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My Man Godfrey (The Criterion Collection) (1936)

William Powell , Carole Lombard , Gregory La Cava  |  Unrated |  DVD
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  • Actors: William Powell, Carole Lombard, Alice Brady, Gail Patrick, Eugene Pallette
  • Directors: Gregory La Cava
  • Writers: Gregory La Cava, Eric Hatch, Morrie Ryskind, Robert Presnell Sr., Zoe Akins
  • Producers: Charles R. Rogers
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Black & White, Closed-captioned, Full Screen, NTSC, Special Edition, Subtitled
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Criterion
  • DVD Release Date: July 31, 2001
  • Run Time: 94 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (368 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005EBSE
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #96,414 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "My Man Godfrey (The Criterion Collection)" on IMDb

Special Features

  • New digital transfer, with restored image & sound
  • Rare outtakes
  • Production stills archive
  • The complete 1938 broadcast of the Lux Radio Theater adaptation, starring Powell and Lombard

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Additional Features

After years as a poster child for archival neglect, this 1936 screwball gem is restored to its original luster in Criterion's exemplary digital transfer, which yields nearly pristine imaging and a clearer soundtrack. Even the opening credits, combining miniatures, animation, and art deco type design to create a panorama of New York's riverfront, is a revelation after decades of poor transfers. Better yet, this edition restores a brief but crucial scene (a pivotal visit by Carole Lombard's Irene to "butler" Godfrey's service quarters) absent from most public domain-sourced versions. Extras include a thoughtful audio commentary by historian Bob Gilpin, a few outtakes, production stills, an original trailer, and the radio adaptation (which also featured stars Powell and Lombard)--modest extras when compared to those found on some modern DVDs, but substantial for a movie lensed more than six decades ago. For classics fans, this is nirvana. --Sam Sutherland

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The definitive screwball comedy, My Man Godfrey follows the madcap antics of a wealthy and eccentric family when they hire a down-and-out "forgotten man" as their butler. My Man Godfrey features brilliant performances by Carole Lombard and William Powell, and was the first film to receive Academy Award® nominations in all four acting categories.

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180 of 186 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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92 of 99 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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54 of 61 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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47 of 53 people found the following review helpful
Format:DVD
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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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 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 3 days ago by BG
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
I think they have done a very good job colouring this great old movie.
Published 7 days ago by John S
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great
Published 12 days ago by Thomas A. Baligad
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Great acting good story a funny comedy which many of today's comedies are not
Published 16 days ago by Patrick W. Casale
5.0 out of 5 stars We love this movie
We love this movie. Our first copy wore out. Not sure color makes a difference - we are so used to watching it in black and white.
Published 1 month ago by Tom Beckett
5.0 out of 5 stars best
best
Published 1 month ago by bob hansen
5.0 out of 5 stars great classic
A movie that everyone can enjoy colorized version is better than i expected, this movie is truly a classic and a great buy
Published 1 month ago by gagina
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Drama
Loved the fact that you had to get half way through the movie to find out who Godfrey was! Liked the color version.
Published 1 month ago by Gweman
5.0 out of 5 stars One of my very favorite movies
This is a great old movie that you don't hear about very much, but if you like William Powell, or just like old romantic comedies, you'll love this one. Read more
Published 1 month ago by WandaH
5.0 out of 5 stars Great
Great to see a Little color It was so great before and I love the color one to. hope they color more of the old great movies
Thanks
Published 1 month ago by George G Climer
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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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