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Directed by Mitchell Leisen
USA 1940

 

From Mitchell Leisen, the acclaimed director of Midnight, Death Takes a Holiday and Easy Living, comes this romantic comedy starring Hollywood greats Claudette Colbert (The Gilded Lily, The Bride Comes Home) and Ray Milland (The Lost Weekend, Alias Nick Beal) with a script co-written by the legendary team of Billy Wilder and Charles Brackett (Five Graves to Cairo, The Emperor Waltz). Ace reporter Augusta “Gusto” Nash (Colbert) poses as the wife of imprisoned American pilot Tom Martin (Milland) to save him from execution by Spanish fascists. The gesture lands her a front-page story and the praise of her boss, Mr. Phillips (Walter Abel, Mr. Skeffington). Of course, Tom tries to romance Gusto; but though she likes him, her career comes first, and Tom himself prefers freedom-fighting to settling down. Comedy becomes drama as their mixed feelings lead them on a circuitous path through the deepening chaos and catastrophe of the early days of World War II. Gorgeously shot by Charles Lang (Angel) and co-starring Dick Purcell (The Bank Dick), Dennis O’Keefe (Brewster’s Millions), Esther Dale (The Awful Truth) and George Zucco (The Cat and the Canary), this wonderful blend of action, comedy and melodrama won an Academy Award for Best Original Story.

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In 1939, American Tom Martin, who fought in the Spanish Civil War, awaits execution at the hands of the Fascist victors when reporter Augusta 'Gusto' Nash, for a scoop, aids him in an audacious escape. Of course, Tom tries to romance Gusto; but though she likes him, her career comes first, and Tom himself prefers freedom-fighting to settling down. Comedy becomes drama as their mixed feelings lead them on a circuitous path through the deepening chaos and catastrophe of the early days of World War II.

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Theatrical Release: October 16th, 1940

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Distribution Kino - Region 'A' - Blu-ray
Runtime 1:50:28.204        
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1.33:1 1080P Dual-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 37,938,908,831 bytes

Feature: 35,490,306,048 bytes

Video Bitrate: 38.90 Mbps

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

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DTS-HD Master Audio English 1559 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1559 kbps / 16-bit (DTS Core: 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 16-bit)
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Dolby Digital Audio English 192 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 192 kbps

Subtitles English, None
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1.33:1 1080P Dual-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 37,938,908,831 bytes

Feature: 35,490,306,048 bytes

Video Bitrate: 38.90 Mbps

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

 

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NEW Audio Commentary by Film Historian Kat Ellinger
Theatrical Trailer (1:45)


Blu-ray Release Date:
August 3rd, 2021
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Chapters 9

 

 

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ADDITION: Kino Blu-ray (July 2021): Kino have transferred Mitchell Leisen's Arise, My Love to Blu-ray. There are plenty of frame specific small marks and speckles, but the 1080P support the grain with well-layered contrast. The source is not in pristine condition but the image in-motion is highly appealing on a dual-layered disc with a max'ed out bitrate.

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On their Blu-ray, Kino use a DTS-HD Master dual- mono track (16-bit) in the original English language (with smatterings of French, German and Spanish.) Arise, My Love has a few aggressive moments; planes, war-related effects etc. that come through with modest depth. Plus there is a score by Victor Young (Union Pacific, The Accused, Strategic Air Command, The Sun Shines Bright, Johnny Guitar, China Gate etc.)  sounding clean via the lossless transfer. Kino offer optional English subtitles on their Region 'A' Blu-ray.

The Kino Blu-ray offers a new commentary by Kat Ellinger. She discusses the Brackett and Wilder script and a lot of about their teaming, Wilder's career references similar and related films. She's prepared with relevant details filling the film's running time. There is also a trailer for Arise, My Love.

Mitchell Leisen's Arise, My Love has strong chemistry between Colbert and Milland, which carries the film, and throws in a European adventure, snappy comedy, melodramatic romance plus eventual flag waving. It has the sly dialogue fans love and is a very enjoyable film. Vintage era film fans should consider getting the Kino Blu-ray which has the bonus of the Ellinger commentary. Recommended!

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