|Nothing Sacred (DVD, 1999)|
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To begin with, this 1937 screwball comedy is one of my favorite movies of all time. It's a dark comedy with rapid-fire dialog & the entire cast is at the top of their game. Carole Lombard has never been funnier than she is here, as the small-town watch factory worker, doomed to die of radium poisoning - and Fredric March is perfect as the big city newspaper man, who brings her to New York to revive his sagging career. The supporting cast is a who's who of 1930s character actors - including Charles Winninger, Walter Connolly, Margaret Hamilton and George Chandler (no lines, but funny nonetheless as the jaded photographer). Directed by William Wellman, from a screenplay by Ben Hecht & James H. Street and shot in Technicolor - this is a gem of a film.
In addition, this disc includes two of Carole Lombard's silent shorts, from her days as a Mack Sennett bathing beauty. Both of these films also include scenes shot in two-color Technicolor. Plus, there are color home movies of Lombard & Clark Gable on a hunting trip. Big bonus!
Because this film is in the Public Domain, there are many different DVD releases available. Some have such washed-out color, they look like black & white. And while the original Technicolor print has been fully restored for TV broadcast, it is not available for DVD release. All the various DVD releases are from copies of the film.
This release is by Lumivision & they really went out of their way to restore the look of the original Technicolor - even though they must have been working from a Cinecolor copy (note that the title card with the Technicolor credits is missing from the opening sequence.) The color is vibrant & the images are reasonably sharp (maybe just a little grainy.) Only one scene shows signs of deterioration that couldn't be fully corrected - and it isn't enough to spoil the viewing experience.
Unfortunately, Lumivision apparently went out of business, so you may have trouble finding this release. It's probably best to look for the Mack Sennett shorts & the home movies to see if you have the same release.