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The Nutty Professor (Special Edition)

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Unable to put up with ridicule any longer, Kelp creates a potion that transforms him into his alter ego, Buddy Love, who is slick, cool and a hit with the ladies. The only problem with this potion is it doesn't last very long, and wears off at the most inopportune moments.

Additional Features

The crown jewel of the 2004 Jerry Lewis Collection is this special edition of the 1963 comedy. Like others in the collection, the DVD is packed with archival materials--bloopers, deleted scenes, even a short home movie. Listening to the commentary by Lewis with friend Steve Lawrence is like eavesdropping on two old buddies reminiscing of the good ol' days, with Lewis calling out certain bits for Lawrence (and us) to watch. The two featurettes play like part of the series (you'd have to watch the other DVDs to get the complete picture). You'll listen to offerings from friends, collaborators, and critics using the "genius" word a lot, including Lewis himself. The remastered sound and picture is superb--especially with the wild color scheme of the movie. It's definitely worth a trade up from the earlier bare-bones DVD release. --Doug Thomas

Special Features

  • Jerry Lewis feature
  • Making-of documentary
  • Archival material
  • Trailer

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: Closed-captioned, Collector's Edition, Color, Special Edition, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono), English (Dolby Digital 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 2.0)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Paramount
  • DVD Release Date: October 12, 2004
  • Run Time: 107 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (339 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0002NY8VW
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #93,990 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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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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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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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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O.K I'm only 17 but i've seen enough films to know that this is my favourite of all time. I love Jerry Lewis, he's a comic genius and I never get bored of wathching this film in particular. The original Nutty Professor totally overshadows Eddie Murphy's version in my opinion. While the modern adaptation was stuffed with crass, in your face jokes, Lewis' creation has a gentle and innocent humour and you care about what happens to Kelp's character.
The music scenes in particular are brilliant and the scene where the truth comes out is surprisingly touching.
I always had a thing for men in glasses anyway.....
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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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