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Arthur / Arthur 2: On the Rocks (2-Movie Collection) [Blu-ray] (2011)

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  • Format: Multiple Formats, Blu-ray, Dolby, DTS Surround Sound, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0)
  • Subtitles: Spanish, French, English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: April 5, 2011
  • Run Time: 210 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004JMSIS6
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #74,818 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Arthur / Arthur 2: On the Rocks (2-Movie Collection) [Blu-ray]" on IMDb

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Editorial Reviews

Dudley does right! Dudley Moore is Arthur, the irrepressible, irresponsible playboy who faces marriage to a woman he detests to keep his fortune…and then meets the right woman (Liza Minnelli) from the wrong side of the tracks. John Gielgud won an Academy Award® (1981's Best Supporting Actor) as Arthur's acerbic valet. "I'll alert the media," he says when Arthur announces his intention to take a bath. The title tune also won Oscar® gold for Original Song. A business deal bilks Arthur out of his fortune and he must (egad!) get a job in the sequel Arthur 2 on the Rocks. But laughs are still the common currency as Moore, Minnelli and Gielgud return. Enjoy!

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18 of 21 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars finally on widescreen you say...? April 18, 2011
By Jrum C.
Format:Blu-ray
This (Arthur)being a favorite from years gone by, was excited to see it ON BLU-RAY, and 'WIDESCREEN'! Yippee, until I started to watch it. I then compared it to my old "full frame" copy (blu and reg dvd machines, comparing back and forth). Funny what they consider widescreen now days. My original says "formatted to fit your screen". I beg to differ, but the newer "W/S" is. Case in point, I froze the screen at 1 min. 18 sec on both copies, the scene where the streetwalkers are standing in front of a store/restaurant. The full screen has so much more image than the newer wide: the signage is more complete top and bottom, as well as the characters' lower bodies. Left and right also has more picture. It's as if a w/s matte (rectangular shape) was placed over the full screen image, to create a "widescreen" image. Sorry, but I am not impressed. The blu picture (what image they left of it) IS of a brighter nature, and the signage in this particular scene IS now clear to read. The original dvd picture had looked like this scene was filmed in shadows, but the newer (smaller) image is clearer to make out. I have not watched entire film yet, perhaps update later. I, for one, do not mind side bars, if the original screen image is left intact. Still a fan of film, but am increasingly disgusted with modern film marketing tactics. (footnote: this film does not really 'need' to be widescreen, and newer fans will likely not know what they're missing with newer version. Is still head and shoulders above the dreck remake, but I'm an old guy, so what do I know!) UPDATE (4/20/11): Confusion and consternation abound! Comparing a later scene (office receptionist), w/s has more image to the right side of screen, but is cut-off at the bottom, from full screen! Oye! Read more ›
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Format:Blu-ray
'Arthur' is a true classic. After Dudley Moore's star rose , starting with 'Foul Play' and continuing with the great '10', 'Arthur' is a film with an almost perfect script, casting, music, production design and direction. It succeeds in pulling your heart strings and stands up as well today as it ever did, maybe even more so. 'Arthur 2- On The Rocks' , while enjoyable, is an anemic squeal at best but at times succeeds in capturing some small glimpses of it's predecessors genius and warmth.

With that said, this review will focus on the actual video and sound quality rather than the film itself so you the reader can decide whether this Blu Ray disc is a good upgrade from your standard VHS or DVD versions.

This release of both the original 1981 'Arthur' and it's 1988 sequel 'Arthur 2-On The Rocks' is presented on one 50GB BD housed in yet another el-cheapo "eco case" with no real artwork on the disc itself other than the film's titles. No extras other than the original film trailers are included.

So how does 'Arthur' fare on Blu ray? Is it worth your hard earned cash and what should you expect? This movie is one of my all time favorites and I have to admit to being disappointed somewhat in this BD presentation.

For starters, both films have been cropped slightly from their original aspect ratios to fill our HDTV screens. It is nothing too drastic but I always prefer seeing films the way they were shot, not minding a bit of black border here and there.

Bottom line is this: For now, this is the BEST 'Arthur' has looked (or probably ever WILL look) on home video. Nevertheless, the original film sports a slightly troubled transfer.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Value for the Money, but Disappointing Overall April 27, 2011
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
It was a good deal for the money (two films on Blu-Ray for under $15). I watched the first movie and didn't feel ripped off like I did watching some other Blu-Rays (First Blood and Total Recall), but was not impressed. The video quality was okay, but not great (I suspect better than a standard DVD). There was little or no grain, but it just did not look that great. But, it was okay for a movie that old, and at that price. The audio was "DTS-HD Master Audio", but was in MONO! What is the point of that?

I put in the second movie (Arthur 2) and immediately noticed grain. I didn't think it looked as good as the first movie. I skipped through it, and there was grain throughout the movie. But still, probably better than a standard DVD, which I have never seen. Grain just bothers me. I don't think you should see it on a Blu-Ray disc. The second movie had stereo sound at least, which was still a disappointment, but better than the original Arthur (first movie).

Still a good deal at this price, unless you are a big fan of the "Arthur" movies.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars 1.0 Audio on a Blu-ray? Come on. April 14, 2011
Format:Blu-ray
Such a great, GREAT film (I'm referring to the original Arthur, not Arthur 2, PLEASE no Arthur 2!), but the Blu-ray leaves a LOT to be desired.

Since when do RECENT Blu-ray releases of a MULTIPLE OSCAR WINNING FILM get released with 1.0 (yes, you read that right) audio on the Blu-ray? How is this acceptable??

Truly a shame for such a great film. It deserved a better release, and has for years now.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Format:Blu-ray
I love this film and on the surface it may not sound like anything special, underneath is a very touching, smart and funny film. The writing and performances are brilliant with absolutely flawless timing by all. Watching the film on Blu Ray I was amazed how many lines I quote from this film, there is at least one per scene.

Dudley Moore plays the drunken Arthur to perfection making him fun and sympathetic rather than an obnoxious bore. John Gielgud is superb as Arthur's acid tongued butler who won an Oscar (and deservingly so) for his performance. Liza Minnelli's comic timing with Moore and Gielgud is priceless. Geraldine Fitzgerald and the rest of the cast are all in top form in this delightfully comedy. The new Blu Ray release isn't going to blow anyone away, but it looks better than it ever has on home video and probably better than it ever will. The same goes for the sound, this film never had a blistering soundtrack and the Blu Ray is simple and clear.

Part of the problem is that films from the 80's seem to have a soft look to them to begin with. The film does look very good though and I think it's worth upgrading because the film is a classic. There are no extras, but we do get the disappointing sequel. Lightning was caught in a bottle the first time and things would have been better off left alone. A classic comedy that is smart insightful and totally hilarious!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
2.0 out of 5 stars Two Stars
i didnt like this as much as the original
Published 20 days ago by Karen
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful!
So reminiscent and funny! Loved it and so happy that I could share this with my daughter! Thank you bunches!
Published 1 month ago by Tamara Swenson
5.0 out of 5 stars is anyone truly watching the movie or just analyzing technical quality...
in my mind ,,,,,, video and audio are good ..... take the arts as they are ..... and enjoy their offering ....
Published 1 month ago by Larry L. Watt
5.0 out of 5 stars Hilarious
One movie that had me cracking up from beginning to end both movies Dudley a great actor with Liza the chemistry was off the charts , best comedy ever!!!!!
Published 2 months ago by ETTA GARRETT
5.0 out of 5 stars ARTHUR!
Looks absolutely wonderful in Blu Ray, so crisp it looks as if the movie was made last year! I love Arthur its hilarious and Dudley Moore gives a performance for the ages, great... Read more
Published 3 months ago by David marmolejo
5.0 out of 5 stars 2 uplifting comedy's and actors
Arthur and Arthur 2 grammar to add to my blueray collection that are really great movies to watch over and over Dudley Moore and Liza Minnelli make you laugh and really are great... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Rich
5.0 out of 5 stars Arthur/ Arthus
This is the funniest movie we have ever seen. Whats not to love. Dudly Moore at his finest. Love it!
Published 4 months ago by Kimberly Robinson
2.0 out of 5 stars Blu-Ray on Extended Play has Poor Resolution
This review concerns the quality of the blu-ray, not the content of the motion pictures.

This "2-Movie Collection" hits the pavement as a "1-Blu-Ray Disc" in extended... Read more
Published 6 months ago by E. Fisher
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic movies . . .
While I don't find the second "Aurthur" move to be quite as funny as the first, I think that it is every bit as good. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Scott Lucas
5.0 out of 5 stars Arthur review
love the movies. Arthur is hysterical, part two is a bit serious but there are some laughs. I recommend it.
Published 14 months ago by JTGabq
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"Special Edition Arthur" PLEASE... or am I the only one who would buy it?
I totally agree! Arthur is a bonafide classic and deserves the full restoration treatment and extra package. I would settle for a grade A transfer though and the rest would be gravy. Looking forward to the double feature Blu Ray release next month. Unlike yourself ALL my friends loved Arthur... Read More
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