Other Sellers on Amazon
The Four Seasons
Frequently Bought Together
Customers Who Bought This Item Also Bought
Top Customer Reviews
The story centers around the close friendships of three middle-aged couples who always take their vacations together. A huge problem arises when one of the husbands (played with gusto by Len Cariou) abruptly sheds his longtime, devoted and quirky wife (played by the brilliantly gifted late actress Sandy Dennis) for a much younger and pretty woman (portrayed by Bess Armstrong.) Dennis suddenly becomes the odd-woman out of the group while Armstrong takes her place in the traditional group vacation.
Everyone feels the effects of the switch, and their reactions and adjustments (or lack thereof) to the situation create the movie's tension and raise universal questions about love, commitment, marriage, honesty and aging.
Alda's wife in the film, played by the legendary Carol Burnett, struggles to make sense out of what happened, and worries that all aging women (including her) may be cast aside without remorse by their husbands stuggling with the mid-life blues who want younger, sexier partners. In one revealing portion of the story, Alda joins in a soccer game "with the boys" and plays to the point of exhaustion and even injury to impress Armstrong. Burnett withholds her sympathy for her wounded mate and is furious instead, forcing him to realize what he was doing through witty, poignant and hysterical dialog.
Multi-talented Rita Moreno and Jack Weston are the third couple also caught in the tortured but humorous and telling web of self analysis and doubt.Read more ›
Three middle-aged couples with children meet once a season every year to do a group activity. Although they get together in smaller groups at other points, the ritual of celebrating each season is pretty much an unquestioned tradition ... until one of the couples split up.
Can the group survive? How about the individual friendships? The introduction of a new spouce, the question of what to do with the previous one, and simply the planning to come up with ideas of how to keep the group activities from getting stale are as valuable as the effort the stars put into their performances.
This movie values effort without drudgery, the complexities of communication within a chosen family, and how daunting it is to try to play catch-up with a group that's been around nearly forever. These characters drive each other crazy occasionally but always love each other, and try to stay together even when their world is falling apart.
And my boyfriend really, really liked it. :)
The top and bottom of the regular full screen version has been cropped out of the picture to give the illusion your getting a widescreen - what your getting is less picture!
The studios should label the DVD's as they did when they cropped VHS video picture " this film has been modified to fit you tv screen" as in modified to fit a 16x9 tv in this case.
You have already lost one third of the picture when it was modified to full screen, now you loose an additional one third to one fourth of the movies image!
The reason leterbox and widescreen has a demand, is that the audience or consumer wants to view the Movie as it was filmed and framed by the filmaker, and not loose out on portions of the movie that the director intended.
In other words the idea to release in widescreen was for the intention of showing MORE not LESS of the movies image.
The studios believe they can get away with this, since the average buyer does not have a full screen video version to compare with, or the consumer is just unaware.
I compared this DVD to a full screen VHS version, and in many cases where some DVD's come with both Full & Wide Screen on a flip disc, compare them before watching, many of the widesreen sides are just chopped versions of the full screen.
The picture quality is great on this and most DVD's, it is unfortunate though that it has to be a conciliation for cropped picture.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Happen to catch part of this movie late, late night, fell asleep, decided to order it and love it.Published 2 days ago by Barbara Jones
I always thought I'd grow up to be one of these characters and have friends like them. I didn't, but I adore this movie and the cast is spectacular. Read morePublished 5 days ago by Scott Kirkland
Saw this movie a long time ago, but remember how great it was. Alda, Burnett, Moreno and a wonderful cast. Can't go wrong. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
A very special group of actors have a lot of fun in this wacky film.Published 1 month ago by Louis G. Gregorio
I remember this movie when it came out. Great movie. Happy I found it.Published 3 months ago by Dee
Set up an Amazon Giveaway
What Other Items Do Customers Buy After Viewing This Item?
Look for Similar Items by Category
- Movies & TV > Genre for Featured Categories > Comedy
- Movies & TV > Genre for Featured Categories > Drama
- Movies & TV > Movies
- Movies & TV > Studio Specials > Universal Studios Home Entertainment > All Universal Studios Titles
- Movies & TV > Studio Specials > Universal Studios Home Entertainment > Comedy
- Movies & TV > Studio Specials > Universal Studios Home Entertainment > Drama