Mike’s Picks: ‘My Man Godfrey’ and ‘The Last Hunt’

My Man Godfrey

Street Date 9/18/18
Criterion, Comedy, $29.95 DVD, $39.95 Blu-ray, NR.
Stars William Powell, Carole Lombard, Gail Patrick, Alice Brady, Eugene Pallette.
1936. With My Man Godfrey’s light-touch treatment of a serious underlying subject (the Depression) and a cast of characters that “loopy” doesn’t even begin to describe, there are about a dozen ways this history-book classic could have gone of the rails, and yet it doesn’t.
Extras: Includes interviews with film critics Gary Giddins and Nick Pinkerton. Also included is a minute-long presentation of blown takes, which is a rarity for Criterion.
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The Last Hunt

Available via Warner Archive
Warner, Western, $21.99 Blu-ray, NR.
Stars Robert Taylor, Stewart Granger, Lloyd Nolan, Debra Paget, Russ Tamblyn.
1956. Into the mix of an already busy year for Westerns and adapted from a highly regarded novel by Milton Lott came MGM’s The Last Hunt — respectable, engrossing and a movie that didn’t deserve to be a box office disappointment, particularly given what the crew but especially the cast had to go through, wearing winter apparel in the toughest 110-degree weather that South Dakota could provide.
Extras: Includes a couple of extras from the old “MGM Parade” show.
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