Blu-ray Release: Mr. Smith Goes To Washington

Blu-ray Release Date: Dec. 2, 2014
Price: Blu-ray $19.99
Studio: Sony


Mr. Smith Goes To Washington, one of the crown jewels in the Columbia Pictures catalog, celebrates its 75th anniversary with its Blu-ray debut.

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James Stewart in Mr. Smith Goes To Washington

Directed by Frank Capra (It’s a Wonderful Life) and starring James Stewart (Mr. Hobbs Takes a Vacation), the classic drana concerns an idealistic, newly-appointed senator (Stewart) who heads to Washington, where he single-handedly battles ruthless politicians out to destroy him. And although his plans promptly collide with political corruption, he doesn’t back down.

Originally released in 1939, the film was nominated for 11 Academy Awards, winning one for Best Writing (Original Story).

The Blu-ray, digitally restored & mastered in 4K, is presented in collectible Digibook packaging, featuring photos and a new essay by film historian Jeremy Arnold.  Bonus content includes commentary by Frank Capra Jr., the original theatrical trailer, a rare international trailer that includes footage deleted from the final film, and the feature-length documentary Frank Capra’s American Dream, narrated by Ron Howard and incorporating interviews with the director’s friends, colleagues and admirers.

Here’s a complete list of the bonus features:

§  Commentary by Frank Capra Jr.
§  Frank Capra’s American Dream feature-length documentary
§  Featurettes:
“Frank Capra Jr. Remembers… Mr. Smith Goes To Washington”
“Conversations with Frank Capra Jr.: A Family History”
“Conversations with Frank Capra Jr.: The Golden Years”
“Frank Capra: Collaboration”
“The Frank Capra I Knew”
§  Original Theatrical Trailer
§  Rare International Trailer

 

 

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Founder and editor Laurence Lerman saw Alfred Hitchcock’s North by Northwest when he was 13 years old and that’s all it took. He has been writing about film and video for more than a quarter of a century for magazines, anthologies, websites and most recently, Video Business magazine, where he served as the Reviews Editor for 15 years.