Had it not been for a supposed error in renewing the copyright for My Man Godfrey in 1964 (one can’t blame it on the 1957 Henry Koster re-make) we might have seen a restoration of this brilliant screwball comedy earlier. It’s only been in the past few years that the studios have seen fit to restore presumed PD works, but thank the stars, Universal has seen fit to save this one!
There are probably a dozen or so truly brilliant screwball comedies, that made arrived primarily in the 1930s and early ’40s, and My Man Godfrey, by director Gregory La Cava is one of the finest.
With scans derived from extant original nitrate camera negative as well as fine grain masters, the Criterion release is literally something that I thought I’d never see.
It’s beautifully done, with perfect grain structure, black levels, and a wealth of original shadow detail. Resolution is superb.
One of the great films of its era.
Just grab a copy, and enjoy.
No further discussion, lest those who have never enjoyed the film, remain untainted.
Save to mention that the leads are William Powell and Carole Lombard.
To those who might think of stealing a rip of this disc, best not to, as this is easily identifiable, and one could get slapped with a suit for what’s the concept? Conversion?
Image – 5
Audio – 5
Pass / Fail – Pass
Upgrade from DVD – You’d better believe it!
Very Highly Recommended