Blu-ray, DVD Release: His Girl Friday

Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: Jan. 10, 2017
Price: DVD $29.95, Blu-ray $34.22
Studio: Criterion

One of the fastest, funniest, and most quotable films ever made, the classic 1940 comedy-romance His Girl Friday stars the incomparable Rosalind Russell (Auntie Mame) and the peerless Cary Grant (To Catch a Thief).

hisgirlfriday1Russell is reporter Hildy Johnson, a standout among cinema’s powerful women, who 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 (Red River) 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 in Criterion’s Blu-ray and DVD editions is a brand-new restoration of 1931’s The Front Page, the famous pre-Code adaptation of the same material, directed by Lewis Milestone.

* New high-definition digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray
* 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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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.