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Old 05-14-2012, 03:07 PM
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Default 'Pillow Talk' - High-Def Digest Review

Aaron has reviewed 'Pillow Talk.' He says this film is remembered fondly, but he's not so sure it ranks as a classic. With strong video, audio, and extras, this is lightly recommended for fans.

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Default Peck misses the mark on this one

The dialogue is breezy, clever and outright funny. Rock Hudson delivers his lines with panache. Doris Day defines "roll eyes". Then there's Thelma Ritter. Wow. What a hilarious performance.

The music is perfection - you can't beat the first 15 minutes; the integration of DeVol's inspired score, defining each character, emphasizing the comedy of the action and dialogue, is simply brilliant. When the movie begins after the opening credits, focusing on Doris Day's gams with her humming the theme music, continuing the soundscape, you know you're in for a treat.

If you want quick pacing, punctuated with witty (for the 50's) dialogue - this is it. Yes, the movie doesn't quite keep up the tightness of the first part but the *wink wink* humour and the pacing are immaculate. The ease with which Hudson and Day work together make this a delight. I now have a new appreciation for Doris Day - her reactions are priceless. The puritanism of Day's character, contrasted with Hudson's peurile and randy motivations, define the 50's sense of humour better than any other movie of the time.

What separates this movie from modern comedies is the pacing, the editing, the writing and the acting. Don't be swayed by Peck's cynical take. Sit back, fluff some pillows, and get ready to laugh. It's no "Trouble in Paradise" or "My Man Godfrey", but it is entertaining. Compare "Pillow Talk" to the countless humourless, slowly-paced modern romantic comedies starring Kate Hudson or Katherine Heigl and the like. There is nobody around today - writers, directors, actors - who could pull of the witty dialogue and wicked-but-so-innocent charm of this Hudson/Day/Ritter vehicle. It's simpy delightful.

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Old 05-19-2012, 07:07 PM
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PQ of this film seems very promising regards the upcoming Universal classics..
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