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Directed by John Cromwell
USA 1939

 

Carole Lombard (Nothing Sacred) delivered the best performance of her career and James Stewart (Broken Arrow) earned himself a place among the screen's most notable actors in this humor-laced marital drama that's as refreshing as a breath of spring. Attorney John Mason (Stewart) marries Jane (Lombard) after a blissful, one-day courtship. Life is wonderful... until they are overwhelmed by the demands of John's boss, his meddlesome mother and the birth of a baby. Just when the marriage is at the breaking point, a crisis turns their world upside down. Will their newfound love falter... or are the young newlyweds truly made for each other? John Cromwell (Since You Went Away) directed this wonderful David O. Selznick (Ill Be Seeing You) production which featured wonderful performances by Charles Coburn (The Devil and Miss Jones) and Lucile Watson (Watch on the Rhine).

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James Stewart and Carole Lombard star in this comedy-drama about the struggles of a young married couple directed by John Cromwell. Stewart and Lombard play a recently married couple, Jane and John Mason. John works as an attorney for the law firm of skinflint Judge Doolittle (Charles Coburn). Doolittle calls John back to work immediately after the wedding ceremony, forcing the couple to abandon their honeymoon. But John is ready to do Doolittle's bidding, since he hopes to become a partner in the firm. Doolittle is openly disappointed at the marriage, hoping John would have instead married his daughter Eunice (Ruth Weston). Eunice eventually marries another lawyer in the firm, Carter (Donald Briggs). John and Jane try to make ends meet and invite Doolittle, Eunice, and Carter to dinner. The dinner turns into a disaster, climaxing with Doolittle informing John he has decided to make Carter a partner in the firm. Crushed, John and Jane work hard but to no avail, sinking deeper and deeper into debt. Jane has a baby, but when the child becomes seriously ill, the only way to save the baby is to have a special serum flown in through a blizzard from Salt Lake City. John needs $5000 to hire a pilot and get the medicine, and his only hope is to beg Judge Doolittle for the money.

Excerpt from B+N located HERE

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Theatrical Release: February 10th, 1939

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Distribution Kino - Region 'A' - Blu-ray
Runtime 1:32:49.647       
Video

1.33:1 1080P Dual-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 22,582,245,687 bytes

Feature: 20,946,721,879 bytes

Video Bitrate: 30.99 Mbps

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

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

Bitrate Blu-ray:

Audio

DTS-HD Master Audio English 1509 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 16-bit (DTS Core: 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 16-bit)
Commentary:

Dolby Digital Audio English 192 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 192 kbps

Subtitles English (SDH), none
Features Release Information:
Studio:
Kino

 

1.33:1 1080P Dual-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 22,582,245,687 bytes

Feature: 20,946,721,879 bytes

Video Bitrate: 30.99 Mbps

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

 

Edition Details:

NEW Audio Commentary by Film Historian Lee Gambin
Trailer (2:05)


Blu-ray Release Date:
November 13th, 2018
Transparent Blu-ray Case

Chapters 8

 

 

Comments:

NOTE: The below Blu-ray captures were taken directly from the Blu-ray disc.

Kino's new transfer is described as being from a 'Brand New HD Master from a 2K Scan of the Restored Fine Grain Master'. The dual-layered Blu-ray exports the 1.33:1 image via a high bitrate. The visuals are thick, textured, soft - but reasonably film-like, and quite heavy - indicative of 35mm film from the period. Contrast is modestly layered and there is some inconsistency in the detail but I suspect it may be a factor of the source. It looks quite stable and pleasing in-motion with a few speckles scattered about.

The audio transferred via an uncompressed DTS Master 2.0 channel (16-bit) mono track in the English language. It's not without its limitations for the production era, but I heard no unforgivable weaknesses and it exported clear dialogue. The score is by composer and pianist, Oscar Levant (Nothing Sacred) and it sounds subtle but impressive. There are optional English (see sample below) subtitles on this Region 'A'-locked
Blu-ray.

Extras include a new commentary by Lee Gambin. He is at his usual professional best - exporting minute details of the film, stars, the studio and similar efforts of the 30's and 40's. Always a pleasure. There are also trailers including one for the film.

Kino's
Blu-ray of "Made For Each Other" gives this sweet. occasionally sour, romance - a pleasing 1080P presentation. The film confronts some challenging, but universal, areas of matrimony including work demands, children and much more. Stewart and Lombard have great chemistry and it's a very satisfying and forward thinking drama for the late 30's. The Gambin commentary adds more value and this is certainly recommended to fans of vintage cinema.

Gary Tooze

 


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