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Criterion Collection: My Man Godfrey [DVD]  [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
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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.Read more ›
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.
Cheap and cheerful this DVD is not.
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.
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] .
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A Classic Hollywood Comedy from those Glamorous early years of movie- making. Watching this movie again brought back many happy childhood memories, while the humourous aspects of... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Lone Wolf
Great film and the colour enhancement really improves the watching experiencePublished 7 months ago by PaulC
This is the second film purchased from two different sellers and still the film sticks. Not happy but not worth returning.Published 7 months ago by Julie H
This is another thirteen film with the actor William Powell this time he is teamed up with the actress Carol Lombard, in this film he is playing a man douwn on his luck and living... Read morePublished 11 months ago by Shirley Steadman