DVD Review: JERRY LEWIS 10 FILM COLLECTION

The JERRY LEWIS 10 FILM COLLECTION features ten of Jerry Lewis‘ classic comedies that span from the years 1951 to 1965 and is headlined by 1963’s classic The Nutty Professor, which celebrates its 55th anniversary this year and is considered to be one of the funniest movies of all time. Lewis is celebrated for his remarkable range of characters, outlandish antics, and uninhibited physicality, Jerry Lewis’ work continues to delight audiences around the world and inspire new generations of comedians. These are some of the early movies in his career that helped make Jerry Lewis become the “King of Comedy” during his time and an American treasure for years to come.

The packaging comes with a slipcover. The front features the artwork you see at the top of the page and the back includes some images and movie specs. The reverse sleeve also features some movie credits. Inside is a keepcase that includes all ten DVD discs. Each disc is flat grey and features the movie logos. Inserting each disc, the menu screen was simple and easy to navigate. The picture and sound quality for this standard-definition release varies from good to great and color to black and white. As old as these movies are they play surprisingly well. I didn’t really have any issues with the video and audio.

Bottom line is, I had an absolute blast checking out this fantastic Jerry Lewis 10 Film Collection and all of them but one were first time watches for me. I had seen bits and pieces of The Family Jewels before but that’s about it. These movies from a much simpler time all featured Jerry Lewis who took his unique style of physical comedy and made each one a really entertaining cinematic experience where he was always the butt of the joke. I can only imagine getting to watch these wonderful oldies when they were first released like our grandparents and great grandparents did back in the day.

The stories for each movie were all different from one another but they all kept things simple and let Lewis do his thing. He always had a co-star to play with like Dean Martin or sometimes there would be multiple co-stars and legends that he could go back and forth with. He was a genius when it came to his comedy not just because of his physical style but also the silly looks he could come up with as well as his quirky mannerisms. What I noticed in this collection is that later on Jerry Lewis was given even more control of his projects because he took the reigns and ended up directing and starring in a couple of them. One thing is for sure and that is I’ll be revisiting these on occasion because they’re that much fun to watch. The Jerry Lewis 10 Film Collection is now available on DVD and is priced to own. They don’t make ’em like this anymore!

Distributor: Paramount Home Media Distribution

Run Time: 10 Discs / 10 Movies / Approx 940 Minutes

  1. The Stooge (1951) B&W —Features one of Lewis’ earliest pairings with Dean Martin as a musical-comedy duo
  2. The Delicate Delinquent (1956) B&W —A “teenage terror” is recruited for the Police Academy
  3. The Bellboy (1960) B&W —Lewis plays a friendly but clumsy bellboy in this slapstick classic
  4. Cinderfella (1960) Color —Lewis’ take on the classic Cinderella story
  5. The Errand Boy (1961) B&W —Paramount enlists a bumbling Lewis to spy on their productions in this hilarious film studio comedy
  6. The Ladies Man (1961) Color —A girl-shy man finds work in a women-only hotel with uproarious results
  7. The Nutty Professor (1963) Color —A socially awkward professor invents a serum that turns him into the handsome but obnoxious Buddy Love
  8. The Disorderly Orderly (1964) Color —Lewis wreaks havoc in a private rest home
  9. The Patsy (1964) Color —Lewis directs and stars as a novice recruited to replace a big-time comedian
  10. The Family Jewels (1965) Color —Lewis directs and plays seven distinct roles in this family inheritance farce

Rated: All films are Not Rated

DVD Video: All films are in widescreen format except for The Stooge

DVD Audio: All films are in English Dolby Digital Mono except The Nutty Professor which is in 5.1

Subtitles: English and Spanish

Special Features: There’s over 90 minutes of extras that come with each movie that range from vintage promos to theatrical trailers.

 

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