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The Knack ... And How to Get It

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Richard Lester's stylized mod movie The Knack and How to Get It comes to DVD with a widescreen transfer that preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 1.66:1. English and French soundtracks are rendered in Dolby Digital Mono. English, Spanish, and French subtitles are accessible. Supplemental materials include the original theatrical trailer. This is a fine disc for fans of the film, but MGM/UA could have done more with this DVD in order to interest those unfamiliar with Lester's work that did not involve...
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Richard Lester's stylized mod movie The Knack and How to Get It comes to DVD with a widescreen transfer that preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 1.66:1. English and French soundtracks are rendered in Dolby Digital Mono. English, Spanish, and French subtitles are accessible. Supplemental materials include the original theatrical trailer. This is a fine disc for fans of the film, but MGM/UA could have done more with this DVD in order to interest those unfamiliar with Lester's work that did not involve The Beatles.
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Special Features

Closed Caption; Original theatrical trailer
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Josh Ralske
Richard Lester's The Knack. . .and How to Get It is thought by many to be a classic black-and-white comedy of sexual mores in swinging 60s London, but the film's value as more than a relic of its time is lessened by its frequently stagy dialogue and lighthearted view of sexual assault. Playfully ripping off everyone from Buster Keaton to Jean-Luc Godard, Lester uses the same offhand, non sequitur humor, jump cutting, and sight gags that made his Beatles film, A Hard Day's Night, such a joy. But while they all have their moments, Michael Crawford, Rita Tushingham, Ray Brooks, and Donal Donnelly are not the Beatles, and only Donnelly, given many of the script's funniest lines, approaches their realm of impudent charm. Lester's use of the voices of older Londoners as a kind of "square" Greek chorus is a hackneyed and sometimes irritating device. There are some funny moments in the film, but a lot of the humor is rooted in obvious Benny Hill-style double entendres (such as Colin's (Crawford) repeated whining about the size of his "bed"). The last third of the film, through which Tushingham runs through London, repeatedly (and wrongfully) crying "rape" was obviously meant to be irreverent, shocking, and funny. Nowadays, it's just discomfiting. The Knack is very watchable as a product of its times, but it doesn't deserve its reputation as a classic of the British cinema.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/17/2002
  • UPC: 027616879011
  • Original Release: 1965
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  • Source: Mgm (Video & Dvd)
  • Region Code: 1
  • Aspect Ratio: Vistavision (1.66:1)
  • Presentation: Wide Screen / Black & White / Mono
  • Sound: monaural
  • Time: 1:25:00
  • Format: DVD

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Rita Tushingham Nancy Jones
Ray Brooks Tolen
Michael Crawford Colin
Donal Donnelly Tom
John Bluthal Father
Wensley Pithey Teacher
Lucy Bartlett Water Skier
George Chisholm Porter
Kenneth Farrington
Vincent Harding
Rose Hillier Unsuitable Customer
Julian Holloway
Walter Horsbrugh Old Man
Bruce Lacey Surveyor's Assistant
Helen Lennox Woman in Photo Booth
Frank Sieman Surveyor
Wanda Ventham Gym Mistress
Charels Wood Soldier
Katherine Page Woman in House
John Porter Davison Guardsman
William Dexter Dress Shop Owner
Charles Dyer Man in Photo Booth
Peter Copley Picture Owner
Dandy Nichols Landlady
Timothy Bateson Junkman
Jacqueline Bisset Extra
Charlotte Rampling Water Skier
Marlo Thomas Female Teacher
Technical Credits
Richard Lester Director
John Barry Score Composer
Michael Deeley Producer
Antony Gibbs Editor
Assheton Gorton Production Designer, Set Decoration/Design
Alan Haven Songwriter
Oscar Lewenstein Producer
Jocelyn Rickards Costumes/Costume Designer
David Watkin Cinematographer
Charels Wood Screenwriter
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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Main Title/The Call [6:49]
2. One For the Road [6:36]
3. Playmates [2:23]
4. Hanging On Every Word [2:34]
5. Driver's Seat [8:59]
6. Moving In [3:57]
7. Perfect Strangers [4:13]
8. Bed Time [10:11]
9. Dandy Lions [7:25]
10. Once More With Feeling [7:08]
11. A Lift [2:00]
12. Easy Rider [3:17]
13. Car's Meow [2:06]
14. Down for the Count [3:52]
15. Sweet Revenge [9:56]
16. Fantasy Isle/End Credits [3:30]
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Menu

Side #1 --
   Play
   Scenes
   Theatrical Trailer
   Languages
      English
      Français
      English
      Français
      Español
      None
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