I often lower my expectations when I see a classic movie that I have wanted to get for a while get released on on Blu-Ray in the bargain price range. I figure that it will be lacking in some fundamental way. But still I am a sucker for improved picture so I often find myself putting it in my cart anyway. Some Like It Hot is a classic comedy that I have bought in just about every format made available to me. It is a silly film that I can watch multiple times per year and I like to have it on hand for when the mood strikes me. A total comfort flick. So when I saw it was getting a Blu-Ray release (and since I was already ordering some other movies) I picked it up. I am glad I did.
First for those not in the know here is a little summary of the film:
When Chicago musicians Joe (Tony Curtis) and Jerry (Jack Lemmon) accidentally witness a gangland shooting, they quickly board a southbound train to Florida, disguised as Josephine and Daphne, the two newest—and homeliest—members of an all-girl jazz band. Their cover is perfect…until a lovelorn singer (Marilyn Monroe) falls for “Josephine,” an ancient playboy (Joe E. Brown) falls for “Daphne,” and a mob boss (George Raft) refuses to fall for their hoax!
Classic movie and boy does it look amazing. It is a crisp remastered black and white that is definitely pause-worthy. To date the finest transfer I have ever seen and alone makes this worth the price of admission. It makes me wonder how good it would have been if it was put out by Criterion, which was rumored. Add to that some great Audio options (I have a lame audio setup, but it has all the magical numbers people seem to like on the back of the package) and even some decent extras that include:
– Audio Commentary and Interviews
– Multiple Documentaries and Featurettes
– The Original Theatrical Trailer
That adds almost another 2 hour of entertainment to the movie not including the commentary tracks. All in all, that’s a pretty swell deal if you ask me. So if you are a fan and own a Blu-Ray player, add Some Like It Hot to your collection today.