Blu-ray, DVD Release: My Man Godfrey

Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: Sept. 18, 2018
Price: DVD $20.67, Blu-ray $25.99
Studio: Criterion

Carole Lombard (To Be or Not To Be) and William Powell dazzle in 1936’s My Man Godfrey, a grand screwball comedy and potent cocktail of romantic repartee and Depression-era social critique directed by Gregory La Cava.

Irene (Lombard), an eccentric Manhattan socialite, wins a society-ball scavenger hunt after finding one of the “items” on the list, a “lost man” (Powell), at a dump. She gives the man she believes to be a down-and-out drifter work as the family butler, and soon falls head over heels in love. Her attempts to both woo Godfrey and indoctrinate him in the dysfunctional ways of the household make for an unbeatable series of madcap hijinks.

La Cava’s deft film was the first to garner Oscar nominations in all four acting categories, and it is one of Hollywood’s greatest commentaries on class and the social unrest of its time.

Criterion’s new editions of the classic film contain the following:

* New high-definition digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray
* New piece about the film with jazz and film critic Gary Giddins
* New discussion about director Gregory La Cava with critic Nick Pinkerton
* Outtakes
* Lux Radio Theatre adaptation of the film from 1938, starring actors William Powell, Carole Lombard, Gail Patrick, and Mischa Auer
* Newsreels from the thirties documenting the class divide during the Great Depression
* Trailer
* An essay by critic Farran Smith Nehme

Buy or Rent My Man Godfrey

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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.