The Nutty Professor

The Nutty Professor

DVD (Wide Screen / Dolby 5.1 / Mono)

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A fairly early Paramount DVD release (from 2000), Jerry Lewis' The Nutty Professor has been issued on a digital disc that's good, at least as far as it goes. The movie comes in an excellent letterboxed transfer (1.85:1), capturing the original theatrical non-anamorphic widescreen image perfectly. There is a smidgen of picture information added at the sides and unnecessary image removed at the top and bottom, and the overall effect is to focus Lewis' directorial eye with laser-like precision for each gag, when there are gags, and on the intensity of his performance, when he slips into his Sinatra-like "Buddy Love" guise. The color is gleaming -- bordering on radiant -- especially in the laboratory and nightclub scenes (which, curiously enough, are the two arenas in which Lewis' Jekyll-and-Hyde character operates), and the 5.1 Dolby Surround Sound adds an element of dimensionality to the audio that even comes through on one's monitor speakers -- check out the scene with Kathleen Freeman in the wrecked laboratory in the opening and see if there aren't lots of different audio textures in play. The disc opens on a simple two-layer menu, without a trailer but with a rather self-congratulatory documentary short, "Paramount in the '50s" -- it takes a rosy view of the '50s, overall and where movies were concerned (30 percent of the theaters in America had closed by 1955), and offers us enticing glimpses of some of the studio's best productions of that decade. Evidently, To Catch a Thief was restored a long time before it got to us on DVD in 2002, and a few of those shown, like Come Back, Little Sheba and The Country Girl, have still not made it out on DVD. There is a selection of English subtitles and French mono audio, and the movie has been given 15 well-chosen chapters. All of that is fine, and speaks well for this disc, but there is a lot more that could and should have been done with this movie -- one of Lewis' greatest achievements. It cries out for a director's commentary track or, barring that, at least a commentary track by someone who appreciates the complexity and daring of this film and its boldness as a comedic achievement, for Lewis as a performer and a director. In the realm of comedy, this is as singular an achievement as anything that Chaplin, Keaton, or Lloyd (nevermind John Landis) ever did in the field, or that Coppola or Bogdanovich have achieved in a dramatic context, and deserves a few extra bells and whistles.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/17/2000
UPC: 0097360671247
Original Release: 1963
Rating: NR
Source: Paramount
Region Code: 1
Presentation: [Wide Screen]
Sound: [Dolby Digital, monaural]
Time: 1:47:00

Special Features

"Paramount in the '50s" retrospective featurette; Widescreen version enhanced for 16 x 9 TVs; Dolby Digital: English 5.1 Surround; French Mono; English subtitles (for the deaf and hard of hearing); Interactive menus; Scene selection

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Jerry Lewis Prof. Julius Ferris Kelp,Buddy Love
Stella Stevens Stella Purdy
Del Moore Dr. Hamius R. Warfield
Kathleen Freeman Millie Lemmon
Med Flory Football Player
Howard Morris Father Kelp
Norman Alden Football Player
Milton Frome Dr. Leevee
Buddy Lester Bartender
Marvin Kaplan English Boy
David Landfield College Student
Skip Ward Football Player
Julie Parrish Student
Master Henry Gibson Student
Mushy Callahan Cab Driver
Joe Forte Faculty Member
Gavin Gordon Salesman Clothier
Dave Willock Bartender
Celeste Yarnall Actor
Elvia Allman Mother Kelp
Brown Himself
Murray Alper Judo Instructor
Gary Lewis Boy
Doodles Weaver Rube
Francine York Student
Walter Scharf Conductor

Technical Credits
Jerry Lewis Director,Producer,Screenwriter
Ralph Axness Asst. Director
Robert R. Benton Set Decoration/Design
Louis Y. Brown Songwriter
Sam Comer Set Decoration/Design
Ernest D. Glucksman Producer
Edith Head Costumes/Costume Designer
W. Wallace Kelley Cinematographer
Paul K. Lerpae Special Effects
Lil Mattis Songwriter
Hal Pereira Art Director
Bill Richmond Screenwriter
Walter Scharf Score Composer
Arthur P. Schmidt Co-producer
Jack Stone Makeup
Walter Tyler Art Director
Wally Westmore Makeup
John M. Woodcock Editor

Scene Index

Side #1 --
0. Scene Selection
1. You Are a Menace [9:43]
2. Miss Purdy [4:34]
3. Vic Tanny's Gym [:02]
4. Chemistry [6:28]
5. Purple Pit [6:05]
6. "That Old Black Magic" [:19]
7. Buddy Love [10:05]
8. Heredity [5:46]
9. He's Got Something [1:42]
10. Extrasensory Perception [5:52]
11. Command Performance [1:29]
12. Toe-Tapper [6:25]
13. The Formula [:30]
14. Dirty Secret [8:54]
15. Final Solution [5:03]

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The Nutty Professor 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
one must have comedy
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Guest More than 1 year ago
I bought my copy of ''The Nutty Professor'' after watching the copy I rented. It was really good. Professor Kelp makes a potion that turns him into Buddy Love, a rude man. This game of Jekyll-Hyde works pretty good, until the times when Buddy Love changes back into Kelp at the most embarrasing moments. This is definately a movie to own, although I think the remake was much better.
Guest More than 1 year ago
this would have to be one of jerry lewis best movies.the transformation of professor kelp to the good looking but vain buddy love was well acted.also jerry remembering his childhood was a this movie even if you are not a fan.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago