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Topper / Topper Returns ( Double Feature) (1941)
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My only explanation for the "DHRF" is that his sight isn't very good, he needs a new DVD player, or he just has an ax to grind against Artisan Video. The Topper video is crystal clear and the sound is great. If you like Cary Grant and want to see one of his earlier screwball comedies, this is a great DVD.
"Topper" with a Star studded cast Cary Grant as Millionaire George Kirby (at his comedic best), Constance Bennett as his wife Marion (a beautifully devine actress), Roland Young as their Banker Cosmo Topper (nominated for Best Supporting Actor as "Topper") and Billie Burke as Mrs. Topper (best known as Glenda the "Good Witch" from the 1939 "The Wizard of OZ"). Included is a very young song writer/singer Hoagy Carmichael.
This wonderfully remastered Black / White Standard Feature DVD is delightful. Worth the price of admission alone but the 1941 sequel "Topper Returns" is also included. Note: a very weak sequel but still a cute storyline featuring Roland & Burke in reprise. A double feature DVD with no extras.
Summary: The jet setting, ever partying Millionaire Kirby's die in an automobile accident on a late night country road. They enter a state of limbo (earthbound ghosts) until they perform a good deed. So they go about trying to free their banker "Topper" from his dull routine high collar lifestyle and make him a jet setting man of high society. This is a great story with ghosts, floating objects and Topper talking to himself. Mrs Topper has the hardest time trying to figure out whats happening to her timid obedient husband. Lots of laughs here. Enjoy.
The picture and sound quality on this DVD seems better on our Hitachi 57S700 better than "Topper Returns" by Alpha Video. We have one of our Dtivos getting every Cary Grant movie for the past few years but never seemed to get Topper. We were at a store and saw "Topper Returns" by Alpha Video. After buying this I decided to buy Topper/Topper Returns here on Amazon, just to get "Topper" with Cary Grant, and glad I did. Once again, for those of you that like old B&W comedies, this DVD is welll worth the Amazon price.
The second movie has the couple that play the Toppers. But Not the Kirbys. (No Grant and Bennett). he Kirby's haven't been re cast, they aren't in it. It is still an interresting movie though. A comedy/murder movie.
At the price this DVD can be bought at it is a steal. A must get for your collection.
Regardless of the deficiencies, it's still a good release: the picture and sound are not the best, but they are good enough to delight the average viewer. The more discerning viewer will notice the issues discussed by the "Disgusted Hall Roach Fan," but this release is good enough not to be a distraction.
I recommend this release with 3.5 stars, but I would have given 5 stars (I really do love these films) if the producers had found the original film elements for the DVD transfer, as the difference between an original black and white verses a flat black and white are substantial - the world becomes almost completely two-dimensional in a flat film.
For comparison, I just watched The Criterion Collection's version of Hitchcock's film Notorious. It's a black and white film that was restored from the best nitrate originals and passionately supervised by leading film historians. I was stunned by the clarity and depth of the picture.
If you think you'll enjoy these films, buy this DVD - if there is to be a restored edition, it is probably 2 years away.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I would've have given it 5 stars because I absolutely love the movies but there is a slight glitch in Topper Returns. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Mary O'Grady
I always liked these movies! Glad to have them in my library! Good "Halloween" or anytime movies. Classic comedy!Published 1 month ago by april kyles
Not one of Grant's bests. Grant and Bennet have a whimsical banter at the first of the movie that grates on my nerves. It goes from stupid to stupider as the movie continues. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Tall Girl
All the Topper movies are great, but these two are the best to me. In Topper Cary Grant, Constance Bennet, and Roland Young are at their very best. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Midnight Hour