One of the best dvd releases of 2005, certain to please film students and fans of any age, may very well be musical comedy from 1955, “MY SISTER EILEEN”. Where to begin? Well, the screenplay adaptation was co-written by the great Blake Edwards! The musical dance scenes were choreographed by Bob Fosse(Robert Fosse in the credits). Fosse even has a small part as a cashier at a soda fountain wooing for beautiful Janet Leigh. Leigh plays one of two sisters whom have left Ohio for the big city, NEW YORK! One sister, Betty Garrett is an aspiring writer, while Leigh is perfect in her role as a young actress, with an uncanny ability to make men stumble over themselves at nary a passing glimpse of her. Jack Lemmon is wonderful in his role as a publisher and he proves to be a decent singer here. The score is entertaining and songs, while not overly memorable, are still momentarily fun.
But, again, keeping with the tradition of musicals of this period, "MY SISTER EILEEN" features some dancing that overcomes even the weaker songs. There's one dance solo taking place in a rather "clean" alley that is really unforgettable!
COLUMBIA TRISTAR has preserved the film's aspect ratio. In fact, it's a bit wider than the 2.35:1 we expected. The colors aren't particularly rich, but it's a fine transfer. There's great detail and contrast is virtually flawless. Fleshtones appear natural.
COLUMBIA TRISTAR has presented a DOLBY DIGITAL 4.0 mix. While there are no directional/panning effects, the music is well complimented through all speakers. Dialogue is always intelligible and free from distortion.