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Our reviews of The Apartment (published June 29th, 2001), The Apartment: Collector's Edition (published March 10th, 2008), and Billy Wilder Film Collection (published March 17th, 2008) are also available.
"Why do people have to love people anyway?"
After his hit Some Like It Hot, Billy Wilder decided to throw fans a curve ball with the 1960 Best Picture winner The Apartment, a movie that broke many taboos including mixing comedy and drama around the controversial subject matter (for its time) of adultery. Starring Jack Lemmon, Shirley MacLaine, and Fred MacMurray, The Apartment finally hits Blu-ray care of Fox Home Entertainment.
Facts of the Case
C.C. Baxter (Jack Lemmon, Days of Wine and Roses) is an up-and-coming young executive climbing the corporate ladder in a very odd way: by lending out his small New York apartment to fellow high ranking execs for extra-marital trysts. One of C.C.'s bosses, personal manager Mr. Sheldrake (Fred MacMurray, Double Indemnity), has been carrying on an affair with one of the elevator operators, Fran Kubelik (Shirley MacLaine, Terms of Endearment), whom C.C. also has a crush on. As Baxter continues to lend out his apartment, Fran experiences her own romantic ups and downs until finally settling on a stunning decision that sets into motion a romantic love triangle that will test the moral character of all involved.
Instead of a rehashing the three previous DVD Verdict reviews, I want to tell you a few specific things I love about The Apartment…
The Time Period
The Holiday Office Party Sequence
"Shut Up And Deal"
I have a hard time finding any real flaws with The Apartment. It started as a film I respected, became a film I liked, and is now a film I am passionately in love with. It's hard to separate the dance from the dancer, so you'll just have to take my word for it: The Apartment is worth seeking out. It's for fans of comedy, drama, love, loss, and (above all) the movies.
The Apartment (Blu-ray) is presented in black and white, 2.34:1/1080p high definition widescreen and looks beautiful. My initial reaction to this transfer was slight disappointment, but it was my own issue of just having to get past its fine layer of filmic grain. The picture quality is a gorgeous black and white image, filled with crevices and spaces you never noticed on the mediocre DVD edition from a few years back. Fans of this classic film will be more than happy with the way that this high def transfer turned out.
The soundtrack is presented in a newly created 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio that sounds great. Purists will be happy to know the studio hasn't screwed up this mix with any out-of-place sounds or cues; the bulk of the track is front heavy with an almost Mono feel. Also included are Spanish and French language tracks in Dolby Mono, as well as English, French, and Spanish subtitles.
Better than expected, but not as good as it could have been, The Apartment sports a few meaty extra features including a commentary track with film historian Bruce Block; a half hour retrospective "Inside The Apartment" that features interviews with Chris Lemmon (Jack's son), Shirley MacLaine, host/historian Robert Osborne, and others involved with the film's production; a short featurette titled "Magic Time: The Art of Jack Lemmon"; and a theatrical trailer for the film.
I'm ecstatic to have Billy Wilder's The Apartment on Blu-ray, especially since Fox has done a nice job on this release.
The Apartment is just great, old fashioned movie making.
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