directed by Gregory La Cava
USA 1936

 

The definitive screwball comedy, My Man Godfrey follows the madcap antics of a wealthy and eccentric family when they hire a down-and-out “forgotten man” as their butler. My Man Godfrey features brilliant performances by Carole Lombard and William Powell, and was the first film to receive Academy Award™ nominations in all four acting categories.

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Theatrical Release: September 6th, 1936 - USA

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Runtime 1:34:06 1:33:09 1:30:03
Video

1.33:1 Original Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 5.53 mb/s
NTSC 704x480 29.97 f/s

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1.33:1 Original Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 4.42
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Audio English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono) English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono)

English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono)

Subtitles None English, and none None
Features Release Information:
Studio: Key DVD  / Legacy Films

Aspect Ratio:
Full Screen (Standard) - 1.33:1

Edition Details:
• Black & White and Color versions
• Trailer

DVD Release Date: April 19th, 2005
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Release Information:
Studio: Home Vision Entertainment

Aspect Ratio:
Full Screen (Standard) - 1.33:1

Edition Details:
• Black & White, Closed-captioned
• Commentary by film historian Bob Gilpin
• Theatrical trailer
• New digital transfer, with restored image & sound
• Rare outtakes
• Production stills archive
• The complete 1938 broadcast of the Lux Radio Theater adaptation, starring Powell and Lombard
• Full-screen format

DVD Release Date: July 31, 2001
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Release Information:
Studio: Madacy Entertainment

Aspect Ratio:
Full Screen (Standard) - 1.33:1

Edition Details:
• Black & White
• Interactive Trivia
• Movie Credits

DVD Release Date: March 9, 2000
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Comments:
ADDITION : Key DVD (April 2005) - What a pleasant surprise! Although DVDBeaver does not condone the process of colorization this new Key DVD's original black and white version (also on the disc) is only minutely behind the Criterion image. Now, of course taking into account the Criterions extras and commentary at $36 US as compared to the Key DVDs for less than $10 -one might opt for the Key DVD, especially if you are interested in the film but not a fan of the 'screwball comedies' of this era. It has no subtitles, but the colorized version is not of bad quality either folks - a curiosity to say the least. I also love the cover. Unless you are a devout fan, I might be inclined to recommend the Key DVD and use the savings to buy a lower tiered Criterion... a great film like "Le Trou", for example.

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Not much to say here. The Criterion is sharper, shows great film grain, deep contrast, clear audio and some decent Extras. Madacy is one of the worst distribution companies; they take public domain films and throw them on DVD with very little care. This is actually one of their superior efforts showing some half-baked Extra Features... but their video is hazy, dull, zoomed in, contrast boosted and the sound crackles. The Madacy is much cheaper but at a terrible cost. What I am glad to see is that Criterion hasn't cropped this image (in comparison). Criterion all the way.                   

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