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My Man Godfrey (Color/Black and White) (1936)

William Powell , Carole Lombard , Gregory La Cava  |  NR |  DVD
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  • Actors: William Powell, Carole Lombard, Alice Brady, Gail Patrick, Jean Dixon
  • Directors: Gregory La Cava
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Dolby, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Legend Films
  • DVD Release Date: July 1, 2008
  • Run Time: 93 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (377 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001BSBBDK
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #9,498 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "My Man Godfrey (Color/Black and White)" on IMDb

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My Man Godfrey is one of the top Screwball Comedies of all time. The story of a wealthy New York family in the 1930's that brings in Godfrey, a destitute and Forgotten Man as their butler. William Powell plays the leading role brilliantly, and gives the family a madcap ride they will never forget. My Man Godfrey was the first film to receive Oscar® nominations in all four acting categories, including stunning performances by William Powell and Carole Lombard. Presented in color for the first time and beautifully restored, this is the definitive DVD edition of My Man Godfrey.

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181 of 188 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Thank You Criterion! August 2, 2001
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
At last, a good clean copy of this wonderful screwball romantic comedy! Much superior to the Hollywood Classics DVD which was washed-out and missing a key scene.
Well, this is just one of the best of the half-dozen or so top screwball comedies of the 30's. A dream cast plays it light and loose, with the real world of Depression-era America as a backdrop to a love story and a light lesson in responsibility, both to one's friends & family, to one's society, and to one's better nature.
And what a cast. William Powell is the epitome of debonair (what a quaint term: NO ONE is debonair anymore, alas)with one of the best comedic touches and timing in the business. Opposite Powell is Carole Lombard, young, adorable, beautiful and screwy and a perfect foil for Powell's smooth decorum. The supporting cast is first rate: Eugene Pallete the long-suffering businessman/husband; Gail Patrick, the beautiful but bitchy Cornelia; Mischa Auer's deadbeat Carlo; Alice Brady's clueless mother; Jean Dixon's wisecracking maid & Alan Mowbry as the rich & useless but decent Tommy Gray.
Enjoy comedy played by pros to a fare-thee-well. It's all attitude and delivery and body english and it is great! They can't make them like this anymore. Style and class.
The extras are quite good with a nice commentary track by Bob Gilpin and some hysterical outtakes (yes, they cussed back then too!). The print is pretty much clean and a vast improvement over previous editions.
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93 of 100 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Which Version April 3, 2001
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
For those of you lucky enough to know, or who propose to get to know, this flick, you've come to the right place. Amazon sells two DVD versions of My Man Godfrey. I've seen both, as well as the VHS, and this one, the least expensive, from a company called Platinum, is by far the best quality. The other DVD, by Madacy Entertainment, is a fiasco based on a terrible print that happens to also be missing a crucial scene. Why Amazon continues to sell it, I don't know.
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50 of 56 people found the following review helpful
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The "First Time In Color" cover of MY MAN GODFREY from the Legend company is the very BEST-----better than the Criterion version, believe it or not---in part, because on Legend you choose to watch color or black and white. In fact, the Legend version is just tremendous and even the color version is miles ahead of the old colorization processes of the 1980s. But you do not see this information ANYWHERE except at the very end because Amazon has loaded up all these ancient and out of date reviews of OTHER PRODUCTS---not the one listed and shown in the picture. It is terrible confusing. Luckily, I did order a copy of the Legend version with color and B&W and was thrilled, but you might never figure it out based on the utterly confusing mess of reviews of all sorts of different versions mushed together in the same place here.__________
I had seen this film at least twice over the years and thought it pretty good but came across this 2005 remastered version from LEGEND films. I was astonished. It is wonderfully crisp and fresh in it appearance and tripled my appreciation of it. Also, I am not one of those hidebound purists who think computer colorization is an absolute horror. Done well---and this one is done VERY well indeed--it can add a new freshness and insight to its watching. (Granted, it is not the same work of art of its original creators, but one can choose freely between the two versions, as it should be.) I found that by tweaking the color manually and altering the brightness and contrast slightly, with a hint greater saturation, one can get a superb if just slightly antiquey color. Not exactly full Technicolor (it never was--originally filmed in black and white) but a surprisingly great color experience.
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54 of 62 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars GREAT FILM, BUT HORRENDOUS TRANSFER TO DVD October 26, 1999
"My Man Godfrey" is one of the best of the 1930's Screwball comedies, hence the high rating. It would have gotten five stars, but the DVD is taken from an incomplete dupe. The results are, to say the least, virtually unwatchable. Hope is on the horizon; Universal has struck new 35mm prints from the original negative, and it's playing right here in Philly. Hopefully, after the cinema reissue, Universal Studios wil finally do right by this movie and release a pristine DVD(and VHS for those who still only have that).
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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great movie, well presented July 31, 2001
Format:DVD
The Criterion Collection DVD of this, one of the greatest comedies of all time (and one of my ten favorite movies), is a long-awaited and vast improvement over the previously available DVD version of the film. The sound is far clearer, and the picture is crisp and sharp. It is nice to be able to enjoy the movie without having to forgive hisses, pops, and picture skips.
DVD extras in the Criterion edition are fairly extensive -- a radio version of the show, a short but good-natured blooper reel, the theatrical trailer (which was not restored to the pristine picture and sound of the movie), and an unintentionally amusing commentary in which a film scholar laboriously explains every joke as though his mission was to drive a stake through the heart of the movie. The movie is more than good enough to survive its mind-cudgeling analysis, but the commentary is eminently skippable.
No matter, though. The extras are not the reason to buy the Criterion edition of My Man Godfrey anyway -- it is the stellar quality of the movie itself, finally presented the way it ought to be seen.
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5.0 out of 5 stars doesn't get better than this
Classic, doesn't get better than this!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
outstanding purchase
Published 6 days ago by Woodrow Bagg
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
WE'VE BEEN WANTING THIS MOVIE FOR A LONG TIME, THE COLORIZED VERSION IS JUST WONDERFUL
Published 7 days ago by jackiepoo
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
good
Published 14 days ago by george wong
5.0 out of 5 stars Lombard and Powell in a classic
It's Carole Lombard at her dizziest and most appealing and William Powell at his William Powellest and what's not to like with that?
Published 18 days ago by Elf Owl
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
William Powell is one of the best. It is surely a screwball comedy.
Published 26 days ago by GanGan
5.0 out of 5 stars Fine quality
Great copy of a charming movie. Other copies are blurry--this is a great one.
Published 27 days ago by Erin Boyle Frase
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
like it
Published 27 days ago by anthony komorowski
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Movie
OMG, I love this movie. I was actually looking for the remake with June Allyson and David Niven which is my favorite but since that wasn't available I got this one and it was a... Read more
Published 29 days ago by sherene
5.0 out of 5 stars First class comedy
When you see William Powell in any of his film roles, you see whomever he was portraying, you never look at his characters and say it's William Powell! Read more
Published 1 month ago by BG
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Which Studio Has Put Out the Clearest Picture Version of "Godfrey"?
The edition with the colourised version (released by Fox) has a very clean print. The disc also includes the original B&W version.

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Aug 1, 2011 by Byron Kolln |  See all 4 posts
Why not available for Europe ?
This is a bit late since you asked the question, but region 2 (PAL) DVDs of this movie are available on Amazon (US). Search for item with ASIN # B0001U0HHA (Elstree Hill) and B0000X7SMK (Whe Europe). Also, you can find Region 2 DVDs on the Amazon.co.uk site too (ASIN # B0015MRM08 (Simply Media... Read More
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