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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.
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.Read more ›
Since the beginning of DVDs, the only copy worth owning of My Man Godfrey was the very pricey Criterion copy. Not all movie-loving folks can feel comfortable divying up 35 bucks and more for their favorite films. So like myself, they were disappointed time-and-again by spending hard-earned cash on washed out, horrible public domain DVD prints, all the while wanting to own a nice, clean, audible copy of My Man Godfrey.
Over the past few years, Legend Films has been releasing classic black-and-white films in colorized versions (this will always gall movie purists; I too have always sworn off colorized black-and-white films).
On the flip side of the coin, Legend Films deserves a huge thumbs-up! for releasing BOTH the original Black-and-White version, as well as the Colorized print, of these classic movies. And Legend Films is not just Colorizing films, they are restoring them, as well. What this means for movie hungry fans like you and I, is that we are given a beautiful, almost pristine Black-and White print of some of our favorite movies at very reasonable prices, often much less than even the Hollywood studio companies are releasing on DVD. I've seen the Criterion version of My Man Godfrey, and yes, it is beautiful - I even own several Criterion films that I felt I couldn't live without - and I have to say that I see no real difference in the quality of the Black-and-White print included on the Legend Films version, versus the Criterion print. What is the difference, then, between a 35 dollar DVD from Criterion, and a $9.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A crazy house of rich people and their newfound butler (who's got a story of his own). Good movie but I can't quite understand the instant attraction that Carole Lombard's... Read morePublished 2 days ago by book lover
Very entertaining. I love black and white classics. This is one of them. Too funny.Published 15 days ago by Angie B
It is a classic and to my greatest surprise I love the color version as well. William Powell is as irresistible as ever as, with great humor, he keeps his temper, no matter what... Read morePublished 28 days ago by Mihaya
I love this movie and am thrilled to finally have it on dvd. I saw it in black and white originally, and though this set has the colorized version, the black and white is still... Read morePublished 1 month ago by K.C.
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