directed by Preston Sturges
USA 19


  This masterpiece by Preston Sturges is perhaps the finest movie-about-a-movie ever made. Hollywood director Joel McCrea, tired of churning out lightweight comedies, decides to make O Brother, Where Art Thou—a serious, socially responsible film about human suffering. After his producers point out that he knows nothing of hardship, he hits the road as a hobo. He finds the lovely Veronica Lake—and more trouble than he ever dreamed of.


Theatrical Release: December 1941 - USA

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DVD Review: Criterion - Region 0 - NTSC

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Distribution Criterion Collection - Spine # 118 - Region 0 - NTSC
Runtime 1:30:27 
Video 1.33:1 Original Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 5.79 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.


Audio English (Dolby Digital 2.0) 
Subtitles English, None

Release Information:
Studio: Criterion / Home Vision

Aspect Ratio:
Original Aspect Ratio 1.33:1

Edition Details:

• Audio commentary by Noah Baumbach, Kenneth Bowser, Christopher Guest, and Michael McKean
• Preston Sturges: The Rise and Fall of an American Dreamer, a 76-minute documentary made by Kenneth Bowser for PBS’ American Masters series
• Interview with Preston Sturges’ widow Sandy Sturges
• Hedda Hopper interview with Preston Sturges
• Archival audio recordings of Sturges singing his original composition “My Love” and reciting the poem “If I Were King”
• Storyboards and blueprints
• Production stills archive
• Scrapbook of original publicity materials
• Original theatrical trailer

• 6 page liner notes with essay by Todd McCarthy

DVD Release Date: August 21st, 2001

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Slightly superior picture quality to the corresponding Sturges Criterion The Lady Eve, - another stacked disc with good contrast, film grain and extensive extra features. The black-levels on this DVD are exceptional, as is the original mono audio.  The 76-minute Preston Sturges: The Rise and Fall of an American Dreamer is such a wonderful feature, I consider it easily worth the bump to the next price-point tier. Owning this DVD makes me give thanks for the greatest DVD production company in the world. out of

Gary W. Tooze


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