To Be Or Not To Be: The Criterion Collection

Criterion   (1942) / Region A
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To Be Or Not To Be: The Criterion Collection

As nervy as it is hilarious, this screwball masterpiece from Ernst Lubitsch (Trouble in Paradise) stars Jack Benny (The Jack Benny Program) and, in her final screen appearance, Carole Lombard (My Man Godfrey) as husband-and-wife thespians in Nazi-occupied Warsaw who become caught up in a dangerous spy plot. To Be or Not to Be is a Hollywood film of the boldest black humor, which went into production soon after the U.S. entered World War II. Lubitsch manages to brilliantly balance political satire, romance, slapstick, and urgent wartime suspense in a comic high-wire act that has never been equaled.

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  • Length
  • Rating NR
  • Released:
  • Added May 17 2013
  • Production Year 1942
  • Empire SKU 1656010
  • UPC Code 715515108911
  • Studio  Criterion
  • Packaging HD
  • Number of Discs 1
  • Disc SS-DL

Features

New audio commentary featuring film historian David Kalat
Pinkus's Shoe Palace, a 1916 German silent short directed 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, Diana Lewis, and Sig Ruman
PLUS: A booklet featuring an essay by critic Geoffrey O'Brien and a 1942 New York Times op-ed by Lubitsch

Audio/Video

  • Audio
    English DTS-HD MA Mono
  • Video
    Widescreen 1.37:1 B&W

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