Jul 282017
 

Where the Boys Are, on the surface looks like another 1960s-era beach party films but is a excellent coming-of-age drama/comedy and features some wonderful and even heartfelt performances from Dolores Hart, George Hamilton and Paula Prentiss.

 

 

Where the Boys Are
— Warner Archive Collection —

(1960)

Genre(s): Comedy, Drama, Romance
Warner Archive | NR – 99 min. – $21.99 | July 25, 2017

Date Published: 07/28/2017 | Author: The Movieman

 

 


MOVIE INFO:
Directed by: Henry Levin
Writer(s): Glendon Swarthout (novel); George Wells (screenplay)
Cast: Dolores Hart, George Hamilton, Yvette Mimieux, Jim Hutton, Barbara Nichols, Paula Prentiss, Frank Gorshin
DISC INFO:
Features: Commentary, Featurettes, Theatrical Trailer
Digital Copy: No
Formats Included: Blu-ray
Number of Discs: 1
Audio: English (DTS-HD MA 2.0)
Video: 1080p/Widescreen 2.35
Subtitles: English SDH
Disc Size: 30.7 GB
Codec: MPEG-4 AVC
Region(s): A, B, C

 


PLOT SYNOPSIS


Beautiful Midwestern college girls Angie (CONNIE FRANCIS), Melanie (YVETTE MIMIEUX), Tuggle (PAULA PRENTISS) and Merritt (DOLORES HART) take off to Florida for spring break. On their search for romance and adventure, Merritt falls for the charismatic Ryder Smith (GEORGE HAMILTON), while Tuggle becomes briefly involved with the somewhat dim TV Thompson (JIM HUTTON). Though the young women have plenty of good times, they find that the trip isn’t all fun and games.

 

SPECIAL FEATURES – 1.75/5


Nothing major included, but there is an Audio Commentary with actress Paula Prentiss; two featurettes, Where the Boys Were: A Retrospective (7:54; SD) and Fort Lauderdale Scene of the World Premiere (1:13; SD); and the Theatrical Trailer (3:13; HD).

 


VIDEO – 4.25/5, AUDIO – 3.75/5


Where the Boys Are comes to Blu-ray through Warner’s Archive MOD program and is presented in its original 2.35 widescreen aspect ratio and a 1080p high-definition transfer. No surprise, as I’m usually impressed with these Archive releases, as this includes bright, brilliant colors, natural skin tones and no obvious signs of aliasing, artifacts, compression issues or other flaws. Detail, be it background or close-ups, is relatively sharp throughout.

The DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0 Mono track provides good dialogue levels and even the music comes through the center channel with nice clarity. This isn’t going to give your sound system a workout of course but being this is a 57 year old film, I wasn’t expecting anything especially dynamic.


OVERALL – 3.0/5


Overall, Where the Boys Are, on the surface looks like another 1960s-era beach party films but is a excellent coming-of-age drama/comedy and features some wonderful and even heartfelt performances from Dolores Hart, George Hamilton and Paula Prentiss. This is the latest entry into Warner’s Archive Collection and offers good video/audio transfers and an okay selection of bonus features.

 

 

 

 

Check out some more screen caps by going to page 2. Please note, these do contain spoilers.

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