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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57 Comments

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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.

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