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The Grass Is Greener [DVD]

Cary Grant , Deborah Kerr , Stanley Donen    Parental Guidance   DVD
3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Cary Grant, Deborah Kerr, Jean Simmons, Robert Mitchum, Moray Watson
  • Directors: Stanley Donen
  • Producers: Stanley Donen
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: Universal Pictures UK
  • DVD Release Date: 4 May 2007
  • Run Time: 100 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000KHX9BU
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 23,059 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Cary Grant is the befuddled English earl casually puttering around his tourist attraction of a grand old estate in casual dress while a bull of an American millionaire (Robert Mitchum) crashes into his life and seduces Grant's sophisticated lady (Deborah Kerr). It's pure fantasy, of course, with its cool, cultured lovers swapping witty banter with the same calm they swap gunshots in an old-fashioned duel. Have adultery and jealousy ever been so civilised? Stanley Donen never shakes this very British drawing-room comedy of manners free of its talky, stagebound source or its deliberate snail's pace, but he does manages to bring a lightness that softens the wit with an American lilt. Ultimately, though, it's all about a crack cast in fine form: Mitchum's sleepy-eyed insolence, Kerr's easy elegance, Jean Simmons's flighty outrageousness, and especially the charm and measured grace that is Cary Grant. --Sean Axmaker

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United Kingdom released, PAL/Region 2 DVD: LANGUAGES: English ( Dolby Digital 2.0 ), English ( Subtitles ), WIDESCREEN (2.35:1), SPECIAL FEATURES: Interactive Menu, Scene Access, SYNOPSIS: Hollywood legends Cary Grant, Deborah Kerr, Robert Mitchum and Jean Simmons team up for this lush romantic comedy that proves that variety is the spice of love. When a struggling British earl (Grant) opens his manor to the public, what he wants is some badly needed money... what he gets is a handsome American millionaire (Mitchum) who sweeps the earl's gorgeous wife off her feet. Encouraged by his wife's chatterbox best friend (Simmons), the jealous earl challenges his Yank rival to a duel. The romantic royal is fighting for love and honor, but he could lose something more -- his life! SCREENED/AWARDED AT: Golden Globes, ...The Grass Is Greener

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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
Format:DVD
I adore the cast of this film, all of them genuinely seemed to be enjoying themselves during the filming of it. Jean Simmons in particular was a delight, playing a London based society girl. Her character brings out the best in her, as a comedienne, and it's a wonderfully amusing and effervescent performance.

The DVD though is a disappointment. It's presented in it's correct aspect ratio, but is not 16.9 enhanced, which therefore doesn't bring out the best quality ... in short, the transfer is awfully soft, especially in the long shots. Universal have proved before that they can do better than this, so I hope we see a better DVD print of this film, someday.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Sound quality 24 Jun 2007
Format:DVD
After watching the film on TV and owning the video, I was disappointed at the sound quality of this DVD. Cary Grant simply does not sound like Cary Grant, but a very bad actor voice over. Being a great fan of Cary Grant I could not watch this movie more than 15 minutes because of the sound. Thankfully I have retained the VHS.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Grass Is Greener 28 Nov 2010
Format:DVD
Though this movie doesn't seem to have good criticism by the critics, I love this. The reasons are as follows.
1. 5 main actors and actresses are wonderful and delightful to watch.
(4 stars and Morley Watson ----They are almost the only players in this movie.)
Especially, Cary Grant and Deborah Kerr. According to several books, their
original casting was "Charls Delacro" and "Hattie Durant" which Robert Mitchum
and Jean Simmons played, and Lex Harrison and Kay Kendall were originally
intended for the leading roles, but the death of Kay Kendall had changed all.
I think the original casting might have been intresting too.
Cary Grant plays an English Lord husband who is trying to take his wife(Deborah
Kerr)back by an unusual way from an American oil-millionaire(Robert Mitchum) who
fell in love with her and stole her heart. In this uniqe role, Cary shows
maturity as well as his comedian talent, sophistication. Deborah kerr also shows
her comedienne talent. I truly appreciate her various performance ability.
I think her atractiveness is elegant sex appeal oozed out of graceful, proper
performance no matter what a role is.
In this movie, Cary and Deborah's long talk scene after a duel is very charming
and their chemistry is superb.

2.Full of witty daialogues and Stanley Donen's smart direction
I enjoyed the dialogues full of humor and wit which are associated with Oscar
Wilde,Noel Coward,and William Somerset Maugham.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars I'm not a promiscuous trollop! 2 Feb 2011
By Spike Owen TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:DVD
The Grass Is Greener is directed by Stanley Donen and stars Cary Grant, Robert Mitchum, Deborah Kerr & Jean Simmons. It's adapted by Hugh Williams & Margaret Vyner from the play of the same name which they had both written and found success with in London's West End. Music is by Noel Coward and Christopher Challis is the cinematographer.

Struggling financially, the Earl & Countess of Rhyall (Grant & Kerr) start giving tours around their stately mansion. Enter Charles Delacro (Mitchum) & Hattie Durant (Simmons), whose appearance at the mansion sets in motion the wheels of love, jealousy and machismo fuelled duelling.

Considered too talky on its release, The Grass Is Greener, it's fair to say, is more for those who are either into the star wattage on offer, or for those who are romantics at heart. Upon first viewing the film doesn't appear to have much in the way of comedy, in fact when Grant is either off screen or out of ear shot there's a hole as big as the implausibility factor in the plot. However, further viewings (well listenings really) reveal a sharper script than the one critics gave credit for back in the day. There's plenty of "nudge nudge" winkery going on, while the portrayals of the rich American & British characters (could they get any more polar opposite than Grant & Mitchum?) has a nice glint in the eye to them.

On the cast front, Grant is as smooth and classy as he always is, with his sometimes undervalued comedy timing here in full force. Kerr & Simmons look attractive, with the latter benefiting greatly from some outrageously punky Dior costumes. While Mitchum, tho no master of comedy, works his laconic low tone charm to great effect off of Grant's well spoken aristo verbality.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Infidelity at its best 8 Oct 2001
Format:VHS Tape
Cool Cary (his Lordship)copes with dubious Deborah and her crush on an American interloper, Robert Mitchum. The unforgetable Richard Wattis plays a superb butler whilst Jean Simmons is the flighty, dressy accessory who is desperate for the attention of his Lordship. The plot takes a little bit of convincing at certain points but nevertheless this is Cary at his best with excellent script, wit and timing and first class support actors including Deborah Kerr who must be the finest English lady!. A most enjoyable film and light entertainment at its best. Who can perform that better than Cary Grant?
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Classic Movie
This is a fun, easy going movie not to be taken too seriously. Cary Grant and Deborah Kerr are at their best but Jean Simmons is a gem.
Published 3 months ago by Bandauk
4.0 out of 5 stars Rotten copy
Good film, very much of it's time, interesting if you've visited Osterley House, where it was filmed. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Absolute Beginner
5.0 out of 5 stars Cary Grant does it for me everytime
I love this film. Lord and lady stately home (Cary Grant and Deborah Kerr) happily married with kids. Along comes tourist (robert Mitchum) love blossoms. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Eeyore
1.0 out of 5 stars INFORMATION FOR AMAZON
THIS DVD IS NOT 16.9 ENHANCED AND THEREFORE MAKES UNACCEPTABLE VIEWING. THE SAD THING IS THAT IT IS A LOVELY ENTERTAINING STORY AND WELL ACTED. Read more
Published on 15 Nov 2011 by DREAM TOWN
1.0 out of 5 stars Terrible dvd transfer
I'm so disappointed! I love this film but this dvd is almost unwatchable as it resembles a pirate vhs camcorded copy. Going to return it and wait for a better version. Read more
Published on 6 Nov 2010 by A. J. Morris
5.0 out of 5 stars Four greats at their casual best
They all play themselves and I particularly like the fact that it is a very British film starring 4 'Hollywood' stars - three of whom were born in the UK. Read more
Published on 25 Feb 2010 by Tim Clements
3.0 out of 5 stars Grass still green
Having seen the play "The grass is greener" at the Windsor Theatre and particularly enjoyed the dialogue I was interested to see what sort of job Hollywood made of it. Read more
Published on 30 May 2009 by Theatre Buff
1.0 out of 5 stars Artificial and unfunny - avoid at all costs
I am a huge fan of Cary Grant but this film must be one of his worst. The fact that the plot is totally contrived would not be a problem (most of Cary Grant's best films require a... Read more
Published on 2 April 2002
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