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Otley [DVD] [1968] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]

Tom Courtenay , Romy Schneider , Dick Clement    DVD
3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Tom Courtenay, Romy Schneider, Alan Badel, James Villiers, Leonard Rossiter
  • Directors: Dick Clement
  • Writers: Dick Clement, Ian La Frenais, Martin Waddell
  • Producers: Bruce Cohn Curtis, Carl Foreman
  • Format: Colour, DVD-Video, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: Unrated (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home
  • DVD Release Date: 16 Aug 2010
  • Run Time: 91 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004CZZZ5Y
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 31,687 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Why oh why isn't this on DVD 15 July 2007
Format:VHS Tape
This is one of the funniest and best British films of the sixties and the only film I remember loving on its first release that I haven't been able to see again. Come on, rights owners, get it together!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Modestly enjoyable down-to-Earth spy spoof 10 May 2011
By Trevor Willsmer HALL OF FAME TOP 100 REVIEWER
Format:VHS Tape
Spy spoof Otley is a classic wrong man comedy thriller setup, given some novelty by the fact that rather than a well-to-do Richard Hannay or Bulldog Drummond for its hero it offers instead Tom Courtney's ne'er do well layabout Gerald Arthur Otley who's perpetually short of cash and exhausting the patience of his friends. He only gets involved because, having been evicted from his furnished flat for selling all the furnishings down at Portobello Market, he persuades a customer to give him a bed for the night only for the unfortunate blackmailer to end up dead and Otley to wake up 24 hours later on the runway at Gatwick Airport with police and Romy Schneider's spy out to find out not so much what he knows but whether he actually knows anything in the first place.

One of director Dick Clement and his writing partner La Frenais' better original screenplays, there's not a great deal to it, but it does have fun poking fun at the odd genre convention - the police couldn't be more polite and helpful while the film's car chase happens while Courtney is taking his driving test - and you can spot a few jokes in the health farm scenes that they would recycle in their uncredited rewrite for Bond film Never say Never Again.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Search ends 3 April 2013
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Pleased to get this DVD of a film I have been looking for over a period of years. Very good to see some familiar British actors as younger people doing their stuff.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Why did Sony crop the movie for widescreen? 29 Nov 2012
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To start with, this is a terrific movie: well written and directed, with wonderfully evocative and nostalgic location filming in 1960s London, swathes of which are now no more than a memory.

The acting is also uniformly good, the cast being a veritable who's who of contemporary talent. Sir Tom Courtenay and James Bolam are mercifully still with us, but many have long departed to other shores - Romy Schneider, Alan Badel, James Villiers, James Maxwell, Edward Hardwicke, the incomparable Leonard Rossiter... so it's good to have their skills captured on film like this.

The film's been long unavailable - even on VHS (if you were lucky enough to find a copy), so a DVD release ought to have been warmly welcomed. And the DVD was clearly made from a very good print, or one that's been carefully restored, at any rate.

But then, with so much going for it, Sony (or whoever) totally wrecked the project by cropping the movie for widescreen (16:9, presumably), with the resulting loss of a fair chunk of information at top and bottom of the frame. Presumably Dick Clement knew what he was doing when he directed the film all those years ago, so why Sony thought they knew better is beyond me.

The film really does deserve four stars, but I've downgraded it by reason of the cropping.

Even so, this movie's well worth seeing, so enjoy watching it. But if you do get the chance to see it on VHS in its original aspect ratio, grab it with both hands!
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A favorite of mine 27 Mar 2011
By Edward Lulie - Published on
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London at height of hippedom and Gerald Arthur Otley is a part time thief and antique dealer, he goes from girl to girl searching for meals and a bed to sleep in.
One night he stays at the wrong place and wakes up in a field by the runway at Heathrow (or so I recall).
Tom Courtney is great, the cast is excellent and it has lots of laughs, particularly when Otley takes his driving exam.
No one saw the movie when it came out and it died a quiet death except in the hearts of a few (such as myself who scoured the shelves for years looking for it).
Now it is here at last, great!
Not really a 5 star movie but a memorable one and thus I rate it a 4. Enjoy!
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5.0 out of 5 stars 60's British Spies and Mods 21 Feb 2013
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Avengers Steed and Peel did this sort of thing better each week than this movie does. Tom Courtenay does alot with little to work with and without an Emma Peel.Romy Schneider, a suitable spy character, and I never saw her lovelier.Unless you an afficionado(like me) and/or lived in London, and/or want to take a trip down of Portobello Road,then pass on this.
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