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The Hollywood Collection - Walter Matthau: Diamond In The Rough
The Hollywood Collection - Walter Matthau Diamond In The Rough
Actors: Walter Matthau, Jack Lemmon, Julie Harris, Ozzie Davis, Roddy McDowell
Director: Wombat Productions
Genres: Documentary
G     2008     0hr 51min

Walter Matthau was barely three when his father deserted the family. Poverty and New York street smarts produced a self-deprecating humor that never left. The G.I. Bill let him study acting and by 1951 he earned a New York...  more »

     
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Actors: Walter Matthau, Jack Lemmon, Julie Harris, Ozzie Davis, Roddy McDowell
Director: Wombat Productions
Genres: Documentary
Sub-Genres: Biography
Studio: Janson Media
Format: DVD - Color
DVD Release Date: 06/02/2008
Release Year: 2008
Run Time: 0hr 51min
Screens: Color
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 4
MPAA Rating: G (General Audience)
Languages: English

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Movie Reviews

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Robin Benson | 12/05/2009
(3 out of 5 stars)

"A warmhearted and therefore predictable video biography of this wonderful character actor. His professionalism meant that he never got stuck with 'star' status but I always thought his very individual performances were a joy to watch. You've probably got your faves, mine are 'A New Leaf' and 'Charley Varrick'. (Incidentally, why Paramount has never released Elaine May's 'A New Leaf' on DVD remains a mystery; it surely has to be one of the top comedies of the Seventies).

This Hollywood Collection disc runs to fifty-one minutes (though the packaging says eighty-six) and it was made in 1997. I was expecting more, in particular more clips from more movies than are actually here. Nothing from Plaza Suite; Bad News Bears; Taking of Pelham 123; A New Leaf or Charley Varrick. No doubt the costly copyright fees prevented this but it does leave me with the impression that this is a rather half-hearted production (so a generous three stars). There isn't even a list of all his movies, with a poster or maybe a still, in the dull Extras. Plugs for other Hollywood Collection DVDs are here, though.

Various directors and actors contribute generous praise for Matthau's acting and fortunately he is included, too, talking about some of his Broadway days, Hollywood movies and the fun he had with various leading ladies. His childhood and teen years are summed up with historical black and photos or stock newsreel material to tie in with the commentary.

Overall I thought this was a rather predictable lightweight documentary and considering the length definitely overpriced.

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