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The Lost Weekend

The Lost Weekend

Ray Milland
Director: Billy Wilder Cast: Ray Milland
Ray Milland
, Jane Wyman
Jane Wyman
, Howard Da Silva
Howard Da Silva
Billy Wilder

DVD (Black & White / Pan & Scan / Dolby 5.1 / Mono)

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Billy Wilder's brilliant, trend-setting study of an alcoholic receives an adequate DVD release from Universal. While The Lost Weekend went on to great public and critical acclaim and ended up winning 1945's Oscar for Best Picture, it had been tough for Wilder and his crew to be allowed to get their tough, uncompromising vision onto the screen. While this Paramount DVD ignores the film's history, giving it no meaningful supplemental materials, the print used is in fine shape and the Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono audio transfer sounds much better than earlier video releases of the movie. Pay no attention to listings of this DVD only showing The Lost Weekend in a pan-and-scan format. Before 1955, no theatrical motion pictures were shot in widescreen; instead, the aspect ratio conforms naturally with television screens. While it would be nice to have an accompanying documentary for a film as historically important as The Lost Weekend, this DVD remains an improvement over its earlier video releases.

Product Details

Release Date: 02/06/2001
UPC: 0025192115325
Original Release: 1945
Rating: NR
Source: Universal Studios
Region Code: 1
Presentation: [B&W, Full Frame]
Sound: [Dolby Digital, monaural]
Time: 1:41:00
Sales rank: 900

Special Features

Production Notes On The Making Of The Film; Cast And Filmmakers Biographies And Film Highlights; Theatrical Trailer

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Ray Milland Don Birnam
Jane Wyman Helen St. James
Howard Da Silva Nat the Bartender
Phillip Terry Nick Birnam
Doris Dowling Gloria
Frank Faylen Bim
Mary Young Mrs. Beveridge
Anita Bolster Mrs. Foley
Lilian Fontaine Mrs. St. James
Lewis L. Russell Mr. St. James
Frank Orth Opera Attendant
Harry Barris Piano Player
Byron Foulger Shopkeeper
Jayne Hazard M.M.
Jerry James Actor
Clarence Muse Washroom Attendant
William O'Leary Irishman
Craig Reynolds M.M.'s Escort
Lester Sharpe Actor
Emmett Vogan Doctor
Milton Wallace Pawnbroker
Gisela Werbiseck Mrs. Wertheim
Theodora Lynch Actor
Jess Lee Brooks Actor
David Clyde Dave
Helen Dickson Mrs. Frink
Eddie Laughton Mr. Brophy
James Millican Nurse
Pat Moriarity Irishman
Peter Potter Shaky and Sweaty
Lee Shumway Guard
Douglas Spencer Beetle
Fred "Snowflake" Toones Washroom Attendant
Walter S. Baldwin Albany

Technical Credits
Billy Wilder Director,Screenwriter
Charles Brackett Producer,Screenwriter
Stanley Cooley Sound/Sound Designer
Hans Dreier Art Director
Bertram Granger Set Decoration/Design
Doane Harrison Editor
Edith Head Costumes/Costume Designer
Earl Hedrick Art Director
Gordon Jennings Special Effects
Pat Moore Sound Editor
Joel Moss Sound/Sound Designer
Miklós Rózsa Score Composer
John F. Seitz Cinematographer
Wally Westmore Makeup
Victor Young Musical Direction/Supervision

Scene Index

Chapter List
0. Chapter List
1. Main Titles [1:08]
2. The Birnam Brothers [8:43]
3. Mrs. Foley's Money [2:38]
4. Nat's Bar [5:11]
5. A Sick Person [8:06]
6. Gloria [3:10]
7. "The Bottle" [10:02]
8. Helen's Parents [13:39]
9. Writing? [8:36]
10. Hungover [7:31]
11. Gloria's Help [2:38]
12. Hospitalized [5:01]
13. Escape [7:49]
14. The D.T.'s [5:24]
15. A Pawned Coat [2:19]
16. Death wish [5:10]
17. Nat Pays A Visit [1:56]
18. Novel Plans [1:12]

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The Lost Weekend 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Superb black-and-white film.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this movie so much that years after seeing it I think it still has the impact as it did back in the 40's. I have used the line that the bartender used on Ray Miland many times over the years "One drink is too much and a hundred aren't enough". Watching Miland walking down the street in a drunken stuipper is enough to make anybody think,"Is drinking really worth it?"...Heck No! This is one great movie - share it with your kids if they are at the years when they would like to start trying some of the garbage that this world has to offer! "Enjoy" Joe Kopeck
alanTG More than 1 year ago
A wonderful example of how alcohol can control one's actions and emotions. Billy wilder has proven himself to be one of the greatest directors of all times. This movie is a must see for all addicts to show what their addiction looks likes to others and how it affects others. just to know it,s there gives you a sense of peace. Just like this movie!
tbhofmeister More than 1 year ago
The Lost Weekend is perhaps a lost film in Hollywood history and I cannot figure out for the life of me why that is. It is a film that is difficult to find on video/dvd anywhere and I have not found a place yet to rent it from or even found many people who have seen/heard of it. However, with this film the great Billy Wilder once again crafts a story full of drama, superb acting, dialogue and a story that are as true to life as they were in 1945 when it one the Oscar for best picture. It is hard to distinguish if it is the direction and mastery of Billy Wilder that makes this film unforgettable or if it is the dead on acting of Ray Milland, the alcholic who will do and say anything to get his fix, even if for a brief moment. This is a must see film for anyone who wants to be captivated by film making at its finest and if you know anyone who suffers from alcoholism or another drug addiction it will hit home with its stark realizm as Milland's character bargins with himself over his sobriety and how/where to get this next taste to escape.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago