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  • Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    A great presentation of a classic comedy

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    Owned for 2 weeks when reviewed.

    Despite the fact that The Court Jester (1956) is now old enough to be considered high-priority for vaccinations, and notwithstanding its stark dissimilarity from most modern comedies, this vehicle for the versatile Danny Kaye remains extremely enjoyable as it finally gets the home treatment it deserves in its Blu-ray debut, courtesy of the Paramount Presents line. I remember my fencing coach introducing this movie to me many years ago for its climactic sword fight scene, which manages to be both realistic and absurdly hilarious in equal measure as a witch's spell causes Hubert (Kaye) to alternate between supreme mastery and utter haplessness with his sword. That Hubert's adversary is played by Basil Rathbone (the villain from 1938's The Adventures of Robin Hood, among others) adds a delicious twist to the entire comic scenario, since the movie itself is essentially a send-up of the well-worn Robin Hood mythology. Hubert is an entertainer who wants to assist the Black Fox and his band of outlaws in their quest to depose the tyrant King Roderick from the throne and restore the true heir, a baby who survived the slaughter of his royal family. Hubert's skills soon turn out to be more useful than anticipated, as he and the capable captain Maid Jean (Glynis Johns) stumble upon the mysterious jester Giacomo on his way to make his debut at the King's court. Hubert and Jean quickly hatch a plan which centers around Hubert taking Giacomo's place at the court, and a comedy of mistaken identities, quirky enchantments, knightly combat and romantic entanglements ensues. The top-notch cast and attention to detail in the costumes and sets firmly establish The Court Jester as one of those rare spoofs that cede nothing in terms of production values to their more straight-faced parodic targets. In addition to the aforementioned sword fight, Kaye has ample opportunity to demonstrate the full range of his abilities, with comic set pieces highlighted by a sort of befuddled tongue-twisting (non-musical) duet between Hubert and a jousting foe, further enchantment causing Hubert to switch rapidly between types as he is bewitched into romancing the princess (played by none other than a young Angela Lansbury), a disguise scene early in the first act in which Hubert and Maid Jean seek to evade the king's men and bring the baby to safety, and Hubert's song as he attempts to entertain the king's court. Other musical numbers are less laugh-inducing, but still catchy and highly watchable as they serve to set the mood. The underlying framing around the cognitive dissonance of a man being in charge of a baby while a woman handles combat duty is dated and makes some of the early scenes less amusing than I imagine they would have been 65 years ago, but the ultimate message of the movie (along with some memorable quips along the way) is unmistakably forward-looking. The previous DVD from the Warner Archive Collection suffered from a blurry picture as well as film damage and some unfortunate tints in some scenes. Happily, the new Blu-ray, advertised as coming from a 6K scan of the original VistaVision negative, is a massive improvement. With the exception of a handful of soft shots, picture sharpness is dramatically better, with details of the elaborate costumes clearly visible for the first time. The vibrant colors now display natural tints throughout, and film damage has been cleaned up as well. The extras on disc are skimpy, consisting only of the theatrical trailer and a brief discussion of the movie by Leonard Maltin, which serves mainly to add a little historical context on those who made the movie. However, a handsome slip cover with a foldout of the theatrical poster and a clear case revealing inner artwork, however superficial, combine to lend the package a pleasing air of premium quality. The Court Jester has a much slower pace than modern comedies, and even drags a bit in some parts, but its period setting is ageless and its inspired comic setups remain fresh and funny enough to hold the attention of even my young kids. For fans of the film this disc is a no-brainer, and it also comes highly recommended to anyone interested in seeing a unique and family-friendly parody of the Robin Hood story.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    Comedy Classic with The Court Jester!

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    Outrageously hilarious to this day! Melvin Frank and Norman Panama’s period comedy The Court Jester (1955) is one of my favorite comedy classics as it’s basically a spoof of The Adventures of Robin Hood and Errol Flynn. Their direction is stellar with striking vision for a fast paced and funny comedy for any age. Frank and Panama’s writing is silly, yet clever with stark dry wit, impressive tongue twisters, and numerous creative gags that’ll keep you laughing from start to finish. They directed The Court Jester like it’s a serious historical piece that happens to have all these delightful jokes throughout it by chance. It’s quite charming. Danny Kaye’s Herbert Hawkins is such a pleasant leading joker of a character. He effortlessly spoofs Errol Flynn’s Robin Hood with a silly persona and foolish manner. He sings, dances, tongue twists, whistles, and swashbucklers with an impressive versatility. The Court Jester is really one giant actor’s reel for Kaye to dazzle with his jack of all trades jester. You have to hear his deep endearing singing, complex tongue twister gags, and daring sword fight with Basil Rathbone’s entertaining Sir Ravenhurst. Rathbone was Hollywood’s greatest fencer, so it’s an astonishing delight to see him duel Danny Kaye, especially since it was Rathbone who dueled Errol Flynn in The Adventures of Robin Hood and Captain Blood. Glynis Johns is drop dead gorgeous, spirited with a feminist independence, humorous agency, dreamy husky voice, and stylish glamour like the greatest of screen actresses. I adore Glynis Johns as Maid Jean, the Captain of the stern Edward Ashley’s Black Fox forest rebels. She is a wonderful dear of cinema in The Court Jester. She gets nearly as much screen time as Danny Kaye here, much to my enjoyment. Angela Lansbury is pretty as Princess Gwendolyn, but it’s her thirsty lust for Kaye that is so funny. Cecil Parker is very funny as the foolhardy King Roderick I. His scenes alongside Glynis Johns are perhaps the funniest moments in The Court Jester. John Carradine gets a funny cameo as the real court jester Giacomo. Mildred Natwick is great as the witch Griselda. Robert Middleton’s hefty presence as Sir Griswold has a dark gravitas and fun rage against Kaye’s court clown. Tom McAdoo’s editing keeps The Court Jester to a briskly paced 101 minutes of nonstop joy. Ray June’s cinematography looks as sweeping with gorgeous wide shots everywhere, beautifully framed as if it were for a genuine period drama. Hal Pereira and Roland Anderson’s art direction is lovely with stunning backdrop paintings and vividly colored scenes. Sam Comer and Arthur Krams’ set decoration adorns this castle set with deep purples and ornate furnishings of all kinds of medieval things. Walter Scharf, Van Cleave, and Vic Schoen’s score is pretty with a lively tempo and sweet renaissance style. All the lyrics are witty for the sung songs with even more jokes herein these tunes. Edith Head and Yvonne Wood’s costumes are gloriously intricate and regal in appearance. The pink dress for Angela Lansbury, or the orange or green dress on Glynis Johns are truly beautiful clothing designs. I like the black and white suits for Danny Kaye’s fashion as well. Basil Rathbone’s purple lord’s outfits are excellent too. Wally Westmore’s make-ups give every lady cute blush and a natural warmth. In all, The Court Jester is definitely worth seeing still for Danny Kaye’s humor and Glynis Johns’ performance.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    Court jester

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    Owned for 1 year when reviewed.

    Classic Danny Kaye is absolutely one of the funniest actors of that era movie is fun from beginning to end highly recommend

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    A true classic and I recommend it highly

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    Owned for 1 month when reviewed.

    Danny Kaye is great in this and what a powerhouse cast all round him. So much fun and so easy to watch over and over. I bought this specific one as a gift, to share the greatness with someone I love. I also own it and watched it again just last month. Get it? Got it? … Good !

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    This movie is a keeper!

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    Owned for 1 week when reviewed.

    The video 3 strip Technicolor restoration is beautiful. The opening credits had me worried (dim and lack-luster), but the color and picture quality of the film was beautiful. This is a great film with excellent dialogue. Danny Kaye is amazing in the movie. If you want a good laugh, put this on your list.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    Classic family comedy

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    Owned for 1 week when reviewed.

    Nice presentation of a classic movie. Honestly surprised this made the cut for the Paramount Presents label but glad that it did!

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    Danny Kaye is the best

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    Owned for 10 months when reviewed.

    I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again Danny Kaye is one of Hollywood’s finest actors

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    A must for Danny Kay Fans

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    Owned for 1 week when reviewed.

    This is my Fourth copy I have bought! My adult children have helped themselves to my copy! Can’t blame them… one of of his best movies ever. Timeless, funny and heartwarming.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    Brings me back to my childhood

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    Owned for 1 week when reviewed.

    This movie reminds me of Saturday mornings with the family looking at old Danny Kaye movies. This film is never looked better celebrating it's 65th anniversary. Paramount presents new transfer really knocks it out of the park .

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    Great!

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    Owned for 1 week when reviewed.

    One of the funniest movies ever made. Great looking and restored for blu ray. Movie collectors will love it.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    Arguably the best of Danny Kaye.

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    Arguably the best of Danny Kaye's films. The vocal and physical comedy in this movie is unsurpassed.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    FANTASTIC!

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    Owned for 1 week when reviewed.

    It is a wonderful comedy adventure. The blue ray is outstanding as well as the sound and picture. It comes off as a 4K disc.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    The court jester

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    Owned for 1 week when reviewed.

    Great movie, very prompt shipping, Best Buy’s website is so easy to use.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    Great Comedy!

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    My kids have watched this many, many times and love it. They often quote it - get it, got it, good.

    I would recommend this to a friend