm afraid you need new eyeballs. I loved every second of this transfer and certainly I loved ever second of the film, just as I have since I first saw it in June of 1959 at my beloved and wonderful and large neighborhood theater, the Stadium.

  41. haineshisway

    Okay, let's call it like it is – this isn't just an upgrade, this isn't just an improvement, this is a massive upgrade and improvement. There is no contest here – this is a gorgeous transfer in every possible way. This is what this masterpiece deserves. Anyone who talks about bits and compression as regards this disc should stop reading other sites, stop looking at numbers, stop looking at stupid screen captures and start actually supporting this kind of work by purchasing the Blu-ray and seeing for themselves how great this is. A simple side by side with the old Blu-ray is all you need if you must compare – if you cannot see how massive this upgrade is by doing that then I'm afraid you need new eyeballs. I loved every second of this transfer and certainly I loved ever second of the film, just as I have since I first saw it in June of 1959 at my beloved and wonderful and large neighborhood theater, the Stadium.

    Thanks for the post!! I plan on picking this one up! It will be an upgrade for me.

  42. PMF

    Heck, even without the side-by-side…
    Cry, the beloved Criterion!!!:cheers:

    Now that's a film I'd love to see in a nice BD (Cry, the Beloved Country), with the great Canada Lee, and an early appearance by a very young Sidney Poitier. Is there a DVD of it? I own a 16mm print of it, but I desperately want to replace it with a BD.

  43. haineshisway

    Okay, let's call it like it is – this isn't just an upgrade, this isn't just an improvement, this is a massive upgrade and improvement. There is no contest here – this is a gorgeous transfer in every possible way. This is what this masterpiece deserves. Anyone who talks about bits and compression as regards this disc should stop reading other sites, stop looking at numbers, stop looking at stupid screen captures and start actually supporting this kind of work by purchasing the Blu-ray and seeing for themselves how great this is. A simple side by side with the old Blu-ray is all you need if you must compare – if you cannot see how massive this upgrade is by doing that then I'm afraid you need new eyeballs. I loved every second of this transfer and certainly I loved ever second of the film, just as I have since I first saw it in June of 1959 at my beloved and wonderful and large neighborhood theater, the Stadium.

    I think the bit rate meters on some people’s players must be altering the picture quality. 😉 I never understood this obsession with bit rates at some other sites.

    BTW, I thought the new Criterion BD looked absolutely incredible. My bit rate meter must not have affected the picture quality. 😛

  44. It would be great if Criterion would consider "A Foreign Affair" (1948); which was another collaborative effort from Billy Wilder and DP Charles Lang. Both men were Oscar nominated for this work, just as they were for "Some Like It Hot" (1959). At the present, Criterion also offers the BD of Lang's Oscar nominated "The Uninvited" (1944) and "One-Eyed Jacks" (1961).

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