Grumpy Old Men / Grumpier Old Men (Double Feature) [Blu-ray]
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The wit hits the fan as legendary screen odd couple Jack Lemmon and Walter Matthau play Minnesota ice-fishing pals whose crusty friendship grows hilariously icier as the Grumpy Old Men vie for an attractive widow (Ann-Margret). Also in the cast are Daryl Hannah, Kevin Pollak, Ossie Davis and an outrageously randy Burgess Meredith. The two grab their rods to reel in another comic whopper in Grumpier Old Men. Most of the original cast returns, and Sophia Loren plays the vivacious newcomer who wants to turn the beloved bait shop into a chichi ristorante. Of course, in this part of the Land of 1000 Lakes, that means war! Enjoy.]]>
Jack Lemmon and Walter Matthau are reunited in this popular 1993 comedy, in which the Odd Couple veterans play John and Max (respectively), a pair of elderly bachelors whose lifelong friendship is based on mutual aggravation and constant bickering. Their competitive natures kick into overdrive when the beautiful Ariel (Ann-Margret) moves into their otherwise snowbound Minnesota neighborhood. She takes a liking to John, but after a lover's spat she also gives Max a chance at romance, and the long-time buddies reach a peak of grumpy rivalry. It's a stretch to think that Ann-Margret's dating choices would be limited to a pair of grouchy codgers, but sarcastic attitude and snappy dialogue made this a surprise hit (followed by a 1995 sequel), and Burgess Meredith adds plenty of spice as Lemmon's amorous old father. Don't forget to watch the hilarious outtakes during the closing credits! --Jeff Shannon
Grumpy Old Men
The success of Grumpy Old Men made this 1995 sequel practically mandatory, and although it's not much more than a Grumpy retread, the same schtick is just as funny the second time around. Jack Lemmon and Walter Matthau reunited as the Minnesota neighbors who make a hobby out of mutual aggravation, but while Lemmon's married (to Ann-Margret), this time it's Matthau who's looking for love. He finds it when Sophia Loren arrives to open an Italian ristorante on the site of Jack and Walter's favorite bait shop, but only after the grumpy guys have done their best to stop the ristorante from opening. The impending wedding of Kevin Pollak (as Matthau's son) and Daryl Hannah (as Lemmon's daughter) puts love in the air, so it's not too long before Matthau and Loren are singing "That's Amore." And Burgess Meredith (in one of his final screen roles) returns as Lemmon's saucy old father, who gets all the best lines and delivers them with lusty vigor. --Jeff Shannon
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I do agree with the reviews that I've read, stating most people are kind of upset about being able to own BOTH films for the same price, or less than, the cost paid for Grumpy Old Men on Blu Ray. I too bought the Grumpy Old Men Blu Ray, back in December. I paid $17.99 here on Amazon for it. Then a few weeks later I saw the listing, thanks to High Def Digest ([...]) and was bummed to think I bought 1 film for 17.99, when the pre-list price for BOTH was 17.99! But oh well! I am just EXTREMELY happy to see both of these great films on Blu Ray!
Now I am hoping that FOX will release Out To Sea on Blu Ray! Walter and Jack were the greatest duo in the past 30 years, and are always a joy to watch!!!
Sure this disc is missing the trailers, and there are NO special features. But, if you like the movies, BUY this Blu Ray! You will NOT be disappointed!!!
The Blu-ray itself, for both films, look as good as they probably can and the audio (both sport DTS-HD Master Audio, with Grumpy has 2.0 channels and Grumpier has 5.1) for both are better than acceptable. Also, both films are on one disc but given there are no features, a 50GB Blu-ray disc easily handles them both.
If you're a fan like I am for both of these films, Warner has set a respectable SRP ($24.98 at the time of this writing) so it very well may reach the $10 mark in the not too distant future. For those who don't appreciate Warner doing this, I understand, but if you can get it on the cheap, then just think of it as getting this sequel and ignore the original (if you already own the stand alone Blu-ray).
Personally, I think it's worth it to get the widescreen transfer at long last...
While I'm at it.....anyone who has a high def television, GET A BLU RAY PLAYER. If you have a TV that plays 1080 and you're still buyind DVD's, you're wasting your money. That shiny new TV you purchased won't look right without signals from high def sources.
I'm amazed at how little people know about what they're buying when they get these flat screens. My uncle bought a new Plasma then hooked up to a cable box that didn't even have component connections, let alone HDMI. He called me asking why the picture on his new TV looked so bad! I got him set up...and I bought him a blu ray player for Christmas so he can cook with crisco.
Just kick back and enjoy the work of 2 masterful actors who have since left us; the lovely/saucy presence of Ann-Margret (and later, Sophia Loren); plus, the scene-stealing "dirty old man" Burgess Meredith.
However, it would've been nice to have a "making of.." featurette or cast & crew interviews.
Although this is in a nice packaging, it doesn't have the retail packaging as you would see in the store. The case is flimsy and the DVD has no label. Almost looked home made. 1-star deduction for packaging and quality.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
always make me laugh. One of my VHS tapes had gone bad so purchased on DVDPublished 1 day ago by Debra K. Paulsen
One of the best movies ever. It's just not the same when they play it on TV.Published 6 days ago by c0nker TM
I must say watching this over again was a delight. Walter mathau and Jack lemmon are a perfect match to make you laugh out loud and have a good ole time while seeing them in their... Read morePublished 6 days ago by The critic
Love these movies and the cast too! It's getting to be that ai can relate to them now.. LOL...Published 9 days ago by B. George
Great movies! These are not just for older people either. There is timeless humor and sweet banter between these old men that will keep you very entertained at any age.Published 11 days ago by ColdbrookFish
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