Strange Bedfellows

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Overview

Melvin Frank's Strange Bedfellows (1965) -- probably the most ironically titled of all Rock Hudson's star vehicles -- has arrived on DVD in a gorgeous film-to-video transfer with deep, rich contrasts and stunning detail all around from the opening frame to the film's finale. The movie can't be viewed today without a sense of ludicrous irony, given what is now known of Hudson's sexual preferences -- when the narrator talks of the characters played by Hudson and Gina Lollobrigida liking the same things sexually, ...
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Overview

Melvin Frank's Strange Bedfellows (1965) -- probably the most ironically titled of all Rock Hudson's star vehicles -- has arrived on DVD in a gorgeous film-to-video transfer with deep, rich contrasts and stunning detail all around from the opening frame to the film's finale. The movie can't be viewed today without a sense of ludicrous irony, given what is now known of Hudson's sexual preferences -- when the narrator talks of the characters played by Hudson and Gina Lollobrigida liking the same things sexually, one has to laugh out loud. The non-anamorphic letterboxed image (1.85:1) is one of the most beautiful ever seen in a '60s movie, Leo Tover's beautiful photography fairly leaping out at the viewer in stunningly vivid detail. The day shots have a remarkable richness, and the night shots aren't lacking in detail either -- the costumes for Lollobrigida by Jean Louis, and the entire set decor by Alexander Golitzen and Joseph Wright are all shown to beautiful advantage in what is basically a demonstration quality disc. The movie has been given a generous 18 chapters and is supported by the rather faded and poorer condition original trailer (which looks like the movie used to on television in the late '60s). There are also optional English captions and Spanish and French subtitles. The disc opens automatically onto a simple two-layer menu that offers easy access to all options with the "play" command in the default position.
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Special Features

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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
One wishes that Strange Bedfellows really was a bit strange, rather than the mediocre, cookie-cutter 1960s sex comedy that it actually is. While enjoyable enough, especially for a viewer who is in a particularly undemanding mood, Bedfellows resolutely lacks any sparkle or fizz. Lay the majority of the blame at the feet (or hands) of the screenwriters, who have fashioned a script that is almost unrelievedly flat. Flat is rarely a good idea, but it's especially damaging to his kind of project, which rises or falls on its ability to attract and engage, no matter how silly the premise or far-fetched the plotting. With leaden dialogue and characters that are not very interesting, it's hard for the cast to do much -- and it's to their credit that they manage to make the proceedings moderately entertaining. Gina Lollabrigida and Rock Hudson are a bit lacking in chemistry this time out, but they have personality and appeal, and that helps a great deal. Lollabrigida even mines some laughs out of gags that have no right to ask her to do their work for them. Hudson is a bit less successful in this area, but he tries. Gig Young does even better with a nothing part, and there's good comic support from the likes of Terry-Thomas and Nancy Kulp. Fans of the stars will enjoy it; others may want to give Bedfellows a pass.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/1/2003
  • UPC: 025192264320
  • Original Release: 1965
  • Rating:

  • Source: Universal Studios
  • Region Code: 1
  • Aspect Ratio: Theatre Wide-Screen (1.85.1)
  • Presentation: Wide Screen
  • Language: English
  • Time: 1:39:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 12,794

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Rock Hudson Carter Harrison
Gina Lollobrigida Toni Vincente
Gig Young Richard Bramwell
Edward Judd Harry Jones
Terry-Thomas Assistant Mortician
Arthur Haynes Carter's Taxi Driver
Nancy Kulp Aggressive Woman
Howard St. John J.L. Stevens
Dave King Toni's Taxi Driver
Peggy Rea Mavis
Joseph Sirola Petracini
Lucy Landau Jolly Woman
Bernard Fox Policeman
Edith Atwater Mrs. Stevens
James McCallion Old Man
Hedley Mattingly Bagshott
John Orchard Radio Dispatcher
Alan Caillou Magistrate
Henry Corden Interpreter
Maurice Dallimore Gentleman in Rain
Arthur E. Gould-Porter Chief Mortician
Dinah Anne Rogers Secretary
Simon Scott Slade
Frederic Worlock Lawyer
Technical Credits
Melvin Frank Director, Producer, Screenwriter
Alexander Golitzen Art Director
John P. Austin Set Decoration/Design
Leigh Harline Score Composer
Joseph E. Kenny Asst. Director
Hal Kern Associate Producer
Jean Louis Costumes/Costume Designer
John McCarthy Set Decoration/Design
Gene Milford Editor
Norman Panama Producer
Michael Pertwee Screenwriter
Peter V. Saldutti Costumes/Costume Designer
Leo Tover Cinematographer
Waldon O. Watson Sound/Sound Designer
Bud Westmore Makeup
Sally Wood Costumes/Costume Designer
Joseph C. Wright Art Director
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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Carter and Antonia [4:48]
2. Main Titles [1:30]
3. His Corporate Image [3:37]
4. The Divorce Lawyer [4:59]
5. Seeing Toni Home [9:14]
6. Still the Same [7:04]
7. A Possible Promotion [3:34]
8. An Instant Message [8:00]
9. Fogged In [9:19]
10. A Committee Meeting [2:37]
11. A Dangerous Mission [10:40]
12. Bramwell's Visitor [8:31]
13. At the Airport [5:35]
14. The CAb Driver [1:13]
15. Lady Godiva [10:43]
16. In Court [5:54]
17. Back in a Cab [1:05]
18. End Titles [:15]
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Menu

Side #1 --
   Scenes
   Bonus Materials
      Theatrical Trailer
      Recommendations
   Languages
      Captioned for the Hearing Impaired: English
      Subtitles: Español
      Subtitles: Français
      Subtitles: None
   Play
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Awesome

    Excellent comedy with the beautiful Gina Lollobrigida,always terrific Rock Hudson and Gig Young playing Rock's sidekick with the funny undertaker scene with Terry-Thomas..Gina looks devine as Lady Gadiva..You gotta see this one..

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