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Artisan's DVD release of Delbert Mann's That Touch of Mink (1962) is a better-than-decent DVD release. For starters, the movie is transferred in its proper Panavision (2.35:1) aspect ratio (and not "matted" as the package erroneously claims); and the transfer comes from a source that looks very close to perfect -- it just misses, however, as the 2000 release was digitized too soon and needs another pass with a half-decade's worth of improved technology. On the plus side, the color is all there, maybe better than ...
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Artisan's DVD release of Delbert Mann's That Touch of Mink (1962) is a better-than-decent DVD release. For starters, the movie is transferred in its proper Panavision (2.35:1) aspect ratio (and not "matted" as the package erroneously claims); and the transfer comes from a source that looks very close to perfect -- it just misses, however, as the 2000 release was digitized too soon and needs another pass with a half-decade's worth of improved technology. On the plus side, the color is all there, maybe better than in some theatrical presentations, deep and rich, along with the contrast. And the letterboxed image restores some important spatial relationships between the characters, such as Cary Grant's and Gig Young's opposed shots in Grant's office as they debate...the potential deflowering of Cathy Timberlake (Doris Day); the presence of Mickey Mantle, Roger Maris, and Yogi Berra seated alongside Day's character in the Yankee dugout in a key scene; all of the rhythms, visual and otherwise, of the Bergdof Goodman fashion show sequence; the juxtaposing of the beds belonging to Day and her roommate (Audrey Meadows) in their nighttime chats; Grant giving Day a tour of the building he is putting up; the elevator ride in the Bermuda hotel with its four characters abreast; Day's imaginings of a bed in every public setting that she shares with Grant in Bermuda; the poolside scene with Joey Faye and Cary Grant on opposite sides of the screen; the taxi-ride with Young and Grant at the left and center of the screen and the driver (Ralph Manza in a brilliantly understated comedic performance, done mostly with his eyes) on the right-hand side; and the various panoramas of New York City (even from the Jersey side of the Hudson). The latter scenes mentioned make this feature almost as worthwhile to watch for its escapist value into the past of the city for this lifelong resident as it is for the comedy, which is often surprisingly sophisticated and piercing. All of the original production and technical values are well represented, especially the color, which accentuates the Oscar-nominated art direction. If it hadn't already demonstrated this quality steadily throughout, the disc proves it once and for all, with the softly lit glow emanating from the lamps in the hotel suite in the shot at 49 minutes in and the poolside scene at night at 51-and-a-half minutes, which is more color than can be seen off a laserdisc. The only flaws are in the image detail and resolution, which are just ever so slightly the tiniest bit soft, not sufficient to really annoy the viewer but enough to keep this from being a demonstration-quality disc. As the source seems solid, a new transfer would probably solve the problem. In every other respect, watching this disc is a lot like taking a trip back in time -- there is just enough location shooting around New York City and sufficient verisimilitude in the script (the Manhattan unemployment insurance office really is just off Eighth Avenue, actually just a block south of the real-life store of the Seinfeld "Soup Nazi"). Otherwise, the disc isn't badly put together for a mid-priced release -- the mono sound pumps up nicely and gives decent if unexceptional play to George Duning's delightful score, as well as the witticism-laced dialogue. There's no commentary track, which would have been great, but there is an original trailer (a bit faded and worn) and letterboxed at a little less than 2.35:1 and bios of the four principal cast members, the director, writers, and producer, plus a whopping 34 chapter markers for the 99-minute movie. All of these features are available through a simple two-layer menu that opens automatically on start-up, with the "Play" button in the default position. The irony is that, for all of the care that somebody obviously took in the preparation of the disc, the packaging is a bit sloppy in one important regard -- the movie is definitely letterboxed at the proper aspect ratio of 2.35-to-1, which is essential to appreciating it properly, but the back jacket claims a "matted" aspect ratio of only 1.85-to-1. Pay no attention to it -- the package is wrong and, absent a 21st century re-transfer, is as good as the movie is going to look or play and is worth a lot more than the full-screen (1.33:1) showings it's been getting on AMC in 2004.
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Special Features

Closed Caption; Widescreen version; Mono audio; Interactive menus; Digitally mastered; Scene access; Cast and crew information; Theatrical trailer
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
Sex comedies from the 1960s tend not to age too well, and while that's true to an extent with That Touch of Mink, it does hold up better than many other similar films from the period. Part of the credit goes to the screenplay, which is structurally quite sound and which features dialogue that actually is witty on occasion and, even when not witty, is at least appropriate. Unfortunately, the main plot itself is bound to give pause to some modern viewers, who will object to a number of things, including the inherent materialism, the sexual "obligation" that Doris Day feels, the age difference between the leads, and the outdated sexual role-playing that permeates the film. However, when suave and charismatic Cary Grant is on hand, and when Day is operating -- as here -- at the top of her form, things are bound to be kept lively and entertaining, and the stars do not disappoint. They're also supported by an excellent supporting cast, from Audrey Meadows' wisecracking best pal to John Astin's oily letch. Delbert Mann directs with supreme confidence, timing his gags to within a nanosecond and keeping the whole thing moving along at a sprightly pace. Throw in some glamorous clothes and sumptuous settings, and Mink is a glossy, amusing and entertaining little film -- that is better enjoyed without probing under its surface.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/23/2001
  • UPC: 017153100822
  • Original Release: 1962
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  • Source: Republic Pictures
  • Region Code: 1
  • Aspect Ratio: Cinemascope (2.35:1)
  • Presentation: Wide Screen / Mono
  • Sound: monaural
  • Language: English
  • Time: 1:39:00
  • Format: DVD

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Cary Grant Philip Shayne
Doris Day Cathy Timberlake
Gig Young Roger
Audrey Meadows Connie
John Astin Beasley
Dick Sargent Young Man
Alan Hewitt Dr. Gruber
John R. McKee Collins, chauffeur
Jan Burrell Miss Jones
June Ericson Millie
Willard Sage Hodges
Russ Bender Williams
Louise Arthur Woman
Edna Bennett Mrs. Wilson
Barbara Collentine Mrs. Smith
William Gleason Hotel Manager
Billy Greene Al
John Morley Man
Jack Rice Customer in Automat
Laiola Wendorff Mrs. Golden
Cathy Merchant Irene
Nelson Olmsted Mr. Hackett
Jon Silo Mario
Sally Hughes Secretary
George Simmons Bellboy
Joey Faye Short Man
Laurie Mitchell Showgirl
John Fiedler Mr. Smith
Jack Livesey Dr. Richardson
William Lanteau Leonard
Yogi Berra Himself
Mickey Mantle Himself
Roger Maris Himself
Dorothy Abbott Stewardess
Alice Backes Miriam
Helen Brown Mrs. Farnum
Melora Conway Miss Farrell
Richard Deacon Mr. Miller
Fred Essler Mr. Golden
Kathryn Givney Mrs. Haskell
Clegg Hoyt Truck driver
Ralph Manza Cab driver
Tyler McVey Doorman
Yvonne Peattie Fashion consultant
Technical Credits
Delbert Mann Director
Alexander Golitzen Art Director
Robert Arthur Executive Producer
Phil Bowles Asst. Director
Robert Clatworthy Art Director
George Duning Score Composer
Corson Jowett Sound/Sound Designer
Ted Kent Editor
Martin Melcher Producer
Russell Metty Cinematographer
George Milo Set Decoration/Design
Nate Monaster Screenwriter
Norman Norell Costumes/Costume Designer
Rosemary Odell Costumes/Costume Designer
Stanley Shapiro Producer, Screenwriter
Waldon O. Watson Sound/Sound Designer
Bud Westmore Makeup
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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. That Touch of Mink [2:38]
2. Unemployment Office [1:50]
3. Financial Advisor [2:53]
4. Free Food [2:39]
5. Compensation for Damages [2:00]
6. Enchanted Moment [3:43]
7. Board Meeting [2:59]
8. His Good Luck Charm [2:16]
9. A Night Out [3:08]
10. A Proposition [3:21]
11. Restless Night [4:23]
12. Waiting for a Call [2:33]
13. Civic Pride [2:11]
14. Personal Fashion Show [4:20]
15. Off to Bermuda [3:37]
16. Hotel Suite [2:02]
17. "Everybody Knows" [1:12]
18. Sleeping Arrangements [3:32]
19. Agitated Nerves [3:40]
20. Man-to-Man Talk [2:22]
21. Symbol of Hope [2:54]
22. Professional Help [3:55]
23. Another Offer [2:22]
24. Preparing for Her Guest [2:04]
25. Intoxicated [3:19]
26. Helpless Kitten Analogy [3:28]
27. Working Girl [3:03]
28. Payment for Expenses [3:40]
29. Cooking Up a Plan [3:11]
30. The Other Man [4:40]
31. Hitching a Ride [2:39]
32. Getting the Girl [3:14]
33. Another Rash [2:28]
34. End Credits [:15]
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Menu

Side #1 --
   Play Movie
   Scene Index
   Cast & Crew
      Cary Grant
         Biography
         Filmography
      Doris Day
         Biography
         Filmography
      Gig Young
         Biography
         Filmography
      Audrey Meadows
         Biography
         Filmography
      Delbert Mann (Director)
         Biography
         Filmography
      Nate Monaster (Writer)
         Biography
         Filmography
      Stanley Shapiro (Writer/Producer)
         Biography
         Filmography
      Martin Melcher (Producer)
         Biography
         Filmography
      Edward Muhl (Producer)
         Biography
         Filmography
   Theatrical Trailer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    That touch of mink

    How can you go wrong with Cary Grant and Doris Day? I absolutely love this movie when I want to watch a "Feel good" movie.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Cute and Pleasant Movie!

    "I am a fan of movies, both the kind of movies that are made these days and the old classics and as a fan of both Cary Grant and Doris Day I really liked their movie A Touch of Mink. It's a very cute, pleasant movie! Highly recommended!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Just Wonderful

    These old movies are so well done, one wishes one could see more of the same. Amazingly, no one had to get nude or do deep-throat kissing to present a particularly pleasing story.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 28, 2002

    Touch Of Mink Was Definately A Touch Of Class

    I enjoyed the dialogue of humor and analogy's. Doris Day was beautiful and elegant. I wish our movies today had the touch of class that comes shining through in this movie.

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