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Nothing Sacred [Blu-ray]

Carole Lombard , Fredric March , William A. Wellman    NR (Not Rated)   Blu-ray

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As potent today as it was when released in 1937, this classic screwball satire stars Carole Lombard as Hazel Flagg, the small-town girl who mistakenly believes she's dying of radium poisoning. Sensing a great human interest story that will tug the public's heartstrings and help sell newspapers, exploitative journalist Wally Cook (Fredric March) brings Hazel to New York City and turns her into a media darling. Wally's callous strategy takes a sudden turn when he starts having feelings for the vulnerable Hazel. Filmed in early three-strip Technicolor and scripted by Ben Hecht and James H. Street, this sharp comedy still sizzles with its cynical take on media profiteering, and the matching of Lombard and March is unforgettably entertaining.

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As potent today as it was when released in 1937, this classic screwball satire stars Carole Lombard as Hazel Flagg, the small-town girl who mistakenly believes she's dying of radium poisoning. Sensing a great human interest story that will tug the public's heartstrings and help sell newspapers, exploitative journalist Wally Cook (Fredric March) brings Hazel to New York City and turns her into a media darling. Wally's callous strategy takes a sudden turn when he starts having feelings for the vulnerable Hazel. Filmed in early three-strip Technicolor and scripted by Ben Hecht and James H. Street, this sharp comedy still sizzles with its cynical take on media profiteering, and the matching of Lombard and March is unforgettably entertaining. First time ever on Blu-ray!

MASTERED IN 1080P HD FROM AN ORIGINAL 35MM NITRATE PRINT. THIS IS THE ONLY VERSION OF THE OF THE ORIGINAL FILM AUTHORIZED FOR RELEASE FROM THE ESTATE OF DAVID O. SELZNICK

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Amazon.com: 3.8 out of 5 stars  21 reviews
14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Screwball comedy at its best...and in color, yet! Dec 21 2011
By B. Margolis - Published on Amazon.com
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
Finally, after years of crappy 2nd, 3rd and 4th generation Public Domain prints (on both VHS and DVD), Kino has finally gotten their hands on the George Eastman House Nitrate 35mm Technicolor print of this amazingly funny screwball comedy from 1937.

Originally produced by Selznick International and distributed through United Artists, this satirical, sharp and snotty comedy is about the newspaper business in New York. And how, in a series of accidents, the newspaper promotes a dying girl on their pages who isn't really dying!

This film, along with "My Man Godfrey" and "Twentieth Century" is the best comedy Carole Lombard ever made. Fredric March also shines as the reporter. The supporting cast includes two of the best character actors of the 1930's, Walter Connolly and Charles Winninger. They're both hysterical. Look for Margaret Hamilton, Hattie McDaniel, and Frank Fay featured in a small parts too.

Ben Hecht was responsible for the screenplay, and the lush, Gershwin-esque music was composed by Oscar Levant. There's even a hot swing number by the Raymond Scott Quintette.

For my money, this was one of the 5 funniest films of the 1930's and it's great to finally get a superior quality print of it on DVD.

This DVD (or Blu Ray) is an absolute must-have.
11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Film, Not So Great Blu-Ray Dec 24 2011
By JustJim - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
I've seen other versions of this movie on VHS and DVD and was always let down somewhat by the prints used, so I had high hopes for the Blu-ray. Alas, the print was far from pristine and there seems to have been no effort to restore it. Also, aside from some trailers, there are no extras. They didn't even bother to add subtitles for people with hearing impairment--that's just wrong. I could understand this from a company that puts out cheap DVDs, but not from Kino.

That being said, this is still a terrific, funny film and this is likely the best it will look. Don't let my disappointment with the Blu-ray put you off from seeing this classic. Carole Lombard is at the top of her game as a comedic actress and Frederic March works wonderfully with her. Put them together with Ben Hecht's darkly cynical script and a Who's Who list of classic character actors and you're in for a treat.
9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Blu-Ray edition contains beautiful early Technicolor print Dec 27 2011
By Plumb Loco - Published on Amazon.com
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Though the Technicolor is not as stunning as that seen in ROBIN HOOD or WIZARD OF OZ, this Kino Blu-Ray edition is an absolute improvement over all previously available commercial issues. Spectrum contains true greens, blues, yellows, and browns, rather than the familiar limited rose cast. Tighter grain offers greater detail than I've ever seen in the many times I've viewed the film in the past. Three to four times the cost of public domain releases, worth every cent to the true collector.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic film; so-so Kino treatment Jan. 28 2012
By Brian - Published on Amazon.com
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'Nothing Sacred,' as B. Margolis sums up capably, is simply top-notch screwball comedy-- one of the most sophisticated of the era (director Bill Wellman, known primarily for his taut action pictures, here holds his own and then some with the likes of Hawks, McCarey, Sturges and Cukor in a difficult genre). And there is no question that this Kino release offers the finest print available to date. After comparing it side by side with the best version I'd been able to acquire previously (Marengo Films' double feature paired with Wellman's brilliant 'A Star Is Born'), however, it doesn't shine quite as much as I had hoped. Yes, Kino's image is sharper, the colors a bit more vivid and the audio track clearer, but it still has not been carefully restored and is plagued by many of the same defects that appear on the transfers of inferior public-domain copies. In addition, I was disappointed to discover that (very unlike Kino) there are no extras worth mention on this premium-priced product. Movie earns 4 1/2 stars, presentation 3.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Princess Royal of Comedy Deserves Better (five stars for the movie and one for the blu-ray) Jan. 25 2012
By Charles F. Dransfield - Published on Amazon.com
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Lucille Ball once publicly stated in an interview that she considered Carole Lombard to be her single greatest comedic influence. Meryl Streep has also gone on record to say that Lombard is one of her favorite actresses. To this very day, Hollywood casting directors still search for the "Carole Lombard" factor when seeking the qualities of a consummate female comic actress. Lombard's heartfelt and adept performance in Nothing Sacred remains a classic.
Back in December 2003, a spectacularly restored print of Nothing Sacred struck from the original three strip camera negatives was shown at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. The clarity was pristine and the technicolor just popped off of the screen. For the life of me, I do not understand why such an inferior existing print was utilized to produce the recently released blu-ray. Love the movie and adore Carole. However, the quality of the disc left a lot to be desired.
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