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Designing Woman [DVD] [1957] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]

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  • Language: English, French
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French, Portuguese, Georgian, Chinese, Thai
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Average Customer Review: 2.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • ASIN: B00005U2KJ
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 184,073 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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4 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Cinephilo on 9 Jan. 2009
Format: DVD
The film is funny. I think it is worth to be watched. But if I were the director I would take another actress for the glamourous role and certainly not Lauren Bacall (who is great elsewhere). She is icy while we need some fresh and warm character in this film. The director Vincent Minelli should have been taking elegance for glamour.

The structure of the film is interesting. It is a sum of flashbacks (memories) that everyone tells us. This structure reminds us also the one of The Bad and the Beautiful from the same director. And although for the story structure I prefer Designing Woman for the casting I like much more The Bad and the Beautiful! Lana Turner fits perfectly the character...The Bad and the Beautiful [1952] (REGION 1) (NTSC)
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29 of 30 people found the following review helpful
Great Vincent Minnelli Comedy comes to WideScreen DVD ! 15 Feb. 2002
By forrie - Published on
Format: DVD
The great director Vincent Minnelli (Gigi, American in Paris & Meet Me in St. Louis) does an outstanding job presenting us with the 50's comedy "Designing Woman". Lauren Bacall is gorgeous in the lead and with a rare comedic performance gives us a great movie. Her leading man Gregory Peck also in a rare comedic role pulls it off masterfully under the direction of Minnelli.
This Warner Brothers DVD is very nicely done. The movie & color quality is outstanding and the WideScreen presentation fills the screen with the stars personalities. DVD Extras include a Trailer & behind-the-scenes mini documentary featuring the Costume Designer Helen Rose.
Summary: New York High Society Designing Woman (Bacall - is outstanding) meets a New York Newspaper Sports Writer (Gregory Peck - a nice change & he was delightful) at the Beverly Hills Hotel, California while on their respective assignments. After a shakey start, fall madly in love and in a few days marry.
As they return to the "Big Apple" the real adventure begins. The original Odd Couple now realize they both had separate lives and different committments. How they deal with the transition is real Hollywood humor and with the philosophy of the 1950's there must be a happy ending after they pay their dues. A Great movie!!
A very nice movie showing us the Hollywood and the Big stars we know & love to see. Enjoy.
27 of 29 people found the following review helpful
The Original Sex and the City 29 Jun. 2002
By Maggie - Published on
Format: DVD
In this film, Lauren Bacall hilariously portrays the quintessential high-society, high-fashion New Yorker. While on a trip to Beverly Hills, she meets and spontaneously marries the wonderful Gregory Peck - an unassuming sports writer who has no idea exactly what he's married into. Upon their return to New York, Peck's character discovers he's married the darling of New York society as his wife is a renowned designer (think Edith Head or Helen Rose). What ensues is hilarious encounters between her society coterie and his down-home group of blue-collar writers, setting up perfectly for the witty repartee between Bacall and Peck that defines the movie. The film culminates in a fashion show-boxing rumble, once again intersecting the seemingly divergent lives of Bacall and Peck.
"Designing Woman" is a wonderful movie that gives ample opportunity for the magnificent Gregory Peck to show off his comedic skills, however subtly. I saw this film after "Roman Holiday" and it cemented my image of Peck as a dashing and charming leading man who brings out the comedic best in his leading ladies. The chemistry between Bacall and Peck is evident throughout the movie and is a testament to the adage "Opposites do attract."
This is a complete, well-told story with a solid set of supporting characters. This movie is for all those people looking for that rare superb romantic comedy. The delightful depiction of New York society makes us nostalgic for the days before the Hilton sisters.
19 of 22 people found the following review helpful
Tremendously funny 16 May 2002
By Chelle - Published on
Format: DVD
I love Gregory Peck. I love him as the serious, morally righteous attorney, the dashing naval captain, you name it. So, really, I should have known that he could pull off a comedic role as well. No one, I don't think, could have known how well he'd pull it off.
From his first hilarious hangover to the last "cross-eyed" fight scene, Peck is enchanting. He's completely believable in his role as a sports writer caught up in a new world of dresses and strange choreographers intruding on his poker night. And perhaps it's because he's not known as a comedic actor that he's all the more funny.
Designing Woman seems to be a little known film, but I'm certainly glad I found it because it kept me laughing, which brought others into the room to watch it with me. Now I just wish that Peck had made more movies like this.
15 of 18 people found the following review helpful
An unknown treat 14 May 1999
By A Customer - Published on
I'd never heard of this movie, but gave it a try because of Gregory Peck. I was absolutely delighted by this sweet, charming, entertaining movie filled with funny situations, amusing characters and great stylish '50s clothes. And Gregory Peck looks his best.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
A great film with an undercurrent of sadness 28 Dec. 2009
By Maeri - Published on
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
I have seen this beautifully made film many, many times and never get
tired of it. I hope eventually all of Vincente Minelli's films come out
on Blu-ray. They deserve to be seen in every bit of their gorgeous
detail. Even this film's flaws make it richer. Gregory Peck's acting as
sportswriter Mike Hagen is stiff and lackadaisical and Lauren
Bacall also seems somehow preoccupied (possibly with her husband
Humphrey Bogart's poor health). But their personal malaise as actors
reinforces one of the central themes of the film, that is, the near
impossibility of creating a truly compatible marriage. The sexually
ambiguous character of Randy Owens (Jack Cole) also undermines (in a
good way) the gender stereotyping that Mike Hagen and his buddies
desperately cling to. Dancer Lori Shannon and producer Zachary Wilder
are the only true adults in the film; it's their eventual pairing at
the end of the film that gives it a sense of emotional completion.

Designing Woman also presents a wonderful cinematic vision of New York;
it evokes a time when the world of musical theater and Broadway played
a central role in American popular culture.
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