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The Thomas Crown Affair - New Transfer (1968)

Steve McQueen , Faye Dunaway , Norman Jewison  |  R |  DVD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (203 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Steve McQueen, Faye Dunaway, Paul Burke, Jack Weston, Biff McGuire
  • Directors: Norman Jewison
  • Writers: Alan Trustman
  • Producers: Norman Jewison, Hal Ashby, Walter Mirisch
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, Original recording remastered, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, French, Spanish
  • Dubbed: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: United Artists
  • DVD Release Date: May 17, 2005
  • Run Time: 102 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (203 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0009HKH6Q
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #11,490 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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Slick, sophisticated romantic caper film starring Steve McQueen as a cool Boston millionaire who masterminds a bank heist, then carries on a torrid romance with beautiful insurance investigator Faye Dunaway. Highlighted by inventive camerawork, chic surroundings and the Oscar-winning song "The Windmills of Your Mind." With Jack Weston, Paul Burke and Yaphet Kotto; directed by Norman Jewison. 102 min. Standard and Widescreen; Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital mono; Subtitles: English, French; audio commentary by Jewison; theatrical trailer.

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119 of 128 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Still Room For Improvement, Wake-Up! May 21, 2005
Format:DVD
For some reason there remains a problem with the video quality of Thomas Crown Affair. What we are suppose to be seeing is a new transfer, ( I guess admitting that the prior version needed improvement) which in fact it did. This new transfer isn't quite what I was expecting, in fact it's uneven or should I say unbalanced which gives a uncomfortable viewing experience. Anyone who purchases this DVD version expecting the ultimate quality version is in for a big let-down. This DVD is offered with the wide screen/ full screen format. MGM appears to be looking in the rear view mirror. With Plasma/LCD quality, why is MGM wasting time with marginal quality standards. This Batch will end up in the bargin bin. Save your money and wait till next time.
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94 of 104 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Stylishly Chic Affair to Remember December 21, 2000
Format:DVD
Even in 1968, audiences knew The Thomas Crown Affair was a film of style over substance. It had an interesting premise dreamt up by a Boston Lawyer who had never written a screenplay before-and there wasn't a lot of story or character development. It's the films' style and gimmicks which endeared it to audiences. And the coolest of the cool stars,Steve (I move like a panther) McQueen, on the planet teamed up with the fascinating mix of earthy sultriness and ice princess that is Faye Dunaway at her peak.
So does this film hold up? Is it worth watching? The first half hour of the film - - the robbery is still an exciting, stylish, entertaining sequence that few films will top in terms of hipness. It's here the multiple screen gimmick works best. It's here that Hal Ashby's editing and Walter Hill's second unit work is most impressive. It's the best part of the film and it works beautifully. (Yes that's future directors Hal Ashby and Walter Hill I just mentioned).
Affair is directed by Norman Jewison (a former editor/turned director who had just directed In the Heat of the Night, and The Russians are Coming, The Russians are Coming). United Artists didn't put much pressure or time constraints on Jewison, and Jewison took this very weak screenplay with an interesting premise and worked with writer Alan R. Trustman to create a sandbox for him and legendary cinematographer Haskell Wexler to play in. They were young, they were anxious to break rules and try new things and they happened to wind up at Montreal Expo 67 and in the audience of a ground-breaking multi-screen extravaganza called Habitat. Habitat was created by film/maker and graphic designer Pablo Ferro. Jewison, Wexler and Ashby had found the gimmick they were looking for.
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42 of 45 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Chess was never this much fun April 19, 2000
Format:DVD
I was interested in seeing this film after I saw the remake, especially when I heard so many people say the original was so much better. After having seen both, I'd call it a toss up (both were good!).
Actually, the remake was only loosely based on the original. The original is about a rich guy who knocks off a bank, and the remake about a rich guy who steals art.
This film is well crafted and though the story is far fetched (as in the remake) it's entertaining. Norman Jewison does a terrific job of directing. His visual interpretations, camera angles and dramatic effects are timeless. He overuses the split screen concept a bit, but we need to remember that in 1968 this was fairly new technology and he was probably enamoured with the novelty of it. Think of how much `morphing' was being used when it was first developed.
Probably the best scene involved the chess match between Thomas (Steve McQueen) and Vicki (Faye Dunaway). It was far more erotic than all the scenes where Rene Russo was running around naked in the remake.
The acting was excellent, with Dunaway taking top honors as the stop-at-nothing insurance investigator who literally gets her man. Steve McQueen played the rich macho ego maniac to perfection. His only minus was his phony victory laugh, which was overacted and overused. Paul Burke stayed appropriately but effectively on the sidelines as the police detective.
In comparing the two films, I'd have to say it's about even. The remake had a more inventive and interesting story, replacing the bank robbery with an art heist, but it was also more ridiculous in the final disposition of the stolen painting.
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Original Crown! May 20, 2004
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This is an extremely fine film. Besides a ingenious story and terrific acting by McQueen (who plays a "cool" and very wealthy businessman perfectly) and Dunaway (who looks absolutely stunning and plays it "smart" in nearly every scene), this movie has some fascinating and utterly BRILLIANT editing like no other film I know of... and a HAUNTING and GORGEOUS music score created by Michel LeGrand.
What about the NEW version?
I have been a huge fan of the original Thomas Crown Affair since I first saw it while in the military in 1969..... and bought the 1999 "re-make" because I heard so many good things about it. I must say that honestly there are good points in BOTH films. I never quite bought the fact that the original wealthy "Crown" got his "kicks" robbing a bank.... so stealing the "Monet" made much more sense to me. I also thought the story was a bit more interesting in the new version and I was more satisfied by the challenge Bronsnan's character found in Russo's bluntness.
Overall, however this 1969 "Crown" is the version I prefer. It contains an absolutely beautiful music score by Michel LeGrand (which is superior to the loud, lackluster and frangmented score that Bill Conti created for the new version). The title track here is "Windmills of Your Mind" is an awesome song, but also amazing is "Her Eyes, His Eyes" created for the infamous chess playing sequence. I also prefer the sensuous and sexy elegance of the fire between McQueen and Dunaway to the overtly sweaty lust that Brosnan and Russo desparately share together... this film is more subtile and suggests sexuality.. which seems more fascinating than just the plain nakedness in the new version.
Although I do prefer this film to the remake, both versions are well made and interesting in their own right, and should be enjoyed for what they are and what makes them so entertaining.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Pierce Brosnan was Better!
I'd give it 3 stars. I know this was meant to be stylish, not saavy. However, the 1999 remake was both. McQueen's acting is cold and stiff. Read more
Published 1 day ago by Rosalyn G. Mackey
5.0 out of 5 stars great
This is my favorite version of the story and needed to replace my HS copy. I love the story and the local Boston scenes. Quite a wild romance.
Published 3 days ago by lesmoore2204
4.0 out of 5 stars Older isn't always better
I enjoyed the newer version more. But this was a pretty cool movie for it's time. I would watch it again, though.
Published 6 days ago by Cherlyn Van Der Weele
5.0 out of 5 stars Uncanny union: Life and Art of Steve McQueen
Everything works in this film like a perfect symphony: music (composed by the great Michel Legrand), the story, cinematography, mise-en-scene, and dialogue. Read more
Published 8 days ago by Insook C Webber
4.0 out of 5 stars Where The Dough Is
Everybody knows banks, whether in storefronts, in supermarket lobbies, or in marbled edifices, is where the money is. Read more
Published 10 days ago by Alfred Johnson
5.0 out of 5 stars Steve McQueen is as appealing (in the Thomas Crown Affair) TODAY as he...
I'm crazy about this movie, PERIOD!
The re-make is fine, but if I had to choose between the original with Mr. McQueen, and the re-make....I'll go for the original every time. Read more
Published 11 days ago by Penelope Phares
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome Classic
Watch over 10 times since I got it last week. Classy, sexy and seductive! Wish there were more production from both Steve and Faye.
Published 15 days ago by Carmen Yap
5.0 out of 5 stars I love this film
Yes a little dated but way ahead of its time in 1968.Who did not want to be Thomas Crown,living on the edge and getting away with it.
Published 27 days ago by gerald miller
3.0 out of 5 stars Good Watch for a Rainy Afternoon
OK movie, wanted to watch a classic, problem is you end up comparing it to P.C.'s newer version and it fall's short. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Sean Chidsey
3.0 out of 5 stars COPY CUT
Have the original VHS and some scenes are cut short, plus quality of color and focus somewhat not up to par.
Published 1 month ago by Thomas H Pientka
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