Jack Nicholson and Warren Beatty star in 1975’s The Fortune which made its debut in the UK on Blu-ray earlier this year. The screwball comedy from director Mike Nichols is loaded with great extra features including an new audio commentary with film historian Nick Pinkerton.
Mike Nichols’ big budget screwball comedy The Fortune made its way to limited edition Blu-ray earlier this year courtesy of Powerhouse Films’ Indicator Series. Not on a par with some of the director’s better known (and more acclaimed) films like The Graduate, The Fortune is also a film you hear less about when discussing the best work of actors Warren Beatty and Jack Nicholson. Nevertheless, it’s a fleetingly entertaining comedy, its unavailability in the UK on home video making it a more intriguing slice of difficult-to-reach classic cinema.
The film sees a slick con man and his dim-witted sidekick plotting to acquire the fortune of a hapless heiress. It was poorly received on its debut in 1975 and proved to be a commercial failure. Channel 4 recently called it a “flat-footed attempt to revive the 1930s screwball comedy.” However, others did find things to enjoy: Vincent Canby of The New York Times thought it was “very funny,” “manically scatterbrained,” and “a marvelous attempt to recreate a kind of farce that, with the notable exceptions of a handful of films by Blake Edwards and Billy Wilder, disappeared after World War II.”
So it’s ripe for revisiting and this release definitely does it justice. Extra features include:
• High Definition remaster
• Original mono audio
• Audio commentary with critic and film historian Nick Pinkerton
• Mike Nichols and Elaine May in Conversation (2006, 69 mins): the two friends and collaborators discuss many aspects of filmmaking after a screening of May’s Ishtar at New York’s Walter Reade Theater
• Professor Kyle Stevens on ‘The Fortune’ (2017, 6 mins): a new filmed appreciation by the author of Mike Nichols: Sex, Language, and the Reinvention of Psychological Realism
• Isolated Music and Effects Track
• Image gallery: on-set and promotional photography
• New and improved English subtitles for the deaf and hard-of-hearing
• Limited edition exclusive 32-page booklet with a new essay by Martyn Conterio, Nichols, Beatty and Channing on The Fortune, a brief portrait of Carole Eastman, an overview of contemporary critical responses, and film credits