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  • Actors: Jack Lemmon, Walter Matthau, John Fiedler, Herbert Edelman, David Sheiner
  • Directors: Gene Saks
  • Producers: Howard W. Koch
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: Dutch, English, French, German, Italian, Norwegian, Spanish, Swedish, Danish
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: Paramount Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 2 Sept. 2002
  • Run Time: 101 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (70 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005UPNO
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 5,927 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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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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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

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5 stars

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35 of 37 people found the following review helpful By Darryl Curtis on 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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26 of 28 people found the following review helpful By L O'connor on 6 Jan. 2007
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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 By CJ on 4 Jun. 2008
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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Peter J. Chambers on 2 Jun. 2010
Format: DVD
Anything with these two great actors, Lemmon and Matthau, is worth watching... and again and again. I agree with what has been posted on the other reviews here so I will keep mine short. Lemmon is my favourite comedy actor by far, and Matthau is not far behind. The comic timing and acting is genius in a film that is brilliantly scripted by Neil Simon. This is a film I usually play late on Christmas night once I've called it a day, it's the kind of film that you can rely on to keep you in a good mood. Btw, once you get the theme tune in your head you will be humming it in your head for the next couple of days.

This is worth buying from Amazon simply because there are no better film made today of this genre, and, it's far cheaper than going to the cinema to watch far inferior films. Treat yourselves to this gem of a film.
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23 of 26 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 16 May 2004
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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By ciaran moore on 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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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Andy Millward VINE VOICE on 24 Jun. 2005
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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