"10" (BD) [Blu-ray]
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Moore plays a fortyish songwriter who has developed the mother of all mid-life crisis's. Julie Andrews (who looks fantastic here BTW) shines as his impatient love interest and Bo Derek is lovely as Dudley's fantasy girl. Brian Dennehy and Dee Wallace-Stone are very good in supporting roles.
The DVD transfer is good especially for a film that has a little age. The sound is mono only which is disappointing but understandable. This is one of Blake Edwards best films and a must see for fans of romantic comedy. It is sad and sobering to realize that both Moore's and Andrew's gifts have been diminished by illness. Grab this DVD and take time to remember how really talented they both are.
By chance, he spies a beautiful young woman (played by Bo Derek) who is on her way to her wedding. She is the most gorgeous creature he has ever seen and he immediately becomes obsessed with her. This obsession leads to a great many mis-adventures that lead the viewer through the balance of the film.
While it is not apparent on the surface, I would characterize 10 as a dark comedy. It is somewhat morose to think about getting older and no longer being young & vibrant. The creative ways in which the film differentiates Moore's character from the young lover of Bo Derek's persona are almost creepy.
Aside from the tragic loss of youth, the film is also a commentary on the issue of people's personalities not matching their exterior appearance. While she is beautiful, Bo Derek's character is found to be quit wanting on the personality side of the ledger. She is shallow and superficial. Insofar as being a worthwhile person, she can hardly compete with George's girlfriend (portrayed by Julie Andrews).
Of all of Blake Edward's films, this one is probably in the top 5. It is insightful into what troubles we human beings as we grapple with your mortality and the decline of our bodies. On the upside, there is also some gratuitous nudity, although they could have shown a LOT more of Bo Derek. If Amazon had a 10 star rating, I would give this one a 9!
The thing about this Blake Edwards' movie is that all of us can find ourselves in it and as opposed to a today's movies who relate to nothing, this flick is what life is all about: love, life, laughter, sadness, happiness, confusion, misunderstandings of all sorts etc. There is nothing dated about that. Some reviewers said that it is dated. It maybe so because today's movies do not reach for your heart and brain, that only reach for your wallet. Today's movies do not get involved in understanding of a human spirit, but that get involved in understanding of green screen and 3d BS. Anyway, the movie is backed up by a fabulous music by Mancini (as always), especially Dudley's solo part in the Mexican nigh bar. We have it on dvd, but yesterday I ordered it on blu-ray because no matter what the transfer looks like, it is still going to bit a lot better than to watch it on dvd and full HD tv. And, of course, it is a new copy of an all time favorite which is going to be with us for many years to come. Highly recommended!
UPDATE February 10, 2012.
Today I received blu-ray and I am actually very very surprised! This blu-ray has pretty good VQ! I was reading reviews about how bad it is and thought it was going to be really bad (well. better than dvd), but in fact it is pretty clear, with warm picture noise. Definitely a huge step forward in viewing experience of this movie! Thumbs UP!
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This is a movie I feel I must watch at least once every ten years. Also, if you are unaware,
Dudley Moore was a composer for piano and jazz. Read more
Couldn't find this movie on any other streaming source. Thank you Amazon!Published 8 days ago by Elizabeth Hairston
It's definitely a reflection of the time when the movie was made, but still watchable and enjoyable.Published 2 months ago by lika
Dudley Moore was at his best as he showed his comedic and dramatic gifts, as well as his musical gifts. Bo Derek did a decent job with her role. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
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