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The Best Things In Life Are Free


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  • Actors: Gordon Macrae, Sheree North, Ernest Borgnine, Tommy Noonan
  • Directors: Michael Curtiz
  • Writers: William Bowers, Phoebe Ephron, John O'Hara
  • Producers: Henry Ephron
  • Format: NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation
  • DVD Release Date: December 11, 2012
  • Run Time: 104 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00AB2NYSM
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #210,152 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

Editorial Reviews

Set in the 1920s, the story depicts the partnership of DeSylva, Brown, and Henderson, who team up to write songs for the George White Scandals, and the problems they incur as success grows. The story includes romance, nostalgic tunes, and good dance routines. Presented in 4:3 pan and scan using the highest quality source material available.

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Shame on Fox for releasing this movie on t.v pan & scan.
peter the star
If the Fox Cinema Archives doesn't try harder to put out quality discs, they'll quickly discover that no one will buy their product and the whole program will die off.
Jim Harwood
The old saying of "money talks" is very true, but you know what can said to be an equally true saying? "No money talks even louder!"
Sandoz

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52 of 52 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer VINE VOICE on December 11, 2012
Format: DVD
Regarding 20th Century Fox Cinema Archives dvds:

I urge everyone to contact 20th Century Fox
to tell them that pan and scan releases
of widescreen films is not acceptable...
Also, you might want to urge them to improve the
picture quality of their Cinema Archive releases,
especially the color films...

888. 223. 4369
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48 of 48 people found the following review helpful By Jim Tarleton on December 14, 2012
Format: DVD
This is a wonderful musical and deserves the full wide screen treatment. As much as I love this movie and have been wanting it on DVD, I will NOT buy this pan & scan DVD. It is an insult to the original movie.
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44 of 44 people found the following review helpful By peter the star on December 13, 2012
Format: DVD
Shame on Fox for releasing this movie on t.v pan & scan. Fox are releasing so much of their cinemascope product in this way they should be listed with their own classifacation......."FOX CRAPP?
On another matter, Fox staff appear to have taken up an art course....there is a slight improvement in their cover art!
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30 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Jim Harwood on December 18, 2012
Format: DVD
What is particularly maddening about this awful pan and scan DVD release of THE BEST THINGS IN LIFE ARE FREE is that it didn't have to be this way. The film went thru the Fox studio's restoration department in the last year or so and a new 35mm CinemaScope print was made. Because of this work, a new anamorphic widescreen transfer of the film should have been provided for this DVD release.

The folks at Fox who are in charge of this Cinema Archives DVD program don't appear to have any enthusiasm for it. At the very least they must not have the budget to do their work properly. The reason the Warner Archive collection has been so successful is that the WB catalog staff puts a lot of effort into their product. That's why they have well over a thousand titles available and most of them are of good to excellent quality. Also, all of their widescreen CinemaScope films are available in anamorphic 16x9 widescreen.

If the Fox Cinema Archives doesn't try harder to put out quality discs, they'll quickly discover that no one will buy their product and the whole program will die off. Unfortunately these discs are now met with suspicion by collectors and few will buy them until reviews hit the internet. Though some of the releases have looked really nice (CAREER WOMAN, ONE FOOT IN HELL and a handful of others) many have been disappointing. At $15-$20 apiece, most folks will not risk their money on a library that's turning out to be one big crap shoot.
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Mr. G. R. Civil on January 7, 2013
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
hello, i have waited for this movie to be released on dvd, and i ordered it immediatly,and couldnt wait for it to arrive, what an absolute letdown,a magnificent film like this completely ruined in full screen. it is an absolute let down as no one would expect it to be shown like this nowadays, what a waste of money, i binned it in disgust and have got out my old vhs copy that was taken from the tv some 20 odd years or so , not a brilliant copy by far , [complete with adverts] but it is in wide screen and far better than the dvd i wasted my money on,. the best things in life are free, but cetainly not this dvd
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Jeff Raymond on December 28, 2012
Format: DVD
I was going to buy this but NO WAY if only in a pan & scan version. I cannot understand such old-style thinking from a corporations marketing dept. If it is true (as mentioned in another review) that a new full-screen print has recently been made by the same studio then it is just not forgiveable to be releasing this version. WAKE UP or die studios, it's the 21st century, your back catalougue should be working FOR you, not trashing your rep.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Swissangel on December 21, 2012
Format: DVD
Hello Fox-Archive... how stupid are you? This movie was filmed in Cinemscope and you're bringing it out on DVD in 4:3 (1.33:1)? How stupid is that in the 21th Century and in the age of 16:9 TV's?

Movie could be good with good actors like Gordon McRae... but the DVD? Hello?

sorry, I don't buy it.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Sandoz on January 19, 2013
Format: DVD
It's 2013 and widescreen TVs have been the ONLY TVs for sale now for at least 3 years now (when I finally got mine), probably more like 5 years.

To release a film on DVD in pan-and-scan full screen when the original ratio was widescreen is mind-numbingly incompetent...and what's double sad is it's probably just as much contemptuous of Fox towards customers for these widescreen films. Really, what moron is in charge of releasing this series for Fox Home Entertainment? I'm not being too harsh when I say whoever the dolt is who greenlit ALL of these cinemascope releases as full screen dvd releases deserves to be tarred, feathered, and run out of the 20th Century Fox offices on a rail!

And it does seem to encompass all of their made-on-demand titles, too, because I've wanted about a dozen of them on disc now since dvds were first released, and all the ones they're releasing in this half-assed program are in the wrong fullscreen format.

My only recourse, and I beg other film collectors to do the same, is to a) contact Fox by whatever means is convenient or preferable to you and let them know how inconsiderate of film fans this screw-up is on their part, and b) boycott not just the wrong aspect releases but ALL the dvds they're releasing in this program until they get off their asses and nip this FUBARistic practice in the bud before it can proceed any further. The old saying of "money talks" is very true, but you know what can said to be an equally true saying? "No money talks even louder!" So don't give Fox a penny until they wise-up and make things right.
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