- High Definition Digital Transfer
- Video Conversation Between Film Critics Molly Haskell & Andrew Sarris
Creativity With Bill Moyers: A Portrait Of Samson Raphaelson, 1982 Program Exploring the Screenwriter's Life/Career
- 1977 Audio Seminar with Samson Raphaelson & Film Critic Richard Corliss
- Ernst Lubitsch Home Piano Recordings
- Original Theatrical Trailer
- Subtitles: English (Optional)
- Rated: Unrated
- Closed captioning available
- Run Time: 1 hours, 52 minutes
- Video: Color
- Released: June 14, 2005
- Originally Released: 1943
- Label: Criterion
- Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
- Note: This release is a new, restored high-definition digital transfer.
- Packaging: Keep Case
- Special Edition
- Aspect Ratio: Full Frame - 1.33
- Additional Release Material:
- Audio Seminar with Samson Raphelson and film critic Richard Cross (1977).
- Featurette: CREATIVITY WITH BILL MOYERS: A PORTRAIT OF SAMSOM RAPHELSON. (1982, 32 minutes)
- Trailers: Original Theatrical Trailer
- Video Interview:
- Molly Haskell/Andrew Sarris - Film Critics
- Essay By William Paul - Film Scholar
Performers, Cast and Crew:
USA Today - 03/09/1990
"...[A] Technicolor 'Man Confronts Satan' fantasy, directed by the incomparable Ernst Lubitsch....With Gene Tierney and an astonishing cast of character-actor legends..."
Entertainment Weekly - 06/17/2005
"Lubitsch nimbly conveys the passage of time..."
Description by OLDIES.com:
Deceased turn-of-the-century playboy Henry Van Cleve (Don Ameche) presents himself to the outer offices of Hades, where he asks a bemused Satan for permission to enter the gates of hell. Though the devil doubts that Henry's sins qualify him for eternal damnation, Henry proceeds to recount a lifetime of wooing and pursuing women, his long, happy marriage to Martha (Gene Tierney) notwithstanding. Ernst Lubitsch's Heaven Can Wait, nominated for Academy Awards for best picture and director, is an enduring classic that showcases his trademark blend of wit, urbanity and grace.
A sharp romantic comedy with the Lubitsch touch. When a dearly departed former playboy (Ameche) goes to Hell, he must convince the ruler of the realm of darkness that he has come to the right place. He recounts his life story including his unfaithfulness to his beautiful wife (Tierney), but as his life flashes in front of his eyes, he and the devil find he was a terribly good father, a horribly loyal husband and a hideously kindhearted soul. Academy Award Nominations: Best Color Cinematography, Best Picture, Best Director.