Blu-ray, DVD Release: Sullivan’s Travels

Blu-ray & DVD Release Dates: April 14, 2015
Price: Blu-ray $39.95; DVD $29.95
Studio: Criterion

The 1941 comedy masterpiece Sullivan’s Travels by Preston Sturges (The Palm Beach Story) is one of the finest Hollywood satires ever produced. and a high-water mark in the career of one of the industry’s most revered funnymen.

Joel McCrea and Veronica Lake in Sullivan's Travels

Joel McCrea and Veronica Lake in Sullivan’s Travels

Tired of churning out lightweight comedies, Hollywood director John L. Sullivan (Foreign Correspondent’s Joel McCrea) decides to make O Brother, Where Art Thou?—a serious, socially responsible film about human suffering. After his producers point out that he knows nothing of hardship, Sullivan hits the road disguised as a hobo. En route to enlightenment, he meets a lovely but no-nonsense young woman (I Married a Witch’s Veronica Lake)—and more trouble than he ever dreamed of.

Sullivan’s Travels is a high-water mark in the career of one of the industry’s most revered funnymen.

Criterion’s Blu-ray and DVD editions of the classic movie include the following:

  • New 2K digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray
    • Audio commentary from 2001 by filmmakers Noah Baumbach, Kenneth Bowser, Christopher Guest, and Michael McKean
    • Preston Sturges: The Rise and Fall of an American Dreamer(1990), a 76-minute documentary made by Bowser for PBS’s American Masters series
    • New video essay by film critic David Cairns, featuring filmmaker Bill Forsyth
    • Interview from 2001 with Sandy Sturges, the director’s widow
    • Interview with Sturges by gossip columnist Hedda Hopper from 1951
    • Archival audio recordings of Sturges
    • An essay by critic Stuart Klawans
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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.