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A Few Words About A few words about...™ The Awful Truth -- in Blu-ray

Discussion in 'Blu-ray and UHD' started by Robert Harris, Apr 2, 2018.

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    Robert Harris

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    Columbia's 1937 The Awful Truth, is to my mind, one of the finest screwball comedies to come out of Hollywood.

    Ever!

    Irene Dunne and Cary Grant are perfect, as a warring couple, that give us a myriad of delights.

    For astute cinephiles, it's also the first film to feature a reasonably fully molded Cary Grant, with many of the affectations and speech patterns that stayed with him through the decades. In effect, he came into full character in his early Columbia period, presumably under the guidance of director Leo McCarey, who had been at it since 1920, and had worked with some of the finest comedic talents.

    One of the major discoveries for me, via this new Criterion release, was the overall quality. For the past four decades or so, the film was only available based upon 16mm dupes. Quality 35mm elements, had seemed to have slipped away.

    Finally, seeing it from 35mm, is almost miraculous.

    A must own!

    Image - 4.25

    Audio - 5

    Pass / Fail - Pass

    Upgrade from DVD - Without a Doubt!

    Very Highly Recommended

    RAH

     
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    Capturing this Cary and McCarey disc is nothing short of a Dunne Deal.
     
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    One of the funniest movies ever made -- Irene Dunne is hilarious!
     
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    Love this film. The little terrier who played Asta in the Third Man movies is hilarious in this one -- steals the show at several moments.

    We need more screwball on Blu-ray! I heard that LIBELED LADY is being restored (?). We're missing most of the Preston Sturges classics still (LADY EVE, MIRACLE OF MORGAN'S CREEK, etc.).
     
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    I've always thought the prints of this were grainy and only fair, but I had no idea they were 16mm!!!!
     
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    Great!

    Thank you.
     
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    Only Angels Have Wings, His Girl Friday, The Philadelphia Story and now The Awful Truth. A wonderful array of Cary Grant riches from Criterion and yet this just creates all the more hunger pangs for Bringing Up Baby; just as, notoriously, their Chaplin program had done for The Circus. Maybe both by years end? Call it greedy or call it the nature of the beast; but one can only hope.
     
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    The Thin Man not Third Man but yeah the dog, real name Skippy, was great.
    Here are his movie credits per Wikipedia.
    1932 The Half-Naked Truth
    1934 Fog Over Frisco
    1934 The Thin Man
    1935 The Big Broadcast of 1936
    1935 Lottery Lover
    1935 It's a Small World
    1935 The Daring Young Man
    1936 After the Thin Man
    1937 China Passage
    1937 Sea Racketeers
    1937 The Awful Truth
    1938 Bringing Up Baby
    1938 I Am the Law
    1938 Keep Smiling
    1939 Topper Takes a Trip
    1939 Another Thin Man
    1940 Famous Movie Dogs Short
    1940 I'm Still Alive
    1941 Shadow of the Thin Man

    Retired in 1941. Per the internet some dispute if the dag was Skippy in Shadow of the Thin Man. Other dog(s) played Asta in later films. His owners never announced his retirement or date of death.
     
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    I hope Skippy had a good agent.

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    EDIT: That's a 63-year career (in dog years)! He must've been dog-tired when he called it quits.
     
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    Six minutes of pure magic.

     
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    Shows how great Cary Grant was as an actor and having most of his films in my collection including this one soon.
     
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    Yes, I grow tired of my mistakes like this one. The THIN MAN series is what I mean to type, but my fingers had other ideas.
     
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    Thanks for sharing this scene. I laugh out loud every time I see it! Now if can only get MY FAVORITE WIFE!
     
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    This is a must buy for us. Last seen years ago at the AFI theater in DC.
     
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    Saw this restoration at last year's TCM Classic Film Festival in the huge Chinese Theatre. It won't ever get any better than that. Day 1 purchase.
     
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    Here is sort of the reply to the clip I posted above. Also from youtube.

     
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    I hope CRITERION can do more Grant like The Talk of the Town. Bringing up Baby would be very welcome, too. I’d also love to see None but the lonely Heart.
     
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    Man, I hope Bringing Up Baby comes soon...
     
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