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The Nutty Professor

4.6 out of 5 stars 346 customer reviews

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To improve his social life, a nerdish professor drinks a potion that temporarily turns him into the handsome, but obnoxious, Buddy Love.

Special Features

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Product Details

  • Actors: Jerry Lewis, Stella Stevens, Del Moore, Kathleen Freeman, Med Flory
  • Directors: Jerry Lewis
  • Writers: Jerry Lewis, Bill Richmond
  • Producers: Arthur P. Schmidt, Ernest D. Glucksman
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Full Screen, Letterboxed, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Dubbed: English, French
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Paramount
  • DVD Release Date: October 17, 2000
  • Run Time: 107 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (346 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00004WZ0C
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #169,328 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Nutty Professor" on IMDb

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By Edward W. Weibe on October 16, 2004
Format: DVD
I own this classic now. I watched the extra features on the DVD and all of the coverage on the other work of Jerry's . After about a half an hour, I realized there is also a movie on this disk. I could not believe how much material is on this ONE disk. I strongly reccomend this and when you get it, watch it with the commentary track turned on for Jerry's comments as the show plays. The widescreen DVD format is fabulous. The color and clarity are fantastic, and the big band sound and sound effects are richer than ever.
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By Wayne A. on September 14, 2005
Format: DVD
I once was one of those snots who dismissed the solo work of Jerry Lewis. No longer. After long years with classic silent comedy and Thirties screwball stuff I reluctantly went back to "The Nutty Professor" and my jaw dropped. This guy was a genius. This film has its roots, and plenty of them, but much of it is thoroughly unique and, dare I write it, visionary.

This is also a visually beautiful film with astonishing use of color. A real treat on that count alone. It's also a splendid updating of Jekyll and Hyde with real relevance for modern times.

I write this to those who may be captivated by Keaton, Laurel and Hardy, or Tati, but who've avoided Lewis for years. Honestly, give him another try.
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This Classic film shows the incredible comedic range of Jerry Lewis as a goofy buck tooth professor with an exagerated low self esteem. He finds that one of his gorgeous students Miss Purdy played well by Stella Stevens takes some sort of interest to him. As the professor he stumbles on a potion that can change his genetics into an overly arrogant good looking man who lacks the one thing that would win Purdy over. Sensitivity. The characters name Buddy Love is said by some to have been based on former rat pack partner Dean Martin. Buddy Loves character was an inspiration for comedian Andrew Dice Clay as Dice has said, "Your not here because your Not attracted to me. And you can see I dig you pretty well myself." Eddie Murphys remake although good could never over shadow this classic comedy. Lewis as Professor Kelp at the prom with his goofy dance steps is hilarious. This movie is timeless and I highly reccomend it to everyone. This movies 1963 release gives you some sense of the simple wholesome lifestyle of the early sixties. As a male I can't help but fall for Stella Stevens every time. Jerry Lewis proves in this movie he's a comic genius!
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Format: DVD
Paradox completists eventually must turn to la mystere de Jerry -- why is it that French film masters such as Godard and Truffaut so loved Jerry Lewis? The Franco-Lewis thing has become a well-worn joke -- something to swig down with Freedom Fries -- but it's a safe bet the directors weren't thinking of the braying, pratfalling side of the American comedian.

Instead, the new wavers cited Lewis' work from the early 1960s -- including what arguably are his best films as an actor and director: "The Nutty Professor" and "The Bellboy."

Paramount, Lewis' longtime studio, has released both titles in splendid widescreen versions, along with seven of his other films. Some titles come with full or partial commentaries from Lewis and his pal Steve Lawrence; other modest bonus features are spread about the collection.

"The Nutty Professor," from 1963, looks amazing in widescreen, awash in hot circus colors. Seeing Lewis' film in its original aspect ratio reveals the director's dedication to offbeat and rewarding visuals. The film earns its Special Edition tag with a vivid transfer, feature-length commentary, making-of featurette and a half-hour career survey called "Jerry Lewis at Work." Screen tests, outtakes and promos complete the package. Paramount isn't known for breaking a sweat with catalog-title extras, but this is a solid collection.

The plot -- a buck-toothed college teacher brews up a formula that transforms him into an obnoxious ladies' man -- allowed Lewis to revisit the yin-yang comic dynamic he first developed with smoothy Dean Martin. Lewis played both roles.

Speculation that the professor's swinging chemical creation, Buddy Love, was based on the real-life Martin elicits an emphatic denial. "This could never be Dean," Lewis says.
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Format: DVD
buying the nutty professor was somewhat of a disappointment..the color is great..the sound in 5.1 is okay but not great..but my major complaint is..where is extras that should be here. no deleted scenes or outtakes..this is one of jerry's all time great movies..i know outtakes exist because i've seen them. also where is the directors commentary?...i believe this is his first film to dvd..for us who love it..it would have been so wonderful to know what went through his daily filming and what problems or relationships developed on making this great movie..i have a feeling maybe down the road you'll see a special edition. it would be so nice..so if you can wait, maybe jerry will do justice to his fans on this great film...
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Format: DVD
This movie is a top perfomrance of Jerry Lewis' talent. He shows us every side of his coin here. He plays goofy, screwball, helpless romantic nerd, profeesor kelp and his alter ego: The Infamous Buddy Love.

You'll bust a gut laughing at all the awkward moments between professor kelp and his classmates. It'll make you stand up and cheer with delight. Who knows? You may even imitate his impressions to impress your friends. I know I did.

Jerry Lewis, aside from playing three parts (Kelp, Buddy love, and the voice of jennifer the bird) also co-wrote the script. He's a zany director who really knows physical comedy.
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