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My Man Godfrey (1936)

William Powell , Carole Lombard , Gregory La Cava  |  NR |  DVD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (394 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: William Powell, Carole Lombard, Alice Brady, Gail Patrick, Eugene Pallette
  • Directors: Gregory La Cava
  • Writers: Morrie Ryskind, Eric Hatch
  • Producers: Gregory La Cava
  • Format: Black & White, Full Screen, NTSC, Subtitled
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono)
  • Subtitles: French, Spanish
  • Subtitles for the Hearing Impaired: 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: Universal Studios
  • DVD Release Date: March 6, 2012
  • Run Time: 94 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (394 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B006TTC5UE
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #197,365 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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  • 100 Years of Universal: The Carl Laemmle Era
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    A landmark screwball comedy from Hollywood’s golden age, My Man Godfrey follows the madcap antics of a ditzy debutante (Carole Lombard) who stumbles upon a “forgotten man” (William Powell) at the city dump. Determined to help Godfrey out, she offers him work in her household and he soon becomes the perfect butler for her eccentric family. As the family’s antics grow increasingly more absurd, it is only a matter of time before Godfrey’s secret past is revealed. Featuring brilliant comedic performances by Carole Lombard and William Powell along with Mischa Auer and Alice Brady, this timeless comedy classic was the first film ever to receive Academy Award nominations in all four acting categories.

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    182 of 189 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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    94 of 101 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
    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 63 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
    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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    Most Recent Customer Reviews
    5.0 out of 5 stars I really loved the movie
    I have seen it in B&W. It was so much more enjoyable in color. I really loved the movie. The acting was great.
    Published 21 hours ago by Juanita Musser
    4.0 out of 5 stars A zany comedy most people will like
    It's an odd thing but screwball comedies annoy me. Carole Lombard flouncing around and weeping at the drop of a hat makes me want to tell her to shove off. Read more
    Published 1 day ago by P. B. Sharp
    3.0 out of 5 stars This movie has some funny spots and some great role characters
    This movie has some funny spots and some great role characters. I feel like they made the movie up as they went. It could have had a better contrast. Read more
    Published 1 day ago by John Petrosius
    5.0 out of 5 stars A Timeless Classic!
    Im a lifetime classic movie fan. Loved William Powell and Carole Lombard. This is witty, funny and a cute movie. Came in a timely manner and perfect condition.
    Published 10 days ago by Mackie's Mom
    5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
    Good storyline. Enjoyed this very much. Great actors of course.
    Published 17 days ago by Alyce Silva
    5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
    Who wouldn't like this movie. Great
    Published 19 days ago by Willard W. Krieble
    5.0 out of 5 stars My Man Godfrey - COLOR VERSION is P.E.R.F.E.C.T. (cheers!)

    This New COLOR / B&W version of MY MAN GODFREY is a COMPLETE, HIGH-QUALITY version w/ excellent VIDEO &... Read more
    Published 28 days ago by keri west
    5.0 out of 5 stars They're all pretty hilarious and I love the Bullocks and Godfrey just...
    This movie will always put a smile on your face. The way Lombard throws herself completely into her crazy role is hilarious to watch. Read more
    Published 1 month ago by Barbara S.
    5.0 out of 5 stars Great film and excellent print.
    Great film and excellent print. The story holds up well today and William Powell provides an outstanding performance. Read more
    Published 1 month ago by Channel 5
    5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
    Published 1 month ago by cdreye1
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