To Be or Not to Be (2-DVD)

Starring: Jack Benny & Carole Lombard Director: Ernst Lubitsch
To Be or Not to Be (2-DVD)
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DVD Features:

  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Run Time: 1 hours, 39 minutes
  • Video: Black & White
  • Released:
  • Originally Released: 1942
  • Label: Criterion
  • Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
  • Note: Disc One: New audio commentary featuring film historian David Kalat
    • Disc Two: Pinkus's Shoe Palace, a 1916 German silent short directed by and starring Ernst Lubitsch, with a new piano score by Donald Sosin
    • Lubitsch Le Patron, a 2010 French documentary on the director's career
    • Two episodes of The Screen Guild Theater, a radio anthology series: Variety (1940), starring Jack Benny, Claudette Colbert, and Lubitsch, and To Be Or Not To Be (1942), an adaptation of the film, starring William Powell, Diand Lewis and Sig Ruman
  • Aspect Ratio: Full Frame - 1.37
  • Audio:
    • Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo

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Entertainment Reviews:

USA Today - 03/18/2005
"[D]irector Ernst Lubitsch's classic original gave Jack Benny his one great movie role..."
Los Angeles Times - 03/27/2005
"[A] daring, acerbic 1942 satire..."
Premiere - 08/01/2006
"Ernst Lubitsch's picture is remarkably graceful, humane, and sidesplitting."

Product Description:

A classic black comedy set in wartime Poland which deals with the members of an acting troupe who inadvertently become involved in the war effort. Academy Award Nominations: Best Scoring of a Dramatic or Comedic Picture.

Plot Keywords:

Black Comedy | Classic | Recommended | Vintage | War

Production Notes:

  • TO BE OR NOT TO BE was added to the Library of Congress National Film Registry in 1996.
  • The film was remade in 1983 by Mel Brooks.

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Product Info:

  • Sales Rank: 116,606
  • UPC: 715515109017
  • Shipping Weight: 0.25/lbs (approx)
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