Blu-ray, DVD Release: Only Angels Have Wings

Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: April 12, 2016
Price: DVD $29.95, Blu-ray $39.95
Studio: Criterion


The 1939 film noir adventure Only Angels Have Wings is electrified by the verbal wit and visual craftsmanship of the great filmmaker Howard Hawks (Red River).

OnlyAngels1The movie stars Jean Arthur (Mr. Smith Goes to Washington) as a traveling entertainer who gets more than she bargained for during a stopover in a South American port town. There she meets a handsome yet aloof daredevil pilot (Cary Grant, An Affair To Remember), who runs an airmail company, staring down death while servicing towns in treacherous mountain terrain. Both attracted to and repelled by his romantic sense of danger, she decides to stay on, despite his protestations.

Featuring Oscar-nominated special effects, high-wire aerial photography, and Rita Hayworth (Gilda) in a small breakout role, the classic Angels explores Hawks’s recurring themes of masculine codes and the strong-willed women who question them.

Criterion’s Blu-ray and DVD editions contain the following:

  • New 4K digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray
    • Audio excerpts from a 1972 conversation between filmmakers Howard Hawks and Peter Bogdanovich
    • New interview with film critic David Thomson
    • Howard Hawks and His Aviation Movies, a new program featuring film scholars Craig Barron and Ben Burtt
    • Lux Radio Theatre adaptation of the film from 1939, starring Cary Grant, Jean Arthur, Rita Hayworth, Richard Barthelmess, and Thomas Mitchell, and hosted by director Cecil B. DeMille
    • Trailer
    • An essay by critic Michael Sragow
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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.