Summer of '42
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Summer of '42

Director: Robert Mulligan

Cast: Jennifer O'Neill, Gary Grimes, Jerry Houser

     
 

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Sex and love combine for a magical, coming-of-age summer in director Robert Mulligan's surprise hit Summer of '42. Warner has done a decent job on this 1.85:1 anamorphic widescreen transfer. While certainly not a perfect transfer (there is a bit of grain and edge enhancement in the image), overall this is a very nice looking picture that sports vibrant colors

Overview

Sex and love combine for a magical, coming-of-age summer in director Robert Mulligan's surprise hit Summer of '42. Warner has done a decent job on this 1.85:1 anamorphic widescreen transfer. While certainly not a perfect transfer (there is a bit of grain and edge enhancement in the image), overall this is a very nice looking picture that sports vibrant colors and well defined black levels. The audio is presented in Dolby Digital Mono in English and French and is, not surprisingly, less than impressive. While the soundtracks are free of any distortion or hiss, this is a very lifeless mix that is flat and uninspired (a pity, since the score to the film won a much-deserved Oscar). Also included on this disc are French, English, and Spanish subtitles. The only extra feature available on this DVD is a theatrical trailer for the movie.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Lucia Bozzola
An unexpected hit, Summer of '42 provided a soothing dose of nostalgia amidst the late 1960s/early '70s cultural upheaval. Looking back to a more innocent time through a (literal) gauze of affectionate memory, Herman Raucher's Oscar-nominated wartime coming of age screenplay evokes a period of sexual naïveté and life-changing infatuations that stood in stark contrast to the Vietnam War era, revealing what had been lost. Directing a cast of relative unknowns, Robert Mulligan manages to make the tiny details ring true even as the broad strokes are somewhat too predictable; Jennifer O'Neill's performance as the enigmatic love object turned her into a star. A respite from troubled times, Summer of '42 surprised its makers by turning into the fourth highest-grossing film of 1971, becoming one of a cluster of popular early 1970s nostalgia pieces that also included The Last Picture Show (1971) and American Graffiti (1973). Robert Surtees earned an Oscar nomination for his hazily picturesque cinematography; Michel Legrand won an Oscar for his score.

Product Details

Release Date:
02/05/2002
UPC:
0012569103320
Original Release:
1971
Rating:
R
Source:
Warner Home Video
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital, monaural]
Time:
1:44:00

Special Features

Interactive menus; Theatrical trailer; Cast/filmmaker career highlights; Scene access; Languages: English & Français; Subtitles: English, Français, Español, Português, Japanese, Chinese, Thai & Korean

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Jennifer O'Neill Dorothy
Gary Grimes Hermie
Jerry Houser Oscy
Oliver Conant Benjie
Katherine Allentuck Aggie
Christopher Norris Miriam
Robert Mulligan Narrator, the Older Hennic
Walter Scott Dorothy's Husband
Maureen Stapleton Hermie's Mother
Lou Frizzell Druggist

Technical Credits
Robert Mulligan Director
Folmar Blangsted Editor
Albert Brenner Production Designer
Mel Efros Asst. Director
Alixe Gordin Casting
Nessa Hyams Casting
Don Kranze Asst. Director
Marvin March Set Decoration/Design
Michel Legrand Score Composer,Musical Direction/Supervision
Tom Overton Sound/Sound Designer
Herman Raucher Screenwriter
Richard A. Roth Producer
Irby Smith Asst. Director
Robert Surtees Cinematographer

Scene Index

Side #1 --
0. Scene Selections
1. Credits [2:49]
2. The Terrible Trio [2:33]
3. Guy Talk [3:35]
4. The Answer Book [2:27]
5. Goodbye at the Dock [2:34]
6. Hello on a Dare [3:24]
7. Battling Buddies [2:04]
8. Help With Groceries [4:26]
9. Coffee and Conversation [4:48]
10. "Hernia!" [2:16]
11. Date Night at the Movies [4:36]
12. Balcony Moves [5:28]
13. Evening's Scorecard [1:49]
14. Shaking a Leg [4:12]
15. Sealed With a Kiss [2:23]
16. More Book Secrets [3:37]
17. His Time Has Come [3:44]
18. Drugstore Purchase [6:03]
19. What They're For [3:03]
20. Marshmallows and Making Out [4:35]
21. Her Name [4:54]
22. Static From Oscy [2:25]
23. The Telegram [3:06]
24. Tear-Stained Dance [4:11]
25. Loving Friends [6:22]
26. Good Night [4:02]
27. Oscy's Report [3:05]
28. Always, Dorothy [4:12]
29. Cast and End Credits [:54]

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