Blu-ray, DVD Release: History Is Made at Night

Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: April 13, 2021
Price: DVD $22.99, Blu-ray $27.99
Studio: Criterion

Suffused with romanticism, the romantic drama History Is Made at Night is a sublime paean to love from Frank Borzage (I’ve Always Loved You), classic Hollywood’s leading purveyor of carnal and spiritual desire.

On the run through Europe from her wealthy, cruelly possessive husband, an American (Jean Arthur, Mr. Smith Goes to Washington) is thrown together by fate with a suave stranger (Charles Boyer, The Earrings of Madame de…)—and soon the two are bound in a consuming, seemingly impossible affair that stretches across continents and brings them to the very edge of catastrophe.

Lent a palpable erotic charge by the chemistry between its leads, this delirious vision of lovers beset by the world passes through a dizzying array of tonal shifts—from melodrama to romantic comedy to noir to disaster thriller—all guided by Borzage’s unwavering allegiance to the power of love.

Criterion’s new editions of the 1937 film include the following:

  • New, restored 4K digital transfer, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray
  • New conversation between author Hervé Dumont (Frank Borzage: The Life and Films of a Hollywood Romantic) and film historian Peter Cowie
  • Interview from 2019 with critic Farran Smith Nehme about director Frank Borzage’s obsession with romantic love
  • Audio excerpts of a 1958 interview with Borzage from the collection of the George Eastman Museum
  • Radio adaptation of the film from 1940, broadcast by The Screen Guild Theater andstarring Charles Boyer
  • New program about the restoration
  • English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
  • PLUS: An essay by critic Dan Callahan
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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.