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The Last Time I Saw Paris [1954] [DVD]

3.6 out of 5 stars 27 customer reviews

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  • Actors: Elizabeth Taylor, Van Johnson, Walter Pidgeon, Donna Reed, Eva Gabor
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: U
  • Studio: Slam Dunk Media
  • DVD Release Date: 7 April 2008
  • Run Time: 116 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0015MTBXE
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 28,174 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)
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Novelist Charles Wills (Van Johnson) travels to Paris to obtain custody of his young daughter. His story is then told in flashback, relating how he arrived in Paris after the Second World War and fell in love with the wealthy Helen Ellswirth (Elizabeth Taylor). The two settled down together, but Wills' lack of early success as a writer and subsequent heavy drinking placed an impossible strain upon the relationship.

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We found this film downright boring.
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all ok
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Pleasant romantic film. Quality of print here rubbish and sound also poor.
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At the end of WWII in Paris, a G.I. (Van Johnson) meets an attractive American (Donna Reed) in a bar but when he meets her sister (Elizabeth Taylor), it's love at first sight. Based on the short story BABYLON REVISITED by F. Scott Fitzgerald, the film has been updated from its 1920s "lost generation" setting to post WWII Paris. Yet the setting seems wrong because the characters themselves still feel like they walked out of his TENDER IS THE NIGHT. That aside, the film remains a glossy and lush melodrama of a free spirit (Taylor) mismatched with a buttoned down newsman (Johnson, the film's only weak link). Taylor is at her most movie goddess beautiful here and looks terrific in her Helen Rose gowns. In contrast, Reed overdoes the bottled up, resentful sister. The Jerome Kern/Oscar Hammerstein song The Last Time I Saw Paris is lovely but overused in the underscore to the point of distraction. It could use a remake but this time utilizing the original 1920s setting. Directed by Richard Brooks. With Walter Pidgeon, Roger Moore, Eva Gabor, George Dolenz, Kurt Kasznar, Sandy Descher, Celia Lovsky, John Doucette and Ann Codee.

The Warners Archives MOD DVD is a gorgeous Technicolor print, finally rescued from public domain Hell and those dreadful soft and faded transfer. If you're going to buy it, this is the one to get.
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This is a very fine and enjoyable love story starring a great actress (Elizabeth Taylor) and a fine actor (Van Johnson), Elizabeth Taylor is not featured as much as I'd like, but you can't have everything I guess, I don't know if there is a re-mastered version of this anywhere, but if there is I'd highly recommend buying it, don't waste your money on this as the transfer on this version is at least poor and whilst the voice sound is good there is a constant hiss throughout the film.

This film may be 55 years old, but I've been watching films today that are as old as 76 years old and they look and sound so much better than this, if they have not already then I really hope that they re-master this soon, I'm off to try to find out if they have or not, if not then I'll have to put up with this video copy for now (it looks like it's been taped from a poor quality video copy).
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I have not seen this film (I have to give 'stars' to get this published), but I would like to buy it - so when I read reviews commenting on the transfer quality, I really would like to know to which issue they are referring. Amazon cannot, for whatever reason, be bothered to separate the reviews so they are grouped only under the relevant DVD issue.
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The 'Classic Movies Collection' version of the film is so awful we could only watch about 3 minutes - a transfer from a decent VHS would have been preferable. The colour is terribly washed out, there's interference, a frame rate problem and occasional flashes of red, just to liven things up.

Four time Oscar winning cinematographer Joseph Ruttenberg would not have been impressed at all.

Best to look for "The Warners Archives MOD DVD ... a gorgeous Technicolor print, finally rescued from public domain Hell and those dreadful soft and faded transfers. If you're going to buy it, this is the one to get" on amazon.com.
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