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Press Release Criterion Press Release: Destry Rides Again (Blu-ray)

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  1. Ronald Epstein

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    Marlene Dietrich and James Stewart ride high in this superb comedic western, both a boisterous spoof and a shining example of the genre it is having fun with. As the brawling, rough-and-tumble saloon singer Frenchy, Dietrich shed her exotic love-goddess image and launched a triumphant career comeback, while Stewart cemented his amiable everyman persona, in his first of many westerns, with a charming turn as a gun-abhorring deputy sheriff who uses his wits to bring law and order to the frontier town of Bottleneck. A sparkling script, a supporting cast of virtuoso character actors, and rollicking musical numbers—delivered with unmatched bravado by the magnetic Dietrich—come together to create an irresistible, oft-imitated marvel of studio-era craftsmanship.

    FILM INFO
    • George Marshall
    • United States
    • 1939
    • 94 minutes
    • Black & White
    • 1.35:1
    • English
    • Spine #1024

    SPECIAL FEATURES
    • New 4K digital restoration by Universal Pictures in collaboration with The Film Foundation, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray
    • New interview with critic Imogen Sara Smith
    • New interview with Donald Dewey, author of James Stewart: A Biography
    • New video essay featuring excerpts from a 1973 oral-history interview with director George Marshall, conducted by the American Film Institute
    • Lux Radio Theatre adaptation of the film from 1945, featuring actors James Stewart and Joan Blondell
    • PLUS: An essay by critic Farran Smith Nehme
    New cover illustration by Marc Aspinall

    April 14, 2020
     
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  2. JoeDoakes

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    I guess we'll see what the boys in the back room will have with this
     
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    Outstanding! Another great title getting an upgrade! Now how about Winchester 73 & perhaps Shenandoah, a couple more Jimmy Stewart titles for Blu Ray?
     
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    No commentary? This one cries out for one. The bonus features here are pretty meh. Years ago, Criterion would have sold this one at $29.95.
     
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    Let's hope the audio is fixed in the first reel. It was out of sync in the HD version aired by Encore and TCM.
     
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    I'm very excited by this announcement. The film is a long-time favorite. It put Marlene Dietrich back on the box-office map after she had been labeled box-office poison the previous year (along with Katharine Hepburn, Mae West, Joan Crawford, and others), and added to James Stewart's most remarkable 1939 movie output.
     
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    I’ve got the German edition from a few years ago which I have no complaints about, but the movie is such a delight that I’d be happy to splurge on a Criterion (while also showing my support for Jimmy Stewart releases).
     
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  8. Ronald Epstein

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    Thank you for supporting HTF when you preorder using the link below. If you are using an adblocker you will not see link. As an Amazon Associate HTF earns from qualifying purchases

     
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    More and more, I prefer interviews like Criterion is doing here over commentaries. While there are of course exceptions, commentary tracks tend to ramble, have big gaps of silence, reel off long lists of credits from IMDb, and/or make pointless, obvious observations. I used to consider a commentary track a must-have... nowadays I ask myself "do I need to listen to all of this?"

    Just my opinion, of course.
     
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    Your opinion is a result a poor commentaries. I agree too many commentators have done little to no preparation. But a commentary is really good, well that’s a delight.
     
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    Love the movie.
    Hate Criterion's cover. Look at the warped, malnourished arms and those huge, man-sized skeletal hands. Her face looks like it's been painted on one of those white rubbery things that you use to scrape batter out of a mixing bowl.

    Marlene crop.



    Marlene was a beauty in this film!
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    She truly looks awful. Look at her out-of-proportion head.
     
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    The cover is a mess
     
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    The boys in the backroom aren't having that cover ... :wacko:
     
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    almost as bad as Cluny Brown, which I was sure would reign forever as their worst.
     
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    Criterion will never release a worse cover than that for The Most Dangerous Game.
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    I raise you A Face in the Crowd!
     
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    Viridiana says hello.
     
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    So looking forward to this one but man that cover is awful.
     
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