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Heaven Can Wait (1943)

Street Date:
August 21st, 2018
Movie Release Year:
1943
Studio:
Criterion
Length:
112 Minutes
Release Country
United States
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Genres:

Comedy, Drama, Fantasy

Starring:

Gene Tierney, Don Ameche, Charles Coburn

Director:

Ernst Lubitsch

Plot Synopsis:

Deceased turn-of-the-century playboy Henry Van Cleve (Don Ameche) presents himself to the outer offices of Hades, where he asks a bemused Satan for permission to enter through the gates of hell. Though the devil doubts that Henry’s sins qualify him for eternal damnation, Henry proceeds to recount a lifetime of wooing and pursuing women, his long, happy marriage to Martha (Gene Tierney) notwithstanding. Ernst Lubitsch’s Heaven Can Wait, nominated for Academy Awards for best picture and director, is an enduring classic that showcases his trademark blend of wit, urbanity, and grace.

Technical Specs

  • Blu-ray

Video Resolution/Codec

  • 1080p/AVC MPEG-4

Aspect Ratio(s)

  • 1.37:1

Audio Formats

  • English LPCM Mono

Supplements

  • Conversation from 2005 between film critics Molly Haskell and Andrew Sarris
  • Creativity with Bill Moyers: A Portrait of Samson Raphaelson (1982), a thirty-minute program exploring the screenwriter’s life and career
  • Audio seminar with Raphaelson and film critic Richard Corliss recorded at the Museum of Modern Art in 1977
  • Home recordings of director Ernst Lubitsch playing the piano
  • Trailer
  • PLUS: An essay by film scholar William Paul