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Arthur [DVD] [1981]

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  • Actors: Dudley Moore, Liza Minnelli, John Gielgud, Geraldine Fitzgerald, Jill Eikenberry
  • Directors: Steve Gordon
  • Writers: Steve Gordon
  • Producers: Charles H. Joffe, Robert Greenhut
  • Format: PAL, Subtitled
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, French, Italian, Danish, Arabic, Spanish
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English, Italian
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: 28 Jun. 1999
  • Run Time: 93 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (90 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00004CYRB
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,509 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Arthur Bach (Dudley Moore) is a millionaire playboy who spends most of his life drunk, mollycoddled by cynical manservant Hobson (John Gielgud). Threatened with poverty by his grandmother unless he finally marries his socialite fiancée Susan (Jill Eikenberry), Arthur's response is to embark on an affair with penniless, working class waitress Linda (Liza Minnelli). John Gielgud won an Oscar for Best Supporting Oscar, and a sequel, 'Arthur 2', followed in 1988.

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When you get lost between the moon and New York City (ahem), chances are you'll find yourself taking another look at this hit comedy starring Oscar-nominated Dudley Moore as the charmingly witty, perpetually drunken millionaire Arthur Bach. Arthur falls in love with a waitress (Liza Minelli) who doesn't care about his money but unfortunately Arthur's stern father wants him to marry a Waspy prima donna. The young lush turns to his wise and loyal butler (Oscar-winner John Gielgud) for assistance and advice. Arthur was a huge hit when released in 1981, as was its Oscar-winning theme song by Christopher Cross. Few remember that the movie was,sadly, the only one ever made by writer-director Steve Gordon, who died less than a year after the film's release. Consistently funny and heartwarming, Arthur was hailed as a tribute to the great romantic comedies of the 1930s. --Jeff Shannon

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Sometimes when one revisits a previously enjoyed movie unseen for a lot of years, there is a tinge of disappointment. This was definitely not the case for me with "Arthur", which still seems very nicely put together and wonderfully acted. Dudley Moore (Arthur), and Liza Minnelli are beautifully matched, and John Geilgud, Moore's acerbic manservant, Hobson ("You little s***!" uttered in world-weary voice is one of his many memorable lines) is brilliant. Hugely enjoyable.
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This DVD is not the one shown on the cover. This particular DVD came with a red cover which I believe may be some sort of a copy.
The sound is hardly audible even with the volume control turned full on.
Apart from that Arthur is a timeless classic.
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I ordered this dvd with Arthur 2 and was looking forward to seeing the film after so many years. The picture quality is excellent, however, the soundtrack on the print is at a very low volume. Usually, I have the on-screen volume set at between 14 and 18 for dvds, but to get adequate sound (not loud) I had to crank-up the volume to 30 which is very disappointing. When I ordered the dvd the cover was the same as advertised with this review, but I received the edition with a red cover and the disc is only in mono - so maybe Amazon have sent me a poorer copy than the one that I ordered.

Anyone thinking of buying this, please make sure it is not the copy with a red cover - you will be disappointed with the sound quality.
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What a movie. I laughed copiously. In fact, I saw the movie, in tv, a long while ago and always remember the Linda's father, when she told him she met a guy (she was referring to Arthur), her father asked who was that bum and she said he was a millionaire, her father said immediately "you have my permission to marry him". I used this many times when one of my fb friends says that she met a guy and this is a serious relationship, I say: if he is a millionaire you have the permission to marry him.
The dvd is region 4
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I went to see this as an eleven or twelve year old at the cinema when cinema's still had A, AA, and X's. Anyway, me being me, I nagged my Dad to take me, and my friend, after hearing a dirty word on the TV trailer.

Much of the movie went over my head, and I didn't really understand what was going on - let this be a lesson to you, kids - don't tell your Dad what to do!
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It's fantastic to see this again in widescreen, something that I'm fairly certain I haven't done since seeing it in cinemas when it first came out. That's because I live in the States, where the Region 1 DVD is even worse than the Region 2 DVD. They're both bare bones with no features whatsoever, but at least the R2 is NOT pan and scan. Shame on Warner Brothers for not reissuing this in the States. But, to heck with it, I have a Region Free player and ordered it from here. And it looks fantastic. This further proves that region coding is a joke.
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I read somewhere that when Sir John Gielgut died, one tabloid newspaper reported the headline "Dudley Moore's Butler dies at 96"
Obviously this film was just a minor diversion in the great man's career, but it does say something about the impact this film made on the film watching public that such a sentence would be reported.
"Arthur" is the story of rich, carefree but alcoholic playboy Arthur Bach. With nothing to do all day but cruise around in his chauffeur driven Rolls, shop and drink, he struggles to find a purpose to his life, and more importantly to find a partner in his life to share it with. At the moment he is mothered by his very English butler, Hobson (Gielgut), who tries to keep the romantic Arthur in line with a never ending series of waspish putdowns and acid comments. In order to keep his family fortune though, Arthur's family are most keen he is safely married off to beautiful socialite Susan Johnson (Jill Eikenberry). Unfortunately though, Arthur doesn't love Susan, he loves the streetwise shoplifter he met in downtown New York, Linda Marolla (Liza Minnelli).
Minnelli and Moore play superbly off each other and the glances and expressions they throw to each other (and the camera) are a joy to watch. Gielgut is superb, with the cutting edge of a Stanley knife he steals every scene he appears in. Also well worth watching is Barney Martin as Linda's father, who has a delightfully crumply face as he breaks when he hears the millionaire Arthur won't be marrying his daughter.
At nearly 15 years old this film has remained as fresh and as funny as ever. It's wonderfully innocent, crisp and funny and is extremely highly recommended.
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Arthur is the son of a multi millionaire and is soon to be married ,till he meets a plain new York girl (lizza Minnelli).they hit it off and as most of the time he is drunk its fairly funny.when he asks his father if he can break off the wedding to a rich girl his father threatens to cut him off from his $750,000,000 fortune.a good film one of the best Dudley moore ever made.
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