I really looked forward to acquiring the Desk Set – 20th Century Studio Classics DVD because I just love this movie. It stars Katherine Hepburn and Spencer Tracy, and it is just brilliant. They banter a lot in this movie, and it is a hoot to watch.
I consider Desk Set to be a smart movie in that the humor is more adult and stimulating versus slapstick and silly in nature. It is one I watch often and always enjoy.
The front cover of the DVD case pictures Hepburn and Tracy with a New York City backdrop, while the back cover has 2 color images that includes Gig Young and a write up. Young plays Hepburn’s boyfriend until Tracy comes along and essentially steals her away in a very fun and high class scenario.
The DVD disk is plain, which is highly disappointing. When you get a Hepburn and Tracy release, you expect it to have a certain amount of quality to it. These were one of the great movie pairings, so to have a simple and plain disk as part of the release is just unbecoming.
There are a couple of extras. Of note is the commentary with Dina Merrill and John Lee, a film historian. It goes back and forth between the two of them, but they are not together or referencing the other as they discuss the movie. I was very much surprised at how fun it was to listen to Merrill, who has never been a favorite of mine at all. However, she had some nice stories about her co-stars and this being her first big film. I loved that she just reacted to some of the scenes and did not necessarily come in with a lot of notes to talk about.
Also included in the Desk Set – 20th Century Studio Classics DVD is a Movietone News story and the theatrical trailer for the film.
The presentation is in widescreen, which is nice. While I would have enjoyed more extras, to have the commentary is a big plus. Even though it was not as extensive as I would have ideally liked, I learned some things and enjoyed the perspectives that were given.