The Philadelphia Story (Two-Disc Special Edition)
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- Disc 1:
- Digitally Remastered Movie with Commentary by Film Historian Jeannine Basinger
- George Cukor Movie Trailer Gallery
- Disc 2:
- Two Documentaries About the Star and Director: Katharine Hepburn: All About Me - A Self-Portrait and The Men Who Made the Movies: George Cukor
- Robert Benchley Short: That Inferior Feeling
- Cartoon: The Homeless Flea
- Audio-Only Bonus: Two Radio Adaptations Featuring the Movie's Three Stars
Top Customer Reviews
THE PHILADELPHIA STORY is such an extraordinarily well-done film that one can watch it repeatedly, reveling each time in new and hidden details. It strikes the perfect balance of being spectacularly well-acted, hysterically funny, and delightfully silly while maintaining an elegant veneer. The cast is nearly overwhelming in its quality, with Hepburn and Grant turning in especially fine performances. Jimmy Stewart is also superb, though he won an Oscar for this year that he probably didn't deserve. The Academy in 1940 may have been giving him the award as an apology for not having won the year before for MR. SMITH GOES TO WASHINGTON. Unfortunately, this meant that Jimmy Stewart's best friend Henry Fonda failed to win for one of the finest performances in the history of American cinema, as Tom Joad in THE GRAPES OF WRATH. Still, although the Oscar clearly should have gone to Fonda, Stewart manages a great turn.Read more ›
The dialog is so amazing, you want to quote it at every opportunity, although your life probably doesn't provide the opportunity to drop these kinds of quotes. The "High Society" at play, and the lowbrow crashers making their nickels and dimes all the while allowing their pretensions to art...this is great drama.
The DVD is not particularly exciting, and is a surprising let down for such an amazing film, however a film this great doesn't need extras. The main course is filling enough.
Definitely something you will watch over and over again. One of the best.
For the most part, this is an interesting film because it has interesting characters. And like any good cuisine, the ingredients are added with impeccable timing and in such a way as to produce a very spicy result. Instead of identifying with one central character, we are forced to wear the shoes of at least three. James Stewart plays, Macaulay Connor, a dissatisfied reporter working for a society rag. He represents the white-collar class. Hepburn and Cary Grant each represent the upper class. Hepburn is Tracy Samantha Lord, a wealthy heiress who is planning to wed for the second time, after rejecting her first husband on the grounds of what seems to be alcoholism. Grant plays that ex-husband, C. K. Dexter Haven, a now reformed drinker who is still in love with Tracy but is forced to make her life more difficult on the day before her upcoming nuptials.
There is a strong social commentary within the film. Tracy's betrothed, George Kittredge, is a working class lad who has worked his way to success. He is possibly the only unlikable character in the movie; as his ambitions are a little too obvious, his mind a little to shallow and his love a little too conditional.Read more ›
In classic screwball fashion, Tracy Lord (Hepburn) is scheduled to marry a self-made man who worships his maker, until neighbor and ex C.K. Dexter Haven (Grant) and interloping journalist Macauley ("Mike") Connor (Stewart) try to save her from her insane idealism by romancing her themselves! In a classic drunk scene, not politically correct today but funny nonetheless, Stewart serenades (perhaps "bellows" would be a better word) to the tune of "Somewhere Over the Rainbow" the nearly comatose Tracy Lord after a night--and most of predawn morning--of champagne overconsumption. Then he goes looking for his presumed rival, the rich boy next door, "C.K. Dexter Haaaven!Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is a wonderful film with so many great stars!! A true must see!!!Published 3 days ago by mkayc
Our local theater put on a production of "High Society" which was flat and uninspiring (the fault of the script, not the production). Read morePublished 9 days ago by P. Davis
Replacing the DVD that I had and loved for years of this great comedy until it got an irreparable scratch. Read morePublished 10 days ago by Amazon Customer
So much better than the 1956 version called "High Society" with Grace Kelly, Bing Crosby, Frank Sinatra. No one but Katherine Hepburn is better in this role.Published 1 month ago by Nola Susan
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