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Dean Martin & Jerry Lewis Collection, Volume 2
     

Dean Martin & Jerry Lewis Collection, Volume 2

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Director: Frank Tashlin, Norman Taurog

Cast: Dean Martin, Frank Tashlin, Norman Taurog, Jerry Lewis

 
The second of Paramount's two Dean Martin/Jerry Lewis collections is a double treat, not only for fans of the musical comedy duo but also for admirers of director Frank Tashlin, who directed the last two of the five movies in the set, Artists and Models (1955) and Hollywood or Bust (1956). And in the case of Artists and

Overview

The second of Paramount's two Dean Martin/Jerry Lewis collections is a double treat, not only for fans of the musical comedy duo but also for admirers of director Frank Tashlin, who directed the last two of the five movies in the set, Artists and Models (1955) and Hollywood or Bust (1956). And in the case of Artists and Models and the Norman Taurog-directed Pardners (also in this set), the studio remastered both films from the original VistaVision elements. As a result, Artists and Models (which is probably the best picture that Martin and Lewis ever did together) looks extraordinary, with colors that leap off the screen and detail that rivals high-definition, even though it's presented here in ordinary NTSC. Pardners also looks impressive, if not quite as stunning, and there's nothing in the way the movies are presented in this set that will disappoint anyone -- except perhaps the packaging. The movies have been treated well enough in the mastering, with between 13 and 16 chapters each and no bonuses or frills of any kind (not even a single trailer). And the menus are simple and open easily enough, automatically on start-up. The images vary, from 2.0:1 letterboxing on the VistaVision titles to 1.33:1 on the one full-screen (non-VistaVision) entry (Living It Up); all look fine, with Artists and Models one of the best-looking pictures one is ever likely to see of its era. And the sound is consistently sharp and bright, with Dean Martin's voice heard to great advantage. But one would think that Paramount could afford to put in a little booklet, or at least a single-sheet insert with a little information on the movies -- a plot synopsis or...something. After all, the newest of these pictures is 51 years old, and most of the people who know them would only recognize the films from television showings. Additionally, several have notable underlying sources, as well as some biographical significance for the two stars; and there are some very recognizable names and faces in these casts, including Shirley MacLaine, Patricia Crowley, Hans Conried, Raymond Burr, Nina Foch, Edward Arnold, Fred Clark, et al. Additionally, they're selling these five movies at a 30-dollar list price, 50 percent higher than Universal charges on its similarly proportioned Abbott & Costello and Ma and Pa Kettle packages, and those are done up better in terms of supplements than what we get here. Or does Paramount's management believe that this packaging is all that's needed to sell this group of movies to the hardcore Martin and Lewis fans who are still out there in 2007, 51 years after the duo split up?

Product Details

Release Date:
06/05/2007
UPC:
0097360422320
Rating:
NR
Source:
Paramount
Region Code:
1
Time:
8:09:00

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Dean Martin Actor,Bob Miles,Dr. Steve Harris,Rick Todd,Slim Mosely Jr.,Steve Wiley,Slim Mosely Sr.
Jerry Lewis Actor,Eugene Fullstack,Homer Flagg,Malcolm Smith,Wilbur Hoolick,Wade Kingsley Jr.,Wade Kingsley Sr.
Anita Ekberg Herself
Diana Lynn Nancy Collins
Janet Leigh Wally Cook
Shirley MacLaine Bessie Sparrowbush
Dorothy Malone Abigail Parker
Edward Arnold The Mayor
Nina Foch Gretchen Brendan
Pat Crowley Terry
"Slapsie Maxie" Rosenbloom Bookie Benny
Eva Gabor Sonia
Fred Clark Oliver Stone
Lori Nelson Carol Kingsley
Raymond Burr Noonan
Eddie Mayehoff Mr. Murdock
Jeff Morrow Pete Rio
John Baragrey Dan Hollis/Sam Hollis
Jackie Loughery Dolly Riley

Technical Credits
Frank Tashlin Director
Norman Taurog Director

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis Collection, Vol. 2
1. A Fight for His Land [1:34]
2. Master Wade [5:06]
3. Save the Ranch [4:21]
4. Slim Moseley [3:50]
5. Take Me Out West [:02]
6. Goodbye and Good Luck [7:23]
7. We're Going to be Partners [2:14]
8. The K-Ranch [5:26]
9. Me, You and the Moon [:09]
10. The Meeting [4:16]
11. A New Sheriff [9:07]
12. The Only Gal [3:45]
13. The Ranch In Ambush [:04]
14. The Hold Up [2:49]
15. They are Partners [1:18]
1. A Sure Thing [1:34]
2. Lucky Number [5:06]
3. Going to Hollywood [4:21]
4. Mr. Bascom [3:50]
5. Need a Lift [:02]
6. Just the Two of Us [7:23]
7. Going Cross Country [2:14]
8. Nice Bull [5:26]
9. Las Vegas [:09]
10. Feeling Lucky [4:16]
11. A Bitter Farewell [9:07]
12. In Hollywood [3:45]
13. On the Set [:04]
Disc #2 -- Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis Collection, Vol. 2
1. Radioactive Poisoning [:02]
2. I'm Going to Live [8:33]
3. Meet Miss Cook [:13]
4. To New York [4:50]
5. The Poor Kid [3:17]
6. Wonderland Ballroom [5:04]
7. Jitterbug Finals [2:09]
8. The Favor [2:09]
9. Champagne and a Wedding Cake [6:14]
10. A Second Opinion [4:52]
11. The Examination [3:41]
12. That Little Fraud [2:50]
13. Loving New York [3:20]
14. A New Strategy [2:27]
15. End of the Quest [5:07]
Disc #3 -- Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis Collection, Vol. 2
1. A Robbery and a Murder [1:42]
2. Master Barber [3:03]
3. Private Treatment [6:07]
4. Half-Fare [6:18]
5. Aunt Nancy [:07]
6. Shared Drawing Romm [7:39]
7. Board Meeting [:06]
8. Reception Committee [8:12]
9. A Talk About Girls [7:26]
10. Age Tests [:11]
11. New Orders [3:42]
12. Hide and Seek [4:48]
13. Happiest, Luckiest Man [:08]
14. Crazy Conductor [8:05]
15. Wilbur's Dad [6:43]
16. Water Sports [:26]
1. A New Sign [1:42]
2. Make Believe [3:03]
3. The Neighbors [6:07]
4. Boss' Office [6:18]
5. The Effects of Literature [:07]
6. Art of Kissing [7:39]
7. On the Telephone [:06]
8. Diet of Comic Books [8:12]
9. Vincent the Vulture [7:26]
10. In Love [:11]
11. Body Puzzle [3:42]
12. Secret Formula [4:48]
13. The Enemy [:08]
14. Artists and Their Models [8:05]
15. The Bat Lady's Place [6:43]
16. Happy Ending [:26]

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Dean Martin & Jerry Lewis Collection, Volume 2 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Martin & Lewis shine in this beautifully put together set of these fun and glossy movies. It's a treat, especially considering that 4 out of the 5 movies are produced in the great widescreen format of VistaVision - so the visual clarity is especially acute, plus all 5 movies are in color which is made fine use of, particularly in the whimsical 'Artists and Models'. The design of the DVD box - which opens up like a triptych - is excellent and includes reproductions of the 5 original movie posters plus a fine montage of stills from the movies. So enjoy 5 entertaining movies with the cool and suave Dean Martin and the manic brilliance of Jerry Lewis.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago