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Odd Couple,The - Paramount Originals (includes Limited Edition reproduction film poster) [DVD]

Jack Lemmon , Walter Matthau , Gene Saks    Parental Guidance   DVD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (48 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Jack Lemmon, Walter Matthau, John Fiedler, Herbert Edelman, David Sheiner
  • Directors: Gene Saks
  • Producers: Howard W. Koch
  • Format: PAL
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: Paramount Home Entertainment (UK)
  • DVD Release Date: 23 July 2007
  • Run Time: 101 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (48 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000RG1C5E
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 95,700 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Neil Simon's classic stage comedy made an effortless transition to the big screen in 1967, when The Odd Couple provided Jack Lemmon and Walter Matthau with a tailor-made mid-career affirmation of their status as two of cinema's greatest funny men. Lemmon is Felix, manically obsessed with cleanliness and housekeeping, struggling to understand why his wife wants a divorce. Matthau is Oscar, his slovenly poker-playing buddy who invites him to take the spare room and lives to regret it as they rapidly and comically come to grief like an old, totally incompatible, married couple, revealing exactly why their respective wives have had enough. "I don't think two single men living alone in a big eight-room apartment should have a cleaner house than my mother", Matthau wails, trying to make sense of the disintegrating situation.

The pair devour Simon's typically sharp and witty script in a frenzy of classic one-liners that allow Lemmon's trademark twitchy neurosis and Matthau's baleful cussedness to flourish. Great as they are, though, they are nearly eclipsed in the funniest scene of the film by Monica Evans and Carole Shelly as a couple of British expatriate sisters from the apartment upstairs. Carry On innuendo briefly meets Manhattan repartee and the screen crackles with brilliance. It's a comic masterclass.

On the DVD: The Odd Couple on disc has no extras apart from the original cinema trailer, but the film, presented in 2.35:1 anamorphic widescreen, with Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround, is pristine, Neal Hefti's score providing that instantly identifiable flavour of sophisticated 1960s American comedy. --Piers Ford

Product Description

Oscar Madison, a divorced, sloppy sports writer invites Felix Unger, a newly separated meticulous photographer, to share his apartme nt. A hilarious comedy film based on Neil Simon's stage play. Nominated for an Academy Award for Best Screenplay Adaptation.

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31 of 33 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars My favourite film of all time 14 July 2006
Format:DVD
I may have been born 8 years after this film was first released but that doesn't stop it being my favourite film of all time. Maybe the fact technically I am Jewish, but not practising makes me appreciate this type of humour even more.

This film tells the story of two divorcees Felix (Jack Lemmon) and Oscar (Walter Matthau). Felix splits from his wife and moves in with Oscar (Walter Matthau), and the two who initially think it is a match made in heaven soon realise that their opposing charcters don't quite suit living together. A lesson for friends out there who are also considering such a move. Felix is obsesional about all household matters. Felix is a little more "relaxed" about such matters.

The biggest shock in some ways is for the friends who appear for their weekly card game, and rather than "milk so old, it's standing in the fridge without a bottle" or "Green sandwiches which are either very new cheese or very old meat". They get sandwhiches to order, and mats for their beers. Smoking is also banned..... resulting in a unhappy friends claiming "poker was not meant to be played this way"

For me Matthau steals the show, with his blend of dead-pan humour, sarcasm and frustration, and I think that anyone who like Seinfeld, or Curb your Enthusiasm MUST.... BEG, BORROW, STEAL or even BUY this DVD.

It is a Classic that has not aged at all. It remains as funny today as they day it was released. Quite simply BRILLIANT.
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24 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A perfect partnership 6 Jan 2007
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
Oscar (Walter Mattheau) is a sports journalist and slob who lives happily in his messy apartment until he invites his friend Felix (who has just been dumped by his wife)to stay with him. Felix swiftly drives Oscar mad with his obsessive cleaning and tidying, and he even manages to ruin their weekly poker game. The last straw comes when Felix ruins the romantic liaison that Oscar has planned for them with their neighbours the Pigeon sisters.

This is a very funny film, Walter Mattheau and Jack Lemmon are both hilarious, and the supporting players all have their moments too. I love this film not just because it is very funny, but also because it reminds me of my husband and I (him being Felix and me Oscar).
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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars JUST GENIUS 16 May 2004
By A Customer
Format:DVD
What is there to say? I may be the only person alive who hadn't already seen this picture. I'm trying to think how if would have been if it were an English film, and the effort has worn me out. It couldn't work. It's just so wonderfully right as it is.
I put the subtitles on so as not to miss a syllable of the dialogue. It is going on the shelf next to "Some Like it Hot", and will come out whenever life gets a little stale, or once a week, whichever comes first.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of my favourite movies 4 Jun 2008
By CJ
Format:DVD
This is so funny it's not true. The lines are amazing and so is the acting, with Jack Lemmon and Walter Matthau both giving of their finest. This made me laugh like nobody's business when I was 12, and 20 years later it still does. Fantastic stuff.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Comedy - Side splitting fun! 18 Nov 2001
By A Customer
Format:VHS Tape
If you are a fan of the old comedians then this is the film for you. Good clean fun! From the very start Lemmon will have you in stitches playing the neurotic Felix Unger who moves in with laid back sports reporter Oscar Madison (the great Walter Matthau) after his wife throws him out. With his constant whining (and dusting)he finally drives Oscar crazy.
This comedy duo work so perfectly together that they have you convinced that they really are Oscar and Felix.
A film you will want to watch over and over again.
If you like this film check out The Odd Couple 2 (every bit as funny as the first only 30 years later) and Out to Sea. Comedy has truly lost two of its greatest!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars new 2 disc centennial edition 7 July 2009
Format:DVD
Just to let you know about the new extras on this 2 disc edition .Disc 1 has a commentary from the sons of jack lemmon and walter matthau.Disc 2 has 5 featurettes "in the beginning"(17mins),"inside the odd couple"(19mins),"memories from the set"(10mins),"matthau and lemmon"(10mins)and"a classic"(3mins) also trailer and galleries.I have not had a chance to watch these yet so i do not know who is involved or how good they are.Seems like a decent package.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Oh, to be a Lemmon or a Matthau... 24 Jun 2005
By Andy Millward VINE VOICE
Format:DVD
Having acted in the stage version of Neil Simon's play, I feel able to appreciate first hand the craft of the play and in particular the superb comic timing of Messrs Lemmon and Matthau. What a shame neither are with us, but we do have their films as a fitting tribute.
The two actors in question peel the layers of the onion with finesse I as an amateur performer could only dream of. It's not that difficult to deliver these joyful words and get a laugh, but to make the whole relationship hang together in bitter-sweet disharmony and still get laughs along the way requires immense skill, the kind you get from a lifetime of performing.
Viewers with keen memories will of course remember that this film spawned a long-running TV sitcom spinoff, second only to MASH in the popularity stakes. It's a credit to Simon that his characters have the power to endure and be as relevant today as they were in the 60s. Perhaps Oscar and his mates would be playing Internet poker these days, but their lifestyles would be little different, one suspects. Plus ca change, plus c'est le meme chose!
In short, this is a joy from beginning to end, and I thoroughly recommend it to you all.
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best
A classic film with two maestros playing the roles,

It doesn't get better than this.

Anyone who appreciates comedy and character actors must like this... Read more
Published 23 days ago by Tony
5.0 out of 5 stars A Classic
"I saw milk standing in there that wasn't even in a bottle." Great writing. Great directing, Great acting. BUY IT.
Published 23 days ago by Rex Ivar
5.0 out of 5 stars dvd
brilliant combination of two of the greatest actors of all time,good geniune family film no language,violence or blood and gore just good old family fun,buying odd couple 11 next
Published 1 month ago by ann
5.0 out of 5 stars Worthy component of anyone's classic film collection
A classic film and a must for any Walter or Jack fan. A film you can watch more than just once or twice
Published 1 month ago by M. Lima
4.0 out of 5 stars Very funny.
My wifes fovourite film. We spent a wonderful night watching this movie and we laughed until our ribs were sore
Published 2 months ago by Roger Clarke
5.0 out of 5 stars Again love these actors
This is another old classic that I just had to have in my DVD collection might not be to everyone's taste but love jack Lemmon
Published 3 months ago by lesley
5.0 out of 5 stars Buy it - you'll like it!
I've watched this film so many times on telly, but wanted my own copy for those occasions when I feel in need of something familiar and comforting. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Esdien
5.0 out of 5 stars A utter classic......a must buy!
Fantastic comedy with fine acting by all concerned. Wonderful dialogues between the two main actors and entertaining from start to finish...... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Mr. Peter Moran
5.0 out of 5 stars THE ODD COUPLE
Watched it MANY MANY TIMES BEFORE ON VIDEO - GREAT PRICE FOR DVD - WILL KEEP PLAYING LOL - Any problems will let you know

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Published 5 months ago by nada ousta
5.0 out of 5 stars A Timeless Classical Comedy.
This film, ‘The Odd Couple’ brings on feelings of nostalgia in me. Watching it many years ago as a young lad, I still hear my old dad giggling heartily at Felix (Jack Lemon)... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Mr. C. J. Berry
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