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The Odd Couple [VHS] [1968]

Jack Lemmon , Walter Matthau , Gene Saks    Parental Guidance   VHS Tape
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (56 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Jack Lemmon, Walter Matthau, John Fiedler, Herb Edelman, David Sheiner
  • Directors: Gene Saks
  • Writers: Neil Simon
  • Producers: Howard W. Koch
  • Format: PAL, Colour, HiFi Sound, Full Screen
  • Language: English
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: Paramount
  • VHS Release Date: 7 May 2001
  • Run Time: 101 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (56 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00004CQA2
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 240,114 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Neil Simon's terribly funny play about roommates Oscar the slob and Felix the neurotic was first committed to film in this 1968 production, directed by Gene Saks (Barefoot in the Park). Perfectly timed, ingeniously rendered, not a hair out of place in the history-making performances of Walter Matthau and Jack Lemmon (or the great support cast), The Odd Couple is a movie that one just has to see every two or three years to stay happy. The poker-game sequence in which Oscar's cronies seem to be falling under the sway of fussy Felix's talent for making sandwiches is priceless. --Tom Keogh

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Jack Lemmon and Walter Matthau star in Neil Simon's adaptation of his own play. When neurotic, houseproud Felix Unger's (Lemmon) wife kicks him out, he is taken in by his slobbish poker pal, divorced sports writer Oscar Madison (Matthau). Felix sets out to bring order to Oscar's life, but his best efforts only succeed in aggravating his new flatmate. When Friday night poker sessions become a forum for Felix's sandwich-making skills, Oscar makes a determined effort to loosen his friend up.

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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
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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25 of 27 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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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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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars JUST GENIUS 16 May 2004
By A Customer
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
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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars new 2 disc centennial edition 7 July 2009
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Watch it! 28 Dec 2000
By A Customer
Format:VHS Tape
I've seen this film about a thousand times and never tire of it. It's one of those movies that noone can watch without laughing uncontrollably. Walter Matthau and Jack Lemmon complement each other perfectly in their best ever film - with the exception of Lemmon in Some Like It Hot - and provide exceptional comedy with brilliant subtlety. The start sees Lemmon attempt to kill himself, failing thanks to his friends. Matthau of course offers him a room at his apartment... the fun follows as Lemmon's neurotic tendancies clash with Matthau the slob. This is a must-see film if ever there was one... buy it now!!!!!
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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
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 Walter and Jack at their best
The film may be nearly 50 years old, but the acting is faultless. The script is hilarious and the characters so convincing with wonderful interactions. Read more
Published 12 days ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic funny film
One of my all time favourite films, the too lead actors are such fantastic together, I would highly recommend this film to anyone.
Published 14 days ago by Emma Jacoby
5.0 out of 5 stars The odd couple.
very funny dvd great actors jack lemon and walter matthau.
Published 20 days ago by Dennis
5.0 out of 5 stars but to my mind this is the finest film you'll see them in together
Heaven knows how many times these screen greats have appeared together, but to my mind this is the finest film you'll see them in together. Read more
Published 27 days ago by lance thatcher
5.0 out of 5 stars good
i love being able to get my dvd collection up to power again with all the crap on tv its nice to watch a classic
Published 1 month ago by lance
5.0 out of 5 stars Still a great film!
It's been several years since I last watched this film and a repeat viewing did not disappoint. The script is taught and full of wit. The acting is of the highest quality. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Orlix
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Comedy Great
This film is an timeless comedy classic from the pen of Neil Simon(Scripted from his play).It combines the enormous comic talents of Walter Matthau and Jack Lemmon as the... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Hemesh Alles
5.0 out of 5 stars The original film
Everyone has to see this. End of story. This is the hilarious version, with the Odd Couple 2 being the funny but slightly sad version. Watch once and pass on.
Published 4 months ago by J. R. Moss
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 5 months ago by A.Sud
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 5 months ago by Rex Ivar
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