The Lost Weekend [DVD] [1945]

  • SKU: 6691467
  • Release Date: 02/06/2001
  • Rating: NR
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.
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Special Features

  • Theatrical trailer
  • Production notes
  • Cast and filmmakers biographies
  • Film highlights


The Lost Weekend
Billy Wilder's searing portrait of an alcoholic features an Oscar-winning performance by Ray Milland as Don Birnam, a writer whose lust for booze consumes his career, his life, and his loves. The story begins as Don and his brother Wick (Philip Terry) are packing their bags in their New York apartment, preparing for a weekend in the country. Philip, aware of his brother's drinking problem, is keeping an eye of him, making sure he doesn't sneak a drink before the departure of their train. Arriving at the apartment is Don's girlfriend, Helen St. James (Jane Wyman), who has tickets to a Carnegie Hall concert that night. Don persuades Wick and Helen to go to the concert without him, hoping to find one of his well-hidden bottles of booze. But when Wick and Helen go to the concert, Don discovers that Wick has gotten rid of the liquor. Don has no money, so he can't visit the neighborhood bar -- that is, until the cleaning lady arrives to reveal money hidden in a sugar-bowl. Don grabs the cash and hits the street, heading off to Nat's Bar. Nat (Howard Da Silva), a bartender who has seen it all, is surprised to see Don. But when Don shows he can pay for his drinks, Nat reluctantly serves him, telling Don, "One's too many and a thousand's not enough." Soon Don plunges in an alcoholic haze, his boozing landing him in a harrowing drunk tank, presided over by the cynical attendant Bim (Frank Faylen). ~ Paul Brenner, Rovi

Cast & Crew

  • Ray Milland
    Ray Milland - Don Birnam
  • Jane Wyman
    Jane Wyman - Helen St. James
  • Howard Da Silva
    Howard Da Silva - Nat the Bartender
  • Doris Dowling
    Doris Dowling - Gloria
  • Frank Faylen
    Frank Faylen - Bim

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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    oscar winner


    billy wilder so how bad can it be.ray milland is perfect oscar winner for you can"t go wrong.very entertaining! worth watching!

    I would recommend this to a friend

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