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MPAA Rating: G
Running Time: 105 Minutes
Starring: Jack Lemmon, Walter Matthau
Written by: Neil Simon
Directed by: Gene Saks
Retail Price: $24.99
Features: Audio Commentary with Charlie Matthau and Chris Lemmon, In The Beginning..., Matthau & Lemmon, Memories From The Set, Inside The Odd Couple, The Odd Couple: A Classic, Galleries, Theatrical Trailer
Specs: 2.35:1 Anamorphic Widescreen, English Dolby Digital 5.1, French Mono, Spanish Mono, English Subtitles, French Subtitles, Spanish Subtitles, Scene Selection (16 Scenes), Two-Disc Set
Released: March 24th, 2009
Mono tracks in French and Spanish are included, as well as subtitles in English, French and Spanish.
The first disc features an Audio Commentary with Charlie Matthau and Chris Lemmon. These two men, of course, are the sons of the late iconic actors who appear in this famous film. The two have a great rapport - just like their fathers - and have quite a lot to share. Sure, the commentary is not always screen specific, and they do describe what's appearing on screen here and there, but they more than hold their own. There are plenty of anecdotes about Jack Lemmon and Walter Matthau - as people, as actors and as how they related to the characters in the movie. They also share quite a few behind-the-scenes tidbits about the making of the movie, such as who Matthau was originally going to be paired with. This is a light, informative and bittersweet commentary overall.
The rest of the extras are on the second disc. Lasting 17 minutes is In The Beginning... and gives a solid look at the original stage play's origins, and an overview of the film. Larry King and Brad Garrett share their thoughts, as does Carole Shelley, David Sheiner, Chris Lemmon, Charlie Matthau, Robert Evans and director Gene Saks. A lot of this piece pays respects to the talents of Jack Lemmon and Walter Matthau, and it's a sweet and entertaining watch all around.
Inside The Odd Couple runs nearly 20 minutes, and features many of the same talking heads from the previous featurette. There is a bit on the casting of the movie, and some studio politics and deal wrangling. This is followed by the making of the movie and production stories, plus a focus on director Gene Saks. There's also a portion devoted to Monica Evans and Carole Shelley, and their budding friendship in real life. Also entertaining, and a lot of great stuff here.
Memories From The Set runs a bit over 10 minutes, and features more anecdotes - a lot pretty amusing and interesting - from the likes of Saks and Sheiner. Matthau & Lemmon is a 10-and-a-half minute tribute from nearly all the talking heads in the previous pieces to Jack Lemmon and Walter Matthau. While previous supplements touched on the actors as people and their relationship, there's more to go around here - including a great story from Chris Lemmon about his father meeting Walter Matthau at a hospital, after the senior Matthau suffered a mild heart attack. Plenty of stills highlight the two men, and their two sons discuss the influence their fathers had on them as far as going into show business. It's another sweet and engrossing watch.
The Odd Couple: A Classic runs only 3 minutes and is really only an extended montage with the talking heads singing the praises of the film. Rounding things out are two Galleries - one entitled Production, the other The Movie - and the Theatrical Trailer in anamorphic widescreen.