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The Apartment [Blu-ray] [1960] (Get Three Selected Blu-ray Titles for £17*)

Jack Lemmon , Shirley MacLaine , Billy Wilder    Parental Guidance   Blu-ray
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (55 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Jack Lemmon, Shirley MacLaine, Fred MacMurray, Ray Walston, Jack Kruschen
  • Directors: Billy Wilder
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region B/2 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 29 July 2013
  • Run Time: 119 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (55 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00CBI0AM2
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 9,586 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Romance at its most anti-romantic--that is the Billy Wilder stamp of genius, and this Best Picture Academy Award winner from 1960 is no exception. Set in a decidedly unsavoury world of corporate climbing and philandering, the great filmmaker's trenchant, witty satire-melodrama takes the office politics of a corporation and plays them out in the apartment of lonely clerk CC Baxter (Jack Lemmon). By lending out his digs to the higher-ups for nightly extramarital flings with their secretaries, Baxter has managed to ascend the business ladder faster than even he imagined. The story turns even uglier, though, when Baxter's crush on the building's melancholy elevator operator (Shirley MacLaine) runs up against her long-standing affair with the big boss (a superbly smarmy Fred MacMurray). The situation comes to a head when she tries to commit suicide in Baxter's apartment. Not the happiest or cleanest of scenarios, and one that earned the famously caustic and cynically humoured Wilder his share of outraged responses, but looking at it now, it is a funny, startlingly clear-eyed vision of urban emptiness and is unfailingly understanding of the crazy decisions our hearts sometimes make. Lemmon and MacLaine are ideally matched and while everyone cites Wilder's Some Like It Hot closing line "Nobody's perfect" as his best, MacLaine's no-nonsense final words--"Shut up and deal"--are every bit as memorable. Wilder won three Oscars for The Apartment, for Best Picture, Best Director and Best Screenplay (cowritten with long-time collaborator I A L Diamond). --Robert Abele

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Winner of five 1960 Academy Awards®, including Best Picture, The Apartment is legendary director Billy Wilder at his most scathing and satirical best. With audio commentary from film producer and AFI member Bruce Block and two featurettes--including a loving tribute to actor Jack Lemmon--this special Collector’s Edition is your chance to own one of “the finest comedies Hollywood has turned out” (Newsweek). C.C. Baxter (Lemmon) knows the way to success in business...it’s through the door of his apartment. By providing a perfect hideaway for philandering bosses, the ambitious young employee reaps a series of undeserved promotions. But when Bud lends the key to big boss J.D. Sheldrake (Fred MacMurray), he not only advances his career, but his own love life as well. For Sheldrake’s mistress is the lovely Fran Kubelik (Shirley MacLaine), elevator girl and angel of Bud’s dreams. Convinced that he is the only man for Fran, Bud must make the most important executive decision of his career: lose the girl...or his job.

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38 of 38 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "I love you, Miss Kubelik." 9 Oct 2006
By Kona TOP 1000 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:DVD
Buddy Baxter (Jack Lemmon) is a meek and mild nobody in a big company who has an "arrangement" with his superiors: They can use his apartment to entertain their ladyfriends in exchange for recommendations for his promotion. The deal works out fine, until he discovers that his big boss (Fred MacMurray)'s girlfriend is the object of his own affection, elevator operator Fran Kubelik (Shirley MacLaine).

It's a quiet, character-driven comedy about shady dealings in the world of big business, with just enough touching dramatic scenes to tug at your heart. "The Apartment" won the 1960 Best Picture Oscar, thanks to the excellent cast and honest script. Nobody played the Everyman character as well as Lemmon. He's involved in an unsavory situation, but is so sweet, likeable, and noble that you really care about him. MacLaine gives an uncharacteristically subdued and thoughtful performance, and MacMurray is perfect as her philandering paramour. The beautiful title tune is one of the loveliest movie love themes ever. The subject matter was considered somewhat racy back then, but now it would probably be rated PG today. Clever, sweet, and entertaining movie.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
By Hiro
Format:DVD
Am not talking about Delia Smith... I watched this film when I was 12, and still love it.

The scenes were meant to be very cool and modern at the time the work was released, And, 37 years later on, amazingly, the film still is as just cool and modern, and the film now also has the air of romantic nostalgia.

Jack Lemmon is a great actor. He acts a meek young man in this film - a bit like a male Bridget Jones in 1960s, dare I say. But his acting is superb. Watch the short scene when he makes spaghetti with meat balls (very American). Even though this film is monochrome, you can almost smell the evocative smell of the pasta he is making.

This one is to be watched around Christmas with someone you love on a sofa in a warm room - not that I have done this yet...
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Wilder Comic Genius 6 Sep 2007
By PJC
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
The comic genius of Billy Wilder was never better illustrated than by this bitter sweet romantic comedy. It's focus ranges from the general with its' seering indictment of the corporate world to the particular and a wonderful exploration of the central characters's lives in the persons of Lemmon, MacLaine and MacMurray.

Lemmon's performance as the central "everyman" or John Doe character caught between career enhancement and love, is superb. MacLaine provides a wonderfully tragic heroine and McMurray is immoral corporate America personified.

Laughter freely mingles with tears as Lemmon struggles to assert his identity against a rising tide of corruption and infidelity. It's warm, it's funny, it's wonderfully evocative but most of all it makes you consider the ethics of the corporate world and their impact on society at large.

An all together superior romantic comedy
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Classic 1960s Love-Tangle Comedy-Drama 10 Mar 2008
Format:DVD
This is a classic film from the 1960s which deservedly won 5 Oscars (including Best Picture, Director and Screenplay ALL for Billy Wilder).

It is essentially a love comedy, but still manages to include some sinister undertones, to create a very entertaining story about a man attracted to another employee at the insurance company where he works, but where she is already involved with another man....

The lead actors, Jack Lemmon and Shirley MacLaine, beautifully portray their characters with verve and great emotion and there are several other contributors who add to the overall impact of the film.

Of course, the most influence factor is that of Wilder, who moves the plot along at a perfect pace and injects many moments of pure dramatic and comedic brilliance, courtesy of a faultless screenplay.

This DVD has an excellent picture quality, with only the occasional blemish appearing, and a clear soundtrack.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars That's the way it crumbles, cookywise! 13 Dec 2006
Format:DVD
Great great romantic comedy, at once warming and cynical, sharply observed - Wilder indeed at his best. MacLaine is wonderful, Lemmon superb. Be a mensch! is the message - relevant now as then.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Much better than the DVD 26 July 2013
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
I though the DVD quality of this classic was not bad till I saw this. As a Blu-ray website review says, the picture has been well cleaned up and the sound improved. What does show up in the greater detail of Blu-ray is the fine grain of the film print. Looking back at my old copy, this seemed to have caused havoc with the DVD encoding. There were odd artefacts, especially on horizontals. This is fixed by this Blu-ray release in a much cleaner, more stable picture. The other bonus is that this disc has decent extras that the DVD does not. I haven't listened to the commentary yet, but the two documentaries are good. The only thing is that the film auto plays and I had to search about on my Panasonic player to find the extras (on a pop-up menu).
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5.0 out of 5 stars The extras are worth having, too 21 Nov 2013
Format:Blu-ray
No need for me to repeat what others have said about this great film. I just want to draw attention to the extras on the disc, especially the commentary by Bruce Block. Unless you're familiar with the new process, i.e. no menu, they are well hidden. Thinking there was something wrong with the disc, I asked the supplier how to access them and he said to press "Title/Popup" on the remote control, when the film has started. The commentary gives a lot of information, including an insight into film production - things most of us have never noticed or thought about.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Apartment dvd
Bought this as a gift for someone who likes older films & it was very much enjoyed. Also arrived promptly after ordering it.
Published 21 days ago by Garfield
5.0 out of 5 stars Old movie lover
Just as I remember this Jack Lemmon film. Though shot in black and white it is nostalgic o the period it was made. Highly recommended.
Published 1 month ago by Bond
5.0 out of 5 stars The only Romantic-Comedy I ever Loved and Adored. Masterful.
Hey! If all Romantic-Comedies were of this Magnificent dark black comedic majesty - then - most males would fall in love this "inappropriate" film genre. Read more
Published 2 months ago by ziggystardust48
4.0 out of 5 stars How to get ahead in business
THis film concerns a low level executive who allows his superiors to use his apartment for their various liaisons for which he receives promotions as a reward. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Walter Yeo
5.0 out of 5 stars Very pleased
This was a gift and a great surprise. This is one one my fav films and the fact it arrived earlier than expected was a bonus!
Published 3 months ago by MISS D HOUGHTON
5.0 out of 5 stars A really nice film.
All I can say is "judge for yourself". I enjoyed it, being a 41 yr old man. A great film without bad language, nor violence. Read more
Published 3 months ago by F G F Sweet
5.0 out of 5 stars The Apartment
On a really old theme but never-the-less true situation which - for all I know - still goes on! An office employee who is a bit nave
a Boss who takes advantage of his... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Penelope
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautifully-written screenplaywise
What struck me about this film was the number of raw emotions exposed in this 'comedy'. The characters reveal a lot of loneliness and pain. Read more
Published 3 months ago by William Cohen
5.0 out of 5 stars Good quality
Brilliant film, the old ones are so much better. Jack lemmon is so great in this and you feel so sorry for him
Published 5 months ago by C. goodwin
5.0 out of 5 stars classic dvd
everyone should own this dvd a laugh a minute through out the film, delivery service was brilliant next day, great
Published 6 months ago by steve
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