The Nutty Professor: 50th Anniversary

The Nutty Professor: 50th Anniversary

On Blu-Ray: 
Tuesday, June 3, 2014
Running Time: 
397 minutes

“The Nutty Professor” was first released in theaters on June 4, 1963 and starred the legendary Jerry Lewis. The movie was originally in black and white, but has recently been digitally remastered and released on Blu-ray for its 50th Anniversary on June 3, 2014 as a special collector’s gift set. Besides “The Nutty Professor,” the set also include two other movies (“Cinderella” and “Errand Boy”) as well as tons of bonus footage for all the movies and a bonus photo book. This is the perfect gift for you or someone you might know if they are big Jerry Lewis fans.
If I were basing my review on “The Nutty Professor” movie alone, I would say it was an okay deal. The story was decently paced, but the comedy did not always translate too well through the times and felt outdated. However, Jerry Lewis did a great job and this movie is a total contrast from the Eddie Murphy remake in 1996. The colors were vibrant and the picture quality was sharp enough to make this 50 year old movie look like it was filmed a couple years ago. Also, the sound was very crisp and sounded great in through my surround sound system. However, this movie would be more suited for older audiences or those with a knack for clean old-fashioned comedy.
On the other hand, if I were basing my review on the 50th Anniversary Collector’s Edition as whole, I would say this was a great deal. 3 classic Jerry Lewis movies on Blu-ray with tons of extras and bonus footage alone far exceeds the price of this set. You see different sides of Jerry Lewis and what he is capable of when he is acting. This set gives you a new-found appreciation and respect for Jerry Lewis and what he has done for movies. For those reasons, I am giving both “The Nutty Professor” and the 50th Anniversary Collector’s Edition a combined rating of a “B.”

Paul Arca
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