Screen Couples Spotlight Collection : Charade / Double Indemnity / Pillow Talk / My Little Chickadee (Universal's 100th Anniversary)
Universal's 100th Anniversary Edition
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The other films are acknowledged classics. The hilarious Pillow Talk was the first pairing of Day and Hudson (and a very funny Tony Randall as their neurotic mutual acquaintance), and it helped set the course of romantic comedies in the 60's with its relatively blatant sexual subtext. Charade is Stanley Donen's effective go at making a Hitchcock thriller; like many of Hitch's films, it features an innocent (Hepburn) caught up in a plot to chase down a MacGuffin (here a bunch of stolen WWII loot) with a heavy focus on witty romantic repartee (the type of thing Grant was born for). A powerful Mancini score adds extra verve. Double Indemnity is one of the best and most influential noir thrillers, with dark themes of seduction, murder, and betrayal, and a visual and verbal style that would give birth to countless later films.
Extras include commentaries and documentaries about Pillow Talk and Double Indemnity, histories of Universal on the Charade disc, and none for My Little Chickadee.
I was pleasantly surprised by "Charade". I'd never seen it, and really enjoyed it, again with great picture and sound. "Pillow Talk" is one of Doris Day's best, and once again, excellent picture and audio here.
Must confess I haven't watched "My Little Chickadee" from this four film set yet, but I have every confidence its presentation will be first-rate, too.
This four-film set belongs in everyone's DVD collection. Well worth the price for "Double Indemnity" alone!! What a movie! Get the popcorn started and enjoy!! By the way, the disc for "Double Indemnity" is label as "Disc #1", leading me to the conclusion it's from a deluxe 2-disc set. Extras include trailer, a beefy separate treatise on Film Noir and "Double Indemnity" (you'll enjoy this), two commentary tracks, and scene selection. Nice bonus surprises!
The DVD is beautifully restored. The trailers were not, but the films themselves were dazzling in their clarity and color.
The commentary of Pillow Talk was especially interesting.
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