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Running Time: 119 minutes
Starring: Marilyn Monroe, Yves Montand, Tony Randall, Frankie Vaughan
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Directed by: George Cukor
Retail Price: $19.98
Features: Theatrical Trailers, Restoration Comparison, Still Gallery
Specs: 2.35:1 Anamorphic Widescreen, English 4.0 Dolby Surround, French Mono, English Subtitles, Spanish Subtitles, English Closed Captions, Scene Selection
Released: May 14th, 2002
After billionare Jean Marc Clement (Yves Montand) finds out that he's the object of ridicule in an off-broadway show, he goes to the theater where it's being performed to see what exactly what's going on. When he arrives, he becomes smitten with a girl rehearsing named Amanda (Marilyn Monroe). The director thinks he should play the role of himself in the musical. Clement takes the part to get to know Amanda more, however, while Clement is interested, Amanda doesn't have the same feelings for him. Clement thinks that if he becomes better in the show, Amanda may take more interest in him. And so, a saga begin...
"Let's Make Love" is the type of film we all know Marilyn Monroe for: romantic musical comedy. It's not her best, and I don't think people really know much of her in this movie or the movie itself, but it's quite enjoyable and very entertaining. The plot is certainly there and seems somewhat recycled, but at the same time, I felt it has some original aspects to it and I was quite intrigued. I guess I do enjoy those hopeless romantic stories where one does something in hopes to win another's heart, and in the end, magic happens and a lot of people benefit from one person's motives. "Let's Make Love" is just a fun romance that has some laughs, and has its heart in the right place.
Despite that, I felt the running time of nearly two hours was good, and the movie had a nice pace to it. The characters are well developed and the setup is there, however, between the musical numbers and romance, there are some slow scenes that don't hurt the film, but it doesn't really help them. Still, it's a strong story and good script with good dialogue, quick banter and more. It's simple and just a fun movie to watch.
Marilyn Monroe shares particuarly good chemistry with French man Yves Montand. Marilyn Monroe does what she's known for... singing, dancing and being the lovable dame. And she's good at it. Yves Montand is pretty fun and nice to watch as Clement, who's heart is practically stolen as he realizes all his money can't buy the love of a girl. Not to mention the giddy fun of Tony Randall too! Overall, this is more typical Marilyn work that you may not be familiar with, but it's still worth checking out.
Presented in 2.35:1 anamorphic widescreen, "Let's Make Love" features a pretty nice transfer. The restoration team has seemed to have done a nice job on the film. It's a little grainy, and has some marks here and there, but it features excellent fleshtones on the actors, solid black levels (especially in the theatrical scenes), and a solid, vibrant look where colors are well saturated and make their own cut into the transfer. Detail is pretty splendid too, but there is slight edge enhancment and some noise. Overall though, good stuff.
Like River Of No Return, "Let's Make Love" features a 4.0 English Dolby Surround track. And like "River Of No Return," this is also a fairly weak track, exhibiting the same "echo" problem that weirded me out and had a mono-like feel. The music is decently mixed through the channels, and the little sounds are fine too. Dialogue is easy to hear and is pretty clear. Still, dynamics of the track are limited and there's not much to really get further into the film. It suits the film basically, and nothing more. Also included is a French mono track, English closed captions, English subtitles and Spanish subtitles.
There are some Theatrical Trailer for you... one for each film in the second Marilyn Monroe collection. The "Niagara" trailer is in full frame, "Let's Make Love" in non-anamorphic widescreen, "Don't Bother To Knock" in full frame, "Monkey Business" in full frame and "River Of No Return" in anamorphic widescreen. Plus, a trailer for the original Marilyn Monroe Diamond Collection.
There is a Restoration Comparison as you'd expect with a two screen introduction (and is pretty interesting), followed by two examples. Yes, you can really see the difference and what a great job was done in restoring the movie and cleaning it up. Very impressive, and those hardworking restorers deserve a lot of credit and kudos.
Finally, there's also the usual Still Gallery with classic Marilyn stills and nice stills from the movie.
"Let's Make Love" is a fun musical that suits Marilyn's talents quite well. This DVD has a solid transfer and a decent 4.0 English mix, and your usual run of the mill supplements for the Marilyn flicks from Fox. This is a worthy rental if you enjoy romantic musical comedies, and Marilyn fans... do I really need to tell you that you need this?