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My Man Godfrey (The Criterion Collection)
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- New digital transfer, with restored image & sound
- Rare outtakes
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- The complete 1938 broadcast of the Lux Radio Theater adaptation, starring Powell and Lombard
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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.
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.Read more ›
Since the beginning of DVDs, the only copy worth owning of My Man Godfrey was the very pricey Criterion copy. Not all movie-loving folks can feel comfortable divying up 35 bucks and more for their favorite films. So like myself, they were disappointed time-and-again by spending hard-earned cash on washed out, horrible public domain DVD prints, all the while wanting to own a nice, clean, audible copy of My Man Godfrey.
Over the past few years, Legend Films has been releasing classic black-and-white films in colorized versions (this will always gall movie purists; I too have always sworn off colorized black-and-white films).
On the flip side of the coin, Legend Films deserves a huge thumbs-up! for releasing BOTH the original Black-and-White version, as well as the Colorized print, of these classic movies. And Legend Films is not just Colorizing films, they are restoring them, as well. What this means for movie hungry fans like you and I, is that we are given a beautiful, almost pristine Black-and White print of some of our favorite movies at very reasonable prices, often much less than even the Hollywood studio companies are releasing on DVD. I've seen the Criterion version of My Man Godfrey, and yes, it is beautiful - I even own several Criterion films that I felt I couldn't live without - and I have to say that I see no real difference in the quality of the Black-and-White print included on the Legend Films version, versus the Criterion print. What is the difference, then, between a 35 dollar DVD from Criterion, and a $9.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Had to purchase this copy after I discovered that my other copy was missing an entire scene. This is the copy you want to purchase if you don't want to miss a second of My Man... Read morePublished 3 days ago by ASHLY
I always thought Powell was sexy in The Thin Man series but he is downright steamy in this!!Published 5 days ago by Carla C. Ivey
Well, what can anyone say about the combination of Powell and Lombard? It didn't work in real life as well as it worked on the screen, but this is one of my favorite films. Read morePublished 10 days ago by Karen Colton Welles
Witty, silky, glimmering, elegant, gently socially-conscious. It's not "The Passion of Joan of Arc," but who in the world would want it to be? Read morePublished 25 days ago by JW
This is a really cute comedy, and darling romantic story, and it is a lot of fun to watch. This is what I'd call a "feel good" movie, and something to watch on a gloomy... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Rita Campbell
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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.
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
Dec 1, 2013 by DCGUY | See all 2 posts