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My Man Godfrey [DVD] [1936]

William Powell , Carole Lombard , Gregory La Cava    Universal, suitable for all   DVD
3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: William Powell, Carole Lombard, Alice Brady, Gail Patrick, Eugene Pallette
  • Directors: Gregory La Cava
  • Format: PAL, Full Screen, Black & White
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: U
  • Studio: GMVS
  • DVD Release Date: 26 Jan 2004
  • Run Time: 90 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0000X7SMK
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 76,534 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Product Description

A screwball comedy which starts with two Park Avenue brats on a scavenger hunt looking for a forgotten man. One of the sisters (Carole Lombard) convinces a down and out (William Powell) to come back to the party with her. He later becomes the family butler, and proves to be much more than the family had bargained for.

About the Actor

William Powell: William Horatio Powell [July 29, 1892 March 5, 1984] was a three-time Academy Award-nominated American actor, noted for his sophisticated, cynical roles. He is most widely known for portraying Nick Charles, husband of Nora Charles (Myrna Loy) in six Thin Man films. Carole Lombard: Carole Lombard (October 6, 1908 January 16, 1942), born Jane Alice Peters in Fort Wayne, Indiana, was an Oscar-nominated American actress. She was particularly noted for her comedic roles in several classic films of the 1930s. Alice Brady: Alice Brady (November 2, 1892 - October 28, 1939) was an Academy Award-winning American actor in the silent film era of the late 1910s and 1920s through the 1930s, during the Great Depression.

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40 of 41 people found the following review helpful
By Lawrance M. Bernabo HALL OF FAME VINE VOICE
Format:DVD
"My Man Godfrey" is one of the best Capracorn movies that was not directed by Frank Capra, the 1936 classic film being the project of director Gregory La Cava ("She Married Her Boss," "Stage Door"), who shot the film "off the cuff." Set in the Depression "My Man Godfrey" begins in the Hooverville in the dump down by the river in New York City, where spoiled rich girl Cornelia Bullock (Gail Patrick) arrives on a scavenger hunting offering $5 to Godfrey (William Powell) to accompany her back to the party where she can present him as a "forgotten man" and claim the prize. The well-spoken but scruffy-looking Godfrey takes umbrage at her request and sends Cornelia and her date packing, but the idea of putting her in her place persuades Godfrey to allow Cornelia's sister, Irene (Carole Lombard), to claim the prize. The next thing we know the mysterious Godfrey, who has more class than the entire Bullock family put together, if persuaded by the scatter-brained Irene to become the family's butler.
In addition to Godfrey saving the Bullocks from themselves, there is the romance between Godfrey and Irene, which in terms of the screwball comedy genre may well be the greatest example of the opposites attract school of romance since Powell's character never loses his dignity throughout the entire proceedings (compare with Cary Grant and Katharine Hepburn in "Bringing Up Baby") while Lombard practically glows throughout the film while babbling and dancing around the room. The chemistry between the two is evident, but still interesting, seeing as how Powell and Lombard had been married briefly a few years earlier.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Confusion over film quality 7 Jun 2011
Format:DVD
This is an excellent film, but it has been released on different labels and this may explain the differing reviews. There is an Elstree Hill release which has terrible audio and picture quality and no extras. It is very difficult to follow the dialogue in this version and the picture is blurry, as if it was simply copied from tv.

But there is also a Criterion release which is far superior and this is the one to go for. It also has interesting extras. The film itself is a fascinating social satire with marvellous performances from William Powell and Carole Lombard.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful DVD 20 Jun 2010
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
So many reviewers are panning versions of the film on some DVDs available on Amazon; However, this one is superb and I'm a happy owner. This remastered and coloured copy has subtle colouring, good sound, and the resolution is pretty good. Leaving aside the wisdom of colouring B&W films, if you're going to do it then this is the way. Enough has been said above about the film itself; It is a great feel-good film from another age.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Awful DVD. 7 Aug 2011
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
There's nothing much to say here. The DVD by Elstree Hill Entertainment is truly awful; the picture is quite blurry and the dialogue is so muffled that you can barely understand it. In fact, I'd go as far as saying that most of it can't be understood at all.

Cheap and cheerful this DVD is not.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable 19 Jun 2008
By Tyke VINE VOICE
Format:DVD
Somewhat different from many romcoms of the time, My Man Godfrey is the story of a rich man who has become a tramp, but finds himself taken on as butler to a houseful of Park Avenue looneys. The long-suffering father has to contend with his scatterbrained wife, her ungainly protégé Carlo, who does little more than eat, play the piano and impersonate a gorilla, and two bickering daughters. One of them (Lombard) falls head-over-heels for the polite, aloof Godfrey and her comic attempts to win his affections are matched by her sister's snooty dislike of him.

Powell very competently plays his character, emphasising the butler's role as the only sane man in the asylum, while around him Lombard leaps and weeps to get his attention. The film ends rather quietly however, in contrast to the lunacy which precedes it, but all is resolved happily, nonetheless.

DVD quality is fair.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Wow! 16 Sep 2011
By Tinksjane VINE VOICE
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
My review is based on the USA Import Digitally remastered colorised and original black and white version. Firstly the price that I paid for this DVD was outstanding for what I have and that is excellent. Secondly you have the option of watching this excellent movie in digitally remastered black and white or the colorised version....looks amazing in both!! The work that went into the restoration was good especially as it was made in the 30's.....I am very impressed indeed.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Great film, terrible sound quality. 23 Sep 2009
By Poppy
Format:DVD
I really love this film and would recommend it to others. However, the sound quality of this edition is absolutely terrible. I've just given up on it part way through. It is nigh impossible to distinguish the dialogue. If you're going to buy this film then don't buy this edition.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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There are numerous DVD versions of this delightful romantic comedy, with most being almost unwatchable. The Lombard - Powell Comedy Collection (4 films on 2 discs) version being particularly bad.

As an experiment I order the colourised version of this film for A) the novelty factor and B) you can't colourise a film without paying at least some attention to the basic black and white print itself.

I'm not really a fan of colourising B&W films but my hunch on thought B) turned out to be correct and this colourised version offers by far the best picture and also sound quality I have seen on a DVD of this film.

The colourisation is subtle (possibly a bit too muted) but the care gone into restoring the original black and white print is very evident. Pleasingly film grain is still visible which shows the film hasn't been completely "scrubbed" of its original character.

With the TV colour turned all the way down you end up with a wonderfully clean black and white image that would only be bettered with full HD restoration transferred to Blu-ray.

There is a Criterion Edition of My Man Godfrey and based on past efforts should also offer excellent picture quality but that DVD costs more than four times the price of My Man Godfrey (Digitally re-mastered in colour) [DVD] [1936].
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
very good.
Published 2 days ago by patricia Ruscoe
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
excelent
Published 8 days ago by john webley
5.0 out of 5 stars well worth a watch
l loved this film l have seen it before and will watch it again even my unwilling to view hubby enjoyed it, a lovely gentle story with a moral makes today so called rom coms pale... Read more
Published 1 month ago by KT KY
4.0 out of 5 stars good movie
i found this movie a light hearted romance which amused me, i reccommend for those who want fun and romance
Published 3 months ago by anne mcdaid
5.0 out of 5 stars a really good old fashioned film
I prefer these type of films as the stories are very much advanced what with all the continuous repeats and rubbish being shown over, and over again on the t. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
1.0 out of 5 stars Elstree strikes again!!
There are only three words necessary to describe the atrocious sound and picture quality of this abysmal product:
Elstree Hill Entertainment. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Elwood P. Dowd
5.0 out of 5 stars I see a room full of empty headed nitwits!
If I was the sort of person who scrutinised every frame of my viewings looking for flaws, then I still wouldn't have issue here because My Man Godfrey has no cracks in its make up. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Spike Owen
5.0 out of 5 stars great
speedy delivery .easy open packaging. highly recommended!!!! i love this film if you are in a nostalgic mood and want to get away from the rubbish movies of today . Read more
Published 7 months ago by susii
1.0 out of 5 stars As others have said avoid Elstree Hill
version of this film. Sound and images are poor - much of the dialogue is inaudible and the picture is pretty blurry too. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Wil Andersen
1.0 out of 5 stars Waste of money. Unwatchable.
This dvd shouldn't be sold on Amazon - it is clearly some kind of pirated copy. The picture is fuzzy and the dialogue unintelligible. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Mr. G. Dixon
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