Blu-ray, DVD Release: It Happened One Night

Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: Nov. 18, 2014
Price: DVD $29.95, Blu-ray $39.95
Studio: Criterion


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Claudette Colbert and Clark Gable take it on the road in It Happened One Night.

Opposites attract with magnetic force in 1934’s It Happened One Night, a romantic road-trip delight from Frank Capra (It’s a Wonderful Life), about a spoiled runaway socialite (Sleep My Love’s Claudette Colbert) and a roguish man-of-the-people reporter (Gone with the Wind’s Clark Gable) who is determined to get the scoop on her scandalous disappearance.

Featuring two actors at the top of their game, sparking with a chemistry that has never been bettered, It Happened One Night represents the birth of the screwball comedy.

The first film to accomplish the very rare feat of sweeping all five major Oscar categories (best picture, best actor, best actress, best director, and best screenplay), It Happened One Night is among the most gracefully constructed and edited films of the early sound era, packed with clever situations and gags that have entered the Hollywood comedy pantheon.

Criterion’s Blu-ray and DVD edition of the classic comedy romance contains the following:

• New 4K digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray
• New conversation between critics Molly Haskell and Phillip Lopate
Frank Capra’s American Dream, a 1997 feature-length documentary
• New 2Kdigital transfer of director Frank Capra’s first film, the 1922 silent short The Ballad of Fisher’s Boarding House
• American Film Institute tribute to Capra from 1982
• Trailer
• PLUS: An essay by critic Farran Smith Nehme
• More!

 

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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.