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Two chances to board the 'Twentieth Century'

Posted by vp19 on 2014.08.31 at 00:39
Current mood: frustratedfrustrated
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"Twentieth Century," Carole Lombard's breakout film, was last released on DVD in North America in early 2005 -- and based upon many of the reviews from customers, they'd like to do to Sony what Lombard is doing to John Barrymore in the photo above. Many consider the video transfer subpar, unworthy of this Howard Hawks-directed screwball classic, while others bemoan the lack of extras.

Since the DVD release took place nearly a decade ago, it's difficult to find -- but here are two copies of "Twentieth Century" now available on eBay.

We'll start with one that in effect is "brand new"; it's never been opened, still sealed in its clingwrap (witness the rather muddled, filmy photos below).

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Bids on this begin at $35, with bidding scheduled to end at 3:54 p.m. (Eastern) Saturday. If you'd like to place a bid, visit http://www.ebay.com/itm/Twentieth-Century-NEW-Columbia-DVD-John-Barrymore-Carole-Lombard-/251632283321?pt=US_DVD_HD_DVD_Blu_ray&hash=item3a9673eeb9.

The other copy is being sold, not auctioned, for $39.99. It's been previously used and is in good condition; according to the seller, there are "A few scuffs to disc surface, not affecting playback." To purchase this, go to http://www.ebay.com/itm/Twentieth-Century-DVD-1934-John-Barrymore-Carole-Lombard-Howard-Hawks-OOP-/301124470792.

Whether you obtain one of these two or another version floating the market, it might simply be better to wait for Columbia to finally come to its senses and give this romantic comedy gem the first-class treatment it deserves -- with a top-tier transfer and a Blu-ray option, either done by itself or parceled out to others. (Think of Criterion's superb work on "My Man Godfrey" back in 2001 or Kino's more recent transfer of "Nothing Sacred.")

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