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Directed by Howard Hawks
USA 1934

 

The second film Howard Hawks (The Criminal Code) made at Columbia Pictures is among his greatest works. John Barrymore plays a theatre impresario down on his luck. Carole Lombard is his former protégé, now a major star. When the two meet by chance aboard the Twentieth Century locomotive, their love-hate relationship is reignited.

Now recognized as a classic, Twentieth Century is the film which established the template for the screwball comedy – and made Lombard a star.

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Oscar Jaffe is a successful Broadway director, Lily Garland his biggest star. When she leaves his direction, his success goes with her. When he recognizes her aboard the Twentieth Century Limited, the train that both of them are riding, he tries to get her back for a new show. But accomplishing that feat isn't as simple as he had thought.

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Theatrical Release: October 21st, 1994

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Runtime 1:31:06        1:31:13.217 
Video 1.33:1 Original Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 5.7 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s

1.33:1 1080P Dual-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 37,906,500,465 bytes

Feature: 27,877,125,696 bytes

Video Bitrate: 36.32 Mbps

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

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

Bitrate:

Bitrate Blu-ray:

Audio English (Dolby Digital mono)

LPCM Audio English 1152 kbps 1.0 / 48 kHz / 1152 kbps / 24-bit
Commentary:

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

Subtitles English, Japanese, None English, None
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Release Information:
Studio: Columbia Tri-Star Home Video

Aspect Ratio:
Original aspect Ratio 1.33:1

Edition Details:

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DVD Release Date: February 22nd, 2005

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Chapters: 12

Release Information:
Studio:
Indicator

 

1.33:1 1080P Dual-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 37,906,500,465 bytes

Feature: 27,877,125,696 bytes

Video Bitrate: 36.32 Mbps

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

 

Edition Details:

Audio commentary with film critic and writer Farran Smith Nehme (2021)
Stars in Her Eyes (2021, 16:17): academic Lucy Bolton discusses the film career of actor Carole Lombard
Peter Bogdanovich Recommends ‘Twentieth Century’ (1989, 5:10): appreciation by the acclaimed filmmaker
Super 8 version: cut-down home cinema presentation (20:10)
The Campbell Playhouse: ‘Twentieth Century’ (1939, 55:48): radio adaptation starring Orson Welles and Elissa Landi
Austin Film Society trailer (2016) (0:52)
Image gallery: on-set and promotional photography
New and improved English subtitles for the deaf and hard-of-hearing
Limited edition exclusive 32-page booklet with a new essay by Pamela Hutchinson, Howard Hawks on Twentieth Century, an overview of contemporary critical responses, and film credits
World premiere on Blu-ray
Limited edition of 3,000 copies

 

Blu-ray Release Date: March 22nd, 2021
Transparent Blu-ray Case

Chapters 10

 

 

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

ADDITION: Indicator Blu-ray (February 2021): Indicator have transferred Howard Hawks' Twentieth Century to Blu-ray. It is described as a '4K restoration'. Like The Criminal Code, it has the same attributes in a higher resolution. But more so. There is more information the frame - mostly on the left edge. It supports the film grain to a substantial degree - the 1080P is 6-7 times the bitrate of the 2005 bare-bones, single-layered DVD. While darker, the contrast is improved and the SD looks vertically stretched (slimmer faces.) Overall, this look wonderful in-motion on my system. A very impressive HD appearance for a film over 85 years old.      

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On their Blu-ray, Indicator use a linear PCM mono track (24-bit) in the original English language. While there is no credited score - there is some music - Milton Ager and Jack Yellen's Happy Days Are Here Again sung a cappella by Walter Connolly (Oliver Webb). As predictable, the audio is at mercy of the film's original elements but dialogue is clear - no where near as hollow as the DVD. Indicator offer optional English (SDH) subtitles on their Region 'B'-locked Blu-ray.

The Indicator Blu-ray has a new commentary by film critic and writer Farran Smith Nehme. She addresses it being, debatably, the first screwball comedy, she reads from Mary Astor's autobiography - My Story: an Autobiography (that Barrymore was the love of her life), she tells stories of Jed Harris, the physicality of Carole Lombard's performance, costume designer Robert Kalloch, John Barrymore's history past (alcoholism) but focusing more on his acting career and that Twentieth Century is one of the high points. There is talk of cinematographer Joseph H. August (The Devil and Daniel Webster, Dance, Girl, Dance, 1939's The Hunchback of Notre Dame and Gunga Din - his last film was 1948's Portrait of Jennie) and significantly more. She's passionate, clearly loves vintage cinema - especially Twentieth Century. It's well worth the listen. We get more. Academic Lucy Bolton discusses the film career of fascinating actor Carole Lombard in the new 16-minute video piece 'Stars in Her Eyes'. Briefly, from 1989, is Peter Bogdanovich RecommendsTwentieth Century’ - 5-minutes of appreciation by the acclaimed filmmaker. Indicator include a Super 8 version. It's a cut-down home cinema presentation running 20-minutes in weaker a/v. You can enjoyed the 1939 radio adaptation of ‘Twentieth Century’ starring Orson Welles and Elissa Landi via The Campbell Playhouse. It runs shy of an hour. There is a modern (2016) Austin Film Society trailer and an image gallery of on-set and promotional photography. The package has a limited edition exclusive 32-page booklet with a new essay by Pamela Hutchinson, Howard Hawks on Twentieth Century, an overview of contemporary critical responses, and film credits. This is limited to 3,000 copies. 

Howard Hawks' Twentieth Century is fabulous vintage cinema. It is one of the best, and funniest, of the Screwball comedies. John Barrymore is hamming it up - almost mocking himself - and Carole Lombard is radiant and animated - commanding our vision. It's a masterpiece and luckily in the hands of Indicator who have created another magnificent Blu-ray package - commentary, plentiful extras , another great cover. Just buy it.

Gary Tooze

 


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