- Number of Discs: 2
- Run Time: 1 hours, 39 minutes
- Video: Black & White
- Released: August 27, 2013
- 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
Performers, Cast and Crew:
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."
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.
Black Comedy |
- 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.