My Sister Eileen (1955)
Starring: Jack Lemmon, Dick York, Janet Leigh, Betty Garrett, Bob Fosse, Tommy Rall, Kurt Kasznar, Horace McMahon
Company: Twilight Time
My Review and Thoughts:
My Rating: 4 out of 5
Another wonderful choice by Twilight Time. Was super excited to see this. This is my first time seeing this movie and so it was an ultimate treat. I love watching movies I had no knowledge of, it’s like an adventure, and an exploration into classic Hollywood. I am usually quite good at seeing the older films specifically when it stars a wonderful cast, but for some reason this one has passed me by over the years. What better way to experience this older beauty than on a wonderful High quality, High Definition 1080p perfected product. Twilight Time did another fantastic job at refreshing and bringing out an older film for a new generation.
The plot of the film goes as follows. 2 sisters Ruth and Eileen move to New York. Ruth wants to be a writer. Eileen wants to be an actress. Both girls after a time fail to seek what they wish to be. So, begins the antics in trying to make it. There are lies and changes coming. Ruth ends up telling lies that Eileen, her real sister, which she writes about is a figment of her imagination and that she really is Eileen. She does this because all the writing she had done on her sister gets points and remarks and praises, so she thinks by taking over her sister’s persona, she can move forward. Lots of music and comedy run rampant in classic Hollywood style.
Starring truly an icon of cinema. It’s hard to believe this master talent. Comedy genius is no longer with us. He gave the world of cinema so many laughs, so many perfected performances that one can only watch and be totally amazed by his reality in bringing so many memorable characters to life. To be honest he has starred in so many of my favorite films. But the point is, many think of him as a comical actor, yes, he starred in amazing comedies, but he also starred in perfected films of seriousness. All one must do is look at his long career. Close to 100 performances in his life time. From the masterpiece comedies such as The Apartment, Some Like it Hot, to my all time personal favorite Grumpy old Men. I mean from the great The Odd Couple, to the one and only 1979 classic The China Syndrome. I absolutely loved him in 1991’s JFK. His acting talent could be funny and bleak, all the way to serious. He was and will always be one of the greatest of Hollywood. In My Sister Eileen, he plays the part of Robert Baker to a golden ticket. There really is nothing bad you can say about Lemmon’s acting ability.
Also starring the wonderful Dick York. York was a fantastic actor that I feel never got the stardom he deserved. He is most famous for the TV series Bewitched. Sadly, he had a horrible degenerative spinal problem which altered his career and caused him to be bedridden for many years of his life. But he did leave the cinema world with great characters. He shined in many ways on screen from TV to feature film, most notably in 1960’s amazing Inherit the Wind, which might I add Twilight Time has released on a special edition Blu-ray. They also released Cowboy which he starred in.
The one that really needs no introduction starring in this is the amazing Janet Leigh. That’s right the scream queen herself. All one must do is define the shower scene in Psycho and always remember her. She garnered one of the most prolific death scenes in all of movie history. But, she was so much more than that. She truly was a goddess in front of the camera. It was amazing seeing her in this.
My Rating: 5 out of 5
Yet again no flaw what so ever. The audio and video are perfection. The imagery is vibrant and very crisp to the eyes. The audio is spot on perfection. I saw no flaw in this wonderful new transfer to High Definition.
VIDEO: 1080p High Definition / 2.55:1
AUDIO: English 5.1 DTS-HD MA / English 2.0 DTS-HD MA
SUBTITLES: English SDH
Slim pickings here but you do get the wonderful Isolated Music Track (with some dialogue and effects) The Composer involved with this feature film are: Jule Styne (music)/Leo Robin (lyrics), George Duning and Morris Stoloff (musical adaption/direction).
Part of the music wonderment for the film is George Duning. Duning was a true golden
ticket of music perfection. He was nominated for many Academy Awards in his career. He worked on such memorable films as 1955’s The Man from Laramie, 1955’s Picnic which might I add, that both where Twilight Time releases on Special Edition Blu-ray's. 1956’s The Eddy Duchin Story, which might I also add Twilight Time released on a Special Edition Blu-ray. Also composed for the film Cowboy which Twilight Time also has released on Special Edition Blu-ray. He also worked on another Twilight Time choice of release, Miss Sadie Thompson. He truly mastered so many realities in music, from TV to major motion picture. From a personal favorite of mine 1957’s 3:10 to Yuma, and another personal favorite the 1978 Disney TV movie, Child of Glass, to working on the original Star Trek Series. Twilight Time honored this music god with this special feature.
Also, on this soundtrack is another amazing musician Morris Stoloff. The music is done by this musical genius. A music guru in a sense. A music god that worked on so many countless films. His music is still being used today in cinema, at least his last music was used on the movie soundtrack to Casino (1995). He passed away in 1980 but left a vast array of music. There is close to 500 credits in the music department under his name. Starting in 1927 and went all the way to 1967. 500 credits in that short of time is mind blowing. His work on so many important pieces of cinema, including just to name a few: 1927’s masterpiece The Jazz Singer. 1939’s The Man They Could Not Hang, 1939’s Mr. Smith’s Goes to Washington. A real true personal favorite of mine the one and only masterpiece 1940’s His Girl Friday. 1953’s magical The 5,000 Fingers of Dr T. 1953’s From Here to Eternity. 1953’s Miss Sadie Thompson. 1956’s The Eddy Duchin Story which might I add as I have stated both where honored with a Twilight Time Blu-ray release. The amazing 3:10 to Yuma, and so many countless others.
Original Theatrical Trailer
This is a musical comedy with a spark of romance. It’s classic Hollywood. The picture and sound are perfect on this Blu-ray. Twilight Time has done another fantastic job in bringing another older film to a modern setting. I highly recommend this for all lover of musicals, comedies, and seeing some amazing actors and actresses.
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