What A Way To Go! Blu-ray Review
“What A Way To Go!” is a charming old Hollywood film.
After being unable to give an obscene amount of money to the IRS, a distraught young woman (Louisa) tells her troubles to a psychiatrist (Dr. Stephanson). Through a series of flashbacks and dream sequences, we learn that Louisa has the worst luck with marriage. She has been married 4 teams to a businessman (Edgar), an eccentric artist (Larry), a tycoon (Rod) and a song and dance man (Pinky) and each time they wound up dead (mostly for trying to achieve wealth). Louisa, however, does not care about wealth and instead just wants to find love. The question is- can she?
1964’s “What A Way To Go!” easily has one of the greatest casts EVER assembled as it contains the likes of Shirley MacLaine, Gene Kelly (who also does the choreography here), Dean Martin, Paul Newman, Margaret Dumont, Robert Mitchum, Dick Van Dyke among others. How then had I never heard of this film until recently? For some strange reason, it’s a not film that gets a lot of press these days which is a shame as it’s actually a fun and quirky Hollywood film about greed and love.
Despite some dopey physical gags, this movie has it all. As mentioned above, the cast is incredible. Everyone seems to be having a blast especially star Shirley MacLaine and Paul Newman who plays a bizarre artist. From a production standpoint, this is a big extravagant Hollywood movie filled with colorful sets (the Pink house bit is particularly stunning), unique costumes (the art dresses!), clever parody dream sequences of silent, French, musical, and classic big budget Hollywood films, and impressive location shooting. It’s a very unique film visually. Lastly, the script (which is based on a story by Gwen Davis and written by Betty Comden and Adolph Green) really hits all the right notes. The movie plays like a quasi anthology film in that is largely divided into stories about Louisa’s past husbands. As an anthology story fan, I really responded to the storytelling style of this film even if you can predict how it will end.
Presentation: 2.35:1 1080p. How does it look? Despite the presence of grain and dirt specs, the colors on this transfer really pop.
Audio Track: 2.0 DTS-HD MA. How does it sound? This is a really solid track overall.
The only extras are trailers for “Paris Blues,” “Foreign Intrigue,” “The Honey pot,” and “What A Way To Go!”
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