Pillow Talk [DVD]
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Jan Morrow (Doris Day) is a level-headed interior designer who shares a phone line with resident swinging bachelor Brad Allen (Rock Hudson). He annoys her by hogging the line with calls to his numerous girlfriends, whilst she irritates him by her refusal to accept his sweet-talking charms. Brad decides to teach her a lesson by seducing her under an assumed identity, but his plans are complicated by mutual friend Jonathan (Tony Randall), who has his own designs on Jan.
Jan Morrow (Doris Day) and Brad Allen (Rock Hudson) have never met, but they're sworn enemies because of one small appliance in their lives: the telephone. The two share a party line, and Jan is outraged over the amount of time Bill spends wooing women over the phone. A convenient triangle emerges when a client (Tony Randall) of Jan's--she's an interior decorator--falls in love with her and happens to be Brad's old college chum. When Brad makes the connection, he decides to try to court Jan himself, to make her more sympathetic to his phone woes. Of course, she'd never go for such a heel, so he passes himself off as Rex Stetson, a Texas rancher visiting New York. The ensuing tale, albeit predictable, is lots of fun, with some quick-witted dialogue and some clever use of split-screens for the phone calls. Thelma Ritter is hilarious as Jan's always-hung-over maid, Alma; and the pairing of Rock and Doris works beautifully, as always. --Jenny Brown
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In April 2012 Universal Studios was 100 years old - and to celebrate that movie-making centenary - they've had 13 of their most-celebrated films fully restored for BLU RAY. But it doesn't stop there. As many as 80 other titles will be given US re-launches across the year each featuring distinctive "100th Anniversary" gatefold card-wrap packaging - and in some cases a host of new features. 1959's iconic "Pillow Talk" is one of the thirteen singled out for full restoration (see list below) - and like the other BLU RAYS in this series so far - both the print and presentation are very tastefully done.
UK released Monday 7 May 2012 - "Pillow Talk Collector's Series" comes in a gorgeous limited edition 44-page 'Book Pack' (Barcode 5050582893144). The outer hardback holder has an awkward card wrapped around it which is attached at the front with a flimsy circular sticker - not the most eloquent of objects it has to be said and it contains info that isn't on the back sleeve of the book pack - so you don't want to lose it. It's hard to keep in place without damage - so I put the whole shebang in a plastic sleeve for protection. It's also worth noting that most of the AMERICAN issues are 'two-disc' sets containing the BLU RAY, the DVD and also means to obtain a Digital Copy via download. It appears that the UK issues will contain ONLY the BLU RAY in the Book Pack. However, if you want say "Out Of Africa" or "Buck Privates" (which have yet to be given UK releases) - the US issues are non-region coded so will play in all machines.Read more ›
This is a superbly directed and acted romcom of the type that Hollywood just can't seem to do nowadays. The lead actors give excellent performances and the are some wonderful comic set pieces that will make you laugh out loud.
Amongst the supporting cast, Thelma Ritter is perfect as Day's drunken maid (drinking Rock Hudson under the table) and Tony Randall is as effective as always.
If you don't mind it being a little dated, it's about as good a romantic comedy as there is.
It's like what Mad Men probably had in mind when they started, where everyone was beautifully dressed and lived a wonderful lifestyle we could only aspire to. To think this was filmed in 1959 makes it so much more interesting, with everything being genuine and of its time.
The storyline is predictable and innocent by current standards, but was probably a little risque and advanced for that period. If nothing else, it's worth getting just to see Doris looking absolutely sensational in her white dress, long white gloves and white fur jacket. To think she has a wholesome image, yet can look this unbelievably alluring.
Rock looks fantastically suave as well, perfect for the role, and they are ably supported by an equally suave Tony Randall and comedy drunk Thelma Ritter. We loved the scene with Doris and Tony in the diner near the end, but there are so many wonderful colourful scenes of nightclub sophistication and lovely costumes that your eyes will need a rest afterwards just to calm down.
There are a also few songs, which have their place and never feel incongruous.
A real romantic comedy classic and one which will deserve repeated viewings.
Pillow Talk arrives on blu ray with MPEG-4 AVC 1080p 2.35:1 encode. Universal has done a great job restoring this film. Fine detail is very noticeable, including the intricate lines on Rock Hudson's rugged face and the lacy ruffles on Doris Day's outdated nightgowns. Colours almost explode off the screen a lot of the time. Reds are especially vibrant in this presentation. Like many older movies brought to blu ray, colours frequently fluctuate during a scene. Blacks are dark, but not inky. Overall, the final picture is very pleasing, and much more superior than the previous DVD release. (4/5)
I am quite impressed with the DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0 audio track. Fidelity here is top notch. Dialogue comes through sparklingly clear and the song cues and underscore all sound just fine. The mix here is very well prioritized. Part of what gives Pillow Talk its light, fun touch is its clever usage of music and songs. The most memorable songs are Pillow Talk during the title sequence, Roly Poly and the ever romantic Possess Me. Besides the songs sung by Doris Day, we also have Perry Blackwell, the singer and pianist in the piano bar, performing three songs: I Need No Atmosphere, Roly Poly and You Lied. Even Rock Hudson sang a seductive song titled You Are My Inspiration to a series of women through the telephone, inserting each particular woman’s name into the song. Frank DeVol provided a great score, and deservedly nominated for an Oscar.Read more ›
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This is my favourite film of all time and I must watch it several times a year, the costumes are fantastic, the script is wonderful and the cast superb. Read morePublished 7 days ago by cameilia walton
this was a present for my daughter, as this is one of her favourite films, was very pleased at the speed of delivery and the pricePublished 4 months ago by patricia beaver
Five Stars every time,a peach of film,well worth watching again and againPublished 5 months ago by JaffaJulia