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Nut Case

Classic Jerry Lewis Jekyll & Hyde parody celebrates 50th anniversary

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The Nutty Professor: 50th Anniversary Collector’s Edition

Blu-ray $54.99 (Warner Bros. Home Entertainment)

 

Jerry Lewis co-wrote, directed and starred in this 1964 parody, based on the tale of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, about a bumbling chemistry teacher, Julius Kelp, who invents a magic potion that turns him into a smarmy nightclub singer named Buddy Love. A comedy classic that’s even been recognized by the Library of Congress, it now celebrates its half-century milestone with a load of bonus features, including a CD of Lewis’ private prank phone calls; a 44-page script with Jerry’s notes; a recreation of a 96-page “inspirational” booklet Lewis made to rev up his disgruntled cast and crew; bloopers, outtakes and screen tests; and two complete additional Lewis movie comedies of the era, The Errand Boy and Cinderfella.

—Neil Pond, American Profile Magazine

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Not So Funny

A parable of fame and how far people will go for a taste of it

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The King of Comedy

Blu-ray $24.99 (Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment)

 

Don’t be mislead by the title: There’s not a lot of ha-ha in this quirky tale of a would-be stand-up comedian (Robert De Niro) who kidnaps a successful New York City talk-show host (Jerry Lewis) to get a long shot a stardom. Directed by the great Martin Scorsese, it’s long been regarded as a prickly modern parable about the high price of fame and the extremes to which some people are willing to go for even a fleeting taste of it. This neat-o 30th anniversary Blu-ray package features interviews with the director and stars, a making-of documentary and deleted scenes.

 —Neil Pond, American Profile Magazine

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