Blu-ray, DVD Release: Destry Rides Again

Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: April 14, 2020
Price: DVD $24.99, Blu-ray $32.99
Studio: Criterion

Marlene Dietrich (The Scarlet Empress) and James Stewart (The Philadelphia Story) ride high in 1939’s Destry Rides Again, a superb comedic western that plays as both a spoof and as a shining example of the genre it is having fun with.

As the brawling, rough-and-tumble saloon singer Frenchy, Dietrich shed her exotic love-goddess image and launched a triumphant career comeback, while Stewart cemented his amiable everyman persona, in his first of many westerns, with a charming turn as a gun-abhorring deputy sheriff who uses his wits to bring law and order to the frontier town of Bottleneck.
Directed by George Marshall (Money From Home), Destry features a sparkling script, a supporting cast of virtuoso character actors, and rollicking musical numbers- delivered with unmatched bravado by the magnetic Dietrich- come together to create an irresistible, oft-imitated marvel of studio-era craftsmanship.
Here’s a breakdown of what’s included:
* New 4K digital restoration by Universal Pictures in collaboration with The Film Foundation, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray
* New interview with critic Imogen Sara Smith
* New interview with Donald Dewey, author of James Stewart: A Biography
* New video essay featuring excerpts from a 1973 oral-history interview with director George Marshall, conducted by the American Film Institute
Lux Radio Theatre adaptation of the film from 1945, featuring actors James Stewart and Joan Blondell
* An essay by critic Farran Smith Nehme
Buy or Rent Destry Rides Again

About Laurence

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.