MAKE WAY FOR TOMORROW (Masters of Cinema) Dual Format (Blu-ray + DVD) 
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SYNOPSIS: Of Make Way for Tomorrow, Orson Welles told Peter Bogdanovich: Oh my God that s the saddest movie ever made. Leo McCarey s personal favourite among all his films (which included The Awful Truth and An Affair to Remember) is sad, yes, but it also stands as cathartic affirmation of the dignity of human feeling, and in the testament of such achieves a subtle complexity of characterisation on par with Renoir, Ford, and Hawks. Victor Moore and Beulah Bondi, two of the great Hollywood character actors, portray the couple whose house the bank has foreclosed upon, and who are forced subsequently to move into their children s homes in the city. A near-musical restructuring of gratitude and debt ensues once the offspring deem the couple s lodging an imposition: the two are separated, then reunited weeks later... as they glide inexorably into an uncertain future.
Unrelentingly unsentimental, Make Way for Tomorrow exerted a powerful influence on Ozu s Tokyo Story and several other key entries in the Japanese master s body of work. It is a film that, to give Welles the last word, could make a stone cry. The Masters of Cinema Series is proud to present Leo McCarey s truly great Make Way for Tomorrow for the first time on Blu-ray anywhere in the world, as part of this Dual Format (Blu-ray + DVD) edition.
DUAL FORMAT EDITION INCLUDING:
- Newly restored 1080p HD encode in the film s original aspect ratio
- Peter Bogdanovich discussing McCarey and the film [20:00]
- Gary Giddins discussing the film s social and political contexts [21:00]
- Optional English subtitles (SDH) for the deaf and hearing-impaired
- Lengthy booklet featuring a new essay on the film by writer and Library of America editor Geoffrey O Brien, and an excerpt from Josephine Lawrence s source novel Years Are So Long
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By 1937, Leo McCarey was an experienced filmmaker. With hundreds of movies to his name, he'd built up a solid reputation in Hollywood, working with Laurel and Hardy amongst others, and had four years previously directed the best of all the Marx Brothers' films, Duck Soup. However, McCarey himself considered 'Make Way For Tomorrow' his favourite of all his films. When, in 1938, he won an Academy Award for directing The Awful Truth, he stated in his acceptance speech that he believed they had given it him for the wrong picture.Read more ›
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Not a good blue ray transfer by any standards.
Hardly any difference to the DVD, disappointing.
Great film though.