Jack Lemmon month from MGM

MGM have announced their November lineup and fans of the late Jack Lemmon will be in their element with plenty of films on the drawing board. We also have the latest Stargate disc and the Bond Boxset mentioned in our news item yesterday. Everything below is out on 26 November.

Cross-dressing comedy Some Like It Hot (£19.99) is set to be given the special edition treatment. Starring Jack Lemmon, Tony Curtis and Marilyn Monroe and directed by Billy Wilder, Some Like It Hot is a film about two struggling musicians who witness the St Valentine's Day Massacre. Targetted by the Mob, they need to get away from the city before they're caught and killed. The only job that will pay their way is playing in an all girl band. The DVD sounds like it'll be very impressive with a 1.78:1 anamorphic transfer and a remixed Dolby Digital 5.1 soundtrack (the original mono track isn't included). The extras look promising too:

  • Interview with Tony Curtis
  • Interview with members of the all-women Jazz band
  • 3D photo gallery with never-before-seen photos of Marilyn Monroe
  • Original pressbook gallery
  • Original theatrical trailer
  • Trailers of other Billy Wilder films
Three more Billy Wilder/Jack Lemmon outings are also expected in November each retailing at £15.99:

The Apartment sees Lemmon plays batchelor, CC Baxter as he schemes his way up the corporate ladder. Shirley McLaine plays his love interest. The DVD will feature a 2.35:1 anamorphic transfer, Dolby Digital 1.0 sound and the original theatrical trailer.

Irma La Douce once again reunites Lemmon and McLaine in a comedy with 'a twist of Gallic naughtiness'. Set in the Parisian Red Light District, Nestor Patou (Lemmon) rescues Irma (McLaine) from her violent pimp and fins himself responsible for her. This one also should have a 2.35:1 anamorphic transfer, Dolby Digital 1.0 sound and the trailer.

The original 'Odd Couple' make their first appearance together in The Fortune Cookie. Jack Lemmon and Walter Matthau lead the cast. Lemmon plays a TV cameraman who gets knocked out during a football game, Matthau plays his brother-in-law - a crooked attorney who spots the opportunity for a major cash pay-out. No surprises as far as the DVD is concerned: 2.35:1, anamorphic, Dolby Digital 1.0, theatrical trailer.

Now onto the month's other releases...

First up we have Marilyn Monroe's last completed film, The Misfits (£15.99). Written by Arthur Miller and directed by John Hutson (The Maltese Falcon), The Misfits follows the fortunes of a beautiful divorcee, Rosalyn (Monroe). Lost and looking for happiness, she falls in witha a pair of ex-coyboys - Guido (Eli Wallach) and Gay (Clark Gable) as they kick up the dust in the Nevada desert hunting for 'misfit' wild horses. The DVD will feature a 1.78:1 anamorphic transfer, Dolby Digital 1.0 sound and the original theatrical trailer.

And to round off is the latest Stargate: SG1 release - Volume 17. This one features four episodes from the TV series in their original production order: Serpent's Venom, The Curse, Chain Reaction and 2010. We can also expect 'revealing documentaries' including a behind-the-scenes look at the alien foes as well as commentaries by the directors and other key crew members. The disc will feature all the episodes in anamorphic 16:9 widescreen and Dolby Digital 5.1 sound.

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