Odd Couple 1968
Felix's marriage is over, and he's devastated. Half-hearted efforts to do away with himself are highly unsuccessful, and so, distraught, he shows up at his weekly poker game held at best friend Oscar Madison's house. Felix's poker buddies are wholly sympathetic. Oscar even offers him a home. But it's not an easy transition for either man. Oscar, a certifiable slob whose apartment is overrun with dirty dishes, old food, trash, and scattered laundry, can't abide the hypochondriac Felix's compulsive need for order and cleanliness. Sparks fly; differences threaten to quickly upend the best friends' relationship. Things reach a climax when Oscar plans an evening with two British beauties who live in the apartment upstairs. The Oscar-Felix relationship is on the verge of becoming as disastrous as the two failed marriages the men left behind.

Director: Gene Saks
Cast: Jack Lemmon, Walter Matthau, John Fiedler
Country: USA
Genre: Comedy


Commentary with Charlie Matthau and Chris Lemmon: The two sons of the late stars reminisce about their fathers' careers and long working partnership. Matthau, a director in his own right, points out aspects of Saks's directorial technique, which relies on long and medium shots and uses almost no closeups. Both speakers share numerous observations on acting styles, Neil Simon's approach to comedy and the film's lasting impact. During the final half hour, there are long pauses as the speakers become so absorbed in the film that they forget to comment.

In the Beginning... (17:04): This informative featurette covers three main topics: the original play of The Odd Couple and its author, Neil Simon; the career and personality of Jack Lemmon; and the career and personality of Walter Matthau. Interviewees include Larry King, Brad Garrett (who played Oscar in a recent revival of the play), David Sheiner, Carole Shelley, director Gene Saks, Chris Lemmon, Charlie Matthau and former Paramount studio head Robert Evans.

Inside The Odd Couple (19:08): The same roster of interview subjects discusses the film. Evans relates the negotiations that led to the casting and resulted in Billy Wilder's losing the director's job in favor of Saks, while others discuss making the film and pick their favorite scenes.

Memories from the Set (10:26): Saks recalls shooting specific scenes, with emphasis on those that Simon added or modified specially for the film.

Matthau & Lemmon / Lemmon & Matthau (10:37): Reflections on the two comic giants by those who knew them, primarily their sons.

The Odd Couple: A Classic (3:03): What makes a classic? No one really knows, but several of the interviewees try to answer the question.

Theatrical Trailer (2:49): "No wonder his wife kicked him out!"

DVD9 + DVD5 | NTSC 16:9 | 01:45:20 | 7.11 Gb + 3.55 Gb + 3% rec
Language: English, Francais, Espanol
Subtitles: English, Francais, Espanol

BD25 | 1080p AVC | 01:45:27 | 23 Gb + 3% rec
Language: English, Francais, Espanol
Subtitles: English, Francais, Espanol

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