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My Man Godfrey (Sous-titres français) [Import]

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Product Details

  • Format: Full Screen, Subtitled, NTSC, Import
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: French, Spanish
  • Subtitles for the Hearing Impaired: English
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • MPAA Rating: UNRATED
  • Studio: Universal Studios
  • Release Date: March 6 2012
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars 86 customer reviews
  • ASIN: B006TTC5UE
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Director Gregory La Cava deftly balances satire, romance, and social comment in this 1936 classic, which echoes Frank Capra in its Depression-era subtext. The Bullocks are a well-heeled, harebrained Manhattan family genetically engineered for screwball collisions: father Alexander (Eugene Pallette, of the foghorn voice and thick-knit eyebrows) is the breadwinner at wit's end, thanks to his spoiled daughters, the sultry Cornelia (Gail Patrick) and the sweet but scatterbrained Irene (a luminous Carole Lombard), his dizzy and doting wife, Angelica (Alice Brady), and her "protégé," Italian freeloader Carlo (Mischa Auer). When Irene wins a society scavenger hunt (and atypically trumps her scheming sister) by producing a "lost man," a seeming tramp named Godfrey (William Powell), all their lives are transformed. With the always suave, effortlessly funny Powell in the title role, this mystery man provides the film's conscience and its model of decency; the giddy, passionate Lombard holds out its model for triumphant love. In a movie riddled with memorable comic highlights, the real miracle is the unapologetic romanticism that prevails. --Sam Sutherland

Special Features

After years as a poster child for archival neglect, this 1936 screwball gem is restored to its original luster in Criterion's exemplary digital transfer, which yields nearly pristine imaging and a clearer soundtrack. Even the opening credits, combining miniatures, animation, and art deco type design to create a panorama of New York's riverfront, is a revelation after decades of poor transfers. Better yet, this edition restores a brief but crucial scene (a pivotal visit by Carole Lombard's Irene to "butler" Godfrey's service quarters) absent from most public domain-sourced versions. Extras include a thoughtful audio commentary by historian Bob Gilpin, a few outtakes, production stills, an original trailer, and the radio adaptation (which also featured stars Powell and Lombard)--modest extras when compared to those found on some modern DVDs, but substantial for a movie lensed more than six decades ago. For classics fans, this is nirvana. --Sam Sutherland --This text refers to an alternate DVD edition.

Customer Reviews

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Universal 100th Anniversary Edition of My Man Godfrey on DVD is a great version of this film with all the scenes, good clarity and sound. No need to pay four times as much for the Criterion edition. I was waiting for a Blu-Ray version but gave up waiting. i l..ove this film with William Powell and Carole Lombard.

one tip when opening, first remove the barcode sticker before trying to slide the DVD case out of the cardboard sleeve.
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Wonderful, wonderful! I am so pleased to have this DVD. Excellent delivery - well before due. Excellent condition. I am so happy this movie was still available as it is one of my 'go to' movies; instead of 'comfort' food, I have 'comfort' movies. William Powell is still incredible. Thank you.
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I think fans of this film already know the familiar story line, so I won't get into that here. The great news is it's being presented as part of Universal's 100th Anniversary lineup. As soon as I learned that Universal had finally issued this on DVD, I jumped on it! "Prosperity is just around the corner...."
This 5 out of 5 star screwball classic has only been available previously on budget labels (of varying quality), or as a very expensive Criterion release. It's terrific to see Universal releasing this as well as another classic Public Domain title, Charade. The print quality & extras are great, well done. Happy 100th!
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My Man Godfrey is A Excellent Comedy Drama. William Powell Plays A Bum Who's down And Out. And Carole Lombard Plays A rich woman who sympathizes with him. Excellent supporting cast all round. Recommend Highly!
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One of my favourite films of the classic B&W movie age. The chemistry between the two leads is self evident and it's hard to see any of the expected animosity that you would expect from a Hollywood divorced couple (several years prior to the making of this picture). Both actors deliver perfect performances and leave their personal differences off the set. From her performance, you'd swear that Carole Lombard was truly "head over teakettle" for Powell, while Powell is beautifully stiff and seemingly indifferent to her. :D

It's a hilarious romp set in the beginnings of the great depression, showing both the poverty and the affluence of the two very dissimilar classes of people and how it doesn't take that much for the tables to turn on both. Enjoy this little piece of escapism some evening you feel like a good laugh.
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I'm such a fan of William Powell and he does not disappoint in this film at all. The quality is good and so is the price.

Love the Thin Man series with Mryna Loy, they made a great on screen couple; also...a must see!!! Own them all!!
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My Man Godfrey(released Sept/36)stars,among others,William Powell,Carole Lombard,Alice Brady,Gail Patrick and
Eugene Pallette.This is a classic in the screwball comedy vein.Another of my favourites is The 20th Century and it also stars Lombard, which I hope they one day make a GOOD official release of.This film is,from the get go, a winner,with a brilliant cast from Powell,to Alice Brady who specialized in playing air headed women, to Mischa Auer, who plays a visiting wanna-be composer who never goes away.
The story finds us in the "real" world of the dirty 30s.Powell is a derelict and living at the edge of a garbage dump down by the East River, with dozens of other men.One evening competitive rich sisters Lombard and Patrick are on a scavenger hunt and they come upon this place.Their goal is to get a "forgotten man",the first one who does wins the contest.Well Powell won't go with a down-your-nose Patrick,but is intrigued by Lombard.Lombard transports him back and wins.She then impulsively employs him as the butler of the house.
Powell reports the next day all decked out in a butler suit and commences his duties in what he soon finds out is one screwy and dysfunctional household.Pallette is the put upon business man/father who has to literally pay for all his daughter's drunken indiscretions and his wife's buying sprees.Add to this a wanna composer lounging about the house,Powell soon finds he has bitten off more than he can chew.
At a party, a rich gent from Boston(Alan Mowbray) is there and when Powell offers him some hors d'oeuvres,Mowbray immediately recognizes him.It is his old Harvard school chum! Powell puts the exnay on that and Mowbray comes up with an elaborate albeit phony excuse as to their past relationship.
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Unfortunately Criterion has (again) cornered the market on a classic film and no other DVD of reasonable quality exists. This DVD, overpriced as all Criterion entries are, is a disappointment. The restoration is not particularly good, with fuzzy resolution and distortion around the edges in many scenes. The sound quality, too, is well below par for a premium-priced DVD. Compare this disk with the superb DVDs of "Sunset Boulevard" (Paramount) and "All About Eve" (20th Century Fox). On both of these disks, the picture and sound restoration, as well as the bonus features, far surpass Criterion's "Godfrey" at a far, far lower price. Criterion is lazily riding the reputation they built years ago with laser disks when the competition was mainly VHS, and still charging laser disk prices for a product that is less than premium. They need to 1) improve quality and 2) reduce prices to realistic levels. If not, the best thing would be for them to overprice themselves out of business. They certainly are no longer the "criterion" against which all video should be evaluated.
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