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How To Marry A Millionaire

Genre: Comedy

Reviewed In Issue 51 (Aug 2001) Of Widescreen Review®

Betty Grable, Marilyn Monroe, Lauren Bacall, David Wayne, Rory Calhoun, Cameron Mitchell, Alex D

WSR Review Scores
WSR Picture Rating: 3
DD Sound Rating: 3
DTS Sound Rating: NA
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Critics' Composite Score: 4
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Special Features
Includes the theatrical trailer (including those from Italy and Germany, as well), a terrific restoration comparison, a Movietone News segment, and trailers from the other films in The Diamond Collection boxed set.

 DVD General Information

(Studio/Distributor): 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment
(Catalog Number): 2001445
(MPAA Rating): Not Rated
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(Retail Price): $24.98
(DVD Type): Single Side, Dual Layer (DVD9)
(Widescreen Edition): Yes
(Full Screen Edition): No
(Anamorphic Widescreen): Yes
(Running Time In Minutes): 96
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): Yes
(Regional Coding): 1
(Theatrical Year): 1953
(Theatrical Release): Yes
(Direct-To-Video Release): No
(DVD Release Date): 05/29/01
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

 Credits Information

(Director): Jean Negulesco
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DVD Picture:
The anamorphically enhanced 2.55:1 DVD exhibits a satisfying picture for its age and considering its extensive restoration as revealed in the extra features section of the disc. The generally sharp images exhibit good color fidelity. Hues are rich, with good balance, though fleshtones can seem a bit orange at times. Artifacts, scratches, and film grain are inherent in the source, but the restoration has cleaned up the picture remarkably. There is some apparent edge enhancement, but there are many scenes free from its distraction. (Suzanne Hodges)

The Dolby Digital 4.0 soundtrack provides for an entertaining, pleasing listening experience, and should also provide for much of the glory of the original CinemaScope stereophonic audio. The music has been nicely spread across the screen, resulting in imaging that is panoramic and engaging. When utilized, the surrounds provide for ample envelopment with the music. Otherwise, the screen channels carry the majority of the soundtrack, with quite directionalized dialogue that is also spread across the screen. Background hiss is noticeable but should not be distracting. This new soundtrack should be a satisfying and entertaining experience. (Perry Sun)