- Actors: Cary Grant, Rosalind Russell
- Directors: Howard Hawks
- Format: Special Edition, Subtitled, Widescreen
- Language: English
- Subtitles: English
- Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
- Number of discs: 2
- Rated: Not RatedNR
- Studio: Criterion Collection
- DVD Release Date: January 10, 2017
- Run Time: 92 minutes
- Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars See all reviews (576 customer reviews)
- ASIN: B01M7PYCF6
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #8,849 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
His Girl Friday (The Criterion Collection) [Blu-ray]
Special Edition, Criterion Collection
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One of the fastest, funniest, and most quotable films ever made, His Girl Friday stars Rosalind Russell as reporter Hildy Johnson, a standout among cinema s powerful women. Hildy is matched in force only by her conniving but charismatic editor and ex-husband, Walter Burns (played by the peerless Cary Grant), who dangles the chance for her to scoop her fellow newswriters with the story of an impending execution in order to keep her from hopping the train that s supposed to take her to Albany and a new life as a housewife. When adapting Ben Hecht and Charles MacArthur s smash hit play The Front Page, director Howard Hawks had the inspired idea of turning star reporter Hildy Johnson into a woman, and the result is an immortal mix of hard-boiled newsroom setting with remarriage comedy. Also presented here is a brand-new restoration of the 1931 The Front Page, the famous pre-Code adaptation of the same material, directed by Lewis Milestone.
TWO-BLU-RAY SPECIAL EDITION FEATURES
- New high-definition digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack
- New 2K restoration of Lewis Milestone s The Front Page (1931), made from a recently discovered print of the director s preferred version
- New interview with film scholar David Bordwell about His Girl Friday
- Archival interviews with director Howard Hawks
- Featurettes from 1999 about Hawks, actor Rosalind Russell, and the making of His Girl Friday
- Radio adaptation of His Girl Friday from 1940
- New piece about the restoration of The Front Page
- New piece about playwright and screenwriter Ben Hecht
- Radio adaptations of the play The Front Page from 1937 and 1946
- His Girl Friday trailers
- PLUS: A booklet featuring essays on His Girl Friday and The Front Page by film critics Farran Smith Nehme and Michael Sragow
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Top customer reviews
It IS a pity that Criterion has apparently given up on recordings new commentary tracks because "His Girl Friday" is so chock full of great unsung supporting players and clever dialog, it would've been a real pleasure to listen to one of the many excellent film historians who would've spotlighted all of the performances and quirks in this classic screwball comedy.
Although officially a romance (and starring the heartthrob male lead of that era), it is really about two people who love their work and love working together. It is so clearly about work instead of romance that the remake (Front Page) had no troubles from switching the lead reporter to a male role.
As for my Overall review, it’s an enjoyable movie and was of fair quality to watch as an old B&W movie that was streaming on a tablet. I own this movie on VHS and I have downloaded it on the way home from work so I have yet to put it up on a larger viewing screen. Picture quality is an issue when watch old B&W on our modern high def. equipment but I really don’t mind it’s the story and content that I love so much about this movie.