The American Film Institute has ranked “Some Like It Hot” as the funniest American film of all time, and who am I to disagree? This Billy Wilder-directed jewel remains nearly as fresh and daring as it was upon its 1959 theatrical release.
Set in Chicago circa 1929, Tony Curtis and Jack Lemmon portray jazz musicians who unwittingly witness the St. Valentine’s Day massacre and must flee the mob by masquerading as members of an all-girl band. While their performances are great, the movie belongs to Marilyn Monroe and her memorable star turn as the band’s unlucky-in-love singer, Sugar Kane Kowalczyk.
There are several incarnations of “Some Like It Hot” out on DVD, but loyal fans are well-advised to snag this new two-disc collector’s edition. Boasting a pristine picture quality, the disc’s real attractions are its first-rate extras, including a commentary track, two terrific documentaries and a lengthy interview with Curtis. Nobody’s perfect, but this DVD edition comes close.