His Girl Friday (Criterion Collection) (Blu-ray)

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  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Run Time: 3 hours, 13 minutes
  • Video: Black & White
  • Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
  • Released: January 10, 2017
  • Originally Released: 1940
  • Label: Criterion Collection
  • Note: New high-definition digital restoration of His Girl Friday, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack
    • New 4k digital restoration of The Front Page, made from a recently discovered print of Director Lewis Milestone's preferred version, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack
    • New interview with film scholar David Bordwell about His Girl Friday
    • Archival Interviews with His Girl Friday Director Howard Hawks
    • Featurettes from 1999 and 2006 about Hawks, actor Rosalind Russell, and the making of His Girl Friday
    • Radio adaptation of His Girl Friday from 1940
    • New piece about the restoration of The Front Page
    • New piece about Playwright and Screenwriter Ben Hecht
    • Radio adaptations of the play The Front Page from 1937 and 1946
    • His Girl Friday trailers
    • Plus: A booklet featuring essays on His Girl Friday and The Front Page by film critics Farran Smith Nehme and Michael Sragow
  • Aspect Ratio: Full Frame - 1.33
  • Audio:
    • Subtitles - English

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User Ratings: 24,209
Rating: 5/5 -- Newspaper screwball comedy His Girl Friday, starring Cary Grant and Rosalind Russell, remains one of the funniest comedy films of all time. Full Review
Solzy at the Movies
Jun 21, 2019
Perhaps the funniest, certainly the fastest talkie comedy ever made. Full Review
Time Out
Feb 9, 2006
Casting is excellent, with Cary Grant and Rosalind Russell in the top roles. Full Review
Variety
Apr 2, 2008
Rating: 5/5 -- Characters step on each other's lines in the speedy exchanges of weaponized words, and the humor of the banter and their delivery haven't lost their punch in nearly 80 years. Full Review
FanboyNation.com
Oct 31, 2018
[T]his classic, alternating between near-moronic farce and quasi-tragedy and blasting all the notes in between, features Cary Grant at his weaseliest.
Premiere
Aug 1, 2006
[O]ne of the fastest, wittiest comedies in history.
Entertainment Weekly
Feb 10, 2006
Rating: 5/5 -- Hawks conducts the intrigue at such a frantic lick - achieving speed by means of overlapping dialogue and manoeuvring the actors within the frame rather than by quick cutting - that we are willingly swept along. Full Review
Movie Talk
Aug 3, 2017

Product Description:

In Howard Hawks's screwball masterpiece adapted from the stage play THE FRONT PAGE by Ben Hecht and Charles MacArthur, star reporter Hildy Johnson (Rosalind Russell), once married to suave editor Walter Burns (Cary Grant), plans to leave the stressful newspaper world behind and marry a boring insurance agent. Walter won't reveal his feelings for Hildy but tries to keep her from leaving by convincing her to cover one last story, a politically motivated execution. When the convict manages to escape, chaos breaks loose, and Hildy finds herself working alongside Walter to break the story wide open.

HIS GIRL FRIDAY is a loose, freewheeling gem featuring some of the fastest dialogue ever filmed (peppered with inspired ad-libbing by Grant and Russell, each appearing at comedic high points in their careers). Hawks, who changed the original story of two newspapermen into a battle of the sexes, keeps the frenetic action careening forward and allows a few slim but luminous notes of genuine affection to slip into Hildy and Walter's storm of hilarious verbal barbs, creating a potent and heartfelt classic that stands as one of the most influential comedies ever made.

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Production Notes:

  • HIS GIRL FRIDAY was added to the Library of Congress National Film Registry in 1993.
  • The film is remake of the original 1931 version, THE FRONT PAGE, directed by Lewis Milestone.

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