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“Guys and Dolls: Deluxe Edition”
||“Guys & Dolls: From Stage to
Screen”, “Guys & Dolls: The Goldwyn Touch”, Interviews, Photo
I have to admit I have never seen “Guys and Dolls”
nor have I ever had the desire to see it. Perhaps it was
the idea of Marlon Brando singing that turned me off to
the film either way I was pleasantly surprised by Joseph
Mankiewicz’s stylized version of the Broadway hit. Every
time I think of “Guys & Dolls” the fabulous “The Simpsons”
episode with Mark Hamill springs to mind with Hamill playing
Sky Masterson as Luke Skywalker complete with Jedi light
saber. Brando plays Sky Masterson a high rolling gambler
and Frank Sin atra Nathan Detroit. Detroit runs a high stakes
craps game and can’t resist betting Masterson that he can’t
convince Sara Brown (Jean Simmons) to go on a jaunt to Havana.
Detroit uses the winnings he imagines he’ll rake in to set
up a big craps game. Complicating Detroit’s life is his
showgirl fiancé Adelaide (Vivian Blaine) who hates Detroit’s
gambling and wants to get married after her 14 year engagement.
Michael Kidd’s marvelous choreography is a highlight and
manages to overcome Mankiewicz’s stage bound presentation.
Image & Sound:
An exceptional transfer for “Guys & Dolls” with a nice
clear soundtrack mix, this deluxe edition bests the previous
release (which also looked quite good by the way). ---
|| We get two marvelous documentaries
on the making of the film and it’s history on Broadway as
well as the translation from stage to screen. Interviews are
also featured with the children of the creators of both the
play and film. There’s no commentary track which is just as
well since this is a musical. MGM/Sony has also included a
terrific scrapbook filled with advertising and photos from
the film. The photo gallery is quite good as well although
those looking for rare photos of the original Broadway production
will be disappointed.
| A fine film with a surprisingly
strong performance by Brando and Sinatra make “Guys & Dolls”
a fun diversion. Well worth picking up for the extras this
deluxe edition also includes a terrific scrapbook with advertising
and photos from the film.