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The Odd Couple [Blu-ray] (2013)

Jack Lemmon , Walter Matthau , Gene Saks  |  NR |  Blu-ray
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (215 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Jack Lemmon, Walter Matthau, John Fiedler, Carole Shelley
  • Directors: Gene Saks
  • Writers: Neil Simon
  • Producers: Howard W. Koch
  • Format: Blu-ray, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Paramount Catalog
  • DVD Release Date: June 4, 2013
  • Run Time: 105 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (215 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #34,223 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Neil Simon has a special genius for finding the great hilarity in ordina ry people doing everyday things. Like two divorced men who decide to sh are a New York apartment. That's the premise of The Odd Couple, though there's nothing odd in the casting of two Oscar-®-winning talents like Ja ck Lemmon and Walter Mathau. The two veteran funnymen work together wit h the precision timing of a vaudeville team, but always with bright spon taneity. Lemmon plays fussy Felix, fastidious to a fault. He proves th at cleanliness is next to insanity. Matthau is Oscar, who wreaks havoc on a tidy room with the speed and thoroughness of a tornado. An endurin g and endearing picture, with the intelligence on usually misses in come dies.

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36 of 37 people found the following review helpful
The 1968 classic is revisited on DVD but this time for Paramount's special "CENTENNIAL COLLECTION" release. This definitive release features commentary by the songs of Matthau and Lemmon but also a good number of lengthy featurettes that shows tribute to the popular film and to Jack Lemmon and Walter Matthau. An awesome tribute to this comedy classic!


For the Centennial Collection of "The Odd Couple", for a film created in 1968, the film looks very good on DVD. Video is presented in widescreen (enhanced for 16:9 TV's). It was great to see the video scenes of New York in the 60's.

As for audio, audio is presented in English 5.1 Surround and French and Spanish mono. With the film being a dialogue based film, everything is front channel and clear. And of course, the music, composer Neil Hefti's theme song for "The Odd Couple" will always be remembered.


Unlike previous DVD releases of "The Odd Couple" which were sparse when it came to special features, the "CENTENNIAL COLLECTION" version features a good number of special features and quite lengthy as well.

* Commentary: - Commentary by Charlie Matthau and Chris Lemmon. The guys have an interesting conversation during the film and talking about their parents. How they were odd couple as friends in real life and on the film but still very good friends. Chris Lemmon talks about how his father was like Felix and Charlie talks about how his father was like Felix as well in real life. As Matthau puts it, the first "bromance" on film.
* In the Beginning...
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55 of 60 people found the following review helpful
I grew up with the Tony Randall/Jack Klugman sitcom version of "The Odd Couple." Everything about it is funny. Having seen for the first time the movie, I never before imagined how smart Neil Simon could be. The movie outshines the TV series, and is worth the space on any standard comedy DVD library shelf.

In the TV series, Klugman's Oscar is a bohemian bachelor living in slop, and apparently content. In the movie, Walter Matthau's Oscar is no neater, but five times as deep. Although he lives in a divorced man's squalor of old cigars and warm beer, he wants more. He's lonely for his wife and kids, and regrets not making his alimony payments. His life is so disorganized that he wastes money by squandering cash on dinners out and gambling.

When Felix Ungar, as played by Jack Lemmon, Oscar's poker buddy, comes to stay when his wife divorces him, lifestyles clash.

On the surface, the clash is about organization and housekeeping. More deeply, Felix and Oscar duel as Super Ego and ID. Consistently archetypal, they are, in a more modern sense, like Marge and Homer Simpson, each seeing life through their limited expressions. Felix is uptight, and forever second-guessing himself. Oscar is living life for the moment, and never stopping to consider his responsibilities.

Oscar cares about Felix more than their other poker buddies, and connects with him as alter self, regarding their friendship worth pursuing. Since Felix needs a place to stay, Oscar offers up his ample apartment. The conflicts arise soon after, but not without each appreciating what the other brings to the relationship. Ironies abound when Felix's hypersensitivities gain him the affection of two dimwitted but attractive sisters, and Oscar's unbridled hormones.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the Funniest Movies Ever March 4, 2001
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It just doesn't get too much funnier than Matthau & Lemmon in this movie. Each scene is a treasure. I'd heard that Matthau wanted to play Felix first, saying that he could've "phoned in" his performance of Oscar. But, this was perfect casting. A line that still is one of the best is when Oscar goes through his littany of things that irritate him about Felix. He tells him to stop the little notes he leaves on his pillow. "We are all out of toilet paper. F.U. It took me three hours to figure out that F.U. meant Felix Unger!" You gotta own this one. It's a classic.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars EXCELLENT Blu Ray transfer!! June 6, 2013
'The Odd Couple' is a true comedy classic. A showcase for great acting, writing, direction and as funny or funnier today than when it was released back in 1968. The incomparable Walter Matthau and Jack Lemmon simply can not be topped and repeated viewings of this film will prove it again and again! (the supporting cast is also outstanding)

With that said, this review will focus on the Video and Audio quality of this Blu Ray release and not the film itself, which as you can tell I personally LOVE! Seeing many of my favorite butchered on Blu ray, I was really holding my breath on this one, desperately hoping it would be a great Blu ray.

SO how does this Blu ray stack up against previous home video releases? IN a word, FANTASTIC! 'The Odd Couple' has never looked better! The Blu Ray upgrade trumps all previous home releases, cable broadcasts, etc. This is as close to the original presentation as can be humanly expected with a rich, brilliant video presentation and a great bump in sound quality as well.

Presented in the original 2.35:1 aspect ratio, this AVC encoded transfer performs very well. Plenty of room on this 50GB disc for the feature plus extras and no signs of compression artifacts. Contrast/brightness levels are spot on, colors are both natural and vibrant, noise is at a very minimum with grain intact and no visible DNR. WOW!!

Every now and then a true classic comes to Blu Ray looking as good or better than it ever did originally and 'The Odd Couple' is such a transfer! WOO HOO!
Did I say this looks FANTASTIC? Unlike the new lackluster Blu Ray release of 'The Great Escape' this classic film does not disappoint. It does justice to the material, the artists involved and the paying public. It's a winner folks!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars Very dated
The start of the Movie was really dated. We turned it off Just seemed out of date not enjoyable maybe even stupid
Published 14 hours ago by Arnold J goodman
1.0 out of 5 stars Waste of time
Boring beginning with Felix moping around for about a third of the movie. At the end he moves in with some idiots girls.
Published 1 day ago by Quart Jester
5.0 out of 5 stars Still one of the funniest movies
This movie was funny and endearing the first time I saw it in 1968 and it remains so today. How can you go wrong with Niel Simon, Walter Mathau, Jack Lemmon and Neal Hefti?
Published 1 day ago by mkremer
3.0 out of 5 stars Seen it before
My husband had never seen the movie, therefore I purchased it. I didn't think it was that funny any more.
Published 1 day ago by Marilyn Claire
5.0 out of 5 stars Good old movie
Great to see an old film. Just yesterday folks were discussing this movie trying to figure who was the lead with Jack Lemmon and I knew...
Published 1 day ago by Marmar
5.0 out of 5 stars THE ODD COUPLE REVIEW
I loved the TV series THE ODD COUPLE. Seeing it again was fun. I think people my age (old) would enjoy it. If not, you are not young at heart.
Published 2 days ago by Kindle Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Great acting
Acting at its best. Truly a masterpiece of the classic movies. They don't make them like that any more indeed
Published 2 days ago by Linda Guthrie
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Comedy
One of Walter Mathaus best. Great old fashioned comedy without the immature comedy of todays movies. Highly recommend for most.
Published 2 days ago by edwood
4.0 out of 5 stars Hilarious
GREAT movie is one of the best movies that reminds us that everyone is different and how hilarious it can be.
Published 2 days ago by Victoria Slovinski
5.0 out of 5 stars A timeless classic
Always fun to watch this one. Funny, yet "real", and of course that's because Neil Simon is such a comedy genius.
Published 3 days ago by D. Bilodeau
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