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A Touch of Class [DVD]
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Oscar-winning romantic comedy in which Glenda Jackson and George Segal find the course of true love to be a bumpy one. Married American Steve Blackburn (Segal) finds himself falling for divorced fashion designer Vicki Allessio (Glenda Jackson) while working in London. Deciding on a week of fun in the sun with no strings attached, they head off to Marbella, but soon find their frantic attempts to get to grips with each other frustrated at every turn.
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The Amazon listing doesn't indicate a format but the case says it's 4:3. In fact it appears that an old video copy has simply been transferred directly to DVD with the film formatted for 4:3 TVs with large black bars at the top and bottom. If you watch it on a widescreen TV or computer it actually has black bars on all four sides and sits, a tiny image, in the middle of the screen. You can improve it somewhat by playing around with the ratio but it's far from perfect. I can see why the DVD company didn't have the nerve to call it widescreen but even calling it 4:3 is misleading.
To charge £12.99 for a DVD transfer of a widescreen movie presented in this way is simply a rip-off. Add to that the fact that even the scenes shot in bright sunlight appear to be taking place in the early evening, together with the number of clicks and marks on the print, and I might just as well have transferred an old VHS to DVD - I'd get exactly the same result for a fraction of the cost. The only difference being that I wouldn't have the nerve to then sell it on Amazon. Wait till it appears on Film 4 and record it.
The plot is a familiar one: divorced woman meets charming married man, they start out having a fling and end up falling in love. The ending is inevitable. However, the intelligent script and marvellous performances lend this much-trod material a certain sharpness and humour.
Yes, it is dated: the clothes, the coifs, the dramatic situation, the novelty of a male secretary, and the novelty of an openly gay man. But for those of us who like to wallow in nostalgia (particularly their own), these things are positives rather than negatives. For those who are not into nostalgia, the well-written script and superb performances should suffice. For Glenda Jackson fans, this DVD is an absolute must-have.
The film is very much a product of the 1970's in it's style and attitude, but it is all the more charming for that.
Despite the nominations this file received and the Oscar for Glenda Jackson, this 1972 film has until this month not been available for region 2 DVD's; now that it is I'd recommend getting yourself a copy and I hope you enjoy it as much as I have.
P.S. Apologies for the title
If I was Glenda Jackson I wouldn't want my work messed about like this! As much as one might admire Miss Jackson, don't waste your money on this DVD - wait till there is a better transfer!
Two great lead performances and a sharp script propel this delightful sex comedy forward. Plot is no great shakes but it matters not in truth, divorced English woman meets American married man, an attraction is there and they agree to go away for a brief holiday to indulge in some stress relieving sex. Upon arrival at the Spanish resort, a number of things get in the way of the couple actually copulating. Once achieved, things start to go a bit sour, and the bickering and withering sarcasm starts. But hold on, there's more twists to come, right up to the bittersweet finale.
Genuine laughs are dotted throughout, Jackson's waspish tongue an utter delight, and the pic never teeters over the edge into sentimental hog-wash. It's obviously a product of its time, though the extra-marital affair theme is daringly mounted for the era. A lovely film, funny, poignant and literate. Score! 8/10
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poor dvd (4:3 letterboxed) of a great film ....unfortunately it is the only way to get it.Published 23 days ago by Bill Stickers
Bought back memories of watching this on t.v. when it first came out.Published 9 months ago by Julie Vanberkel
Probably a film of its time now but no less enjoyable for that. Glenda Jackson was the perfect English foil to George Segal as a brash American. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Prefab boy