I saw the last 75% of this on TV and immediately knew I needed to buy it.
Being somewhat cautious of old films transferred to DVD, on delivery I set aside a few minutes to check the quality. Over two hours later, after also viewing the excellent 'making of' feature, I realised I had missed an important appointment. On ringing up to apologise and explain, ruffled feathers were instantly soothed when they knew it was Hopscotch that had distracted me.
It is light and warm, villains are suitably discomforted, but there is no violence, and almost no bad language either apart from the bad guy - Ned Beatty's 'Myerson', the CIA boss Matthau dislikes so much.
There are numerous subtle deft touches that one might miss on a first viewing; it is beautifully made, and superbly lit and composed.
The 'special feature' gives one a lot of background about making the film, and is well worth viewing.
If you have a wet afternoon to pass, and there is nothing on TV, and reading a book is too much like hard work, and you are feeling a little down, then there is nothing better to restore you than Hopscotch.
The sound is very good, albeit mono. The picture is excellent, 2.35:1 in 16:9 frame, and, after the first few minutes where there are some minor specks to reassure you it really is film, clean and steady. This 2008 UK edition is also a region 0 DVD.