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To Be or Not to Be

The Criterion Collection

4.7 out of 5 stars 60 customer reviews

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Editorial Reviews

As nervy as it is hilarious, this screwball masterpiece from Ernst Lubitsch (Trouble in Paradise) stars Jack Benny (The Jack Benny Program) and, in her final screen appearance, Carole Lombard (My Man Godfrey) as husband-and-wife thespians in Nazi-occupied Warsaw who become caught up in a dangerous spy plot. TO BE OR NOT TO BE is a Hollywood film of the boldest black humor, which went into production soon after the U.S. entered World War II. Lubitsch manages to brilliantly balance political satire, romance, slapstick, and urgent wartime suspense in a comic high-wire act that has never been equaled.


Special features

  • New, restored 2K digital film transfer, with uncompressed monaural
  • New audio commentary featuring film historian David Kalat
  • Lubitsch le patron, a 2010 French documentary
  • Two episodes of The Screen Guild Theater, a radio anthology series
  • Trailer
  • PLUS: A booklet featuring an essay by critic Geoffrey O'Brien
  • More!

  • Product details

    • Actors: Jack Benny, Carole Lombard, Robert Stack
    • Directors: Ernst Lubitsch
    • Format: Multiple Formats, Blu-ray, Black & White, Full Screen, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
    • Language: English
    • Subtitles: English
    • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
    • Aspect Ratio: 1.37:1
    • Number of discs: 1
    • Rated:
      NR
      Not Rated
    • Studio: Criterion Collection
    • DVD Release Date: August 27, 2013
    • Run Time: 99 minutes
    • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars 60 customer reviews
    • ASIN: B00CUKTHHK
    • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #19,782 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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