Blu-ray Release: Heaven Can Wait (1943)

Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: Aug. 21, 2018
Price: Blu-ray $30.37, DVD $17.97
Studio: Criterion

Ernst Lubitsch’s (To Be or Not To Be) Technicolor 1943 comedy Heaven Can Wait will makes its first appearance on Blu-ray in a new 4K restoration.

Deceased turn-of-the-century playboy Henry Van Cleve (Don Ameche, Cocoon) presents himself to the outer offices of Hades, where he asks a bemused Satan for permission to enter through the gates of hell. Though the devil doubts that Henry’s sins qualify him for eternal damnation, Henry proceeds to recount a lifetime of wooing and pursuing women, his long, happy marriage to Martha (Gene Tierney, Leave Her to Heaven) notwithstanding.

Nominated for Academy Awards for best picture and director, Heaven Can Wait is an enduring classic that showcases his trademark blend of wit, urbanity, and grace.

Criterion’s edition includes the following:

* New 4K digital restoration by Twentieth Century Fox and the Academy Film Archive in collaboration with The Film Foundation, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack
* Conversation from 2005 between film critics Molly Haskell and Andrew Sarris
* Creativity with Bill Moyers: A Portrait of Samson Raphaelson (1982), a thirty-minute program exploring the screenwriter’s life and career
* Audio seminar with Raphaelson and film critic Richard Corliss recorded at the Museum of Modern Art in 1977
* Home recordings of director Ernst Lubitsch playing the piano
* Trailer
* An essay by film scholar William Paul

Buy or Rent Heaven Can Wait (1943)

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