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is a classic Hollywood style comedy
with a mixture of romance and fun thrown into the mix, with the great
Peck and Lauren Bacall bouncing off each other as the two leads. The
them as they fall in love with each other quickly before realizing they
such a perfect match. The film is produced by Dore Schary (Crossfire,
Hagen (Gregory Peck) is a high-profile
writer for a sports trade and Marilla Brown Hagen (Lauren Bacall) is a
designer. The two characters meet and quickly fall for each other.
both of them have dissimilar interests and it isn't long before their
lifestyles start to cause problems. Along the ride of the story, a
sub-plot is intertwined with some old-school Hollywood hijinks.
music score is composed by the great Andre
Previn (The Music Lovers, Hot Summer Night).
This is one of the
more affecting and jubilant aspects of the filmmaking. The music
with an undeniable lightness which aids the film's comedic
film has expert cinematography by John
Alton (An American in Paris) as well.
Alton, who is a Hollywood heavyweight in his trade, imbues the film
great photography which fits the film like a glove. The costume designs
Rose (Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Forbidden
Planet) are elegant, dazzling,
and every bit as sophisticated as what you would expect from a leading
Hollywood costume designer of the period.
screenplay was written by George Wells (Take Me Out to the
Ball Game). The
film's storyline feels modest and light in every category. The
around fine with entertainment factor aplenty but the film also feels
and without depth.
doesn't feel as memorable in its storytelling
as it looks from a production standpoint. Director Vincente Minnelli (style="">An American in Paris, Gigi) helps make
up for the weaker
storytelling by bringing out great performances from the cast and
strong production team that delivers a fun film that is worth
experiencing for its
mixture of music, romance, and comedy rolled into one.
The film is presented on Blu-ray in 1080p high
with an MPEG-4 AVC encoded high definition presentation. The film is
in the original 2.35:1 widescreen presentation in the original
aspect ratio . This is a superb presentation with great color
clarity, and detail. The film has fine film grain as well. It's a
presentation by Warner Archive.
The audio is presented in DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0
This is a modest sound mix which has
good dialogue clarity. The audio is crisp and clean without any
and other detrimental wear to the audio.
English SDH subtitles are provided for the deaf
and hard of
The release includes two features: a Behind
the Scenes Featurette
focusing on costume designer Helen Rose, in which she was interviewed
costumes for Designing Woman and about her views on costume
release also includes the original Theatrical Trailer.
Designing Woman is an enjoyably pleasant if
entertainment which mostly impresses for the superb star power of icons
Gregory Peck and Lauren Bacall. Director Vincente
Minnelli does bring it some originality and style that also keeps
interesting. While not a great film, it certainly still has its merits.
Neil Lumbard is a lifelong fan of cinema. He aspires to make movies and has written two screenplays on spec. He loves writing, and currently does in Texas.