Feb 052017
 

Bells Are Ringing is an absolutely wonderful musical-romance from the 60s and features two charming performances by Judy Holliday and the always suave Dean Martin and come catchy tunes.

 

 

Bells Are Ringing
— Warner Archive Collection —

(1960)

Genre(s): Musical, Comedy, Romance
Warner Home Video | NR – 126 min. – $21.99 | January 31, 2017

Date Published: 02/05/2017 | Author: The Movieman

 


MOVIE INFO:
Directed by:
Vincente Minnelli
Writer(s): Betty Comden and Adolph Green (stage play) (screenplay)
Cast: Judy Holliday, Dean Martin, Fred Clark, Eddie Foy Jr.
DISC INFO:
Features:
Featurette, Outtakes, Theatrical Trailer
Digital Copy: No
Formats Included: Blu-ray
Number of Discs: 1
Audio: English (DTS-HD MA 5.1)
Video: 1080p/Widescreen 2.35
Subtitles: English SDH
Disc Size: 39.9 GB
Codec: MPEG-4 AVC
Region(s): A, B, C

 


PLOT SYNOPSIS


The get-up in New York’s get-up-and-go comes from the switchboard operators of Susanswerphone. Need a wakeup call? Your appointments? Encouragement from “Mom”? A racetrack bet? It all comes from that dutiful nerve – or noive – center that keeps enterprises enterprising and, maybe, wedding bells ringing. Judy Holliday reprises her Tony-winning Broadway role of irrepressible switchboard girl Ella in a jubilant adaptation that marked her final movie and the final teaming of movie-musical titans Arthur Freed and Vincente Minnelli. Dean Martin costars as a struggling playwright in for a surprise when he learns “Mom’s” identity.

 

SPECIAL FEATURES – 2.25/5


This release, through Warner’s MOD program, includes Bells Are Ringing: Just in Time (11:15; SD) featurette, some Outtakes (TRT 11:54; SD) and the Theatrical Trailer (3:01; HD).

 


VIDEO – 4.5/5


Bells Are Ringing comes to Blu-ray through Warner’s Archive Collection presented in its original 2.35 widescreen aspect ratio and a 1080p high-definition transfer. This was a brilliant looking picture, colors look bright throughout and detail was fairly sharp and there were no major instances of dust, scratches or other blemishes. For a movie going on nearly 60 years old, I was rather impressed.

AUDIO – 4.5/5


Not to be outdone, thankfully the studio gave this musical a fleshed out DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 track which does provide for clear dialogue levels but when the music picks up, that’s when each channel becomes fully utilized.

 


OVERALL – 4.0/5


Overall, Bells Are Ringing is an absolutely wonderful musical-romance from the 60s and features two charming performances by Judy Holliday and the always suave Dean Martin and come catchy tunes. This Blu-ray by Warner Archives offers great video/audio transfers and some thin bonus features.

 

 

 

 

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