April 6th, 2014

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A 'Lady By (Choice' Collection)

You already can obtain Carole Lombard's last of five films for Columbia, 1934's "Lady By Choice," as part of the three-movie "Carole Lombard In The Thirties" collection -- but if you want only that film, you now have that option.

Sony Pictures Choice Collection, a manufacture-on-demand program, issued "Choice" several months ago, and it's already received at least two reviews from sites that cover DVD releases.

DVD Talk (http://www.dvdtalk.com/reviews/64339/lady-by-choice-sony-choice-collection/) calls it an "okay comedy/drama/romance...genial enough, with [May] Robson getting laughs and tears by equally broad means, and gorgeous Lombard fascinating us (as usual) with that strange, modern quality of hers."

The writer, Paul Mavis, praised the video transfer, though he also admitted he hadn't seen the version from 'Carole Lombard In The Thirties." I have, however, and it's a 16 x 9 full-screen ratio, just as Mavis describes the Sony Choice version. Not good news if you prefer the original 1.33-1 format.

DVD Verdict (http://www.dvdverdict.com/reviews/ladybychoice.php) isn't quite as knowledgeable about the film as DVD Talk is, but approves the film with reservations, calling the print "dirty, with a fair bit of damage." It's deemed "maybe not an essential film in Carole Lombard's body of work, but it's a heck of a lot of fun, with great performances, a funny script and a nice message that's a little less cloying than what was often found in romantic comedies of the day."

Amazon has "Lady By Choice" available at http://www.amazon.com/LADY-BY-CHOICE-Carole-Lombard/dp/B00H51BI6C/ref=sr_1_1/183-4992183-6334505?s=movies-tv&ie=UTF8&qid=1396830874&sr=1-1&keywords=lady+by+choice.

(Incidentally, if you're wondering why this entry lacks images, it's because it's the first entry on my new laptop, and I'm still getting the hang of the thing.)
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