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The Apartment Blu-ray Review

“The Apartment” is a bonafide classic.

If you’ve never seen “The Apartment,” you’re missing out on of the all-time best movies. It’s a smart, ahead of its time, funny, dark, risqué satire that centers around a businessman (C.C. Baxter) who is looking to get ahead in his career by lending his apartment to his multiple adulterous bosses. While all of this is going, Baxter finds himself falling for one of the women (Fran) that one of his bosses (J.D.) has been seeing on the side.

Written by I.A.L. Diamond and Billy Wilder and directed by Billy Wilder, “The Apartment” is one of those movies that works on so many levels. It’s the type of movie that is so thematically rich and rewarding that you will be hard pressed to find anything wrong with it. It’s not hard to see why the film was an Awards darling and why it has endured throughout the decades. It’s timeless.

I’m sure it doesn’t hurt that the film boasts a perfect cast either. Jack Lemmon and Shirley MacLaine give career defining performances as C.C. Baxter and Fran. If you ever want to know why Lemmon is considered a legend in Hollywood, you needn’t look further than his performance here. He brings such honest humanity to his characters that you can’t help but connect to the character. Likewise, MacLaine takes a meaty role and has no problem making the character her own. Her chemistry with Lemmon is flawless as well.

Summary: Buy “The Apartment.”

Video/Audio:

Having seen “The Apartment” countless times, I was curious to see how the film would look in 2.35:1 1080p. Personally, the transfer was hit-and-miss for me. There’s definitely a noticeable improvement in this hi-def transfer when it comes to little details like the clarity of objects and facial features, but the film looks darker than usual and I noticed a fair amount of dirt specs and fuzziness.

The 5.1 DTS-HD audio track gets a thumbs up. From the dialogue to Adolph Deutsch’s great jazz score, everything sounds crisp and clear.

Extras:
* Theatrical trailer for “The Apartment” and other Fox trailers.
* “Magic Time: The Art Of Jack Lemmon”- A fascinating featurette on the late legendary actor Jack Lemmon. Jack Lemmon’s son Chris Lemmon and others are interviewed here.
* “Inside The Apartment”- A featurette that discusses Billy Wilder, the inspirations for the story of “The Apartment,” etc.

*Commentray by film historian Bruce Block. An informative scripted commentary.

February 2, 2012 - Posted by | Blu-Ray review | , , ,

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