Bringing Up Baby (Two-Disc Special Edition)
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A WILD AND CRAZY HEIRESS WITH A PET LEOPARD NAMED BABY SETS HER SIGHTS ON AN ABSENT-MINDED PALEONTOLOGIST AND INADVERTENTLY MAKES SHAMBLES OF HIS LIFE.
For its DVD debut, this Howard Hawks comedy looks far better than any 67-year-old film should. The print doesn't dazzle like Warner's usual Ultra-Resolution process (Singin' in the Rain) but has better contrast and crispness than previous VHS versions. Peter Bogdanovich provides the commentary track. The director has done several of these, but he's more inspired here, probably due to his excellent remake of Baby (What's Up, Doc?) and his past interviews with Hawks. Bogdanovich does something we haven't heard in a commentary: imitating the director answering questions about the film. It works since his impression is pretty darn good. The second disc provides a short and a cartoon from 1938 plus two made-for-cable documentaries. The newer one on Cary Grant delivers a comprehensive look at the great star; the older one is an episode from critic Richard Schickel's outstanding series The Men Who Made the Movies. This retrospective has plenty on the director, and should play well for casual fan and aficionado alike. --Doug Thomas
- Disc 1:
- Digitally Remastered Movie with Commentary by Director/Writer Peter Bogdanovich
- Howard Hawks Movie Trailer Gallery
- Disc 2:
- Two Revealing Documentaries About the Star and Director: Feature-Length Cary Grant: A Class Apart and The Men Who Made the Movies: Howard Hawks
- Two Vintage Vault Treasures: The Comedy Short Campus Cinderella and the Cartoon A Star Is Hatched
- Limited-edition outer-sleeve packaging
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In addition to this, at this time Dr. Huxley must court the attorney of a potential, significant money donor. Together, the attorney and Huxley play golf, yet the attorney will not discuss business while playing golf but will discuss business over lunch. It is here on the golf course Huxley encounters Susan Vance, a rascal of a woman, charming in a mischievous way.
Well, through a series of coincidences Susan and David end up being together the following day. Yet before that is the incident at a formal gathering held the night before. That sets up the ensuing comedic bedlam, which involves a leopard, a dog, an aunt, her gentleman caller, a missing dinosaur bone, a circus, another leopard, and a cast madcap characters.
Romantic comedies are not made like this anymore, and too bad. And yet times are different now than they were in 1938, the time the movie was released. Grant and Hepburn are at their comedic best in this movie. To not laugh at the many outrageous situations in which the characters are involved would be ridiculous. Action after action, dialogue after dialogue in so many scenes give rise to a screwball comedy that satisfies the funny-bone.