Let's Make Love

Overview

Superstar Marilyn Monroe stars in her final full-length feature Let's Make Love. Fox has done a fantastic job of cleaning up this 2.35:1 anamorphic widescreen print. With solid black-and-white levels and a crisp appearance, this is the best the film has looked in years. While a small amount of grain can be seen, overall this is a clear-looking image that should please fans. The audio is presented in Dolby 4.0 Surround in English as well as Dolby 2.0 Surround in French. This Dolby 4.0 mix is very pleasant ...
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Overview

Superstar Marilyn Monroe stars in her final full-length feature Let's Make Love. Fox has done a fantastic job of cleaning up this 2.35:1 anamorphic widescreen print. With solid black-and-white levels and a crisp appearance, this is the best the film has looked in years. While a small amount of grain can be seen, overall this is a clear-looking image that should please fans. The audio is presented in Dolby 4.0 Surround in English as well as Dolby 2.0 Surround in French. This Dolby 4.0 mix is very pleasant considering its age. While there aren't a lot of fantasic directional sounds to be found in this mix, overall, the dialogue, music, and effects are free of any distortion or hiss. Also included on this disc are subtitles in English and Spanish. The extra features on this disc are kept to the bare minimum, including a short still gallery of Monroe photos, some full-frame theatrical trailers for five movies, and a short "Restoration Comparison" of the film's original negative and the final DVD transfer.
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Special Features

Restoration comparison; Still gallery; Theatrical trailer; Anamorphic widescreen (aspect ratio 2.35:1); Audio: English 4.0; Dolby Surround, French mono; Subtitles: English, Spanish
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
"Marilyn Monroe in Let's Make Love" sounds like a tantalizing prospect, but the end result is unfortunately an only so-so semi-musical, despite some solid work from Monroe. Co-star Yves Montand is frequently blamed for the film's lack of sizzle, and he certainly is part of the problem. Montand is bland at best, his supposed Gallic charm just not surviving the translation from French to English. Away from a chanson, his singing voice comes across as wan and dry, and his acting is by-the-numbers; beware of the section in which he demonstrates what Milton Berle has taught him in the way of comedy. But Montand is not entirely to blame. The screenplay lacks sparkle, and its premise is absurd and artificial. The latter wouldn't be a problem if director George Cukor were operating in top form; with the proper hand, absurd and artificial can become charming and diverting. But Cukor can't get a grip on the right tone, and the movie never really finds its footing. And while the songs are arranged in an entertaining late 1950s fashion, the songs themselves ("My Heart Belongs to Daddy" excepted) are undistinguished. Fortunately, Jack Cole's distinctive choreography brightens the numbers up, and Monroe is in fine musical form (even if Frankie Vaughan, with whom she shares most of the numbers, is not.) It's not one of Monroe's great performances, but she keeps the ship afloat, helped by a nicely underplayed Tony Randall and a dependable Wilfrid Hyde-White.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/14/2002
  • UPC: 024543035084
  • Original Release: 1960
  • Rating:

  • Source: 20th Century Fox
  • Region Code: 1
  • Aspect Ratio: Cinemascope (2.35:1)
  • Presentation: Wide Screen / Mono
  • Sound: monaural, Dolby Surround
  • Language: English, Français
  • Time: 1:59:00
  • Format: DVD

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Marilyn Monroe Amanda Dell
Yves Montand Jean-Marc Clement
Tony Randall Howard Coffman
Frankie Vaughan Tony Danton
Wilfrid Hyde-White John Wales
David Burns Oliver Burton
Michael David Dave Kerry
Mara Lynn Lily Nyles
Dennis King Jr. Abe Miller
Joe Besser Lamont
Madge Kennedy Miss Manners
Raymond Foster Jimmy
Mike Mason Yale
John Craven Comstock
Harry V. Cheshire Minister
Oscar Beregi Chauffeur
Milton Berle Himself
Bing Crosby Himself
Gene Kelly Himself
Jon-Mikl Thor Wilson
Geraldine Wall Miss Hansen
Technical Credits
George Cukor Director
Gene Allen Art Director
David Bretherton Editor
Jack Cole Choreography
Daniel L. Fapp Cinematographer
Earle Hagen Score Composer
David Hall Asst. Director
Dorothy Jeakins Costumes/Costume Designer
Hal Kanter Screenwriter
Norman Krasna Screenwriter
Lionel Newman Score Composer, Musical Direction/Supervision
Jerry Wald Producer
Lyle Wheeler Art Director
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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Main Titles
2. The Clement Dynasty
3. The Current Clement
4. Thin-Skinned
5. My Heart Belongs to Daddy
6. A Perfect Resemblance
7. Tony Danton
8. A New Joke
9. Hey You With the Crazy Eyes
10. No Laughing Matter
11. A Special Offer
12. Going Uptown
13. Rich People Aren't People
14. The New Investor
15. Specialization
16. Professional Help
17. A Fresh New Comedian
18. Money Matters
19. Let's Make Love
20. The Singing Coach
21. Dancing Lessons
22. A Song for Dumas
23. Tony's Chance
24. Matters of Trust
25. Out of Character
26. Incurably Romantic
27. Meet Mr. Clement
28. Let's Make Love (Reprise)
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Menu

Side #1 --
   Play
   Language Selection
      Languages: English Dolby Surround
      Languages: French Mono
      Subtitles: English for the Hearing Impaired
      Subtitles: Spanish
      Subtitles: None
   Scene Selection
   Special Features
      Theatrical Trailer
      Don't Bother to Knock
      Monkey Business
      Niagara
      River of No Return
      Diamond Collection Trailer
      Restoration Comparison
      Still Gallery
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