Show Boat (The Criterion Collection)(Blu-ray)(Region A)

Show Boat (The Criterion Collection)(Blu-ray)(Region A)
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Show Boat Blu-ray
Criterion | 1936 | 113 min | Not rated | Mar 31, 2020

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC
Resolution: 1080p
Original aspect ratio: 1.37:1

English: LPCM Mono

English SDH

Blu-ray Disc
Single disc (1 BD-50)
UPC 715515243216

Show Boat (1936)

Sheltered beauty Magnolia Hawks (Irene Dunne) takes over as the show's leading lady when Julie (Helen Morgan) and her husband are forced out of town by a narrow-minded sheriff. Charismatic opportunist Gaylord Ravenal (Allan Jones) wins Magnolia's heart, but his gambling losses threaten to ruin their chances for a happy marriage.

Director: James Whale
Writers: Oscar Hammerstein II, Edna Ferber, Zoe Akins
Starring: Irene Dunne, Charles Winninger, Paul Robeson, Helen Westley, Hattie McDaniel, Marilyn Knowlden

Special Features and Technical Specs:
- NEW 4K RESTORATION, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack
- Audio commentary from 1989 featuring American-musical historian Miles Kreuger
- New interview with James Whale biographer James Curtis
- Recognizing Race in "Show Boat," a new interview program featuring professor and author Shana L. Redmond
- Paul Robeson: Tribute to an Artist (1979), an Academy Award–winning short documentary by Saul J. Turell, newly restored
- Two performances from the sound prologue of the 1929 film version of Show Boat, plus twenty minutes of silent excerpts from the film, with audio commentary by Kreuger
- Two radio adaptations of Show Boat, featuring stage and screen cast members Allan Jones, Helen Morgan, and Charles Winninger; actor Orson Welles; and novelist Edna Ferber
- PLUS: An essay by critic Gary Giddins