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The Hudsucker Proxy
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Genre: Feature Film-Comedy
Release Date: 7-JUN-2005
Media Type: DVD
Top Customer Reviews
I do want to address the quality of the DVD, however. While the DVD does offer both standard and widescreen mode (anamorphic, no less), it decidedly comes across as a sub-par job. The transfer is terrible, dark and grainy in places and completely washed-out in others (the dancing scene made me wonder if something was wrong with my player). The sound is in Dolby stereo rather than the 5.1 channel surround just about everything post-1990 is available in. Not to mention the complete lack of extras: no actor bios, commentary (which I would have really liked to have seen) -- not even a theatrical trailer. For a movie of this quality, I would have expected a lot more.
I love this movie, so I got it anyway and am happy with it (after all, it won't deteriorate like VHS). But don't expect a Matrix quality disk or anything.
The Coens attempted to revive the screwball comedy genre, and boy did they do it. Tim Robbins enjoys himself immensely as the gormless mailroom boy promoted to company President in the space of one day as a patsy to allow boardroom creeps to gain control of the Hudsucker company. Jennifer Leigh's amalgam of Katharine Hepburn/Rosalind Russell/Jean Arthur (from the 1930s) is priceless. I personally felt Paul Newman was a bit wasted in his role, but that's just me.
However, these performances would be for nothing if it wasn't for the marvellous script- witness the boardroom scenes in which the directors discuss how many floors it was that Mr Hudsucker fell ("not including the mezzanine") or the scene in which they interrogate Norville about his new invention. The script is also responsible for the fantastic line "Y'know, for kids!" which means nothing if you haven't seen the movie but now always makes me laugh whenever I think of it.
Film making at its finest. Rent it, steal it, embezzle it -- but watch this gem!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
One if my most favorite movies -- the Coen brothers st their best!Published 3 days ago by Richard Fitzmaurice
It is an embarrassment to the actors. It is only testimony to the power of being Coen brothers - and I didn't even know who they were until I did I search to see who was... Read morePublished 9 days ago by M
Not the same version as the theatrical. Not sure where this version came from, but it had a number of scenes added since the original was released. Read morePublished 16 days ago by freemachine
First of all, I'm not just some dude who decided to watch this.
I'm a Film major watching this for an analytical class that is currently covering the Coen Bros. Read more
I wish they made more movies like this ... loved the faux '40s or '30s movie style, and Jennifer Jason Leigh was particularly great. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Nathanial W. Cook
The single most underrated Coen Movie out there. Was wrongly marketed and wasn't released at right time, so really I think most people just never gave a chance, also with most Coen... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Phillip M. Tindall
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