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  • Goodbye Charlie [DVD] [1964] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
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Goodbye Charlie [DVD] [1964] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]

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57 of 58 people found the following review helpful
Great film, BOTCHED DVD transfer! 29 April 2013
By J. Schmidt - Published on
Format: DVD
I have eagerly been awaiting a proper digital release of "Goodbye Charlie" since the advent of the DVD format. Unfortunately, this Fox "Cinema Archives" DVD is anything but a proper release of this colorful, 1964 CinemaScope classic.

My current home video of this film is an "unofficial" DVD I had imported from Asia. The quality is less than desirable, but I bought it several years ago as a placeholder until Fox released the film. Remarkably, my import of this film is of better quality than this Fox Cinema Archive release. The major problem? Fox has cropped the picture from the original 2.35:1 to 1.33:1. In layman's terms, this simply means that Fox has released the film with huge sections (nearly 40%) of the picture missing. The result is a poorly framed picture that has been mutilated to a "full screen" picture.

This is a great little 60's comedy, but Fox's total disregard for its back catalog of classics has resulted in a film that is practically unwatchable. Unfortunately, this is the case with almost all of Fox's widescreen films that they have released as part of their "Cinema Archives" collection. If Fox took the same steps as Warner Bros. or Sony, this routine mangling of classic films would not be happening.

Bottom line: if you are looking for a faithful, quality rendering of this film, this DVD+R is not worth the investment. Consider looking at 3rd party seller sites if you would like to find a widescreen version of this film.
33 of 33 people found the following review helpful
By Dennis P. Cannon - Published on
Format: DVD
Another Cinemascope film reduced to pan and scan where is the widescreen format of this film? And the price of these movies way to high. It is a disgrace.
I think 20th century fox should wise up.
38 of 40 people found the following review helpful
Cute but Intelligent Comedy 31 July 2001
By gobirds2 - Published on
Vincente Minnelli directed this lively and intelligent version of George Axelrod's play about a gangster who dies and returns as a very lovely female: Debbie Reynolds. She has to convince Tony Curtis that she or he is really back! This is one of those great color CinemaScope situation comedies that were so popular back in the good old days of the 60s. You have to accept the situation to enjoy the plot and appreciate the humor. The cast also includes Pat Boone, Walter Matthau, Martin Gabel and Ellen (McRae) Burstyn. This is a real product of that feel-good time during the 60s. I always enjoyed this film.
28 of 29 people found the following review helpful
Another rare film unviewable due to incorrect aspect ratio 10 May 2013
By Noel Bjorndahl - Published on
Format: DVD
Goodbye Charlie is Vincente Minnelli's last good (and sadly underrated) comedy and has been unavailable on DVD until its recent emergence in the latest batch of Fox Cinema Archives DVD-Rs on demand. I was initially excited at the prospect of catching up with this gender-bending and deliciously tasteless romp again after some decades, but on receiving my copy I'm angry and bitterly disappointed that News Corporation have yet again consigned another important Cinemascope film to the sorry fate of an utterly appalling, murky, offensively distorted pan and scan version. Fox films between 1953 and the mid-1960s have a special place in film history because they led the way to the possibilities of the widescreen format which was quickly taken up by most of the Hollywood majors and even some of the minors. Several directors like Nicholas Ray (Rebel Without a Cause), Anthony Mann (The Man from Laramie), Vincente Minnelli and Douglas Sirk (The Tarnished Angels) quickly adapted to Scope's visual possibilities with verve and style. Minnelli became of the great masters of the widescreen in his melodramas, comedies and musicals - without meticulously adapting framing and movement to meet the demands of this then exciting new format, the dazzling set pieces of Some Came Running, The Cobweb or Home from the Hill would not have achieved half the visual and rhythmic impact which makes them so watchable today. I just wish Fox Cinema Archives would get this right. They seem totally oblivious to their audience for these films. To whom are they talking when they patronizingly claim that "this DVD has been modified to suit your home screen"? Widescreen sets are a dime a dozen these days: I don't personally know any self-respecting cinephile who hasn't invested in one. Original aspect ratios matter. I won't be buying any more of this product from the post-scope years until someone in News Corporation starts listening.
39 of 43 people found the following review helpful
An truly twisted '60s sex comedy 11 Dec. 2002
By DJ Joe Sixpack - Published on
Woah! Call the Gender Studies class in to explain this one to me... Debbie Reynolds stars as the feminine reincarnation of a no-good philandering wolf named Charlie; Tony Curtis is the best (and perhaps only) friend who was dragooned into reading the eulogy at Charlie's funeral. Of course, when Debbie shows up on the beach naked and with amnesia, Curtis at first gets drawn into the mystery, and then falls in love with... his old best friend(!) Where to begin? This has Reynolds ogling other girls in the dressing room, Walter Matthau (who had shot Charlie at the beginning of the film) hitting on Reynolds, Charlie golddigging with a hapless rich boy (played by Pat Boone) and finally, the romantic scenes between Curtis and Reynolds... the levels of homoeroticism in this film are so multifarious and bizarre, that it's truly, astoundingly mind-boggling. I really wish I could know more about the genesis of this project... How this project got green-lighted in the first place is a source of continual amazement... You really have to see it to believe it!
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