12/22/2014  
Dallas: The Complete Third And Final Season on DVD Jan 13Finding Your Roots With Henry Louis Gates, Jr. Season 2 on DVD Dec 16Lord Of Illusions (Collector's Edition) 2-Disc Blu-ray Director's Cut Dec 16Kelly & Cal on DVD Dec 30The Facts Of Life: The Complete Series on DVD Jan 13Keep on Keepin' On on DVD Jan 13Stonehearst Asylum on DVD & Blu-ray Dec 16

follow us on twitter

dOc on facebook

NE News Editor

Dallas: The Complete Third And Final Season on DVD Jan ...
Stephen Colbert sings with every celebrity you can thin...
The Colbert Report Is Dead. Long Live Stephen Colbert!...
Finding Your Roots With Henry Louis Gates, Jr. Season 2...
Lord Of Illusions (Collector's Edition) 2-Disc Blu-ray ...

JB Joseph Burke

The Answer to American Idol's Problems Is......
CONCRETE BLONDES...
JACK REACHER...
LIZ & DICK...
CHINA BEACH: THE COMPLETE SERIES...

CA Chuck Aliaga

THE ATTACK (BLU-RAY)...
THE LADY (BLU-RAY)...
SWAMP THING (BLU-RAY)...
AROUSED...
THE SWEENEY (BLU-RAY)...

MZ Mark Zimmer

Take Part in a Film Restoration...
STORAGE WARS: SEASON ONE...
LOST KEATON...
BLACK NARCISSUS (BLU-RAY)...
THE LORD OF THE RINGS: THE MOTION PICTURE TRILOGY (BLU-...

JD Jon Danziger

SUNSET BOULEVARD...
TABLOID...
CUL-DE-SAC...
3 WOMEN...
BASEBALL'S GREATEST GAMES: 1986 WORLD SERIES GAME 6...

JS Jesse Shanks

KATT WILLIAMS: KATTPACALYPSE...
NORMAN MAILER: THE AMERICAN...
I Don't Know How She Does It on DVD & Blu-ray Jan 3...
The Liam Neeson Film Collection on DVD Nov 1...
Box Office Charts From Box Office Mojo Nov 12-14...

RJ Ross Johnson

THE DEVIL'S NEEDLE AND OTHER TALES OF VICE AND REDEMPTI...
THE TROUBLE WITH TOLSTOY...
HISTORY OF THE WORLD IN TWO HOURS...
ANATOMY OF A MURDER...
BASIL DEARDEN'S LONDON UNDERGROUND (ECLIPSE SERIES 25)...

JC Joel Cunningham

WINGS OF DESIRE...
A CHARLIE BROWN CHRISTMAS...
MONSOON WEDDING...
PIERROT LE FOU...
SMALLVILLE: THE COMPLETE EIGHTH SEASON...

MS Matt Serafini

THE STEPFATHER...
THE HILLS RUN RED...
NIGHT OF DEATH...
GNAW...
STEPFATHER II...

DH Dan Heaton

NIGHTS AND WEEKENDS...
THE FRIENDS OF EDDIE COYLE...

DD Dale Dobson

Film-Fest 4: Sundance 2000 & Hawaii...

RR Rich Rosell

THE BUCKET LIST...
CRUDE IMPACT...
THE MAGIC OF FLIGHT (BLU-RAY)...
JOURNEY INTO AMAZING CAVES (BLU-RAY)...
A GALAXY FAR FAR AWAY...

RM Robert Mandel

Saving Private Ryan...

Share: email   Print      Technorati.gif   StumbleUpon.gif   MySpace   digg.gif delicious.gif   google.gif   magnolia.gif   facebook.gif
Permalink: Permalink.gif



Buy from Amazon

Buy from Amazon.com

20th Century Fox presents
Bus Stop (1956)

Cherie: Hollywood and Vine!"
Vera: What happens when you get there?
Cherie: What happens? Honey, you get discovered, you're tested... with options and everything! And you get treated with a little respect, too.

- Marilyn Monroe, Eileen Heckart

Review By: Jesse Shanks  
Published: May 08, 2001

Stars: Marilyn Monroe, Don Murray
Other Stars: Arthur O'Connell, Betty Field, Eileen Heckart
Director: Joshua Logan

Manufacturer: DVSS
MPAA Rating: Not Rated for (nothing objectionable)
Run Time: 0h:34m:21s
Release Date: May 29, 2001
UPC: 024543014485
Genre: drama


Style
Grade
Substance
Grade
Image Transfer
Grade
Audio Transfer
Grade
Extras
Grade
A- A-A-B C-

DVD Review

Bus Stop ranks as one of Marilyn Monroe's finest films. When I mentioned to my mother that I was reviewing it, she mentioned how much she enjoyed it and commented about how "they had made such fun of her when she tried to act." This is one of the most disturbing parts of the story of Marilyn Monroe. It always seems that the other side of the "much-loved" coin is the "most-belittled" side. Marilyn was criticized for building on her own success by breaking with the studio system and creating her own production company, adding approval of scripts and directors. She drew much ridicule by joining the respected Actors Studio and attempting to improve her craft. Bus Stop is one of the series of films that Monroe completed in the late 1950s and early '60s that are some of the most unique movies that Hollywood ever produced.

In 1957, when the Academy Awards® for best actress were announced, the list included Ingrid Bergman in Anastasia, Carroll Baker in Baby Doll, Nancy Kelly in The Bad Seed, Deborah Kerr in The King and I,and Katharine Hepburn in The Rainmaker with Bergman the eventual winner. Now anyone can have their own opinion about what the Academy does, but, in this case, I would not trade away Monroe's performance in Bus Stop for any of these. In fact, the whole film was remarkably ignored that year, with only Don Murray garnering a nod in the best supporting actor category. Simply astounding.

Bus Stop is the story of a naïve young cowboy, Beau Decker (Murray), going to the big city for the first time to compete in a rodeo. He meets and woos, in his own blustery fashion, a night club singer name Cherie (Monroe). The movie is a great romantic comedy that ranges from the slapstick humor of Beau's antics to the tenderly humorous give-and-take between Beau and Cherie. There is great energy between them and, despite the exaggeration of comedy, wonderfully effective dialogue.

Monroe is a delight in her portrayal of the innocently knowing Cherie, who is following her "direction" from the Ozarks of Arkansas to Hollywood. After winning an amateur contest, she has ended up in Phoenix, Arizona, hustling drinks with cowboys and only grudgingly allowed to perform in a stage show that is hilarious in its awfulness. A memorable sequence is her performance of That Old Black Magic for the very unappreciative audience as she clumsily controls the lights herself by kicking switches. This is the scene where Beau first sees his "angel" and begins his single-minded drive to win her hand, which leads him to kidnap her bodily and take her on the bus with back to Montana.

William Inge, who wrote the original play, Bust Stop, was close to Tennessee Williams and Arthur Miller in importance to American Theater in the 1950s. He also wrote such memorable plays made into movies as Come Back Little Sheba, Picnic, and The Dark At the Top of the Stairs. George Axelrod, who had previous success with the play and movie The Seven Year Itch, adapted Inge's play for the screen and does a marvelous job of transferring the much more static play to the screen.

The supporting cast is uniformly excellent with veteran character actors Arthur O'Connell as Beau's friend, Virge, and Betty Field as Grace, the owner of the bus stop providing solid support to the stars. O'Connell and Field both appeared in the successful adaption of Picnic, starring William Holden and Kim Novak. Newcomers Eileen Heckart and Hope Lange add nice touches to the production. Heckart got an Academy Award® nomination in 1957 for her performance in The Bad Seed.

Director Joshua Logan was a successful writer/producer on Broadway and directed several memorable films including Picnic, Mister Roberts, Sayonara, Paint Your Wagon and Camelot. He keeps Bus Stop moving at a frenetic clip early on and slows it down nicely at the end, allowing room for the actors to bring the story to fruition.

There are only a handful of Marilyn Monroe's films that are absolutely essential. Bus Stop is surely one. With the quality of the production and the beauty of Marilyn's performance, this is a disc that will be reached for more than once.

Rating for Style: A-
Rating for Substance: A-

 

Image Transfer

 One
Aspect Ratio1.85:1 - Widescreen
Original Aspect Ratioyes
Anamorphicyes


Image Transfer Review: Watching Bus Stop in its original aspect ratio in this anamorphic transfer, I truly felt like I was seeing the film for the first time. Goodbye to murky, grainy jumpy video and hello to the solid, crisp and colorful digital transfer. This will be a great disc to show to someone who has seen Bus Stop on TV and allow them to see what restoration and digital transfer of a classic film can mean.

Image Transfer Grade: A-

 

Audio Transfer

 LanguageRemote Access
MonoFrenchyes
DS 2.0Englishyes
Dolby Digital
4.0
Englishyes


Audio Transfer Review: Bus Stop features a Dolby 4.0 Surround track in addition to regular English stereo and a mono mix in French. Despite the somewhat annoying folkish theme, The Bus Stop Song, by Ken Darby, the soundtracks deliver a satisfying aural experience. There is obvious care taken in dialogue placement in relation to what is seen on the screen and the spaciousness of the enhanced stereo is particularly evident in the outdoor sequences at the rodeo. This is another fine example of bringing a classic movie to the home theater environment.

Audio Transfer Grade: B

 

Disc Extras

Static menu
Scene Access with 24 cues and remote access
Subtitles/Captions in English, Spanish with remote access
1 Original Trailer(s)
4 Other Trailer(s) featuring Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, How To Marry A Millionaire, There's No Business Like Show Business, The Seven Year Itch
Packaging: Amaray
Picture Disc
1 Disc
1-Sided disc(s)
Layers: single

Extra Extras:
  1. Restoration Comparison
  2. Lobby Cards
  3. Post Card
Extras Review: This disc contains minimal extras, even by the standards of The Diamond Collection. Beside the theatrical trailer and Restoration Comparison, the only material is three lobby cards and a post card. If ever there was a movie demanding a back story documentary, this is one.

Extras Grade: C-

 

Final Comments

Featuring some of Marilyn's finest acting, Bus Stop is a must have DVD, both for its beautiful restoration and the quality of the film itself. Beautiful adaptation of William Inge's play by George Axelrod, wonderfully acted by a cast of newcomers and veterans and intelligently directed by the masterful Joshua Logan; this is one of the fine example of American film. Highly recommended.

 


Back to top

Search 10,000+ titles:

or Advanced Search

DVD REVIEW ARCHIVE


Get FREE Shipping on all orders at TimeLife.com! - 120x90

 



Microsoft Store

Keywords

drama, television, stephen colbert, final show, kareem abdul-jabar, jj abrams, alan alda, christiane amanpour, many more, the colbert report, last show, santa, unicorn, abraham lincoln, alex trebek, documentary, horror, comedy channel, stephen t. colbert, colbert report, movie, the interview, united states, north korea, soney, hector monsegur, china, sony pictures entertainment, cyber attack, kim jong-un, seth rogen, james franco, the hobbit: the baattle of the five armies, peter jackson, j.r.r. tolkien marathon, comedy, barbara walters, 10 most fascinating people of 2014, amal clooney, taylor swift, george clooney, thriller, chris rock, top five, the late show, david letterman, movies, golden globes 2015, reality, romantic comedy, western, music, 57th grammy awards, iggy azalea, beck, pharrell williams, miranda lambert, sia, cooking, spectre, daniel craig, sam mendes, christoph waltz, lea seydoux, naomie harris, ben whishaw, ralph fiennes, celebrity, loni anderson, burt reynolds, pearl earrings, necklace, nude portrait, lady gaga, howard sten, south by southwest, millie brown, swine, mark geragos, kesha, lukasz sebastian gottwald

On Kindle!
On Facbook!
digitallyOBSESSED!
digitallyOBSESSED!
Promote Your Page Too

Visit:

Zarabesque.com

earth mosaics

Original Magic Dress.com

Susti Heaven

DVD Marketplace

Snappy Planet

Become a Reviewer | Search | Review Vault | Reviewers
Readers | Webmasters | Privacy | Contact
Microsoft Store