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Peter Bogdanovich's loving tribute to the screwball comedies of Hollywood's Golden Age gets a serviceable treatment on DVD. What's Up Doc? has been given a widescreen transfer at its original aspect ratio of 1.85:1, which is letterboxed on conventional televisions and enhanced for 16 x 9 playback on widescreen monitors. The film's original English-language mono soundtrack has been preserved, mastered in Dolby Digital, as is an alternate soundtrack dubbed in French. The disc also includes optional subtitles in ...
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Peter Bogdanovich's loving tribute to the screwball comedies of Hollywood's Golden Age gets a serviceable treatment on DVD. What's Up Doc? has been given a widescreen transfer at its original aspect ratio of 1.85:1, which is letterboxed on conventional televisions and enhanced for 16 x 9 playback on widescreen monitors. The film's original English-language mono soundtrack has been preserved, mastered in Dolby Digital, as is an alternate soundtrack dubbed in French. The disc also includes optional subtitles in English, French, and Spanish.
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Special Features

Commentary by Barbra Streisand (scene specific); Feature-length audio commentary by director Peter Bogdanovich; Featurette: screwball comedies- remember them?; Interactive menus; Theatrical trailer; Scene access; Languages: english & français; Subtitles: english, français & español
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Barnes & Noble - David Sobel
Director Peter Bogdanovich followed up the critical success of The Last Picture Show with one of the blockbuster comedy hits of 1972, a paean to the classic screwball comedies of the 1930s, particularly Howard Hawkes’s Bringing Up Baby. Bogdanovich, himself a film critic and historian, demonstrates his fluency with the genre and packs the film with inspired reprises of every great gag, pratfall, and plot twist that have had audiences laughing since the dawn of film. What’s Up Doc? is the story of nerdy musicologist Howard Bannister Ryan O’Neal, who meets up with the free-spirited Judy Maxwell, a professional college dropout played by a very young and very appealing Barbra Streisand. Confusion over identical suitcases and some priceless jewels sets the stage for a classic farce filled with mishaps and misunderstandings, madcap chases and silly slapstick, nutty characters and endless wisecracks. Watching What’s Up Doc? today provides historical fun of another kind: the chance to see Streisand just as she was making the transition from nice Brooklyn girl to Hollywood royalty, and Ryan O’Neal when he was a bona fide movie star. There are also plenty of inside jokes that film fans will appreciate. Bogdanovich assembled a top-drawer team, including Buck Henry, Robert Benton, and David Newman as screenwriters, and a supporting cast featuring a mildly manic turn by Austin Pendleton as an eccentric tycoon, as well as the hilarious film debut of Madeline Kahn as Eunice, Howard’s uptight and controlling fiancée.
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Like many of his early films, director Peter Bogdanovich's What's Up Doc? is informed by a strong sense of the history of American cinema. Essentially a remake of Howard Hawks' Bringing Up Baby -- with an extensive, Buster Keaton-style chase scene planted in the middle -- Doc is an obvious homage to the madcap screwball comedies of the 1930s, updated for the swinging early 1970s. The end result is a hysterical success, thanks to its clever, energetic execution and charming lead performances from Barbra Streisand and Ryan O'Neal. Writers Buck Henry, David Newman, and Robert Benton achieve a perfect balance of wordplay, physical comedy, and sentimentality. The talented cast does the material justice: among those making memorable supporting appearances are Austin Pendleton, Mabel Albertson, Kenneth Mars, and Madeline Kahn, in her feature debut.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/1/2003
  • UPC: 012569104129
  • Original Release: 1972
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  • Source: Warner Home Video
  • Region Code: 1
  • Presentation: Wide Screen
  • Sound: Dolby Digital Mono
  • Language: English, Français
  • Time: 1:34:00
  • Format: DVD

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Barbra Streisand Judy Maxwell
Ryan O'Neal Howard Bannister
Kenneth Mars Hugh Simon
Austin Pendleton Frederick Larrabee
Sorrell Booke Harry
Stefan Gierasch Fritz
Joe Amsler
Paul Baxley
Jerry Brutsche
Richard E. Butler
John Byner Head
Ted Duncan
Donna Garrett
Ted Grossman
Robert H. Harris
Bill Hickman
John Hillerman Mr. Kaltenborn
Loren Janes
Dean Jeffries
Christa Lang Mrs. Hosquith
John Moio
Victor Paul
Gil Perkins Jones' Driver
Glenn H. Randall Jr.
George Robotham
Wally Rose
Stan Ross
Alex Sharp
Paul Stader
Jack Verbois
Marvin Walters
Richard Washington
Paul Condylis Room-Service Waiter
Peter Paul Eastman Musicologist
Elaine Partnow Party Guest
Don Bexley Skycap
Ernie Robinson
Craig R. Baxley
Fred Stromsoe
Liam Dunn Judge Maxwell
George Morfogen Rudy, the Headwaiter
Fred Scheiwiller Jewel Thief
Carl Saxe Jewel Thief
Jack Perkins Jewel Thief
Jerry Summers Smith's Cabdriver
Mark Thompson Airport Taxi Driver
Sean Morgan Banquet Official
Patricia O'Neal Elderly Lady on Plane
Joe Alfasa Waiter in Hall
Mabel Albertson Mrs. Van Hoskins
Phil Roth Mr. Jones
Randy Quaid Prof. Hosquith
M. Emmet Walsh Arresting Officer
Eleanor Zee Banquet Receptionist
Kevin O'Neal Delivery Boy
Michael Murphy Mr. Smith
Graham Jarvis Bailiff
Madeline Kahn Eunice Burns
Artie Butler Conductor
Technical Credits
Peter Bogdanovich Director, Original Story, Producer
John P. Austin Set Decoration/Design
Robert Benton Screenwriter
Herman A. Blumenthal Art Director
Artie Butler Musical Arrangement
Don L. Cash Makeup
Verna Fields Editor
Les Fresholtz Sound/Sound Designer
Ray Gosnell Jr. Asst. Director
Buck Henry Screenwriter
Laszlo Kovacs Cinematographer
Paul Lewis Associate Producer
Robert MacDonald Special Effects
Nancy McArdle Costumes/Costume Designer
David Newman Screenwriter
Ryan O'Neal Songwriter
Ray Phelps Costumes/Costume Designer
Polly Platt Production Designer
Fred Williams Makeup
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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Credits [3:10]
2. Lookalike Bags [5:42]
3. "What's Up Doc?" [4:47]
4. A Person Name Eunice [1:32]
5. Shenanigans on 17 [5:04]
6. Croatian Competition [3:58]
7. Burnise [1:54]
8. Bag and Identity Shuffle [4:31]
9. Under the Table [2:16]
10. Use Your Charm [2:10]
11. Saying Goodbye [2:53]
12. Guy with Pants Down [4:30]
13. Out on a Ledge [2:50]
14. Fired Up [2:35]
15. Manager of What's Left [3:05]
16. As Time Goes By [2:41]
17. $20,000 Embrace [2:12]
18. The Eunice Situation [2:40]
19. Rock Query [2:07]
20. Screwball Soiree [4:49]
21. Breaking Up Frisco [3:20]
22. Entering the Dragon [1:35]
23. Wreckful Driving [3:35]
24. "We Can Make It!" [1:46]
25. Judge Dreadful [2:22]
26. The Charges [2:46]
27. Making Things Clear [2:53]
28. "Hello, Daddy." [:55]
29. The Airport [3:10]
30. Back in the Money [2:36]
31. What Love Means [1:45]
32. You're the Top Cast List [1:21]
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Menu

Side #1 --
   Play Movie
   Scene Selections
   Special Features
      Cast & Crew
         Barbra Streisand - Judy Maxwell
         Ryan O'Neal - Howard Bannister
         Kenneth Mars - Hugh Simon
         Austin Pendleton - Frederick Larrabee
         Sorrell Booke - Harry
         Michael Murphy - Mr. Smith
         Madeline Kahn - Eunice Burns
         Screenplay by Buck Henry
         David Newman
         Robert Benton
         Directed and Produced by Peter Bogdanovich
      Scene Specific Commentary by Barbra Streisand
      Commentary by Director Peter Bogdanovich
      "Screwball Comedies...Remember Them?"
      Theatrical Trailer
      Awards
   Languages
      Spoken Languages: English
      Spoken Languages: Français
      Subtitles: English
      Subtitles: Français
      Subtitles: Español
      Subtitles: Off
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    I Also Recommend:

    Great Classic Comedy

    If you enjoy older movies...you've got to give this one a shot! Very, Very Funny!Of course being a Barbra Sriesand fan helps...

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Very funny!!! A great time!!

    This movie is hard to find. I laughed through it. I saw this movie more than 25 years ago and I remember parts of this movie years later and had to find it!!! I loved it!!!

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Out loud funny.

    I just got to say that I was laughing out loud through the whole movie, Kind readers I'm not the most comic kind of person, but I can tell a good movie when I see it. Honestly I had to control myself because I was making my eyes water with laughter....That five minutes when they were having the big dinner is a classic....This movie is worth your time and money to buy, open it up, put it in the machine and have a few hours of fun, you will feal better afterword, all that laughing is good for the soul.....

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The Perfect Comedy

    Anything that can go wrong does it this hysterical film. You'll laugh so hard you'll miss some of the fun the first time through and find something new each time you see it!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    classic comedy

    This has got to be one of the funniest movies I've ever seen! Barbra Streisand and Ryan O'Neal have great onscreen chemistry, and the chase scene is just too classic. Keep this one in mind when you just want a movie with an intriguing storyline and general craziness!

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