(aka 'A Certain Mr. Scratch" or "All That Money Can Buy" or "Daniel and the Devil" or "Here Is a Man')

directed by William Dieterle
USA 19
41

Jabez Stone is a hard-working farmer trying to make an honest living, but a streak of bad luck tempts him to do the unthinkable: bargain with the Devil himself. For seven years of good fortune, Stone promises “Mr. Scratch” his soul when the contract ends. When the troubled farmer begins to realize the error of his choice, he enlists the aid of the one man who might save him: the legendary orator and politician Daniel Webster. Directed with stylish flair by William Dieterle, The Devil and Daniel Webster brings the classic short story by Stephen Vincent Benét to life with inspired visuals, an unforgettable Oscar®-winning score by Bernard Herrmann, and a truly diabolical performance from Walter Huston.

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Theatrical Release: October 17th, 1941

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Distribution Criterion Collection - Spine # 214 - Region 1- NTSC
Runtime 1:46:00 
Video 1.33:1 Original Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 8.49 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s 

NOTE: The Vertical axis represents the bits transferred per second. The Horizontal is the time in minutes.

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Audio English (Dolby Digital 1.0) 
Subtitles English, None
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Release Information:
Studio: Criterion / Home Vision

Aspect Ratio:
Original aspect Ratio 1.33:1

Edition Details:

• Audio commentary by film historian Bruce Eder and Bernard Herrmann biographer Steven C. Smith
• Reading of Stephen Vincent Benét’s short story "The Devil and Daniel Webster" by acclaimed actor/director Alec Baldwin
• Comparison between The Devil and Daniel Webster and the earlier preview version of the film, Here Is a Man
• The Columbia Workshop’s radio dramatizations of Stephen Vincent Benét’s short stories "The Devil and Daniel Webster" and "Daniel Webster and the Sea Serpent", both featuring music by Bernard Herrmann
• The music of The Devil and Daniel Webster, presented in an interactive essay by Christopher Husted of Bernard Herrmann's Estate
• Gallery of behind-the-scenes photos and promotional materials
• New liner notes essay by author Tom Piazza and a reprinted article by Benét

DVD Release Date: September 30th, 2003

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Chapters: 21

 

Comments:

This seems to have been, very unjustly, forgotten as a title by Criterion. Which is a shame as it is my impression is that it is one of their better releases of an older film. Truly! Aside from some very minor scratches (no pun intended), dust etc.  on the restored print, it is an excellent DVD package with the total inclusion of extras and a commentary. I might be biased as I love this film to bits. The film was previously released as All That Money Can Buy, in a shortened 84-minute version that removed much of the fine character acting that the film has to offer. This long version is a far better representation of the wonderful Stephen Vincent Benet short story. I don't have anything but good things to say about this - I hope the screen captures below support my enthusiasm. out of

Gary W. Tooze

 





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