Murder by Death [DVD] [1976]

  • SKU: 4358484
  • Release Date: 12/18/2001
  • Rating: PG
The '70s detective spoof Murder by Death arrives on DVD for the first time on Columbia TriStar. This two-sided disc offers both widescreen and full-screen versions with mono soundtracks in either English or Spanish. Subtitles are available in Spanish, Portuguese, Chinese, Korean, and Thai. Extra features include talent files for Robert Moore, Neil Simon, Truman Capote, Peter Falk, Peter Sellers, David Niven, Maggie Smith, and Alec Guinness. This DVD also contains production notes, an interview segment with Neil Simon, and theatrical trailers for Murder by Death and The Cheap Detective. This is an excellent release of a star-studded comedy classic.
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Overall Customer Rating:
100% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (8 out of 8)

Special Features


  • Exclusive interview: A conversation with Neil Simon
  • Theatrical trailers
  • Talent files
  • Production notes

Synopsis


Murder by Death
As penned by Neil Simon, this satire of movie mysteries is set in motion when several prominent detectives are invited to the mansion of the reclusive Lionel Twain (Truman Capote). In Ten Little Indians fashion, the gathered sleuths are locked into the forbidding mansion, and subject to various death-dealing devices. While struggling for their lives, the vainglorious gumshoes continue to try to one-up one another. Each character is broadly based on a famous literary detective: Sidney Wang (Peter Sellers) is an aphorism-spouting Charlie Chan clone: Dick and Dora Charleston (David Niven and Maggie Smith) are patterned on the protagonists of the Thin Man flicks; Milo Perrier (James Coco), a Hercule Poirot takeoff, stalks through the proceedings declaring "I'm a Belgie, not a Frenchie!"; Sam Diamond (Peter Falk) is Raymond Chandler's Philip Marlowe and Dashiell Hammett's Sam Spade rolled in one; and Jessica Marbles (Elsa Lanchester) is a dottier variation of Agatha Christie's Miss Marple. Best bit: a "conversation" between blind butler Jamessir Bensonmum (Alec Guinness) and deaf-mute maid Yetta (Nancy Walker). The fade-out gag of Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson showing up late for Lionel Twain's party was edited from the theatrical version of Murder by Death, but was restored for TV. The film marked the big-screen directorial debut of Robert Moore, who'd previously directed several of Neil Simon's Broadway productions. Moore went on to direct another Simon spoof, The Cheap Detective (1978), before his untimely death. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

Cast & Crew


  • Eileen Brennan
    Eileen Brennan - Tess Skeffington
  • Truman Capote
    Truman Capote - Lionel Twain
  • James Coco
    James Coco - Milo Perrier
  • Peter Falk
    Peter Falk - Sam Diamond
  • Alec Guinness
    Alec Guinness - Jamessir Bensonmum, the Butler



Overall customer rating

4.8
100%
would recommend to a friend
  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Fun for Any Mystery Fan

    Posted
    JaneA

    If you're a fan of old mysteries, you'll have a ball. There's Sam Spade, Nick & Nora Charles, Hercule Poirot, Miss Jane Marple, Charlie Chan and his Number One Son and a butler who couldn't have done it because he is blind. Thanks to the pen of Neil Simon, they've become Sam Diamond, Dick and Dora Charleston, Milo Perrier, Jessica Marbles and Sidney Wang and his son, Willie (who is Japanese, not Chinese.) All of the cliches of the genre are spoofed. Wordplay abounds. And some of the finest and funniest actors to ever grace the screen have fun and take the viewer along.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    CLASSIC COMEDY

    Posted
    NYHCfan

    THIS IS ONE OF THE BEST COMEDIES OF ALL TIME. PETER SELLERS, PETER FALK, TRUMAN CAPOTE, ALEC GUINESS COULDNT ASK FOR A BETTER CAST. IF YOUVE NEVER SEEN THIS, ITS A MUST SEE, IF YOU HAVE THEN YOU ALREADY KNOW WHAT IM TALKING ABOUT.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    OLD FILM

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    1976
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    THIS DVD WAS IMPOSSIBLE TO FIND BUT BEST BUY.COM HAD IT AND THAT MADE ME HAPPY.....LOOKING FOR OLD FILMS FROM COLUMBIA PICTURES IN THE LATE 1970S BEST BUY SEEMS TO HAVE THEM....

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great Movie, delivered right away!

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    Whahoo13
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    Great Movie! This is a classic MUST see! The movie was delivered ahead of schedule.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Classic satire!

    Posted
    EsJay

    Classic movie with an all-star cast including Peter Falk, Peter Sellers, Truman Capote, and others!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    My 13 year old daughter loved this movie

    Posted
    movieloverdvd
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    It is a who done it & is o.k. for kids to watch. It has an all star cast.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    its hard to watch because your laghing so loud

    Posted
    howie
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    This movie is as funny as any new comedy around today

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great comedy

    Posted
    Pads19
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    If you like Clue the movie you will like Murder by Death.

    I would recommend this to a friend



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