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Criterion Release: It Happened One Night

November 18, 2014

It Happened One Night Blu-ray

Today, director Frank Capra’s Oscar-winning 1934 classic It Happened One Night is being released for the first time on Blu-ray, through Criterion.  Ellie (Claudette Colbert) is a spoiled heiress, and Peter (Clark Gable) is a struggling reporter looking for a story.  When she runs away from her family and he helps her survive on the road, the two polar opposites start to realize that they’re actually falling in love.

Winning Oscars for Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor, Best Actress and Best Screenplay, this was the first film to win the Big Five, one of only three to ever do so.  With dialogue and humour born out of situations that still feel just as fresh seventy years after being released, as well as flawless writing and performances, It Happened One Night was one of the first romantic comedies to ever hit the screen, and remains among the best ever made.

The Blu-ray includes Frank Capra’s 1921 short film Fultah Fisher’s Boarding House, the 1997 documentary Frank Capra’s American Dream, the American Film Institute’s tribute to the director and an interview with his son.  There’s also an essay by critic Farran Smith Nehme.

It Happened One Night is 105 minutes and unrated.

-John Corrado

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