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(aka '20th Century')

directed by Howard Hawks
USA 1934

 

  I discovered this film a few years back when it played at the Paramount. I went because ... well ... I don't know. I've never been a Carole Lombard fan, nor a John Barrymore fan. In fact, it was probably because my best friend at the time was a devout Edgar Kennedy follower and well ... he made me go. Ooooooh, the agoooooony!!! (That's ironic humor, baby.) This film was a revelation. Both Lombard and Barrymore are so, so very good that you'll wanna cry. "I close the iron door on you." You'll go around for years saying this to anyone whom you want to go away. You'll say it while giving them a stiff arm to get out of your way. You'll say it with a wild insane look in your eye. And you'll say it because it is useless to resist. I didn't realize going into the theatre that Howard Hawks, fave director of The Thing, Red River, Sergeant York, Bringing Up Baby, and on and on and on, was involved.

Excerpt from Harry Knowles review at the Film Fault (Austin Chronicle) located HERE

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Theatrical Release: May 3rd, 1934 - NY, NY - USA

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DVD Review: Columbia Tri-Star - Region 1 - NTSC

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Distribution Columbia Tri-star Home Video - Region 1- NTSC
Runtime 1:31:06
Video 1.33:1 Original Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 5.7 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 2.0 Dolby) 
Subtitles English, Japanese, None
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Release Information:
Studio: Columbia Tri-Star Home Video

Aspect Ratio:
Original aspect Ratio 1.33:1

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DVD Release Date: February 22nd, 2005

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Chapters: 12

 

 

Comments:

This is a pretty good image, if grainy at times. Some prevalent contrast flickering in the beginning minutes. Certain scenes that are not as tight show mucho grain where others are of crystal clarity (large captures # 3 and # 7). Decent job of bringing this old image to DVD, but again Columbia are scrimping on the extras, with none (of any merit) here. Audio has a few crackles but is otherwise acceptable. Nice to see this Hawks film reach DVD! out of       

Gary W. Tooze

 





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