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  • Actors: Joel McCrea, Veronica Lake, Robert Warwick, William Demarest, Franklin Pangborn
  • Directors: Preston Sturges
  • Writers: Preston Sturges
  • Producers: Preston Sturges, Buddy G. DeSylva, Paul Jones
  • Format: Black & White, DVD-Video, Special Edition, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada This DVD will probably NOT be viewable in other countries. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • MPAA Rating: UNRATED
  • Studio: Criterion
  • Release Date: Oct. 1 2002
  • Run Time: 90 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars 54 customer reviews
  • ASIN: B00005JH9C
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #70,403 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)
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This masterpiece by Preston Sturges is perhaps the finest movie-about-a-movie ever made. Hollywood director Joel McCrea, tired of churning out lightweight comedies, decides to make O Brother, Where Art Thou-a serious, socially responsible film about human suffering. After his producers point out that he knows nothing of hardship, he hits the road as a hobo. He finds the lovely Veronica Lake-and more trouble than he ever dreamed of.

Special Features

This Criterion Collection DVD uses filmmaker Preston Sturges's best-known film as a springboard to assess the filmmaker's life. For the film itself, there's a sparkling transfer of the comedy and some cagey commentary by modern-day humorists Christopher Guest and Michael McKean (among others). There's just the right number of production stills, backstage photos, publicity materials, and some intriguing storyboards and blueprints of how the film was shot. Even better is the material on Sturges himself. Included are radio segments of Sturges reciting poetry, singing songs, and interviewing Hedda Hopper--the kind of stuff that falls through the cracks on many definitive DVDs. A new interview with Sturges's last wife, Sandy, fills in some key points of the filmmaker's later years. Yet the crown jewel of this disc is the 76-minute documentary that won an Emmy for writer-critic Todd McCarthy (Visions of Light). "Preston Sturges: The Rise and Fall of an American Dreamer" is an entertaining tale of Sturges's intriguing life and how he redefined, forever, the role of the screenwriter in Hollywood. --Doug Thomas

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Probably the best interweaving of Homers classic epic and the Hollywood enterprise I've seen in a long time! Starting off light and cute, as the star director John Sullivan wants to make a serious film after all the comedies he's done. Even though his serious efforts are doing well in a few cities, the studio heads aren't impressed. The big wigs sold newspapers when they were young, shined shoes. While Sullivan grew up pampered with opportunities at his disposal. Going out to 'live life as a hobo', the studio heads are at first dismayed, then see it as a great publicity stunt following and documenting his travels and ensuring his safety. Sullivan shakes them off, winding up in a truck that inadvertently brings him back to Hollywood. Saddened his great adventure wasn't so great, he goes in a diner in his grubby clothes, and meets altruistic Veronica Lake (as The Girl) who pities him as he does her and her crushed dreams of Hollywood success. Slowly, Sullivan begins to reveal himself, and divulge what his intentions are, and she convinces him her street smarts will get him to where he wants to go. From there, it's misfired journey's that slowly bring Sullivan and his good heart into the true depths of despair, disrespect, and injustice that he may never truly escape from. The film does get pretty bleak, but I think works well after the light hearted frivolity in the beginning. Illustrating with some great camera work the unglamourous side of the truly downtrodden and what little optimism and spirit they may have left in them. I have to agree this is one of Sturges masterpieces, if not THE one. As much as I adore Criterion and the work they do to preserve these gems, I'm not happy with their reissued cover, It's too righteous and redeeming, giving the movie away right there IMHO.Read more ›
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By bernie TOP 50 REVIEWER on Oct. 22 2013
Format: DVD
John L. Lloyd 'Sully' Sullivan (Joel McCrea) a successful comedy movie producer gets it in his mind that comedy is shallow and want s to produce a ""O Brother, Where Art Thou?" to soothe his social conscience and make a few bucks on the side.
On his first foray into the world of the forgotten man he barely escapes captivity and encounters The Girl (Veronica Lake). In his attempt to repay her kindness Sully's sojourn is foiled.
Will he complete his plan and/or will he find what he is really looking for?
Aside from the fun of watching the interaction between the different characters we may come away with an insight that can apply to today.

Criterion Collection: I Married a Witch ~ Veronica Lake[Blu-ray] [Import]
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Format: Blu-ray
SULLIVAN’S TRAVELS [1941 / 2014] [Blu-ray] [UK Release] Veronica Lake’s on the take . . . and what a ride she takes on him!

Director John L. Sullivan [Joel McCrea] is one of Hollywood s hottest talents, with an uncanny gift for getting audiences rolling in the aisles. But he’s dissatisfied: he wants to abandon comedy for Serious Statements, and buys the rights to celebrated social-realist novel “O Brother, Where Art Thou?”

To make his masterpiece as realistic as possible, John L. Sullivan naturally has to understand how the book’s downtrodden characters must have felt, so he takes to the road as a hobo, is taken under the wing of a failed actress [Veronica Lake], and learns several valuable home truths about the importance of not patronising his audience.

Writer-director Preston Sturges had an inspired run in the 1940s, turning out some of the funniest American comedies ever made [‘The Lady Eve,’ ‘The Palm Beach Story’ and ‘The Miracle of Morgan’s Creek’]. ‘SULLIVAN’S TRAVELS’ is one of his best: not just hilarious but also truly wise.

FILM FACT: The film features one of Veronica Lake's first leading roles. The title is a reference to Gulliver's Travels, the famous novel by satirist Jonathan Swift about another journey of self-discovery. In 1990, the 1941 film ‘SULLIVAN’S TRAVELS’ was selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress as being "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant."

Cast: Joel McCrea, Veronica Lake, Robert Warwick, William Demarest, Franklin Pangborn, Porter Hall, Byron Foulger, Margaret Hayes, Robert Greig, Eric Blore, Torben Meyer, Victor Potel, Richard Webb, Charles R.
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Oh, this film is grand! First viewed it at about age 16, formative years & all. Made a great impact. Convinced me to pack off & live life as a hobo. Ah, the rootless life! Between "Sullivan's Travels", "Lust For Life" and Hermann Hesse novels, my character was set. Ah, youth! Oh, brother, where art thou?
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Directed by Preston Sturges in 1941, this classic screwball comedy with a message is definitely one worth watching. The film opens with famous Hollywood director, John Sullivan, trying to persuade his bosses to let him make a picture about poverty, O Brother, Where Are Thou? His producers proceed to ridicule him about being privileged and that he knows nothing about troubles. They tell him how they had to grow up selling newspapers to get through college and having to support a widowed mother and three sisters and two brothers. Sullivan realizes they have a point and decides to set out to find some trouble. Of course, as soon as Sullivan leaves the office, the bosses confess they were lying about their troubles, adding a bit of comic relief.
Since the bosses feel it would be a liability to them if Sullivan were to travel all alone, they arrange for him to have an entourage following him, writing stories about his travels, and photographing his escapades. Sullivan starts out like a hobo walking alone on the side of the road. A young boy of 13 pulls up and offers him a ride. What next ensues is perhaps the funniest scene in the entire movie. The 13 year old wants to be a tank driver so he sets off like mad, driving insanely fast and wildly out of control. The entourage that has been following Sullivan in a massive bus tries desperately to keep up, hurdling its occupants all over the place. Most funny is the cook who ends up with his head sticking out of the roof of the bus and then falls back down to the floor and gets smacked on the head by the door of the oven. Then a bowl of what appears to be pancake batter falls on his head and he is a royal mess.
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