‘Let’s Make Love’ on Blu-Ray

Let’s Make Love has been released on dual format DVD and Blu-Ray by UK company Signal One Entertainment. This release has been in the works for a few years. Other than a limited edition US release in 2018, it’s the first time that Marilyn’s penultimate movie has appeared on Blu-Ray.

My friend Fraser tells me that the Blu-Ray quality is quite good, and the opening credits have been restored to colour (on the DVD they appear in black and white.)

The release also includes a video essay presented by film critic Mark Searby, but he omits key facts about the making of Let’s Make Love, for example that Yves Montand and Simone Signoret had previously starred in a French film of Arthur Miller’s The Crucible, and that the Millers suggested Yves for Marilyn’s leading man after several Hollywood actors – including Gregory Peck – had turned down the role.

Neither is it explained that Arthur was called in to write further dialogue after a writers’ strike stalled production. In fact, Arthur isn’t mentioned at all as Searby claims that Marilyn was married to Norman Mailer!