The Oscar [Blu-ray]
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Stephen Boyd, Elke Sommer, Tony Bennett, Edie Adams, Ernest Borgnine, Milton Berle, Eleanor Parker, Joseph Cotten, Jill St. John, Ed Begley, Walter Brennan and Broderick Crawford co-star in this overheated camp-classic masculine version of All About Eve. Frankie Fane (Boyd) has clawed his way to the top of the Hollywood heap. Now, as he’s preparing to win his first Oscar, his friend Hymie Kelly (Bennett) reminisces about their life together, his ruthless struggle to the top and the people (see above) he’s stepped on to make it there. Nominated for 2 Oscars for Art Direction-Set Decoration (Color) and Costume Design (Color). Includes cameos by Hollywood legends Bob Hope, Frank Sinatra, Edith Head, Merle Oberon, Nancy Sinatra, Joan Crawford and Hedda Hopper. Directed by Russell Rouse (The Thief, The Fastest Gun Alive, The Caper of the Golden Bulls), with a screenplay by the great Harlan Ellison (The Outer Limits, The Twilight Zone), Rouse and Clarence Greene (Pillow Talk, D.O.A.), based on a novel by Richard Sale (The White Buffalo, Driftwood).
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-NEW Audio Commentary by Patton Oswalt, Josh Olson and Erik Nelson
-NEW Audio Commentary by Film Historians Howard S. Berger, Steve Mitchell and Nathaniel Thompson
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- Language : English
- Product dimensions : 1.78 x 19.05 x 13.72 cm; 68 Grams
- Media Format : Anamorphic, NTSC, Subtitled
- Run time : 2 hours
- Release date : 4 February 2020
- Studio : KL Studio Classics
- ASIN : B081WQS772
- Number of discs : 1
- Best Sellers Rank: 15,830 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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SO WHY THE FIVE STARS???
The 5 stars are because you can't make a picture this bad unintentionally. You have to TRY to be this way. Hopefully PRIME will put this out on a streaming contract. It's not necessarily worth buying unless you are in my position and trying to see as much honored(?) film as possible. But if you do decide to watch it - start a load of laundry without the soap in the machine --- there will be plenty of that soap on the TV. It just won't be sudsy.
It has taken until now with two of my very obscure wants, 'Underwater ' and 'The Oscar' being recently released.
I wasn't disappointed with either, The Oscar has all the excitement I used to read about in the film magazines in my early days, about Hollywood.
With all that temptation in the dream factory, it all comes out in this film. A very bitter man, who because of something happening in his childhood, affects his relationship with everyone he meets. From the early years of trying to get into the entertainment business and to the heights of Hollywood stardom, he mow down everyone in his path to get what he wants, despite the hurt and tragedy he creates.
Stephen Boyd is a great actor and has terrific screen presence, as he wields his destruction in such venom, in real life he would be eliminated fast. But this is from the Hollywood dream factory. Some beautiful actresses dressed with famous Edith Head's designed costumes for the film, and with a very short cameo appearance. Hansom actors of the time also grace the screen. The print is Full Widescreen and the Blu Ray is a nice fine grained picture.
With all the star appearances, one particularly was impressive, the singer Tony Bennett, as the faithful friend of Boyd, who insult and abuse him to the end of the film. It was nice to watch his performance. The film starts and ends with the Oscar ceremony with the story in between. A terrific film, worth every minute,but as I mentioned, it's all in the eye of the beholder.