Billy Wilder DVD Collection

Billy Wilder DVD Collection

Director: Billy Wilder

Cast: Billy Wilder

     
 

The Billy Wilder DVD Collection from MGM consists of nine discs in a collectable art box. Witness for the Prosecution features a widescreen transfer, mono soundtrack in English and French, and an original theatrical trailer. The special edition of Some Like It Hot is presented with a widescreen transfer and Dolby Digital 5.1 English soundtrack. SpecialSee more details below

Overview

The Billy Wilder DVD Collection from MGM consists of nine discs in a collectable art box. Witness for the Prosecution features a widescreen transfer, mono soundtrack in English and French, and an original theatrical trailer. The special edition of Some Like It Hot is presented with a widescreen transfer and Dolby Digital 5.1 English soundtrack. Special features include the original theatrical trailer, pressbook gallery, the documentary "A Look Back" with Leonard Maltin and Tony Curtis, the all-girl band featurette "The Street Sues," and five vignettes called "Hall of Memories." The Apartment, One, Two Three, Avanti!, Kiss Me, Stupid, and Irma La Douce each feature widescreen and full-screen transfers; Dolby Digital mono soundtracks in English, French, and Spanish; and theatrical trailers. The Fortune Cookie features a widescreen transfer, Dolby Digital Stereo English soundtrack, Dolby Digital Mono French soundtrack, and a theatrical trailer. The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes is presented with an anamorphic widescreen transfer and mono soundtrack in English. Special features include an interview with editor Ernest Walter, deleted scenes, theatrical trailer, photo galleries, and a segment with Christopher Lee entitled "Mr. Holmes, Mr. Wilder."

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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Ed Hulse
One of Hollywood’s most distinguished writer-directors and a cinematic humorist nonpareil, Billy Wilder is well represented by the nine films collected in this DVD box set: Three of them are bona fide classics, three others are above-average entertainments, and three are fair-to-middling movies of sufficient interest to please the filmmaker’s devotees. Some Like It Hot (1959) is a perennial favorite, with the Wilder-I.A.L. Diamond writing team in top form chronicling the misadventures of Prohibition-era musicians Tony Curtis and Jack Lemmon. Targeted for rubout by mobsters, they disguise themselves as women to play with an all-girl band headlined by the voluptuous Marilyn Monroe. In The Apartment (1960), a more subtle Lemmon plays a lonely schnook who’s promoted by his insurance-company bosses for letting them use his apartment as a rendezvous for their adulterous liaisons. Shirley MacLaine is pixie-ish piquancy personified as the elevator girl whom Lemmon loves -- even if she’s carrying on with top executive Fred MacMurray. Witness for the Prosecution (1957), a tense courtroom drama based on an Agatha Christie play, is so brilliantly done that one wishes Wilder (who co-scripted with Harry Kurnitz) had made more thrillers. Defense attorney Charles Laughton represents Tyrone Power, accused of murdering a rich widow and staunchly supported (surprisingly) by his own wife, played by Marlene Dietrich in what was then called a stunning screen comeback. Another Hollywood legend, James Cagney, made his comeback in Wilder’s One, Two, Three (1961), a fast-paced, lighthearted farce that cast the erstwhile tough guy as chief executive of Coca-Cola’s West Berlin plant (!) and reluctant guardian of his superior’s wayward daughter (Pamela Tiffin), who slips across the border to marry an anti-American activist (Horst Buchholz) right under his nose. The Fortune Cookie (1966) pairs Lemmon with Walter Matthau in an occasionally hilarious but uneven commentary on the American mania for litigation; Matthau plays a lawyer who parlays Lemmon’s accidental minor injury into a massive, fraudulent lawsuit. Kiss Me, Stupid (1964) teams Dean Martin and Kim Novak for a somewhat crude but effective comedy built on a double-adultery mix-up. The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes (1970), a revisionist portrayal of the great detective created by Arthur Conan Doyle, blends murder and mirth rather uneasily but sports crisp Wilder-Diamond dialogue and top-drawer performances by Robert Stephens (in the title role), Colin Blakely, Genevieve Page, and Christopher Lee. The star performances save Irma La Douce (1963), a scattershot adaptation of the smash Broadway musical about a spirited young prostitute and the young gendarme who inadvertently becomes her pimp; Wilder favorites Shirley MacLaine and Jack Lemmon labor mightily to salvage this flawed, overlong comedy. Avanti! (1972) finds Lemmon once again in tow, playing a stuffy, middle-aged American tycoon who falls for Juliet Mills (cast as the daughter of his late father’s mistress) when he goes to Italy to claim the old man’s body. Even at low ebb, Wilder made better movies than most of his contemporaries, and we guarantee that this deluxe box set shows far more of his strengths than his weaknesses.

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Product Details

Release Date:
07/15/2003
UPC:
0027616889836
Rating:
NR
Source:
Mgm (Video & Dvd)
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Full Frame, Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital Mono, Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]
Time:
18:56:00

Special Features

Closed Caption; Original theatrical trailer; English: Mono; French: Mono; English, French & Spanish language subtitles; Spanish: Mono; Alternate scene; "Nostalgic Look Back" with Tony Curtis & hosted by Leonard Maltin; "Memories From the Sweet Sues"; The all-girl band featurette; "Virtual Hall of Memories" with 5 Vignettes featuring never-before-seen photos of Marilyn Monroe, Tony Curtis, Jack Lemmon, Billy Wilder and behind-the-scene images; Original pressbook gallery; Original theatrical trailer; Billy Wilder film trailers; English: Digitally enhanced 5.1 surround & mono; "Christopher Lee: Mr. Holmes, Mr. Wilder" featurette; Interview with editor Ernest Walter; Deleted sequences; Photo gallery; Original theatrical trailer

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Billy Wilder Director

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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Billy Wilder DVD Collection - Avanti!
1. New York - Rome Exchange [4:31]
2. Main Title / Identity Issues [4:42]
3. "Eulogy, First Draft" [2:03]
4. Italian For Beginners [6:18]
5. Apologies and Formalities [8:16]
6. Same Time Every Summer [7:12]
7. The Coolest Place In Town [11:33]
8. Love In Perfect Polaroid [4:54]
9. Bad News, Worse News [1:12]
10. Playing It Caldo [2:50]
11. Their Parents' Footprints [4:53]
12. Kate and Willy In the Sun [8:33]
13. The Trotta Family Racket [1:49]
14. Like Two Baby Seals [3:44]
15. Coffee, News, Extortion [5:26]
16. A Chambermaid Scorned [11:27]
17. Miss Piggott's Island Tour [8:11]
18. Carlucci Takes Charge [3:00]
19. Amorous Assumption [3:37]
20. Lunchtime In Ischia [:32]
21. Love Across Class Lines [3:44]
22. The State Department Calls [10:48]
23. The Dead Attaché [2:28]
24. End Credits [4:48]
Disc #2 -- Billy Wilder DVD Collection - Irma La Douce
1. Main Title / Sad Story [6:09]
2. Girls In the Hood [14:35]
3. Panty Raid [8:00]
4. Shut Up and Fight [10:20]
5. The Apartment Part Deux [7:32]
6. Entry-Level Position [9:01]
7. Jealous and X-Centric [15:55]
8. "Free Champagne!" [7:11]
9. The Meat Market [8:44]
10. A Double Life [9:03]
11. Men Are Pigs [6:52]
12. Beyond Therapy [7:37]
13. All Washed Up [:28]
14. "Crime of Passion" [5:33]
15. Manhunt [10:29]
16. Member of the Wedding [9:40]
Disc #3 -- Billy Wilder DVD Collection - Kiss Me, Stupid
1. Main Title / Showtime [6:09]
2. Town Crier [7:58]
3. Suspicious Mind [12:13]
4. "Grinding That Little Driver" [4:58]
5. Adoring Wife [9:17]
6. Man of the House [5:55]
7. Polly Wants a Cracker [4:37]
8. The Old Switcheroo [5:22]
9. "A Real Pistol" [1:05]
10. A Sleeping Beast [4:31]
11. Domestic Bliss [6:36]
12. Antipasto [3:28]
13. Woulda Coulda Shoulda [5:23]
14. Just Desserts [1:59]
15. Drowning Sorrows [10:34]
16. Right Out the Door [2:50]
17. Good-Time Guy [9:24]
18. Rise and Shine [5:55]
19. The Road to Hollywood [5:41]
20. Going to Climax / End Credits [3:40]
Disc #4, Side A -- Billy Wilder DVD Collection - One, Two, Three - Full Screen
1. Main Title / Very Shifty [:09]
2. Trouble With Democracy [3:31]
3. Brushing Up On the Umlaut [3:02]
4. Bilateral Negotiations [2:44]
5. A Snag On the Way Up [5:04]
6. That Hazeltine Girl [3:45]
7. Underexploited Secretary [3:43]
8. The Scarlett Headache [2:55]
9. Happy Socialist Marriage [7:36]
10. How To Con a Communist [7:02]
11. Unwed & Slightly Pregnant [5:39]
12. "He's Got It, We Want It" [7:46]
13. An Itsy-Bitsy Confession [:46]
14. No Red Cent For a Gigolo [5:55]
15. Refurbished Revolutionary [7:16]
16. Hawaiian For "Get Lost" [8:21]
17. Suddenly Count-ed [6:27]
18. Evil Enemy Bosoms [4:13]
19. Speeding Crash Course [4:48]
20. The Son-In-Law Wonder [8:53]
Disc #4, Side B -- Billy Wilder DVD Collection - One, Two, Three - Widescreen
1. Main Title / Very Shifty [:09]
2. Trouble With Democracy [3:31]
3. Brushing Up On the Umlaut [3:02]
4. Bilateral Negotiations [2:44]
5. A Snag On the Way Up [5:04]
6. That Hazeltine Girl [3:45]
7. Underexploited Secretary [3:43]
8. The Scarlett Headache [2:55]
9. Happy Socialist Marriage [7:36]
10. How To Con a Communist [7:02]
11. Unwed & Slightly Pregnant [5:39]
12. "He's Got It, We Want It" [7:46]
13. An Itsy-Bitsy Confession [:46]
14. No Red Cent For a Gigolo [5:55]
15. Refurbished Revolutionary [7:16]
16. Hawaiian For "Get Lost" [8:21]
17. Suddenly Count-ed [6:27]
18. Evil Enemy Bosoms [4:13]
19. Speeding Crash Course [4:48]
20. The Son-In-Law Wonder [8:53]
Disc #5 -- Billy Wilder DVD Collection - Some Like It Hot
1. Title / If You Gotta Go... [5:09]
2. ...This Is the Way [6:53]
3. Seeking Sax and Bass [6:13]
4. Bumped Off [5:49]
5. A Whole Different Sex [4:59]
6. Sugar Kowalczyk [5:50]
7. "Party In Upper 7" [13:37]
8. Life as a Red Flag [5:49]
9. "Shell Oil Junior" [2:59]
10. Millionaire Swap [11:51]
11. Fighting Freud [8:14]
12. Daphne's Last Chance [10:55]
13. Italian Opera Lovers [4:56]
14. Run From Commitment [1:05]
15. Spats Takes the Cake [4:50]
16. "Nobody's Perfect" [9:37]
Disc #6 -- Billy Wilder DVD Collection - The Apartment
1. Title / The Fast Life [11:52]
2. Last Call [4:34]
3. Five Colds a Year [7:52]
4. Sheldrake's Big Plans [11:18]
5. Promises to Fran [6:31]
6. One For All... [3:35]
7. Egg Foo Yong On the Face [10:31]
8. Bought and Paid For [7:12]
9. "Live Now, Pay Later" [14:26]
10. Caring By Sheldrake [6:05]
11. A History of Bad Men [12:19]
12. A Call That Never Was [4:26]
13. Getting Took [3:52]
14. Dinner For 2 Minus 1 [5:59]
15. Perfect, Solutionwise [1:25]
16. Crumbled, Cookiewise [8:32]
Disc #7 -- Billy Wilder DVD Collection - Witness For the Prosecution
1. Main Title [1:50]
2. Sir Wilfrid [1:13]
3. Welcome Back! [5:37]
4. A Criminal Matter [8:26]
5. Murder & Monocles [8:15]
6. Warrants & Wives [7:47]
7. A Remarkable Woman [5:36]
8. Clutching a Razorblade [11:43]
9. Trial / Cutting Testimony [2:41]
10. A Will-Ful Woman [8:47]
11. Calling Christine Helm [9:12]
12. Calling Leonard Vole [8:19]
13. Letters [8:02]
14. "Damn You!" [8:06]
15. A Perfect Execution [8:05]
16. End Credits [11:58]
Disc #8 -- Billy Wilder DVD Collection - The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes
1. Main Title / Boredom [8:22]
2. A Night at the Ballet [8:35]
3. Interesting Proposition [8:31]
4. Women and Men [7:54]
5. One Beautiful Amnesiac [8:50]
6. Jonah Ltd. [9:53]
7. 32 Ashdown Street [8:02]
8. A Brother's Warning [8:00]
9. Three Boxes [7:52]
10. Four Midgets [8:03]
11. The Right Castle? [6:58]
12. A Dip In the Loch [7:21]
13. The Red Runner [5:03]
14. "We Are Not Amused" [7:42]
15. Eternal Silence [6:33]
16. Ease the Pain / End Credits [7:27]
Disc #9 -- Billy Wilder DVD Collection - The Fortune Cookie
1. Logos / The Accident [6:39]
2. The Brother-In-Law [5:35]
3. The Caper [17:07]
4. The Legal Eagles [7:08]
5. The Chinese Lunch [10:12]
6. The Snake Pit [2:33]
7. The Gemini Plan [2:57]
8. The Torch [:00]
9. The Goldfish Bowl [6:02]
10. Return of Tinker Bell [5:27]
11. The Longest Night [8:22]
12. The Other Blonde [9:17]
13. The Indian Givers [7:19]
14. The Taste of Money [2:13]
15. The Better Mousetrap [5:48]
16. Final Score / End Credits [8:34]

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