Blu-ray, DVD Release: The Awful Truth

Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: April 17, 2018
Price: DVD $20.52, Blu-ray $27.82
Studio: Criterion

In the Oscar-winning 1937 comedy farce The Awful Truth, Cary Grant (in the role that first defined the Cary Grant persona) and Irene Dunne (A Guy Named Joe) exude charm, cunning, and artless affection as an urbane couple who, fed up with each other’s infidelities, resolve to file for divorce.

Try as they each might to move on, the mischievous Jerry can’t help but meddle in Lucy’s ill-matched engagement to a corn-fed Oklahoma businessman (Ralph Bellamy, Rosemary’s Baby), and a mortified Lucy begins to realize that she may be saying goodbye to the only dance partner capable of following her lead.

Directed by the versatile Leo McCarey (My Son John), a master of improvisation and slapstick as well as a keen and sympathetic observer of human folly, The Awful Truth is a warm but unsparing comedy about two people whose flaws only make them more irresistible.

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

* New 4K digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray
* New interview with critic Gary Giddins about director Leo McCarey
* New video essay by film critic David Cairns on actor Cary Grant’s performance
* Illustrated 1978 audio interview with actor Irene Dunne
* Lux Radio Theatre adaptation of the film from 1939, starring actor Claudette Colbert and Grant
* An essay by film critic Molly Haskell


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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.