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The Nutty Professor (1963)

Jerry Lewis , Stella Stevens , Jerry Lewis  |  Unrated |  DVD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (153 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Jerry Lewis, Stella Stevens, Del Moore, Kathleen Freeman, Med Flory
  • Directors: Jerry Lewis
  • Writers: Jerry Lewis, Bill Richmond
  • Producers: Arthur P. Schmidt, Ernest D. Glucksman
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Full Screen, Letterboxed, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Paramount
  • DVD Release Date: October 17, 2000
  • Run Time: 107 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (153 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00004WZ0C
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #233,989 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Nutty Professor" on IMDb

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  • Paramount in the 50's Retrospective

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To improve his social life, a nerdish professor drinks a potion that temporarily turns him into the handsome, but obnoxious, Buddy Love.

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36 of 36 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Lewis's best and with tons of footage October 16, 2004
Format:DVD
I own this classic now. I watched the extra features on the DVD and all of the coverage on the other work of Jerry's . After about a half an hour, I realized there is also a movie on this disk. I could not believe how much material is on this ONE disk. I strongly reccomend this and when you get it, watch it with the commentary track turned on for Jerry's comments as the show plays. The widescreen DVD format is fabulous. The color and clarity are fantastic, and the big band sound and sound effects are richer than ever.
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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Humility September 14, 2005
Format:DVD
I once was one of those snots who dismissed the solo work of Jerry Lewis. No longer. After long years with classic silent comedy and Thirties screwball stuff I reluctantly went back to "The Nutty Professor" and my jaw dropped. This guy was a genius. This film has its roots, and plenty of them, but much of it is thoroughly unique and, dare I write it, visionary.

This is also a visually beautiful film with astonishing use of color. A real treat on that count alone. It's also a splendid updating of Jekyll and Hyde with real relevance for modern times.

I write this to those who may be captivated by Keaton, Laurel and Hardy, or Tati, but who've avoided Lewis for years. Honestly, give him another try.
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25 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Innovative Dr. Jeckell and Mr.Hyde Spoof August 14, 2000
Format:VHS Tape
This Classic film shows the incredible comedic range of Jerry Lewis as a goofy buck tooth professor with an exagerated low self esteem. He finds that one of his gorgeous students Miss Purdy played well by Stella Stevens takes some sort of interest to him. As the professor he stumbles on a potion that can change his genetics into an overly arrogant good looking man who lacks the one thing that would win Purdy over. Sensitivity. The characters name Buddy Love is said by some to have been based on former rat pack partner Dean Martin. Buddy Loves character was an inspiration for comedian Andrew Dice Clay as Dice has said, "Your not here because your Not attracted to me. And you can see I dig you pretty well myself." Eddie Murphys remake although good could never over shadow this classic comedy. Lewis as Professor Kelp at the prom with his goofy dance steps is hilarious. This movie is timeless and I highly reccomend it to everyone. This movies 1963 release gives you some sense of the simple wholesome lifestyle of the early sixties. As a male I can't help but fall for Stella Stevens every time. Jerry Lewis proves in this movie he's a comic genius!
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Crazy, man January 1, 2005
Format:DVD
Paradox completists eventually must turn to la mystere de Jerry -- why is it that French film masters such as Godard and Truffaut so loved Jerry Lewis? The Franco-Lewis thing has become a well-worn joke -- something to swig down with Freedom Fries -- but it's a safe bet the directors weren't thinking of the braying, pratfalling side of the American comedian.

Instead, the new wavers cited Lewis' work from the early 1960s -- including what arguably are his best films as an actor and director: "The Nutty Professor" and "The Bellboy."

Paramount, Lewis' longtime studio, has released both titles in splendid widescreen versions, along with seven of his other films. Some titles come with full or partial commentaries from Lewis and his pal Steve Lawrence; other modest bonus features are spread about the collection.

"The Nutty Professor," from 1963, looks amazing in widescreen, awash in hot circus colors. Seeing Lewis' film in its original aspect ratio reveals the director's dedication to offbeat and rewarding visuals. The film earns its Special Edition tag with a vivid transfer, feature-length commentary, making-of featurette and a half-hour career survey called "Jerry Lewis at Work." Screen tests, outtakes and promos complete the package. Paramount isn't known for breaking a sweat with catalog-title extras, but this is a solid collection.

The plot -- a buck-toothed college teacher brews up a formula that transforms him into an obnoxious ladies' man -- allowed Lewis to revisit the yin-yang comic dynamic he first developed with smoothy Dean Martin. Lewis played both roles.

Speculation that the professor's swinging chemical creation, Buddy Love, was based on the real-life Martin elicits an emphatic denial. "This could never be Dean," Lewis says.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars great movie..fair dvd October 18, 2000
Format:DVD
buying the nutty professor was somewhat of a disappointment..the color is great..the sound in 5.1 is okay but not great..but my major complaint is..where is extras that should be here. no deleted scenes or outtakes..this is one of jerry's all time great movies..i know outtakes exist because i've seen them. also where is the directors commentary?...i believe this is his first film to dvd..for us who love it..it would have been so wonderful to know what went through his daily filming and what problems or relationships developed on making this great movie..i have a feeling maybe down the road you'll see a special edition. it would be so nice..so if you can wait, maybe jerry will do justice to his fans on this great film...
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars That ol' black magic has me in his spell... March 1, 2003
By Kerry
Format:DVD
O.K I'm only 17 but i've seen enough films to know that this is my favourite of all time. I love Jerry Lewis, he's a comic genius and I never get bored of wathching this film in particular. The original Nutty Professor totally overshadows Eddie Murphy's version in my opinion. While the modern adaptation was stuffed with crass, in your face jokes, Lewis' creation has a gentle and innocent humour and you care about what happens to Kelp's character.
The music scenes in particular are brilliant and the scene where the truth comes out is surprisingly touching.
I always had a thing for men in glasses anyway.....
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4.0 out of 5 stars I was surprised
I was surprised by this one, because I did not like the jerky guy he became, and there fore did not find it as funny as I thought it would be, because I am used to him being funny. Read more
Published 6 days ago by D & S
5.0 out of 5 stars The Original Nutty Professor
Jerry Lewis is funny. I owned this movie on VHS but had to have it on DVD. Buy it, you'll like it!
Published 13 days ago by LINDA B. WALTERS
3.0 out of 5 stars It's All Jerry Lewis
You will like this movie if you like watching the antics of Jerry Lewis. Stella Stevens adds beautiful eyes to the scenes but that is about all. Read more
Published 14 days ago by Robert E. Darling
5.0 out of 5 stars funny, funny
I loved this movie and my grandson thought it was funny. Good clean family viewing time. I would recommend this seller . Movie was on time and in good condition.
Published 21 days ago by sandylou69
4.0 out of 5 stars The Original.
Great old movie. I have always been a goof Jerry Lewis fan. He is so cool as Buddy Love. Watch it!
Published 29 days ago by Dorothy Jones
4.0 out of 5 stars Suggested by a neighbor and what a great suggestion
From time to time I like to watch older movies -- the type of stuff my Dad watched on TV when he was younger. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Jacqueline Anderson
5.0 out of 5 stars nutty professor
jerry lewis acts the part very well, but i like jerry lewis anyway. it is a good romance movie. love it.
Published 1 month ago by Lori L Staton
3.0 out of 5 stars read
kinda good better when i was a little kid jerry is funny and the girl was Hot. I forgot how awful the alter ego was.
Published 1 month ago by alan
4.0 out of 5 stars Nutty Professor?
Is Warner Brothers going to have a deluxe, 50th Anniversary, boxed bluray edition of NUTTY PROFESSOR and not MY FAIR LADY? There is something wrong in movietown.
Published 1 month ago by Bill Fisher
5.0 out of 5 stars Never stops being funny...
It is classic Jerry Lewis. I haven't seen it in years....still a very funny movie, I love the ending! yeh
Published 1 month ago by Sue Hansen
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