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5.0 out of 5 stars What's wrong with this picture?, 2 Jan. 2005
This review is from: Hudsucker Proxy [DVD] [1994] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC] (DVD)
I watched this film on television several years ago and thought it one of the funniest and cleverest things I'd ever seen. I've been trying to buy it on DVD for ages. Apparently it didn't succeed at the box office. Why on earth not, I wonder. It's one of those films that I would watch again and again, if only I could get hold of a copy. Recently it was reported on one of those film review programmes that some films are not just making more money from DVD sales than cinema ticket sales, but film-makers are coming more and more to depend on DVD sales - viewing ticket sales as the secondary rather than the primary source of income. If that is the case then I think it is time the Hudsucker Proxy was resurrected. It seems astonishing to me that such an excellent film should have disappeared. Goodness knows, some truly dreadful stuff is readily available so why not a gem like this?
Tim Robbins plays Norville Barnes, a likeable dim-wit (a very funny one) from Muncie, Paul Newman plays Sidney Mussberger, the Chief Executive of Hudsucker Industries, a ruthless capitalist (a very funny one), Jennifer Leigh plays a tough, fast-talking newspaper woman (very funny). They're all very funny. The film is a feast of funniness. The greedy and devious Mussberger tries to use the sweet but gullible Barnes to bring down the share price of Hudsucker industries. The sharp, Pulitzer prize-winning newspaper lady quickly spots that something underhand is afoot and digs for a story as news-hounds do. A supernatural entity intervenes to assist the progress of the right outcome. The unexpected success of Barnes's invention (the extruded plastic dingus) upsets the board of directors plans. The filming is very fine, the sets are spectacular with an almost nightmare quality (like the previous reviewer, I was reminded slightly of Fritz Lang's Metropolis - also Brazil and the sets from the television series of Agatha Christie's Poirot - a combination of stark, grim and beautiful), the actors are first-class and constantly hilarious. It's very American so I may have missed some subtle cultural touches but if so I didn't notice and wasn't left scratching my head in puzzlement, because the whole thing was so well done and enjoyable.
If you get the chance to watch this film, grab it. I hope those in the business of selling DVDs will have the wit to stir up a demand for this film because I think it could become very popular .... and, of course, I want to be able to buy a copy that will play on my region 2 DVD player.
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