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The Philadelphia Story

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Genres: Comedy, Romance
Starring: Cary Grant, Katharine Hepburn, James Stewart
Director: George Cukor
Plot Synopsis:

With this furiously witty comedy of manners, Katharine Hepburn revitalized her career and cemented her status as the era’s most iconic leading lady—thanks in great part to her own shrewd orchestrations. While starring in the Philip Barry stage play The Philadelphia Story, Hepburn snapped up the screen rights, handpicking her friend George Cukor to direct. The intoxicating screenplay by Donald Ogden Stewart pits the formidable Philadelphia socialite Tracy Lord (Hepburn, at her most luminous) against various romantic foils, chief among them her charismatic ex-husband (Cary Grant), who disrupts her imminent marriage by paying her family estate a visit, accompanied by a tabloid reporter on assignment to cover the wedding of the year (James Stewart, in his only Academy Award–winning performance). A fast-talking screwball comedy as well as a tale of regrets and reconciliation, this convergence of golden-age talent is one of the greatest American films of all time.

  • Release Details
    Release Date: November 7th, 2017
    Movie Release Year: 1940
    Release Country: United States
    Movie Studio: Criterion
  • Technical Specs
    Length:112 Minutes
    Specs:Blu-ray
    Video Resolution/Codec:1080p/AVC MPEG-4
    Aspect Ratio(s):1.37:1
    Audio Formats:English LPCM Mono
    Special Features:Audio commentary from 2005 featuring film scholar Jeanine Basinger
    New introduction to actor Katharine Hepburnā€™s role in the development of the film by documentarians David Heeley and Joan Kramer
    In Search of Tracy Lord, a new documentary about the origin of the character and her social milieu
    Two full episodes of The Dick Cavett Show from 1973, featuring rare interviews with Hepburn, plus an excerpt of a 1978 interview from that show with director George Cukor
    Lux Radio Theatre adaptation of the film from 1943, featuring an introduction by filmmaker Cecil B. DeMille
    Restoration demonstration
    PLUS: An essay by critic Farran Smith Nehme