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The Billy Wilder DVD Collection (The Apartment / Avanti! / The Fortune Cookie / Irma la Douce / Kiss Me Stupid / One Two Three / The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes / Some Like It Hot / Witness for the Prosecution) (1966)

Jack Lemmon , Walter Matthau , Billy Wilder  |  NR |  DVD
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)


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Product Details

  • Actors: Jack Lemmon, Walter Matthau, Dean Martin, Kim Novak, Robert Stephens
  • Directors: Billy Wilder
  • Writers: Billy Wilder, Agatha Christie, Alexandre Breffort, Anna Bonacci, Arthur Conan Doyle
  • Format: Box set, Black & White, Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English (Unknown)
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 9
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: MGM (Video & DVD)
  • DVD Release Date: July 15, 2003
  • Run Time: 1136 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00008ZZ9T
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #209,979 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Billy Wilder DVD Collection (The Apartment / Avanti! / The Fortune Cookie / Irma la Douce / Kiss Me Stupid / One Two Three / The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes / Some Like It Hot / Witness for the Prosecution)" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Includes:
  • The Apartment
  • Avanti!
  • The Fortune Cookie
  • Irma La Douce
  • Kiss Me, Stupid
  • One, Two, Three
  • The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes
  • Some Like It Hot (Special Edition)
  • Witness for the Prosecution

Editorial Reviews

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Even if "nobody's perfect," Billy Wilder sometimes came close. This DVD box presents a strong cross-section of films by one of Hollywood's greatest directors, and although his early Paramount years are not covered (they're available in a different set), the box does include a couple of Wilder's woefully underappreciated autumnal gems. Chronologically speaking, 1957's Witness for the Prosecution is the earliest film in the set, a crackerjack courtroom drama derived from Agatha Christie. It gives especially tasty roles to Charles Laughton and Marlene Dietrich. With Some Like It Hot, Wilder merely created the film widely considered the best comedy of the sound era, with Tony Curtis and Jack Lemmon impersonating female musicians in the Roaring Twenties. Marilyn Monroe is the songbird tired of getting the fuzzy end of the lollipop. Wilder took home three Oscars® for The Apartment, his exquisitely bittersweet look at an organization man (Lemmon) who loans out his flat for his boss's liaisons.

One, Two, Three is a breathless Cold War comedy (and a time capsule of its era) with James Cagney as a Coca-Cola executive in Berlin. Irma La Douce teams Lemmon and Shirley MacLaine in a racy Parisian love story that became a box-office smash. With Kiss Me, Stupid, Wilder suffered a rare flop, although the once-scandalous sex comedy looks better and sharper as it ages. The Fortune Cookie, which nabbed an Oscar for Walter Matthau, is one of Wilder's most cynical tales, but the last two films in the set represent Wilder's late-career romantic flowering. The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes arranges slapstick around the melancholy, misogynistic figure of Holmes, who might just be a directorial self-portrait. Avanti! is a delightful, leisurely romance about a businessman (Lemmon again) who loosens up while in Italy settling his late father's business. It's a lovely end note for a snappy, often acerbic collection. --Robert Horton

Product Description

The Billy Wilder DVD Collection includes the following films: The Apartment, Avanti!, The Fortune Cookie, Irma la Douce, Kiss Me Stupid, One Two Three, The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes, Some Like It Hot, and Witness for the Prosecution.

Customer Reviews

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13 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars classic Wilder collection February 24, 2006
By baggani
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For Billy Wilder fans, this is a must. Get this box set now before it is discontinued now that Sony distributes MGM's library.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Where the Wilder Things Are January 25, 2012
By Tina
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Really, really, really enjoying the DVDs in this collection. I bought this because I wanted to own The Apartment and Irma la Douce, decided to splurge on the whole set. First movie I saw was Avanti! and it was very good. It is a Golden Globe winner. Have also enjoyed the Sherlock Holmes and the Dean Martin movie (good campy 1960s movie).
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3.0 out of 5 stars Kiss Me Stupid February 19, 2014
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Typical Wilder humor. Out there and absurd but very funny. Great period detail of early sixties. Exaggerated stereotypes actually work.
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5.0 out of 5 stars great movie January 11, 2014
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it was a very good movieit was a classic and it's time great Dean Martin it's a classic forever and ever
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4.0 out of 5 stars Dino, Kim and Billy Wilder make a winning combo December 10, 2013
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Whenever you combine the great Dean Martin with all his talent and the lovely and gifted Kim Novak along with a Billy Wilder script, you're sure to enjoy it. Ray Walston also did a great job. I thought it could have been funnier, but overall, it was time well spent.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic June 24, 2013
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They don't make movies like this anymore
These are the types of movies you could watch with your entire family
Young and Old will appreciate these clean cut comedies
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Vintage Fun March 2, 2013
By jdb1a1
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This is actually a pretty decent movie; I really liked it. I really enjoyed the vintage look at international relations, the jet-set era from the 1960s. This is actually a pretty funny movie, too. I recommend it!
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars nice nasty Wilder February 26, 2013
By J. Chow
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I like revisiting Climax, NV once in a blue moon, just to watch Dean Martin poking almost sadistic fun at his screen persona, Kim Novak playing "downmarket" and Ray Walston trying to fill shoes vacated by Peter Sellers. Not too sure Sellers would have done any better, and the film isn't without flaws. Still, the laughs come quick and nasty, the Billy Wilder way.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Little Known Gem!
I didn't know anything about this movie before discovering it on Amazon instant video but I am sure glad I stumbled across it. Read more
Published 19 months ago by Caleb Wheeler
1.0 out of 5 stars sorry
I think it was stupid! I don't want to ruin the end for anyone, but le't just say "it's Studid" I had issues with the husband and wife sleeping with others - just like... Read more
Published 19 months ago by Piano-lady
3.0 out of 5 stars not a complete collection...
No Thanks...
This is not a complete collection.
The 'April Fools' In Cinemascope 1969 is missing and Billy Wilder's last movie 'Buddy Buddy' with Jack and Walter in... Read more
Published on January 16, 2012 by Gary N. Kotch
2.0 out of 5 stars Get these nine films + The Seven Year Itch for 20 pounds at Amazon.UK
One hundred and seven US Dollars! No thanks Amazon.com. I went to Amazon.UK and got the PAL region 2 versions of The Billy Wilder Collection (Vol.'s 1 and 2) for 20 pounds. Read more
Published on May 17, 2010 by H. Hall
5.0 out of 5 stars Great collection of films!
This is a great collection of films by the great director Billy Wilder. And a great price to boot!
Published on January 30, 2010 by Toby Martin II (aka R. Howe)
4.0 out of 5 stars Nobody's Perfect. But Wilder is close to perfection when it comes to...
Sunset Boulevard, Some Like it Hot, Stalag 17, Double Indemnity. No, they're not here. But The Apartment and Avanti are. And even a few so-so ones here are worth your time. Read more
Published on March 16, 2009 by Jason
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