04/16/2014  
The Dave Clark Five And Beyond: Glad All Over on DVD & Blu-ray May 13Longmire: Season 2 on DVD May 13Transformers Energon: The Complete Series on DVD May 6American Jesus on DVD May 13Bad Country on Blu-ray & DVD Apr 29Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones Clips and Web Sites and More!Call Me Crazy: A Five Film on DVD May 6

follow us on twitter

dOc on facebook

NE News Editor

The Dave Clark Five And Beyond: Glad All Over on DVD & ...
Brad Pitt to Star as General Stanley McChrystal in Afgh...
First Trailer for David Fincher's 'Gone Girl,' Featurin...
Autopsy: Ultimate Warrior died of heart disease ...
Longmire: Season 2 on DVD May 13...

JB Joseph Burke

The Answer to American Idol's Problems Is......
CONCRETE BLONDES...
CREAM FAREWELL CONCERT...
JACK REACHER...
MANBORG...

CA Chuck Aliaga

CORRUPTION (BLU-RAY)...
THE ATTACK (BLU-RAY)...
TANK GIRL (BLU-RAY)...
HORROR STORIES...
THE UNINVITED (BLU-RAY)...

RR Rich Rosell

THE GIRL...
THE HORDE...
LIFE IS SWEET (BLU-RAY)...
SHOUT AT THE DEVIL (BLU-RAY/DVD COMBO)...
THE BLUE ANGEL (BLU-RAY)...

MZ Mark Zimmer

BABY PEGGY: THE ELEPHANT IN THE ROOM...
STORAGE WARS: VOLUME THREE...
Take Part in a Film Restoration...
THE 39 STEPS (BLU-RAY)...
DARK SHADOWS: THE BEST OF BARNABAS...

JS Jesse Shanks

2 BROKE GIRLS...
DOWNTON ABBEY SEASONS ONE & TWO LIMITED EDITION...
FLORENCE AND THE SPIRIT OF THE RENAISSANCE...
NAZI COLLABORATORS...
KATT WILLIAMS: KATTPACALYPSE...

RJ Ross Johnson

THE LIFE AND DEATH OF COLONEL BLIMP (BLU-RAY)...
PURPLE NOON (BLU-RAY)...
WEEKEND (BLU-RAY)...
JUAN OF THE DEAD...
THE DEVIL'S NEEDLE AND OTHER TALES OF VICE AND REDEMPTI...

JD Jon Danziger

SUNSET BOULEVARD...
SALO, OR THE 120 DAYS OF SODOM...
TABLOID...
CUL-DE-SAC...
3 WOMEN...

JC Joel Cunningham

YOJIMBO/SANJURO...
SUMMER HOURS (L'heure d'ÈtÈ)...
WIZARD OF OZ...
WINGS OF DESIRE...
HORTON HEARS A WHO!...

DH Dan Heaton

REVANCHE...
LAST DAYS OF DISCO...
NIGHTS AND WEEKENDS...
STARGATE SG-1: CHILDREN OF THE GODS...
STARGATE ATLANTIS: THE COMPLETE FIFTH SEASON...

MS Matt Serafini

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

KC Kevin Clemons

Freddy Got Fingered...

JU Jeff Ulmer

Secure The Second Season of The Border on DVD August 25...
THE WALTONS: THE COMPLETE 9TH SEASON...
Dance Me Outside kicks onto DVD May 6, 2008...

DD Dale Dobson

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

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

Columbia TriStar Home Video presents
Don't Raise the Bridge, Lower the River (1968)

Didja' ever have one of those days?
- George Lester (Jerry Lewis)

Review By: Jeff Rosado   
Published: July 29, 2003

Stars: Jerry Lewis, Terry-Thomas, Jacqueline Pearce
Other Stars: Bernard Cribbins, Patricia Routledge, Nicholas Parsons, Jerry Paris
Director: Jerry Paris

Manufacturer: DVSS
MPAA Rating: G for nothing objectionable
Run Time: 01h:39m:40s
Release Date: July 08, 2003
UPC: 043396100794
Genre: comedy


Style
Grade
Substance
Grade
Image Transfer
Grade
Audio Transfer
Grade
Extras
Grade
C- C-AA- D-

DVD Review

Asking Jerry Lewis to play it straight in a comedy is like telling the Little Tramp to shave his mustache. Or having Harpo Marx play a tuba. Unfortunately, a shtick-ed down Jerry is what we get in Don't Raise The Bridge, Lower The River, a laugh-challenged and surprisingly awkward 1968 movie that's one of the lesser entries in the legendary comedian's filmography.

Based on Max Wilk's novel of the same name, Lewis plays George Lester, a transplanted American go-getter in swinging '60s-era London with a knack for get rich quick schemes that most often fail. After one money-wasting venture too many (including turning their quiet countryside manor into a combination discotheque/Japanese restaurant), once-patient wife Pamela (Jacqueline Pearce) has had enough. As part of their divorce settlement, George must not only restore the house back to its original condition but also pay back £25,000 in bills he's accumulated. Piggybank depleted, Lester enlists the services of old friend and conman William Homer (Terry-Thomas) in a plot to show up Pam's snobby lawyer fiancée, Dudley (Nicholas Parsons), by photographing his blueprints for an innovative oil drill.

Once that's accomplished, the boys will wheel and deal with Arab businessmen, collect the profits and oil's well that ends well...? Nope. Shortly before planning to fly to Lisbon to seal the deal, George gets a case of the mumps. But fate steps in when auto mechanic/part-time airline steward Fred Davies (Bernard Cribbins) crashes his moped on the Lester's property and breaks a tooth. Davies laments he's got an impending flight to Lisbon, and nobody wants to look at a "tooth-less steward." With a little help from local dentist Dr. Spink (Michael Bates), the blueprints are sealed inside an unsuspecting Fred's mouth. Given just enough pain medication to get him through his flight, Davies heads directly to Lisbon's equivalent of Spink, Dr. Pinto (John Bluthal), exactly as George envisioned. As Willy anxiously stands by during the procedure with the Arabs waiting to collect, only one of the two pages of the plan are visible. Turns out that Lester hung on to the missing page as collateral to make sure Homer had certified check in hand: no pay, no play. Upon collecting, George is oh-so-happy to live up to his end of the bargain, but one of the parties involved plays double cross, putting him on the hot seat and Willy on the sharp end of a knife held by two unhappy Middle Easterners.

Don't Raise the Bridge, Lower the River isn't the worst film Jerry Lewis ever made, but the laughs are mere echoes in a canyon. When they do come, many of them are courtesy of the British supporting cast (highlighted by Thomas, Gibbins, and the underused Patricia Routledge of Keeping Up Appearances, who has a couple of hilarious bits as a relentlessly cheerio Girl Scout troop representative). Deprived of his trademark slapstick, Lewis' discomfort in having to mix the straight and the (only slightly) silly can't help but show. As a longtime admirer, I have always felt that Jerry's best work surfaces when he goes into all-out comic control freak mode on both sides of the lens (The Nutty Professor, The Bellboy, The Ladies' Man) or when paired with creative types that understand his humor (Frank Tashlin being the best example in Hollywood or Bust and one of my favorites, The Disorderly Orderly). For sublime Lewis, watch for Columbia TriStar to release The Big Mouth, a fairly big hit for the studio in 1967; it's by far the best and funniest of the four movies they own from Jerry's back catalog.

Rating for Style: C-
Rating for Substance: C-

 

Image Transfer

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


Image Transfer Review: Slicker than Jerry's hair, this is one of Columbia's finest transfers for a movie dating back from this era. Produced at the height of London's swinging '60s, the film is awash in colorful set designs and lush on-location photography that come across smashingly. Aside from brief utilizations of stock footage and an awkward scene transition in Chapter 20, one will be hard pressed to find any sort of flaws. Now if the same sort of attention would have been lavished upon the script....

Image Transfer Grade: A

 

Audio Transfer

 LanguageRemote Access
MonoEnglishyes


Audio Transfer Review: On a par with its stellar visuals is the disc's razor sharp Dolby 2.0 monophonic track. Vibrant and punchy with good low end and more than adequate highs.

Audio Transfer Grade: A-

 

Disc Extras

Static menu
Scene Access with 28 cues and remote access
Subtitles/Captions in English with remote access
1 Original Trailer(s)
2 Other Trailer(s) featuring The Mouse That Roared, The Outlaws Is Coming
Packaging: Amaray
Picture Disc
1 Disc
1-Sided disc(s)
Layers: single

Extras Review: Aside from trailers for two other '60s-era comedies recently unearthed from Columbia's vaults for DVD release, there's nothing else.

Extras Grade: D-

 

Final Comments

Although this nicely preserved film does have its moments, only Lewis fans and completists will want to cross this digitally enhanced Bridge. Hopefully, far superior entries from the legendary funnyman's vast filmography will surface on the format with equally eye-popping transfers.

 


Back to top

Search 10,000+ titles:

or Advanced Search

DVD REVIEW ARCHIVE


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

 





Covered California

Keywords

documentary, movie, brad pitt, general stanley mcchrystal, the operators, afghanistan war film, david michod, gone girl gillian flynn, ben affleck, rosamund pike, elvis costello, she, nine inch nails, trent reznor, atticus ross, gone girl's score, celebrity, television, ultimate warrior, james hellwig, wrestler, heart disease, world wrestling entertainment hall of fame, animation, hbo, game of thrones, jack gleeson, king joffrey baratheon, the purple wedding, movies, drama, horror, fantasy, sci-fi, shailene wookley, veronica roth, allegiant, divergent, insurgent, the croods, nicolas cage, joe, david gordon green, tye sheridan, late night, late show, david letterman, stephen colbert, comedy central, the colbert report, julia louis-dreyfus, seinfeld, heep, rolling stone magazine, crime, comedy, angelina jolie, big men, maleficent, unbroken, mickey rooney, a-list teenage star, andy hardy, judy garland, ava gardner, box office, indie, superheroes, captain america: the winter soldier, marvel universe, chris evans, samuel l. jackson, scarlett johansson

On Kindle!
On Facbook!
digitallyOBSESSED!
digitallyOBSESSED!
Promote Your Page Too
Become a Reviewer | Search | Review Vault | Reviewers
Readers | Webmasters | Privacy | Contact